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This review is from: World War 1 In Colour - Complete TV Series [DVD] (DVD)
The formula of using a famous actor to do a war documentary is a well tried one. Michael Redgrave and Judy Dench have done it very well for the First World War. Laurence Olivier did it superbly for the Second. Unfortunately Brannagh is a very pale imitation of any of these. Worse still is the commentary he is asked to read. This is a very shallow script. The idea of colorising the film is little more than a gimmick. The film editors have also committed the monumental error of reusing the same bits of film in different contexts thereby showing their very limited concern for historical reality. If you are interested in the First World War save your money and buy 'The Great War', '1914-1918 Total War/The Crucible' or even Richard Holmes' 'The Western Front'.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2010 18:23:37 GMT
History Teacher says:
I agree that Richard Holmes "Western Front" would be much better. However, it's still not available on DVD, which I think is a terrible shame - it was a fantastic series.
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