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2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED, 5 July 2007
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This review is from: The British Empire In Colour [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD really concentrates mainly on the breakup of the British Empire with the focus on India. This is done very well with authentic film footage of a few of the famous events, but we do seem to get a rather biased point of view througout the narative. Most of the countries which formed part of the British empire are not even mentioned or are given very scant coverage. There is no reference whatsoever with regard to how the Empire was built and the people who were instrumental in building it.
This DVD tells only of it's decline. It would have been a good idea to cover such famous figures as James Wolfe, Robert Clive, Captain Cooke,etc. The British Empire was the largest ever, so let's have the whole story from start to finish.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2008 19:52:54 GMT
Ixion28 says:
How could a documentary that announces itself as consisting almost entirely of original color film of the actual events do anything but concentrate on the post-WWI era? If there's any film footage, color or otherwise, available of James Wolfe or Captain Cooke, I'm dying to see it.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2009 11:19:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Aug 2009 11:31:30 BDT
Your comment hightlights a gap in the DVD market. At present there is no major series available covering the history of the British Empire; comparable to 'The World at War' or Ken Burn's 'The West'. This gap could easily be filled by transfering to DVD 'the History of The British Empire' series, which was broadcast on TV in the late 1960's, early 1970's, accompanied by a part work collection of illustrated magazines. PBS Home Video also has a 219min programme 'Queen Victoria's Empire' which covers the heyday of the Empire. You might find that interesting.
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