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Brilliant - fresh archive film
on 11 July 2011
After studying the Blitz for 25+ years and seeing countless documentaries, videos (remember them?) and DVDs, I thought I must have seen pretty much all the Blitz footage, especially when you see so much of the same footage repeated on tv. Well this DVD was brilliant - about 90% of it I had never seen before. Some of it is not of the best quality - presumably why it hasn't been aired before - but it's great stuff, hinting at what must still be hidden away in archives.
The great thing about this ITV archive material is that most of the footage focuses on the unknowns - regular cockney folk, rather than the big names. We never get to know the names of the people filmed in black & white - most will be now long dead and gone, and the young children must be elderly people now, but they are the 'stars' of the story. The interviews are good too: again, there are some well-known names: the brazen and shameless 'Mad' Frankie Frazer plus heroic West ham fire chief Cyril Demarne, but the rest are fellow unknowns - all with equally powerful and moving stories of the Blitz. I'm not sure what the previous reviewer meant when he suggested this DVd was dry: far from it - the 'Blitz Spirit' and humanity shine through. There is also good footage of the brave ARP services and bomb damage.
Though not the cheapest DVD, it's well worth the money just for the rare footage alone. So good to see new Blitz footage after all these years.