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The Last Voices of WWI - A Generation Lost (2011)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 221 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HHX9XC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Horrors of World War I are relived as last survivors tell their tales in this new series

The Last Voices of WWI is a unique and harrowing six-part documentary series featuring testimonials from more than 100 WWI veterans. This culmination of interviews captured over the last 15 years has been put together in one series for the first time, along with historic newsreel footage and dramatic reconstructions.

Winner of a Royal Television Society Documentary Award (2009), this breathtaking series is praised for providing a unique historical record of a lost generation.

Aired on the History Channel UK, 2008

Produced by multi-award winning documentarians testimony films

Features the first ever interview with Harry Patch and the only ever interview with Henry Allingham, the two last surviving veterans of the war and oldest men in the world at the respective ages of 111 and 113


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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary July 5, 2011
By triplev
I picked up this DVD at Target for $5 on a whim and was thrilled with it's content. The personal testimonies from veterans were remarkable. All of those interviewed were in their 90s or 100s and each recounted vividly their rememberances of the war. It was startling and touching. I also found it fascinating to hear from the nurses and stretcher bearers; a perspective which is not often touched upon in books or other documentaries. I highly recommend this volume and it is more than worth the price.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History! May 19, 2011
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This is a very well produced and valuable program that honors and preserves the history and sacrifice of British soldiers during World War One. Veterans, some well into 100+ years of age, were interviewed over a 15 year period. Harry Patch aged 111 and Henry Allingham aged 113 are featured as well as the Battles of the Somme, Arras and Ypres. The RFC/RNAS/RAF is nicely represented! The program has six episodes, slightly less than 4 hours of interviews, archival film footage and reenactments that complement the story. I particulary enjoyed watching and listening to how the veterans related their stories. This program is a must have for anyone with an interest in World War One! Other DVD programs that I recommend are The First World War - The Complete Series The Complete Story: World War I and World War I: The Great War.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great body of work, with one great flaw. February 12, 2012
By A Customer
The on camera interviews with the surviving veterans as well as a few family members of those who did not survive and civilians who experienced the war is an invaluable historical resource. The camera work of the interviews is well done and the inclusion of photographs of the veterans as young men is a very nice touch. The documentary also makes good use of archival motion picture footage of that period. Unfortunately the DVDs contain no close captioning.

People with hearing impairment will find the documentary quite disappointing and people with no hearing will find it useless. The interviewed veterans were quite long in years when the interviews were conducted so quite naturally many did not articulate clearly and some spoke with dialect accents which some viewers even with normal hearing will find difficult to understand. Given that this is a rather recent production I find the lack of CC to be quite surprising. I wish I could be able to give this documentary five stars, however as it exists now I can only give it three. I can only hope that someday it is re-edited and released with closed captioning.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary June 13, 2011
By J. Bush
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This is a very well produced and very decently priced documentary, that covers the whole war from a personal, British, point of view. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality for the price, and these personal accounts by veterans, whom are no longer with us, are priceless. You will not be disappointed. You have accounts here from veterans who, in many cases, survived the whole war, from 1914 to 1918. There is a veteran who still felt patriotic about having served in the war and another who thought it was all an entire waste. You also have accounts by a nurse, recounting her experiences with the wounded and the dying. This will make a great addition to anyone's collection of The Great War.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Voices of WWI - A Generation Lost (DVD) September 2, 2011
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Only the British would have had the foresight of interviewing these men before they left us. Honest truth about their lives in the trenches, their thoughts on the war then and at the end of their lives. Not only a lesson on war, but real hitory from the real source. Narration is perfect for setting up the interviewee comments. 1914 to 1918 covered, different viewpoints revealed... a must have for any real WW1 history buff. Miss these guys and I never met them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Junked up by re-enactments July 29, 2013
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It's a pet peeve of mine and maybe a few others share it: Re-enactors. The documentary footage, the still photographs and, of course, the men interviewed make this very compelling. But throughout the narrative the producers spliced in endless footage of modern-day re-enactors. The sense of viewing the past is broken every time they did it and they did it a lot. Why do I want to watch some modern-day young guy dressed up it WWI kit and playing at war? I was very disappointed when I saw The History Channel had a hand in making this it became obvious, because the History Channel does exactly the same thing. That's why I never watch The History Channel. There is no shortage of film and still photography from the Great War. There was no reason to do this except someone must think if it isn't in color the audience will switch it off. That's nonsense, of course. I would gladly have given this five stars if they had just thrown all the re-enactor footage in the trash. So, bottom line: It's worth watching, absolutely. But they added elements that weren't needed. That drooped it down to three stars for me. Pity.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching February 1, 2012
By oscar
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You get to hear from some of the real WWI veterans. This is a British production and worth seeing. After all, the Brits did fight a lot longer than us Americans, a lot longer. ...Oscar
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irreplaceable November 17, 2013
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A piece of very important history seen through the eyes of men who were there. These men are gone now, and this sort of record is priceless. For anyone you know who enjoys history, this is a one-of-a-kind gift.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Novarians and centurians recalling the war.
Truly, this was everything I hoped it would be. Amazing stories from very old vets.
Published 7 days ago by D. WARNER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brother loves it.
Published 10 days ago by Pam H
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Moving First-Hand Accounts
I loved every minute of listening to their stories...To be honest, I wish they could have gone on and on. Simply incredible!
Published 10 days ago by W.A.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I have on WW 1
Truly an outstanding documentary featuring the last few, at the time this was made, veterans nurses, and family members of the veterans. One of the best I have on WW 1. Read more
Published 12 days ago by randy ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Too long forgotten
The First World War. Too long forgotten. I have continued to study it. This film was a good help.
Published 21 days ago by Carol Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Captivating
Published 1 month ago by Ron Braxton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
GREAT HISTORY !!!!! WHAT AN EVENT.
Published 1 month ago by JERRY SULLIVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must to read.
Published 2 months ago by Marcos Koren
5.0 out of 5 stars UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WHAT WAR IS LIKE
THE IMPACT ON THE INDIVIDUAL IS ANNIHILATION; WHAT'S LEFT IS A SHELL OF A MAN WHO HOPES TO STUMBLE ON.
Published 5 months ago by PAULTAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Testimonies of WWI
Documentaries on WWI are tough to find. This one does a very good job of combining interviews with men who survived the battle and photo+ film footage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SQL
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