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The World Wars: The Complete History of WWI and WWII


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Both comprehensive and intimate, THE WORLD WARS: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF WWI AND WWII is a survey of some of history s most critical engagements, a broad collection of documentary programming that details the world-changing events of World War I and World War II, including the battles and strategies, the men and machines, and the horror and heroism that marked these epic conflicts. Experience in WWI: The Great War the birth of the 'War To End All Wars' and the tragic, final day on November 11, when over 13,000 men died. In the four-year period from 1914-1918, the war was responsible for over 40 million casualties and over 20 million deaths. And see the momentous triumphs and most bitter defeats of the second World War in Ultimate Collections: World War II, an anthology of the most significant war of the 20th century featuring original archival footage, interviews with military experts and historians, and gripping reenactments.

BONUS FEATURES: Bonus Blunders 'Battle of the Bulge,' 'Bridge Too Far,' 'Bomb Plot To Kill Hitler,' and 'The Scattering of Convoy PQ17'

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Product Details

  • Actors: Artist Not Provided
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 1538 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NB41ZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Thea's twelve DVDs are merely a collection of smaller sets of DVDs put together.
Doc
We thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciate how history was "pulled together" for us in The World Wars.
jan
Saw the series when on History Channel and am pleased to have it to watch again and again.
Judith P. Burgess

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Logic101 on June 6, 2014
Format: DVD
I needed a brush up on my History and this provided some quality revisits to the past Wars. They could have expounded with probably another 2-6 more hours as some things were just briefly touched upon. I had forgotten how Stalin rose to power and this filled those details. I was reminded how Chamberlain had a complete appeasing approach to Hitler and thankfully Churchill was the only voice of reason for defending England. I had forgotten Patton slapped a G.I. and was removed from active duty but later recalled to assemble a rouse mission to allow for D-day. Tojo and Japan and the bombs were illustrated and accurate narrative about American lives saved because it lead to their surrender was fair. Yes war world 1 and trench war was covered and the early days of all the pivotal men in 2 were discussed. My 8 year old and I watch in 1/2 Segments. I couldn't say I found overt commentary suggesting a leftist or rightist agenda regarding the interpretation of these historical events. I did however want more on the Air bombings of London; More pivotal naval battles; Discussion of the Final Solution. Certainly this series could have easily been expanded.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2014
Format: DVD
The History Channel presents a miniseries of six hours on three nights as an overview of the concept that the beginnings of WW I and the events that occurred in that first World War were played out by the same set of characters and in doing so the series presents the backgrounds of each of the major world players in a manner that allows us to see them as individuals rather than historical tropes. Until Amazon makes this available this review is pictured by another series made two years ago with a bit of a different approach. But for those who may be deciding whether or not to catch the current series, hopefully this brief overview will assist.

As the description for the series state, `The World Wars tells the story of three decades of war told through the eyes of various men who were its key players: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur. The series examines the two wars as one contiguous timeline starting in 1914 and concluding in 1945 with these unique individuals coming of age in World War I before ultimately calling the shots in World War II.

Narrated by Jeremy Renner and with comments throughout the series from Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, John McCain, John Major, Mario Monti and many historians and correspondents form the US and Britain, the series is a collage of battle scenes (some repetitive, but war is repetitive), but adding the young and old versions of Stalin (Jacopo Rampini /not listed), Mussolini (Nabil Vinas/Jonathan Hartman), MacArthur (Prescott Hathaway/not listed), DeGaulle (Michael Perrie. Jr./Don Meehan), Churchill (Tom Vickers/Ian Beyts), Hitler (Maximillian Klas/not listed ), Lenin (C Conrad Cady), Patton (Matt Dearman/Don Hartman), FDR (Kevin McKillip/not listed), and Tojo (not listed).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A Dignan on July 28, 2014
Format: DVD
I am interested in the two world wars. This is the best series I have ever seen. Thousands of facts; great "sets" and actors...the real film footage is remarkable. Just fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Cini on November 22, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched it to make sure it was of good quality before giving it as a gift as I intended. I'm glad I did! The explanations of the causes of the two World Wars were over simplified to the point of being useless and a little misleading. The rest of the time is filled with random, poor quality newsreel films pieced together. The only redeeming feature is the interviews with the veterans. Since I have opened the sealed package, I m not sure I can return it but I'm going to try because I will never watch it again and I certainly will not give it as a gift! I am a fan of the History Channel so I am very disappointed in this set.
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VERY disappointing, and sad that History would put their name on it. (I actually wondered if it wasnt put together by somebody else and they stole the logo to give it street cred) .

Many of the discs are simply a compilation of other videos thrown together, with many of the transitions so broken I felt like I would get whiplash the direction turned so violently. You would be watching one narration, when suddenly it would switch to an entirely different narrator/video that may or may not be an exact continuation of the story. Typically you would be in about the same time period, but it obviously doesnt transition from the first to the second. Its like somebody took a big bunch of older shows/clips and threw together everything quickly with minimal editing just to get SOMETHING to sell.

And I could see them throwing together just a bunch of old programs renamed as a collection, but this is worse. Some stories are roughly (or not) edited stitched together parts of different shows. I would call some of the segments on this "Frankensteins". (15 minutes from show A, 5 minutes from Show B, 20 minutes from Show C, then 10 minutes from Show A again.)

If you can find this for $20 or less, it might be a good buy simply due to the massive amount of raw footage and information. This is NOT a well edited series you would expect from The History Channel, and would NOT be aired on their network "as is".
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