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Entertainment with an edge... wow,
This review is from: Secret Army - The Complete BBC Series 1, 2 & 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Secret Army is a classic TV series (or rather 3 series) from the 1970's and has not lost anything over the years.
I will not go into stories or series breakdowns here as others have already done this but the basic premise is that during WW2 in occupied Europe a series of escape lines were set up to get allied airmen back to England to continue the fight. The German authorities want to stop them and will do anything they can to this end. Other resistance fighters consider themselves rivals and want to take over the escape line.
Well rounded characters expertly portrayed by a distinguished cast, excellent writing, superb production values and no CGI effects. An amazing theme tune but very little incidental music gives this an almost doccumentary feel.
Characters come and go, even regular cast members are killed off so you don't know who will survive. The Germans are portrayed not as stereotypical fanatics but as ordinary men serving theri country; yes Kessler the SS officer is evil but even he is given a human side. The good guys have to make difficult decisions in order to survive and sometimes even they are forced to kill or give airmen and others up to the Germans. No black and white here.
Three distinctly different series that link to tell the whole story of the resistance movement throughout 4 years of fighting.
Powerful and exciting. Get it.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2013 14:13:33 BDT
Gary Sullivan says:
I note it is filmed in 4:3- is it SMART- or do you have to watch it with 4:3 setting Black Borders- or will it fill 16:9? Thank You
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