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Timeline - 1941 (1941)

Various , Various  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Whirlwind Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059HBH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As war stretches across Europe, America tries to stay neutral-until the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Relive the entire year through authentic newsreels. 2001/b&w/3 hrs., 30 min/NR.

A varied collection of vintage newsreel clips, audio material, and even movie trailers documents 1941, a year in which America tried to focus on a spectacular baseball season though entry into World War II would prove to be inevitable. The Movietone newsreel footage assembled in this collection contains lighthearted segments on the crowning of a new Miss America, a cotton picking contest, a motorboat show, and the New York Yankees defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. But the war news dominates. Dramatic footage shows damage from German air raids over London, including scenes of bomb damage on the famed clock Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the House of Commons. The biggest news event of 1941 was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and as it happened a Movietone cameraman was at the naval base to film the fleet. His footage, which was first approved by government authorities, is remarkable, showing the battleship Arizona as it burned after being bombed. An audio portion of the disc (still images are shown onscreen while it plays) contains live broadcasts by the bands of Harry James and Glenn Miller, and news broadcasts, including the entire "date which will live in infamy" speech President Roosevelt delivered before Congress following the Pearl Harbor attack. A collection of five movie trailers from 1941, including an unusual and innovative trailer for Citizen Kane, completes an informative and entertaining look at a remarkable year. --Robert J. McNamara

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Timeline" DVD Series --- Highly Recommended January 23, 2004
The "Timeline" series of programs from "Whirlwind DVD" are like have a portal back into the time featured. Via archived "Newsreels" of the day, you can view a glimpse of the past. The picture quality on these Newsreel segments can vary, but generally I'd say they were in very good shape. Sound is good and clear too.
Boasting 44 individual Newsreels in the "Video Chapter" portion of the DVD, this "1962" volume takes us on a fairly comprehensive trip around the world, circa 1962, a year that had John F. Kennedy in the White House, John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, the introduction of the ground-breaking "Telstar" communications satellite, President Kennedy's battle with U.S. Steel, the deaths of Eleanor Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe, and the biggest story of the year: the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, when the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the edge of nuclear catastrophe.
There is also a "Bonus" video chapter, which has Marilyn Monroe, less than three months before her sudden death, singing "Happy Birthday" to JFK, just prior to the President's 45th birthday in May '62. This bonus video clip runs for 3 minutes and 50 seconds and is a longer version of the Marilyn/JFK event than the normally very short snippet that is usually seen.
All the "Timeline" DVDs also feature an "Audio" section, with many top pop hits of that year presented. Here we get 10 of the top hits from '62, including "Twist And Shout", "Town Without Pity", "Let's Dance", and "Palisades Park". Audio quality is quite good for the musical section of the DVD. Pretty close to CD quality I'd say.
Also included in the "Audio" chapter of the disc, there's a "News" section, featuring radio accounts of major news stories of the year.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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First off, let me say that I'm a firm believer in not buying DVD's issued by "no name" publishers...Whirlwind Media/Ryoko, in this case. However, everyone gets it "right" once in awhile, and this set proves it. Most of the video archives are pleasantly sharp in focus, and the few that aren't can be forgiven due to the age of the source material. This chronical of the War Years was extremely interesting, as the video is not dry textbook stuff, but the very same newsreels that Americans at Home watched in movie theatres during the war. In addition, each of the discs contain hours of material (more, I think, than is advertised)...there's the video, then a whole section devoted to the music of each year (focusing on a few artists each time), and finally radio recordings, including news broadcasts, speeches from Churchill, Roosevelt, and others, and even movie trailers of the day.
I can't believe no one else has ever reviewed this DVD set here, and I'm sorry to see it's apparently out of print, but if you ever get the chance to get this set again...don't miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars hadn't seen this material anywhere else January 14, 2014
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we were surprised at the quality of the DVD. It appeared that each storie's title card was replaced via video and the switchpoint at the bottom of the screen said the original tape was either 3/4 or some 1/2" format, but overall the quality is recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 18, 2013
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sometimes it is very interesting to go back in time and understand what was going on at different time of life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Varied programs September 19, 2011
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This DVD is divided into 4 wonderous sections: (1) Newsreels of the year. (2) Music (Benny Goodman jazz), which you can listen to while you are on the Internet. (3) News. (4) The Lux Radio Theater presnts "Captain Blood." All in all, this gives you a relatively varied and in depth introduction to 1937. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in the era pf the Great Depression.
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