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An American soldiers view of WW2,
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This review is from: World War II: Lost Films [DVD] (DVD)
Overall I rather enjoyed this series. However I do feel to get the most from it you have to understand that this is not an all encompassing view of the war. It is WW2 as seen through the eyes of a broad cross section of 12 US service men and women, illustrated with "never before seen footage". So it represents a very narrow one sided perspective of the war, mostly focused on the Pacific campaign. So the main events and salient points of WW2 are very briskly covered by the narration, if they are at all. The focus here is on the personal experience.
Yes there is better footage out there of some of the major events, but then this is "Lost Films", not films you've seen a dozen times before. As for the HD bit, well the interviews are filmed in HD and I would presume that the footage has been cleaned up and remastered as far as it's possible to do so. However even remastered material will only ever be as good as the original source; so grainy combat footage will still be grainy combat footage even after a clean and up scaling.
So in a nutshell it's a WW2 doc by Americans, for Americans, told from the perspective of a handful of US servicemen and which focuses on their experiences. So, as an insight into the experiences and thoughts and feelings of these men and women I thought it worked very well. It's very well crafted and produced and has it's fair share of touching moments.
The second in the series, "Vietnam: Lost Films" is much improved over this one, as they seemed to have honed the format to a much finer degree.
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Initial post: 14 May 2013 10:10:24 BDT
Good review. Sums it all up very well.
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