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Battlefield - Great European Battles of WWII - As Seen On PBS [Blu-ray]


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Editorial Reviews

This great war series from TMG and NBC Universal chooses historic battles in history and provides accurate, intimate details of the battles themselves, complete with archival footage, weapons used and portraits of the leaders and commanders. This set covering three of the most challenging battles in WWII Europe includes Battle of Britain, Battle of France and Battle of the Rhine . 2010/color-b&w/6 hrs/NR.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047WYDKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is like the other Battlefield documentaries.
painter
I liked the way PBS presented the information showing both sides of each battle.
Movie Person
It is well narrated with a goodly amount of actual film footage.
Joseph B. Cox Jr.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Everett A. Ham, III on December 8, 2010
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The "Battlefield" series (all of them) on the second World War are the best that have been produced thus far. Narrated by Tim Pigot-Smith, they contain film from all of the sides that are relevant to the battle being presented. The commanders, weapons, order of battle, tactics, etc. are all presented from a factual point of view so that a better understanding of the specific battle, as well as the politics, logistics and impact on other actions can be much better understood.

The footage used is not the same footage you have seen over and over again in the vast majority of WWII documentary productions. This is not to say that you won't see any footage that you have seen before but you will see quite a bit that you haven't or has not been used in the actual context of the battle in which it was shot.

You will find that you have gained a better understanding after watching any of the Battlefield" WWII series.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MattM (me mums says i'ma genius) on December 8, 2010
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So let me start with the battlefield series being the best ww2 documentary made. I'm not really a fan of the world at war series, but the BBC ww2 series comes in a close second.I purchased all of the available releases that just came out on blu-ray for this series. I haven't gone through all of them yet, but basically this blu-ray version appears to be most likely the exact same as these new releases, but with dvd visual quality wise. The bit-rate shows up at around 7-8 mbps which for reference is about the same as the re-release of metropolis on DVD. Blu-Ray should be somewhere at around 25 mbps. This hasn't been remastered its just basically been rereleased.It is presented in 4:3 aspect ratio with grey bars on the side on an HD monitor.All that saying the series is awesome. It's convenient to get multiple episodes on one disc, not mention how much you save buying the older releases which go for around $15 each. I'm a bit bummed that they didn't remaster or upconvert the video though, and the grey bars are bit distracting (I couldn't find a way to remove them. I believe its part of the movie, not added by my player). Otherwise the battlefield series itself is excellent.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Becker on October 28, 2010
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Whether you're a WWII buff, or just a fan of military history in general, you absolutely have to buy this, along with the other three Battlefield sets. These are the original documentaries broadcast on PBS back in the mid-90's, they were great then and still hold up today. Each disk is the story of a different battle, taking you through the prelude, the men in charge, the equipment, the battle itself, and finally the aftermath. There are no interviews as the purpose is to give you the over all strategic view of the fight. The film footage is from the actual battles, and not just generic battle footage like so many other documentaries show. Brilliantly put together, these are hands down the best documentaries on the actual battles of WWII ever made.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RHan on March 15, 2011
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Having originally recorded this series on VHS back in the mid 1990s I had tried for years to find a copy on DVD. When I found it a few years back I had to order it from the U.K. and play it on a PAL DVD Player. Thankfully it has been finally formatted to Region 1 and repackaged in this new series for US viewers.

This is one of the most comprehensive series for fans of military history and it presents these great battles at both a strategic and tactical level. It is one of the few programs, especially when it was originally produced 15 years ago, that provided simple, yet clear graphics to explain troop levels and deployments to a great level of detail. Each episode is self contained providing significant coverage of the events preceding the specific battle and if you watch several episodes you will therefore have a fair amount of overlap.

I appreciate the style of the program which uses only narration, music, archive footage (often edited at a quick pace) and graphics. I especially enjoy the episodes which Tim-Piggot Smith narrated. Unlike other programs there are no interviews or sound bites of either renowned figures (like The World at War) or of average soldiers who participated. The approach can be summed up in a word as "academic", a word that would often make me shy away from a program but in this case I think is very true.

I only hope the episodes from later parts of the series will also be converted and available for purchase.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By richard on October 18, 2010
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I have been waiting for this series to come out in dvd,since I frist saw the series on PBS.This is one of the best series on WWII that I have ever watched.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Webb on August 1, 2011
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I first saw this series on PBS and have often wanted to see it again. More than any other war documentary, this suite brings forth the awful magnitude of WWII, especially for the Eastern Front. The organization of each segment is designed to bring out every aspect of the key engagements with clarity and power. This includes a critical analysis of political and military strategies as well as the weapons and forces used by each side. The mistakes made by the Nazis and the Allies are told with simplicity and balance. Although the computer animation is from the 90s, it is very effectively combined with combat footage to present a powerful and clear understanding of each engagement. The necessary background conflicts that lead up to each major battle provide a comprehensive view of the war in Europe and Africa. The Pacific War is not extensively covered but the great naval battles of Midway and Leyte Gulf are included in one set. The narration by Tim Piggot Smith is superb and not overly theatrical. I just read "The Storm of War" by Andrew Roberts. It makes an excellent compliment to this series.
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