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Authorative (but the menu is *utterly* hopeless),
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This review is from: The World At War - Special Collectors Edition [DVD] (DVD)
I agree with the previous reviewer - the dreadful chapter-navigation interface on this collection makes it almost impossible to locate any particular episode.
I found it irksome and confusing both before (and after) I understood the structure of the index: it's a great pity that this transfer of an important TV documentary series to DVD has been subject to such an amateurish and user-unfriendly index of the episodes. I assume the newer version (recently made available and advertised by Amazon at twice the price of the discs reviewed here) has a better interface.
More positively - the interviews. Whether from high-ranking officials or well-placed combatants (from all sides), some of whose names are known only as footnotes in the histories, much of WAW’s gravitas comes from interviews with people whose decisions, experience, trauma or hopes were instrumental in creating the ÒWorld War TwoÓ of common imagination. To hear Albert Speer or Christabel Bielberg or Traudl Junge or innumerable other witnesses discuss "their war" is as unique an experience as can be found outside the archives of the Imperial War Museum.
Almost all these witnesses are now dead. In an age when Revisionist theories are creating dramatic new perspectives on WW2, and on our understanding of how they impact on our contemporary political world-view, the testament of those ‘who were there’ takes on an even greater significance.
An essential part of any historian's reference collection.