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The World at War - The Ultimate Restored Edition [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free]

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Product details

  • Directors: Peter Tiffin
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 1949 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (776 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IN7YPU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,631 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Product Description

The World at War: The Ultimate Restored Edition is the definitive version of one of the greatest documentary series ever made. Each frame has been painstakingly restored and the audio enhanced and upgraded so that this is the best this award-winning series has ever looked and sounded. Now on Blu-ray this is the ultimate way to watch this classic series. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and first broadcast in 1973 when memories of the Second World War were still clear in people's minds and the war's veterans numerous, over 26 episodes this unique series assembled these recollections, together with archive footage, to create one of the most powerful and successful historical documentaries ever seen. The voices of those that fought, worked or watched during the war gave each episode a vivid sense of what it was like to be there and was the hallmark of the series.

Brand new to this DVD boxset for the first time ever:
Hard of hearing subtitles
5.1 DTS HDMA surround sound audio
New widescreen presentation
Each frame was panned and scanned according to strict guidelines following the tests done to ensure that the focus of the picture is always on the most important action so that we retained the quality of the original series.

Over 10 hours of special features includes:
Brand new - Restoring the World at War - narrated by Sir Jeremy Isaacs, this feature explores every element of the restoration process
11 features including the making of the original series
Photo galleries
Biographies Speeches and songs
Newsreels and maps.

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When this epic series was first broadcast in 1973 it redefined the gold standard for television documentary; it remains the benchmark by which all factual programming must judge itself. Originally shown as 26 one-hour programmes, The World at War set out to tell the story of the Second World War through the testimony of key participants. The result is a unique and unrepeatable event, for many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long left to live: the programme-makers were only just in time. Each hour-long programme is carefully structured to focus on a key theme or campaign, from the rise of Nazi Germany to Hitler's downfall and the onset of the Cold War. There are no academic "talking heads" here to spell out an official version of history; the narration, delivered with wonderful gravitas by Sir Laurence Olivier, is kept to a minimum. The show's great coup was to allow the participants to speak for themselves. Painstaking research in the archives of the Imperial War Museum also unearthed a vast quantity of newsreel footage, including on occasion the cameraman's original raw rushes which present an unvarnished and never-before-seen picture of important events. Carl Davis' portentous main title theme and score underlines the grand scale of the enterprise. The original 26 episodes were supplemented three years later by six special programmes (narrated by Eric Porter), bringing the total running time to a truly epic 32 hours. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Just bought this and its fantastic - the best documentary ever made - Everyone should be made to watch this and make the youth of today understand what everyone did 70 odd years ago for everyone's freedom today - The most brutal, hard, honest and real footage you will ever see - Real people in a proper time - buy this now !!!!!!!!!!!
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A great documentary series from the 1970's about WW2. Restored to it's full glory, this was a landmark series that fully described the actions in WW2, it interviewed people from all side of the conflict (many of which are now gone). It personal interviews of the people who went through these events gives you a feeling of what it was like to live during those times.
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By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2017
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A masterpiece of documentary TV. Laurence Olivier's narration has impeccable gravitas.

Essential.
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If you have a problem getting rid of subtitles as I did, the trick is to go to the main menu....and turn them on. Other than that excellent
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Great read for anyone who is interested in the World War, very intense and informative.
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good thanks
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This should be required viewing for high school students the world over. I first saw it in year 8 when I was fourteen about 20 odd years ago on VHS when I was off school with chicken pox.

My only complaint is that the tops have been chopped off for widescreen tellies.
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Fantastic documentary series that richly deserves it's reputation as the definitive television record of the Second World War. It should be compulsory viewing for all students of history and anyone who is interested in events that continue to affect our world.
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