This 2 DVD set deals with the first US offensive in WWII against Japan. The campaign included the Marines and the Navy. The campaign to secure the island lasted six months and it included six major naval battles.
Format: Color, NTSC, Dolby, Full Screen
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
This is a spectacular documentary on Guadalcanal. It is the 2 disc version of the Timeless Media Group's Guadalcanal - Island of Death Documentary. There is a one disc version which has 9 reviews. This one has the wrong pubisher listed on the Amazon description which is why it might not get the proper attention it deserves.
It is nearly 4 hours (230 minutes) in length and does a specatacular job of telling the story. It contains commentary from 3 different historians and several veterans of the battle. It does a great job of highighting the ships lost in the various naval engagements. It does a nice job of comparing the aircraft involved. It uses computer animated maps to show troop movements for the major battles.
This production does have some interesting facts it presents, such as how the Navy Department tackled logistic problems and ship reinforcement during the first six months of the Japan-USA war, and the fact that other carrier based raids were carried out against the Japanese in the western Pacific during the period of the Dolittle raid on Tokyo. Food poisoning our Marines and sailors came down with when they were fed spoiled chicken (green meat)during the voyage from California to New Zealand, which is disgracefull.
But there are problems. First, one of the historians they interview is given to exageration, such as statements he made regarding the Battle of the Coral Sea. He states correctly that this was the first carrier vs. carrier battle in naval history, and the first naval battle in which neither fleet's ships sighted each other from on deck. But then, as if to confirm or emphasize these points, he states that only the carriers were engaged in the combat. Well, this is just not true, neither logically nor factually. The task forces for both sides sailed with a variety of escort ships- destroyers, cruisers, supply ships, etc. These ships on both sides were attacked by opposing aircraft during the battle, and of course, the guns on all those non-carrier ships fired back. So obviously, these ships were engaged in the combat, and some of them were sunk, and they shot down their share of aircraft.
Another thing that I have become frustrated with over the years, and is apparent in this film, is the rather free use of stock footage in this production, to the point that some segments might now be labelled as 'generic footage'.Read more ›
As noted by another reviewer,this is outstanding. And a great price for the 2 disks. TMG has produced some excellent DVDs in the Battlefield series. also. I did think that more material on the Cactus Air Force should have been included. Success of the campaign depended greatly on their contributions. Some viewers might be interested in the fictional John Wayne movie In Harm's Way which has some correspondence with the campaign. There is a good presentation about the Cactus Air Force in Series 1 of Dogfights (Guadalcanal section) which are computer reconstructions of some of the dogfights involving the aces (includes interviews too)
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This dvd is excellent in telling of the first island invasion on the road to victory over the Jappanese. It took 6 months to secure the island and it was touch and go during that time. This dvd is well done and if you are a WW II buff you have to have this. I give it 5 stars. If you are a Marine, buy it with pride.
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