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on 28 December 2010
This is a superb DVD, wonderfully filmed and edited.
It is the ideal visual documentary for those interested in ship wrecks and the stories behind them.
An historic film in "easy watch" format.
Excellent.
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on 31 July 2012
I am a big fan of Dr. Ballard's work and I have many of his excellent books. Alas, this doesn't come up to that standard. It's not devoid of interest, but it basically promises more than it can deliver. There is a consistent, overwrought commentary that promises that Dr. Ballard shall reveal great, hitherto unknown secrets. This is pure piffle. In many cases, the stories have been better told before - and ironically, one of Dr. Ballard's discoveries, that the "Bismarck" was scuttled, is not even mentioned! In summary:

1. Bismarck - OK, but too much padding and attempts to generate excitement. The footage of the ship is not great.

2. Belgrano - total waste of time. They don't even find the ship, so it's just a retelling of the story of the sinking, plus a couple of veterans from the ship and the submarine being nice to each other.

3. Gallipoli - merely a retelling of the attempted forcing of the Dardanelles with a few sunken ship pictures tossed in. Some interesting footage of a sunken landing barge (interesting to someone whose wife's great-uncle was an ANZAC), otherwise not of any great moment

4. Lusitania - I found this one really interesting. Dr. Ballard shows that the ship was almost certainly not carrying explosives, and suggests that it might have been a coal dust explosion, triggered by the shock of the torpedo impact on nearly empty coal bunkers. (Later work has definitively ruled out the presence of explosives, and have suggested that a boiler exploded). It is enlivened by the comments of survivors of the sinking. Especially poignant are the photos of the dead (some still unidentified) in the Cunard records. "Who is responsible for the tragedy?" asks Ballard, "we all are". For as long as humans try to solve problems by fighting about them and impart artificial glory to military deeds, innocents caught in the crossfire over which they had no say will die.

(P.S. Did anyone else notice that one of the U-Boat films was of a WW2 one with a swastika flag?).

So, I recommend, advance with caution.
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on 16 January 2013
The d.v.d. covers the wrecks of four warships, on two discs, The Bismarck, the General Belgrano, the Lusitiania and various wrecks at Gallipoli. Each programme covers not only the location and filming of the wrecks, but a brief recount on the historical events that led up to each ship being in the location where she was sunk. A must for anyone interested in the exploration of ship wrecks, it will interest military historians as well, because of the history involved.
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on 1 June 2014
The documentaries come out very disappointing because there is almost nothing of the real ships sunk. The documentary revolves around the search efforts and shows reconstruction images rather than real images of the sunken wreckages. Very disappointing in my view. What I wanted to see is the real ships as they lie in the bottom of the seas.
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on 31 May 2012
Historical footage of four famous ships and how they were sank. Brings each tragedy alive. Chasing the Bismark in the Atlantic and Western Approaches, the Falklands War and the sinking of the cruiser Belgrano which kept the Argentinian fleet at home for the rest of the conflict, was the Lusitania of Cunard - was it carrying armaments therefore a justified U-boat prey ? and Gallipoli - NOT Churchill's finest hour.
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on 14 March 2014
count on national geographic to tell you everything you need to know she mite have been deadly (well to the hood anyway)but she was sleek looking deadly thing
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on 16 January 2014
Another fascinating dvd from national geographic, presents all the facts and figures in a interesting way that keeps you entertained, well worth the money.
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on 20 January 2015
My type of viewing.Good picture and commentary of the wreck.If its your cup of tea give it a viewing.
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on 31 August 2014
Never get tired of watching NG.This is an excellent episode for War Historians and Buffs alike.
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on 20 June 2015
If you have interest in shipwrecks, this is one to watch.
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