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The popular view of the First World War is dominated by cliche. Young soldiers were led to ghastly deaths in muddy wastes on the Western Front by incompetent generals for reasons that were seemingly futile. And although cliches are not necessarily lies, they are, at best, a selective view of the truth. On the centenary of the start of this terrible conflict, this special edition ten-part series offers a stunning account of the war, presenting new insights into one of the defining events of modern history, and, for the first time ever, a truly global vision of the conflict.

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  • Actors: Woodrow Wilson
  • Directors: Jonathan Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IS6WPT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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To Arms 1914
The complex origins of the Great War, and how seemingly insignificant local tensions in the Balkans exploded into World War

Under the Eagle 1914 - 1915
The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal and fanned the flames of war

Global War 1914 - 1916
The European Empires clashed all across the world, from the South Atlantic Seas to the plains of Africa

Jihad 1914 - 1916
The Turkish Ottoman Empire proved a formidable foe, as Allies found to their cost at Gallipoli and in the Middle East

Shackled to a Corpse 1914 - 1916
As the Germans and Austrians clashed with the Russians on the bitter Eastern Front, Italy became embroiled in a terrible slaughter

Breaking the Deadlock 1915 - 1917
The Somme and Verdun saw carnage on an unprecedented scale, as armies fought to break the stalemate on the Western Front

Blockade 1916 - 1917
The war at sea was every bit as bitter as the war on land. The battle at Jutland proved inconclusive, but the U-Boat menace threatened Britain as never before. Meanwhile America entered the war.

Revolution 1917
The effects of The Great War shattered nations, inspired mass mutinies by desperate troops, caused great upheaval on the home front and changed the world forever.

Germany's Last Gamble 1918
Over 1 million German troops were committed to Kaiserschlacht - the last great offensive of the war, while conflict still raged on many other fronts

War Without End
The dramatic Allied victory at Amiens led to victory in just 100 days and the signing of a bitterly resented peace, while other nations stumbled towards their own ceasefire agreements
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Philip LaFrance on July 16, 2014
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An excellent ten part series of the origins, politics and battles of the First World War. I have seen these episodes several times on the Military Channel and wanted to add it to my collection. Considered the first industrial war WWI also created new nations and new animosities. It is a relevant documentary as witnessed by the conflicts in the Middle East and the continued attempts by the Atlantists to dominate Africa.

The quality of transfer is fine and the amount of archived films is vast. There is plenty of educational value to :"The First World War" and a strong moral lesson to be learned. Unfortunately this lesson fell on deaf ears. One hundred years after the start of WWI every nation that was involved is still trying to fix the mistakes only to create a bigger mess. IMHO we are still fighting World War One with no end in site.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Nicholls on May 21, 2014
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My copy arrived the other day. Amazon glossed over the technical specs but the new copy is different than the older OOP Image set. The Image set was listed as 1.33:1 AR but the new set is 16:9 widescreen anamorphic. The film comprises original WWI vintage BW film intermixed with still photos and recent color footage of the towns and countryside of interest as they appear today.

Entertainment One got the set onto 3 discs whereas Image required 4 discs. If the Image set truly was 1.33:1 AR then the new set is vastly superior as the film makes extensive use of the widescreen format in its composition. The quality of the BW film footage varies but the modern color footage is of high quality.

Ten episodes of 50 minutes each. I've watched the first three thus far. Knowing what I do I strongly recommend the new set versus looking for a copy of the Image set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Linne on December 17, 2014
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I first watched this series on the Military Channel years ago and when I saw it here I knew I had to have it! This collection is by far the best documentary on World War I I've seen.

The Pros:

The narration is very well scripted and informative. Never once was I lost on what was going on.

Each of the ten episodes focus on a different aspect of the war, from Turkey's motivations and participation in the war to the beginnings of the Russian Revolution.

The backgrounds and motives of the major players of the war are explored, adding to understanding of the conflict.

Great quotes from soldiers and political figures from both sides of the fighting.

Greater encompassing of the scale of the war. Something that I've noticed with many productions on World War I (at least here in the US) is that they tend to focus on the Western Front and ignore the other theaters of combat. This documentary shows the viewer the other areas of operation of the war, from south and east Africa to actions in the Pacific Ocean.

Shows how the peace treaty at Versailles in many ways led to the outbreak of World War II some twenty years later.

The Cons:

It would've been interesting if the series also touched on the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in 1918. They knew the Bolsheviks were pulling Russia out of the Eastern Front; so Britain, France, America, and Japan invaded Russia to defeat the communists and bring the country back into the war. The operation was ultimately moot once Germany surrendered later that year, but it was also part of the overall conflict.

Like the above, I would've liked to see them touch on the Allied partition of Turkey and the subsequent Turkish War of Independence.
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