The Great War - BBC Series 6 Disc Boxset [DVD]
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The Great War is one of the most ambitious and prestigious series ever produced by the BBC. Drawing on over one million feet of film, hundreds of exclusive interviews and contemporary diaries and letters, this documentary masterpiece is by far the most comprehensive film history of World War One ever made. A truly epic production lasting over seventeen hours, it was surely the inspiration for A World At War, which it closely resembles. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave and featuring the voices of many other leading actors of the day including Sir Ralph Richardson and Marius Goring, this magnificent series is now available containing all 26 episodes, complete and uncut.
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Highly recommended. "He who keeps one eye on the past is blind in one eye. He who ignores the past is blind in both eyes..." Not sure if that is a real quote but I like it like that. If you want to know the start of the story that leads to the modern British involvement in Iraq it starts here in WW1.
The Great War is a BBC production that predates World at War by almost 20 years. A black and white documentary that follows the course of World War 1 in a series that puts World War 1 in the best context that I have ever seen and I often rewatch the episodes.
World War 1 is often passed over as a stagnant trench warfare, yet it was far more dynamic and it shaped the world as it is today, including World War 2 as is often remarked, the last bullet fired in World War 1 was the first of World War 2.
The documentary is different in style then what we are used to today but it has such class that I think it has aged very well. It also surprised me to see how much actual film footage was available from the war. It is heavily narrated and quoted with poems and letters of great men of the time but this is simply the way it was done then and the BBC have always taken their job seriously. To this interviews with veterans from the war are added and it becomes a rare insight into the first world war.
I have seen several episodes since about events of World War 1 but no series does the whole war as much justice and completeness than this series. If you are interested in military history then this is a set to be owned.
When it was broadcast (before the VCR was invented) it became the main event of the week and social events were not arranged for the night it was shown because nobody would show - the pubs and restaurateurs hated it!
There will never be anything this good again. Buy it. Today.
Having recently seen ITV's classic "The World at War", I was reminded of this earlier BBC series of the earlier conflict, which had appeared on the then-new BBC2 during my student days. Sir Jeremy Isaacs, producer of "The World at War", frankly confessed his admiration for it. I found to my surprise that it has only recently been made available on DVD, having hidden in the BBC archives for half a century. It is a LOT more expensive that the ITV series.
Is it worth it? For amateur students of human folly such as myself, most definitely yes. In retrospect, it is astounding that it was made at all. The BBC put a lot of authentic film together - I was surprised at how much there actually was, and found the quality sometimes amazingly good. There is quite a bit of clearly acted footage ( "All quiet on the Western Front"?), and the same shots are often repeated (the German soldier throwing a "potato masher" grenade comes up time and again). And then there are the big guns and explosions - lots and lots of big guns and explosions. Lots of the same big guns and explosions. Understandable, I guess, as massive bombardments were a feature of the battles of the Great War.
A particularly nice feature is the mass of interviews of veterans from all nations.Read more ›
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Iremember sitting with my father and watching this wonderful piece of television. I can honestly say that it sparked my love of history,and
has remained with me all these... Read more
The DVD's are OK but is was very very overpriced. The outer box was badly damaged and considering we paid over $400 we expected a new set of DVD's, these look second hand.Published 7 months ago by Lyn Green-Looms
Monumental series, but the whole collection was given out free by the Daily Mail a few years ago. I don't think I'd pay £350 for the collectionPublished 20 months ago by Keith K Hughes
im watching it on bbc channel 4 and on bbc iplayer ...hope they finish it on tvPublished 21 months ago by bazilbrush
Its a great series BUT where did the price come from its an absolute rip off.Published 23 months ago by D V N
The BBC's 1960's great war series is to the first world war what ITV's the world at war is to the second. Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by AV1
This arrived promptly. I can't claim to have watched all of it, but the parts I have watched are excellent. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by Cathy T