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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and evocative record of the Second World War
The woman who made these films (you can see her filming, briefly, reflected in a shop window) was Rosie Newman, a rich lady who because of her position and wealth was not only allowed to record what was happening around her during the war, but who could actually afford to use colour film (though there are a few black and white clips). What is extraordinary here is that...
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Laura O. Humphreys

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
I was disappointed with this DVD because I was hoping for more general street scenes of the life of ordinary people, there was some and it was interesting, but not enough for my taste. I felt there was too much footage of flowers in a garden, nurses and military training which I'm not likely to want to watch again.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. Webb


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and evocative record of the Second World War, 20 Mar 2014
This review is from: Second World War Collection -Rosie Newman's Britain At War In Colour [DVD] (DVD)
The woman who made these films (you can see her filming, briefly, reflected in a shop window) was Rosie Newman, a rich lady who because of her position and wealth was not only allowed to record what was happening around her during the war, but who could actually afford to use colour film (though there are a few black and white clips). What is extraordinary here is that you see just what Rosie Newman saw: she points the camera at Home Guard training, at bombed houses, and at a park filled with hundreds of doors, windows, and baths, all that is left of people's homes. And, unlike the propaganda shorts of the time, you don't see the great British public smiling for the camera, instead they give a stolid look and then get on with coping with the impossible. You feel that this is how things actually were, and the effect is extraordinarily powerful. (There's also a nice scene when Newman shows a policeman checking her own right-to-film permit.)

It's true, to address the comments in another review, that Newman seemed to prefer to film Bond Street or a bombed Wren church than more humble settings, but perhaps that's because of her upbringing. Certainly if she hadn't been rich and upper-class, we wouldn't have had these films at all. For me, some parts are of course slightly less interesting than others, but it's easy to pick the bits you want. And there's very little here that I won't want to return to.

The quality of this restoration is very good. The soundtrack based on Rosie Newman's own preferences is for me the better one, because it's what she wanted, and also it fits better with the spirit of the time. To answer the question from another reviewer about subtitles, no, there aren't any. However, the film was of course originally silent apart from the music, and so Newman has scattered many little explanatory titles through the film, and these tell you what's going on perfectly adequately.

I'm sure there are other amateur colour films around that cover the war years, but this is pretty special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second World War Collection - Rosie Newman's Britain at War, 19 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Second World War Collection -Rosie Newman's Britain At War In Colour [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent record of how it really was. Refreshing to see the images in colour - it makes it more real.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 11 Sep 2013
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Mr. R. Webb (Sheffield, U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Second World War Collection -Rosie Newman's Britain At War In Colour [DVD] (DVD)
I was disappointed with this DVD because I was hoping for more general street scenes of the life of ordinary people, there was some and it was interesting, but not enough for my taste. I felt there was too much footage of flowers in a garden, nurses and military training which I'm not likely to want to watch again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected., 26 Sep 2013
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As we have quite a comprehensive collections of DVDs depicting World War 2 we were very disappointed with this particular one as the sound track was uninteresting and dull concentrating quite a lot on the more privileged among us. Not one for us I'm afraid'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are there subtitles for the hard of hearing for this item?, 18 Nov 2011
This review is from: Second World War Collection -Rosie Newman's Britain At War In Colour [DVD] (DVD)
It would be helpful to know if there are subtitles for this DVD as I imagine many of the people interested in this DVD may have hearing difficulties.
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