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Wwii in Hd [Blu-ray] [US Import]

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002RUNMMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,861 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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We have seen much British war footage covering the Allied contribution in both black and white and colour, so it makes a refreshing change to see the war from an American perspective. An excellent series which, even though it is marked Region A/1, plays well on UK players.

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So, as with all Blu-Rays in my collection, I move my seat closer to the screen to enjoy the cinematic resolution offered by Blu-Ray - and after a half hour of varied quality imagery, sat back in my seat for what is effectively a standard (for UK, not for the US) resolution set of archive footage. What's notably worse in the archive footage is a curious mixture of 4:3 original, either stretched to widescreen (wrong aspect ratio), or cropped to widescreen (missing top and bottom). It has a mix mostly of genuine colour footage but includes far too much of the bane of all documentary purists - 'colorised' black and white footage, which looks like it came from the 'Battlefront in Color' DVD set. For example, I've seen much higher quality newsreel based footage of Pearl Harbour elsewhere. Here the focus has been on previously unseen colour footage which is quite poor in quality and limited in coverage, given the enormity of the event.

The opportunity that has been missed with much of this archive footage is the lack of digital restoration. With only a few exceptions, there has generally been no obvious attempt to stabilise, or clean up the dust and scratches on the footage they used (and I don't include 'colorisation' which here is mostly worse than the black and white footage). This is more true of the early days of the war - the first 2-3 episodes. The picture quality situation (probably due to the volume of colour archival footage increasing as we progress chronologically through the war) does appear to improve with later programmes in the series.

I've seen comparisons on the US site to 'the World at War'. With the greatest respect, such a comparison is not sensible to make.
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I'm not normally an avid watcher of WW II documentaries, and thought as many others did that the final and definitive word has been spoken on the subject, in the BBC World at War series The World At War: The Ultimate Restored Edition 2010 [Blu-ray]. However, this series adds a new scope and dimension to remembering the Second World War. The combination of the approach to the material, and the material itself, has produced something incredibly memorable, sobering, informative, and essential viewing. The material is colour footage, mostly unseen until now, found, as the series prologue says, over a two year search. This has been photographed with High definition, to preserve the material. So what you are saying is high definition version of material of various quality - 8mm, 16mm, often blemished with the ravages of time. Seeing this material, which mostly reflects the Pacific campaign, though North Africa and Europe are well represented, is extraordinary. The distance emotionally and time-wise from the events that you have when seeing them in black and white, is not so easy when presented with the stark reality in colour. It makes the moments more vivid, and more human.. which brings us to how they have handled this material. Rather than try and tell the story of the war from a broad overview of tactics etc - we see the events through 12 different peoples first hand perspective. This is war, as seen through the eyes of individuals, not the historians's traditional dispassionate approach. If there is a down side, it is that this is a very America-centric view of the war, starting from Pearl Harbour and concluding with VJ Day.Read more ›
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My set seems to be missing at least one disc.

The first disc starts with the attack on Pearl Harbour and I was sure there had been some earlier battles - in the skies over Britain, on land in North Africa and, oh yes, a skirmish or two in Russia. There was also the odd problem in the North Atlantic as I recall.

Does anyone else have this problem of the missing first disc? It has bothered me so much I can't watch any more of what I thought might be a nice history lesson.
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Having recently - and belatedly - watched Band of Brothers I was keen to purchase this blu-ray. The footage and reconstruction of history around it is extraordinary. The narration and account of the soldiers is meticulously done. This is an essential set of discs for any viewer interested in this period of history. It is remarkable how much excellent footage the producers have compiled together. Highly recommended.
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This film series received a lot of adverse criticism because it only featured Americans and gave the impression that they had won the war for us. It is probably true to say that without the help of the US, the war could have been lost and would almost certainly have lasted much longer. It should be borne in mind that this was an American production, so the prime focus was on the US involvement. A lot of the footage was set in the Pacific and the Allies were not so much involved and hence did not appear nor even get a mention. The US only entered the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and had to fight on two fronts. Their first action in Europe was Operation Torch in North Africa, in 1942. The Allies were given full credit for their part in that and also in the D-Day landings where the Americans suffered very heavy losses on Omaha Beach. From North Africa the Americans joined the Allies in attacking Sicily and Italy and then advancing through southern France to join up with the invasion forces coming from the north. They bore the brunt of the attack in the Ardennes, in the Battle of the Bulge. Again, this being an American production, the film concentrated on the activities of the US troops but credit was given to the involvement of the Allies, where appropriate. The US and the Allies co-operated all the way across Europe to Berlin and this was clearly stated.

The whole series was seen through the eyes of twelve US participants with occasion flashes to the present day where they reminisced about their experiences. I did not find this at all odd. A similar technique was used in `Band of Brothers' where all the battle footage was recreated by actors. In this series the battle scenes were genuine archive footage.
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