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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely release for an excellent piece of history
I've had two versions of this film for a few years now but this lovingly restored version is, by far, the best of them all. The soundtrack is a little '1950s Western' at times but, with the added sound effects, it brings the film alive. Yes, the acting is a little wooden but that's only to be expected from real soldiers recreating the battles they fought in four years...
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Simon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Yipes
Not very enlightening, a little boring, too many repeat scenes. Does show the appalling conditions that our relatives had to endure and how and why they died
Published 8 months ago by Mr. David Griffin


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely release for an excellent piece of history, 10 Nov 2010
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This review is from: The Pathe Collection -The Battle Of Ypres [DVD] (DVD)
I've had two versions of this film for a few years now but this lovingly restored version is, by far, the best of them all. The soundtrack is a little '1950s Western' at times but, with the added sound effects, it brings the film alive. Yes, the acting is a little wooden but that's only to be expected from real soldiers recreating the battles they fought in four years after the event. We should congratulate Strike Force and Cherry Red for bringing this historic film to a wider audience. It's a noble successor to Battle of The Somme (albeit that The Somme contains genuine footage filmed during the war).

The only minor quibble is that they didn't take the opportunity to correct a couple of examples of poor continuity. For example, we see Captain Robertson VC nobly falling in battle whilst leading his tanks into action. About 5 minutes later (and interrupting an assault on a pill box), we see him laying out the tapes on the night before he was killed. This faithfully follows the sequence of the original British Pathe film (which was probably the intention) but would have slightly improved continuity had it been corrected (as it was in a US release of an abbreviated version of the film). There is a similar anomaly earlier in the film.

That niggle aside, this is a magnificent effort on the part of all involved. I now look forward to a similar treatment of Mons (1924) and Zeebrugge (1922).

Almost forgot......the bonus feature is a cut-down version of the IWM's film 'Ypres - The Shell Shattered City of Flanders'. The original film runs to 49 minutes and is a hotch-potch of footage, seemingly put together at random. The producers of the DVD have distilled the footage down and grouped it under titles which try and give a sense to the subject matter. The extent of the devastation caused is still quite shocking. It's a shame it couldn't have been combined with the recent footage of the ruins of Ypres filmed from the air, or with another IWM film 'Eight Years After' which shows Ypres during its rebuilding.

Excellent.....go out and buy it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it for the minor features!, 14 Dec 2010
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D. P. Whithorn (Basingstoke, Hants United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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As a companion for its sister DVD 'Battle of the Somme' it is a poor second - then the main feature is a 1925 recreation of events ten years before not contemporary scenes (yes, I know there is much faked footage in the 'Battle of the Somme' film too). It centres around the VC winners throughout the fighting at Ypres (at least to 1917) and concentrates on 1st Ypres (1914) which is well done, 2nd Ypres (1915) and 3rd Ypres (1917) again well done, 4th Ypres (1918) I seem to have missed somewhere. The early recreations of 1st Ypres are good as are 3rd Ypres as regards kit etc which provides good details for researchers (save for the SD caps NOT! worn at Messines in 1917, also which took place at night). The film falls away badly in the middle as the actors actually try to act and the director takes a few liberties by adding a weak story line. The worst parts are the aircraft shots that even at the time could not look anything but awful. The best reason for buying this DVD is the extras, approximately 30 minutes of real footage taken primarily in Ypres itself mainly later in the war. This is rarely seen footage, though some parts are now recognisable in their true context (eg Hell Fire Corner). It is so much more evident that this is 'real-life' footage than the film portrays from the faces of those portrayed, you can put the individual shots in chronological order too by carefully observing the gradual collapse of the Cloth Hall. Still worth buying!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yipes, 16 Nov 2013
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Mr. David Griffin (STAFFORDSHIRE) - See all my reviews
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Not very enlightening, a little boring, too many repeat scenes. Does show the appalling conditions that our relatives had to endure and how and why they died
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Battle, 21 Nov 2012
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R. Legg "workaholic" (espanol) - See all my reviews
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On watching the film, we find out what some of the soldiers went through even though they were knee deep in wet mud. We have no idea the torment and terror they expected, I believe that it far worse than imagination could have even foreseen. We have been to Ypres on several occasions and feel for the people who gave their lives that we might live in freedom and have the right to choose. May God give us grace to continue in their footsteps.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing, 25 Dec 2011
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I will add to D. P. Whithorn remark; this is a VERY poor second!. The whole of the footage is 'dramatised'. the standard of the footage, throughout, is bad/does not look to have been improved/cleaned. I feel it was a waste of money and time.
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