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The War - A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
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Burns did exactly what he said he was going to do: tell the American experience of World War Two from the point of view of everyday, average American citizens.
I'm sure that Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick would be the first to agree that viewers looking for more "big picture" information (about political alliances, military strategy, technological development, the war's global impact) would do well to supplement this series with other sources of information. Burns isn't telling those stories, and the omissions are on purpose. This film looks at the war from a different angle, adding a new layer of social history to the big stories that have already been told. I think people should judge this work on the merits of the goals that Burns set out for himself, and not simply project their own personal historical and political wishlists onto it. (Axton)
Ken Burns has done an outstanding job with this new series. He tells the history of the war in it its many theaters, but more importantly, he tells the history from the average person's viewpoint. This is what makes the series sometimes hard to watch because it makes the horrors of war all too real. Hearing a private fighting in the Phillipines realize that his life is "expendable", hearing a d-day veteran who lost his brother in the same campaign say that he would have rather returned without his arms and legs than without his brother, seeing the massive toll of lives in lesser known (at least to my generation) operations such as market garden brings the history of this war into our hearts and minds. I've learned about America's isolationist policy before entering the war as well as much more detail about the war. It was a horrible war and my heart aches for all of the lives lost. I hope this scope of war is never again fought on our planet. This is why I'm purchasing this series - for my children to watch and learn from when they are old enough. This is history that should not be forgotten. Thank you Ken Burns.
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True American Heros, worth every minute of your time to watch the whole series!Published 4 hours ago by jason giglio
This has to be one of the greatest series I have ever watched. I am from Alabama and very familiar with Mobile (one of the cities featured). Read morePublished 3 days ago by Todd Perkins
This is an incredible film series about WWII. I highly recommend it. I have learned about WWII that I never knew before.Published 6 days ago by J. Armstrong
This was a very good doc.. It detailed the war in a way I had never seen before. Very good.Published 8 days ago by R Jarrell
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|Is The War DVD set in HD?||
The set that is coming out next week is the first version of this series to hit DVD, it does not appear to be in HD. FYI, PBS sets by default are "pricey", you should have did what I did, preordered and applied 2 gift certificates to it ;-)
Sep 25, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 23 posts
DVD players are inexpensive, I have two small units that cost under $40 and they perform admirably. My suggestion is to buy your parents a DVD player and hook it up for them, then give them a few lessons on how to use it. Even if they only use it to view The War, I bet they'll thank you for it.
Oct 2, 2007 by Max W. | See all 5 posts
I am on the review page for the discs as we speak. I see nothing about getting the book for free. All I see is that customers who bought the discs also bought the book but as a separate item. On occasion Amazon will offer a discount off their already low price if you buy 2 items together.... Read More
Oct 10, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 5 posts
|Has this DVD any closed caption?||
Yes and it also has English subtitles, you have your choice :-)
Oct 24, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 7 posts
English only and is also cc'd in English
Jun 13, 2008 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
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