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Product Details

  • Actors: Leonard Graves
  • Directors: Henry Salomon, M. Clay Adams, Richard Rodgers
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Periscope Film LLC
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031TDXCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fifty years after it was originally released, VICTORY AT SEA remains one of the most moving, thoughtful, and important documents to emerge from World War II. Winner of nearly every media award including the Peabody and the Emmy, VICTORY AT SEA inspired a nation and helped define historical programming for a generation.

Made by the men who had lived through the tragedy and triumph of the conflict, and presented to a nation which was only beginning to grasp the new American reality that emerged after VJ-Day, VICTORY AT SEA is considered one of the most influential and important documentaries ever created. Created by Henry Salomon (who assisted Samuel Eliot Morrison in writing a history of the war at sea), the 26 episodes that constitute VICTORY AT SEA were drawn from tens of thousands of hours of footage shot on all fronts of the war, and by cameramen from all nations. Narrated by Leonard Graves, and set to now-familiar music written by Richard Rodgers, VICTORY AT SEA is a timeless, riveting remembrance of the greatest conflict man has ever known, and a visual, aural, and psychic tribute to the men and women who saved the world from the fascist threat 1939-1945.

This new edition of this classic television program represents the first time it has been available in true 24p high definition. Bluray.com praised it as "...the best looking and sounding this landmark series has ever been on home video..." and both DoBlu.com and DVDTalk.com praised the restoration and gave it four out of five stars.

Included in this three disc set are all 26 original episodes in their entirety, along with a special bonus commentary tracks featuring film historian Peter C. Rollins, PhD. Also included is the original publicity booklet and press releases in PDF form. (Please note, you must own a computer equipped with a Bluray drive to access the publicity materials.)

This Bluray is not region encoded.

Review

...this is the best looking and sounding this landmark series has ever been on home video... Recommended. --Blu-ray.com

Victory at Sea was a 30 minute weekly World War II documentary that ran on NBC for one season. The series ran from October 1952 to April 1953 for a total of 26 episodes. Over 13,000 hours of archival film footage from the U.S., British, German, and Japanese navies were gathered and edited for use in the episodes. Victory at Sea covered everything from the opening stages of the war in the Atlantic to the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the end of the war and to both V-E and V-J days. Victory at Sea is also remembered for its eloquent narration and great background music. The show was also nominated for an Emmy in 1953 for Best Public Affairs Program and went on to win the Emmy in 1954 in the same category. --TVRage.com

Reportedly culled from some 60,000,000 feet of film from Allied and enemy sources (VICTORY AT SEA) is both a sober and exciting tribute to determined and courageous men and a convincing casebook on the wanton waste of war.

Victory At Sea, it should be pointed out, is not quite true to its title. It is almost as much a record of victory on land as it is of triumph at sea. But this is a small matter. For the earnest artisans at the National Broadcasting Company, who edited the mountainous material, intelligently keyed both of these major themes to make these awesome annals pointed and impressive.

While a good portion of the footage may be familiar, it still strikes home. The tired, old young faces of Marines after the dreadful battles on Guadalcanal and other Pacific jungle bastions; the holocausts at sea in such areas as the Mediterranean and the South Pacific; the preparations for and the assaut on the far shore of Normandy's beaches on D-Day and the Nipponese Kamikaze suicidal attacks gunners who fought to live against pilots who fought to die are terrible but necessary and instructive memories.

The commentary by Henry Salomon, who also produced, and Richard Hanser is restrained and, at times, surprisingly poetic, and Alexander Scourby gives it a dignified and, what is more important, and unobtrusive reading. Devotees of Richard Rodgers' many musical hits will recognize in the film's score the tuneful number that became No Other Love; in the musical comedy Me and Juliet. This theme and others help set the various moods for the historic action on the screen. --New York Times

Customer Reviews

I'm a huge fan of Victory at Sea.
Roger Safian
If you missed this series the first time around, well ... you are in luck!
Charles Eisenbach
Simple answer in my opinion is YES.
Rei

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Doctor John on April 9, 2011
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I have the History Channel set, which is decent, and so I was hoping for a major image upgrade here. It's not. Marginally better, perhaps. What is MOST annoying - as other reviewers have mentioned - is the NON-REMOVABLE company logo in the LR corner of EVERY frame (it changes to their URL from time to time). This is their legal department's doing. I'm downing the Periscope set and will *never* buy another one of their products.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Roger Safian on March 28, 2011
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I'm a huge fan of Victory at Sea. I own the music on albums and CD's. I have the series on VHS and DVD. I decided to treat myself to a Blueray copy. When it showed up I popped in in at once. Imagine my horror when I discovered that the company that produced the disks has added their logo, which occasionally changes to their URL, in the lower right hand corner of the video. Look, this annoys me when I see it on TV, and I sure am not going to buy a disk that has this trash on it. I returned them, as they are unwatchable.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Talky Tina on March 27, 2011
One shouldn't have to be distracted by a constant Logo/Bug at the corner of the screen, especially after shelling out extra for a Blu-Ray Edition.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Peter N. Breitman on September 20, 2010
A good documentary is no different from a good movie: it requires a good script, good actors and good direction. "Victory at Sea" is a classic documentary. The script, by Henry Salomon and Richard Hanser, is absolutely magnificent. It does not simply describe the action, but makes our hearts beat much faster because of the "punching" nature of the dialogue. Then there is the narrator, the actor in this case, Leonard Graves. The narrator of a similar documentary, "Air Power," was Walter Cronkite. He did an excellent job as a reporter describing the action. However, Leonard Graves does so much more. With him we are not watching the action, WE ARE THERE! The tone of his voice, and the way in which he presented the descriptions of the action put us right in the midst of the fight. We feel as if we are part of history because we were present as it occurred. Near the beginning of the first episode, Mr. Graves said, "For Fascism to survive, it must kill." We then knew that the journey would threaten our existence. An example of his narration, which some may feel is depressing (war is not a walk through the park) occurred when he described the casualties resulting from the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Never before, in modern history, has a war begun with so smashing a victory...188 planes and most of their hangars demolished. The Japanese have lost 29 planes, 68 of their pilots and sailors are dead...one of the cheapest military triumphs on record. Suffering, agony, death. 1,178 men ..... wounded. 68 civilians ..... dead. 109 marines ..... dead. 218 soldiers ..... dead. 2,008 sailors ..... dead." Also, upon the return to liberate the Philippines, the soldiers were at "the baseball stadium. But another kind of game is being played now, where one error means out and death keeps the score.Read more ›
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Martin on April 19, 2011
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As many have stated, this version has a tremendous picture for the age. While not in widescreen, it has maximized the 4:3 aspect with a sharp picture. However, I felt other potential buyers should know about a few nits:

1. All screens have a soft cross-hair at the bottom right.
2. Every so many minutes the cross-hair turns into "periscopefilm.com".
3. Every episode closes with a forced FBI anti-copy warning.

While I respect there are piracy issues, having to have the picture they so well improved degraded by the constant flicker of advertising at the bottom right, and the annoyance of repeated FBI warnings (unlike one that typically covers the whole DVD/Blu-ray) very much detract from the experience.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Elconin on March 24, 2011
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The video content is decent, but well below Blue-Ray standards. In addition to the Axis, the other villian is the publisher, Periscope Films. Their marketing department seems to think it reasonable for their logo to be visible at all times. Even more annoying is that, just like the beloved FBI warning, the viewer is forced to watch promotions for other Periscope products before being allowed access the menu and thus the documentary.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jon D. Andreasen on December 17, 2010
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The picture quality on this blu-ray release is definitely a step up from the DVD release, (which I thought was not as good as the VHS release), however Periscope films has elected to put an annoying video watermark in the lower right hand corner. It will change to PERISCOPE FILMS.COM then back to the periscope watermark. This is why I only gave it 3 stars. The content and quality of the picture is excellent though, and a worthwhile acquisition if you can ignore the watermark.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rei on November 29, 2010
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I just finished watching all 26 Episodes on the 3 disc set of Victory at Sea on blu-ray. Wow, what an amazing documentary series! I remember watching this series with my dad when I was about 12 years old and how much he loved it back then when it was on TV. It brings back so many memories. What's more, the series still feels new today. The music is just great, so epic! If you have never seen Victory at Sea, you really should.

Now the question: Is the blu-ray really worth the money? Simple answer in my opinion is YES. Here's why. On my big flatscreen, the picture is much much better than when I play those WWII DVDs I got from Costco last year. Not that the DVDs look so terrible, but this blu-ray is just more sharp. Why Costco (and Amazon) don't sell all these WWII films on blu-ray is beyond me. I mean they sell big screen TVs'. They sell blu-ray players, and then they just sell old movies only on DVD. Its make no sense. I hope they start selling more of the movies on blu-ray, and soon. I ain't getting any younger!

Also on this blu-ray was 2 bonus features: two audio commentaries from a Dr. Peter Rollins. They were really interesting. One audio commentary goes along with Episode 6 - Guadalcanal, and Dr. Rollins, a TV professor gives his comments about how the director and producer of the show made this episode. Its kind of an insight in the way TV was made back in the 1950's. The second commentary track is audio only and comes on the Disc 3. You shouldn't miss this one. A Mr. Spark interviews Dr. Rollins about the significance of Victory at Sea as a TV program for its time. Its really interesting and a nice surprise on the disc because I don't think Amazon or PeriscopeFilm really promoted it. But thanks!
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What did they do to make it HD?
The answer is #1: Periscope Film re-transferred prints of episodes to HD, using the latest technology. The result is a 1:1 image that is 24p high definition -- exactly the same as the original film.
Nov 12, 2010 by N. Ripps |  See all 2 posts
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