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The True Glory - From D-Day to the Fall of Berlin

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The Imperial War Museum Collection features rare and fascinating original films preserved in the Museum’s archives. Many have never been released to the public before and are presented here, complete and uncut, for the very first time.

Winner of the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary, The True Glory (co-directed by Carol Reed and Garson Kanin) was produced by the Allied military during 1944-45 as a permanent visual record of the campaign in Europe. Covering every major engagement from D-Day to the fall of Berlin, this auspicious production (widely regarded as one of the greatest war documentaries ever made) features an introduction by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who approved the film prior to its release.

This special 2-disc collector’s edition also includes the original alternative ending to The True Glory (covering the progress of the war up to VJ Day) as well as four full-length British wartime documentaries produced for the Ministry of Information.

From Italy to D-Day
Covering the war in Europe from July 1943 to June 1944, this film concentrates on the land operations of the Western Allies and was produced by British Movietone News.

From D-Day to Paris
Produced by British Movietone News, this film covers the liberation of Cherbourg and Caen, the German counterattack on Mortain, and culminates with the liberation of Paris.

From Paris to the Rhine
This film produced by British Movietone News follows the course of the war during the last months of 1944 including the war in the Balkans, Hungary and Scandinavia.

From the Rhine to Victory
Produced by British Paramount News, this film focuses on the closing stages of the war against Germany including the Western Allies crossing the Rhine, the opening of concentration camps and the capture of Berlin.


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  • Actors: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Fallon, Robert Harris, Peter Ustinov
  • Directors: Carol Reed, Garson Kanin
  • Writers: Peter Ustinov, Arthur Macrae, Eric Maschwitz, Frank Harvey, Gerald Kersh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NH4CI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, The True Glory documents the victory on the Western Front, from the invasion at Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.

The officially credited director was Garson Kanin. British director Carol Reed was not officially credited, but is listed as director on IMDB and other sources. Paddy Chayefsky is the officially listed writer. Other writers not officially credited are Harry Brown, Frank Harvey, Gerald Kersh, Saul Levitt, Arthur Macrae, Eric Maschwitz, Jenny Nicholson, Guy Trosper and Peter Ustinov. There were so many people involved in this rather remarkable documentary -- which received the Oscar for best documentary in 1945 -- that it's impossible to list them all.
The film was (brilliantly) edited down from more than 10 million feet of film taken by hundreds of war photographers, none of whom are credited. The editing involved is extraordinary. During one long segment of film, there must have been thousands cuts, each less than 2 seconds in length, most no more than one second long. That is a lot of splicing. It's beautifully done, professional all the way.

You may have seen other propaganda films from World War II, but this isn't one of those.
I've watched a lot of war movies and this is no less professional than any movie I've ever seen. The difference for me was the realization that I was looking at the real war, not a Hollywood version. The effects were not done with a computer. The bodies of the dead are the bodies of soldiers. They aren't actors. The guns are firing ammunition, no special effects. The ships are on the seas. The aircraft, pilots, bombardiers are the real deal. The battles are life and death in real-time. It gave me the shivers.
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A good look at one of the most significant events in human history. Enjoyable and informative
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