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Days That Shook the World: Pilot and Season 1 (2008)

Rafael Haider , Derek Lawson , Alex Lay , Carl Hindmarch  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rafael Haider, Derek Lawson, Chris Rogers, Peter Guinness, Aere Adel
  • Directors: Alex Lay, Carl Hindmarch, David Bartlett, Matthew Whiteman, Nic Young
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 770 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017XFSP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Days That Shook the World: Pilot and Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 12 episodes plus the pilot on 2 discs.

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The events that shaped our world: from the tragedies of history to the triumphs of scientific development. There are landmarks of our time that, when linked together, provide a distillation of the 20th Century's defining experiences: on each of these two days the lives of millions were changed for ever. Incredible breakthroughs; acts of shocking brutality; icons for change in a callous world; and stories underlined by hope all form the themes of these compelling programmes. Moments such as the liberation of Nelson Mandela, the assassination of MLK, the first transatlantic radio message, the breaking of the sound barrier, the first nuclear reaction and the moon landings, are examined through dramatic reconstruction, eye-witness accounts and archive footage.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Days That Shook the World September 3, 2013
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I use this for my U.S. History students when we cover World War I. The clips are awesome! They are as entertaining as they are educational. I would highly recommend this for any American History or World History teachers out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series ( Full Listing ) October 3, 2012
Days That Shook The World was first shown by the BBC in 2003 and follows the trend of drama-documentaries by mixing reconstructions with news footage in a series of hour-long shows that take two important and somewhat related days and dramatises and documents what happened. This connection can be somewhat loose, such as the pairing of Marconi's first transatlantic radio transmission and Concorde's first flight into John F Kennedy airport in New York. Granted, the ocean that had to be crossed is the same but the mediums, technology and importance are vastly different. However, some are very much better, including a genuinely tense and shocking dramatisation of the Kristallnacht. In occasional moments, the series breaks from its own rules by devoting an entire hour to one subject, such as the bombing of Hiroshima or to the negotiations that brought the first world war to an end but, typically, it's a half-hour per topic and, sometimes, offers some very surprising moments in amongst the expected.

As a History buff I really enjoy watching any kind of documentaries about the past, and I think this series is great. A lot of different events are covered, all of them are interesting and very well researched. The narrator is good and the footages are great. Just don't expect to see anything in HD however. So if, like me, you are a History buff who enjoys watching all kind of documentaries then I highly recommend this series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BE FOOLED! January 4, 2011
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I saw this program on the history Channel and loved it! I even taped it so I could use it as a resource to teach my high school history students. The VCR tape was starting to get old and the quality was deteriorating. I figured I would get it on DVD to replace it - boy was I wrong! This DVD has a dry, English accent narrator which was not on the American History Channel version. His voice is matter-of-fact, and not dramatic enough to keep you interested. After a while, it became like white noise, and all I was really watching was old black and white archival footage. It's amazing how the absence of a Hollywood voice has such an effect...I'm disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD September 17, 2008
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