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The British Empire In Colour [DVD]

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  • Actors: Art Malik
  • Producers: Lucy Carter, Stewart Binns
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YVVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,740 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire documentary series from the makers of the BAFTA award-winning 'Britain at War in Colour' series. Using rare early colour film footage this is a look at the history of the British Empire in 3 chapters: 'A Tryst with Destiny' looks at the rise and fall of the pomp and ceremony of imperialism from the Trooping of the Colour in 1906 through to the 1926 General Strike; 'The Wind of Change' looks at the problems the British encountered in Palestine and their withdrawal, the Suez Crisis through to the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya; whilst 'Legacy' looks at the flight from post-war Britain to Australia and Canada and the social changes and attitudes that have happened since the 1960s.

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A very good series, and the colour really does bring it to life. However, one of the most interesting countries in the whole story of the British Empire, South Africa, whose tortured imperial history was only really resolved in 1994, is strangely missing. There are a couple of tantalising bits of it in the "making of the documentary" extra, but nothing else. This to my mind is a serious omission. However, what is included of the rest of the British Empire is first rate and well worth watching.
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Great Britain once ruled over a vast empire that was the biggest the world had ever seen. This DVD explores in great detail the history of the empire icluding accounts of the rulers and the ruled. There are also some extras on the DVD ranging from an old imperial map to a mini documentary on the making of the programme. This DVD is packed with information and colour footage dating back from the 1906 trooping of the colour for King Edward VII and is a must for all history fans and anyone interested or studying Imperial British history.
The programme is divided into three different parts, starting at the height of the empire when Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India to the handing back of Hong Kong in 1997. The rise and fall of the greatest empire is portrayed with all of its contradictions and shows how Britain today has become a multi-cultural society as a result.
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This DVD really concentrates mainly on the breakup of the British Empire with the focus on India. This is done very well with authentic film footage of a few of the famous events, but we do seem to get a rather biased point of view througout the narative. Most of the countries which formed part of the British empire are not even mentioned or are given very scant coverage. There is no reference whatsoever with regard to how the Empire was built and the people who were instrumental in building it.
This DVD tells only of it's decline. It would have been a good idea to cover such famous figures as James Wolfe, Robert Clive, Captain Cooke,etc. The British Empire was the largest ever, so let's have the whole story from start to finish.
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