66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Gimmicks triumph over content,
This review is from: World War 1 In Colour - Complete TV Series [DVD] (DVD)
As a history teacher, I eagerly awaited the launch of this series, but was chronically disappointed. Much of the footage is repeated between the episodes - it is clear that the team coloured in a battle scene, a "bored in the trenches" scene, a "flag waving" scene and all the rest of it - so that they could cut and paste it around the bland narrative. The gravitas with which Branagh speaks is laughable given the brain-dead script. I can't even use this with my 13 year olds. The only enlightening detail is that poison gas apparently turned everyone and everything fluorescent and psychedelic. Dire.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2009 18:22:11 GMT
C. Nation says:
I found this review useful but I was brought up short by the use of the word 'chronically' to express depth/extent of his disappointment. Chronic/chronically describes aspects of time - as a teacher of history, one would hope that the root of the word, from Chronos, the god of time in the Greek myths, would make this clear to the reviewer.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2010 18:21:34 GMT
History Teacher says:
I was disappointed with the DVD throughout its duration, and have remained disappointed in it since; hence I'd argue that "chronically" is an acceptable word to use in this context whatever way you choose to interpret it.
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