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D-Day In Colour [DVD]

3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Wmv
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000216XKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,242 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

An in-depth look at the events and experiences of the greatest seaborne invasion in history, focusing on the personal stories of those involved. Narrated by John Hurt, it re-lives the events of those decisive, yet perilous days and reflects on the private triumphs and personal tragedies that proved crucial to the outcome of the Second World War.

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This is a total rip-off. The DVD is about 47 minutes long of which approxamately 5 minutes concern the actual D-Day landings. The remaining time is taken up with events leading to & after the actual D-Day landings, most of which is totally uninteresting (shots of buses & taxis in Piccadilly circa 1942). In addition most of the footage relates to US forces & while the US likes to give the impression that it dominated the invasion in fact at best it was an equal partner with the British who provided two Army divisions as aginst the US's two divisions & the almost forgotten, Canadians, one division.
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A Kid's Review on 27 April 2009
Format: DVD
After establishing a credible reputation with their Britain at War in Colour, this DVD must easily rank as one of the most banal of the lot.

Maybe it would appeal to somebody with absolutely no understanding of D-Day & who merely wanted a nice series of pictures, but I doubt it.

A severe constraining factor must have been the paucity of colour film, especially from a British perspective. At this stage the Americans were using colour extensively but not the British. Even using black & white leaves gaps in the commentary, but by confining oneself only to using colour means that whole aspects of the battle are absent from this production. This results in no shots of the German armour desperately moving up after its eventual release by Hitler in the afternoon of the 6th June, no aerial footage of the attacks on hapless columns of German infantry & more importantly huge gaps in the story of D-Day.

What made this format especially appealing initially were the evocative interviews with combatants. None of these aspects was included in this DVD. Rather it is an attempt to string together the limited footage whilst ignoring the huge gaps in missing visuals. Even the poignant quotes by the combatants lacked their previous heart-felt pathos.

All in all this is not a worthy successor to its initial progenitor.
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By - topcat - VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
I watched this when it aired on television on the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Narrated by John Hurt, this hour or so documentary narrates the events leading up to D-day and explains how and why things happened the way they did. All the footage is original and the final parts showing the invasion, particularly seeing the warships unleashing their guns in anger, is unbelievable. This is a must for anyone interested in the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted and really brings home how amazingly lucky and grateful we should be to our veterans for their part in liberating Europe. Lets just hope that it hasn't all been in vain and we don't roll over and hand away our sovereignty to the EU.
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