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Victory at Sea: The Complete Series (2012)

Leonard Graves  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leonard Graves
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 936 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XJM7T2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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The Legendary World War II Documentary. --DVD Verdict

…this feature-length documentation of arms and the men in World War II is a vivid reminder well worth repeating. --New York Times

Victory at Sea has a secure place in the history of documentary television. --DVD Verdict

Product Description

The Complete 26 Episode Series PLUS 6 BONUS War Documentary Programs

An Emmy® and Peabody award-winning TV series chronicling naval warfare during WWII. Originally aired on NBC and developed with full cooperation from the US Navy, this 26 episode program includes 13,000 hours of wartime footage and features the major battles such as the Battle of the North Atlantic, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway. Audiences faithfully watched and admired this entertaining and relevant program.

CONTENTS:

DISC 1
Design For War
The Pacific Boils Over
Midway Is East
Mediterranean Mosaic
Guadalcanal
Rings Around Rabaul
Mare Nostrum
Sea And Sand
Beneath The Southern Cross
The Magnetic North
Conquest Of Micronesia
Melanesian Nightmare

DISC 2
Roman Renissance
D-Day
Killers And The Kill
The Turkey Shoot
Two If By Sea
The Battle For Leyte Gulf
Return Of The Allies
Full Fathom Five
The Fate Of Europe
Target Suribachi
The Road To Mandalay
Suicide For Glory
Design For Peace

DISC 3
America s Wars
Over 5 hours of gripping war documentaries from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWIthe Korean War and Vietnam as well as the feature length documentary, True Glory an Academy® Award Winning documentary about WWII.

Revolutionary War The Revolutionary War Vol. 1
From the Declaration of Independence, George Washington s armies, to the eventual British surrender at Yorktown, experience how these events birthed a new nation.

The Civil War The Civil War Vol. 1
Follow the events of a war that inflicted more casualties on American soldiers than any other, from Lincoln s victory in the presidential election of 1860 to Lee s surrender in Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865.

WWI World War I
This fascinating program chronicles the major events of this devastating period in the world s history through insightful narration and compelling archival footage and photographs.

WWII The True Glory
This Academy Award® winning documentary was compiled from actual footage of the World War II Allied invasion of Europe, seen through the lenses of thousands of different cameramen.

The Korean War The First Forty Days in Korea
This U.S. Department of the Army documentary shows what went into bringing American forces into operation in Korea at the start of the conflict in 1950.

The Vietnam War Vietnam! Vietnam!
Directed by John Ford, this documentary was shot on location in Vietnam. Commissioned by the USIA to explain Vietnam, it remains a fascinating piece of propaganda. Narrated by Charlton Heston.


Customer Reviews

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-hand War footage of Pacific battles November 28, 2012
I remember watching this series when it was a broadcast program on NBC in the 1960's.

The series is a compendium of actual war footage of Pacific operations during WWII. The series documents, step-by-step, the comeback of the Pacific fleet and its campaign to Tokyo. It includes raw footage of U. S. Marine beach heads, and, U. S. Army involvement in the Pacific. Much of the footage in this documentary was not released to the public during the War.

Most of the film is composed of footage of actual battles, the commanders of the operations, and the men who fought so valiantly to bring peace to the Pacific Basin.

The film is scored with the Emmy award winning music of Richard Rogers and Robert Russell Bennet. The score is one of the high points of the DVD series. Victory at Sea. The music has become one of the benchmarks of American classical music.

Unlike many of the historical films produced about the war in the Pacific, this series underscores the hardships sailors encountered in the drive to Tokyo. The footage does not spare us from the grim realities of the War, but, accurately portrays its horrors and the incredible courage of the sailors who faced long odds.

It is difficult to find a more detailed and accurate account of the war in the Pacific than this series.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic May 19, 2013
By Kermit
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My Dad and I used to watch this series on our 12" tube TV every Sunday religiously at 2 PM in the early 50's (but now I'm dating myself). But I don't remember it looking like this. Previously the videos looked flat, like a layer of fog was positioned in front of them. And the video quality was inconsistent throughout. But, with this release, everything has changed. These videos are consistent, with a rich contrast evident throughout. The blacks are rich. I don't know if the credit goes to my new Hi Def LED TV, to editing by Mill Creek Entertainment or to the upgrade feature of my Blu-Ray player, but I'm very satisfied with the result.

The only disappointment I have is the narrative. It sounds as shallow as it did originally. I guess the technology doesn't exist to upgrade this rudimentary sound quality to today's standards. And, as much as I love Rodger's musical score, if I had my way I would decrease its volume slightly so the narrative is stronger. As it is now the music and the narrative seem to be competing with each other for dominance. I believe "background" music should remain in the background. But this is a relatively small detail.

The editing of the miles and miles of original video footage into the fine presentation that it is must have been extremely labor-intensive. All in all, a real bargain at $4.99 for all 26 episodes on 3 disks.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest generation wins the victory at sea. March 12, 2013
Victory at Sea is a great documentary film about World War II as played out on the oceans and seas of the world. First, the war in the Pacific. The vastness of this largest of the world's oceans plays a major role in the unfolding story. The Japanese stretched their limited resources to the breaking point. Pearl Harbor needed to be a "knockout" blow to the United States and wasn't. In fact, it was the goad America needed to commit to the war. Once committed, the vast resources of this country were mobilized with astonishing speed and the fighting men and women of the United States were more than equal to the task of defeating what had been an invincible Japanese army and navy.

The strength of Victory at Sea is that it shows us the "up close and personal" lives of the soldiers and sailors who sailed the ships, flew the planes, and assaulted the beaches of the dozens of South Pacific Islands the Japanese had conquered. The bravery of "the greatest generation" is undeniable and Victory at Sea shows us the men and women of America at their courageous best.

The war in the Atlantic was dominated, at first, by the skilled German U-Boat submariners. For those who want to see what the war looked like from the German point of view, I highly recommend the great German film, Das Boot. Without the backing of the American fleet, England may well have lost the war, so effective were the Germans at destroying allied shipping.

Dunkirk should have been a German victory which seriously damaged England's ability to continue fighting effectively. Instead, the English put every boat that could sail into the water to rescue their fighting men stranded across the English Channel.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World War II education at its best April 11, 2013
By MrJBond
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The musical score alone is worth the price. However, the films of the various campaigns of World War II show the viewer that war was a near miracle to win by the allies because of the power of Germany and Japan. The people of the USA should watch these films to recognize that it was the USA that saved Civilization from abject evil. As Americans, we should be proud and be thankful to the men, most of whom were teenagers or in their incipient 20's who fought the two most powerful armies the world ever knew--and prevailed over them-thereby saving the world from a hellish decline into brutal darkness.

The product arrived timely and in perfect condition in shrink-wrap.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Have been a fan since the early 50's. Unbelievable ...
Have been a fan since the early 50's. Unbelievable series about World War II. Makes you proud to be an American. Especially proud of the generation that bravely fought this war.
Published 3 hours ago by Gail PHILLIPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Victory at Sea
An old classic but still great to watch.
Published 10 days ago by BRIAN STEDMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good inform
Published 13 days ago by Kathy Nicholas
1.0 out of 5 stars Will never buy again!!
We like the film, but the music is so loud that you can't hear what is being said.. If you turn it up to hear, the music gives you a headache..
Published 20 days ago by A very unhappy customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Victory at Sea
I bought this for myself and my son-in-law because my husband and I used to watch the program on tv years ago. Of course, he was in the Navy and so it was a bit special for us. Read more
Published 21 days ago by helen paris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price
Their have been several great reviews of the complete DVD series. It is and always will be great music and a must watch for WWII buffs.
Published 22 days ago by Sheryl Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift!
I bought this for my boyfriend for his birthday. He used to watch this on tv when he was a child. While talking about it he said he would love to have it on DVD so I bought it for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cathy Marrone
5.0 out of 5 stars very great
Very informative and very useful to those of us in need of much more understanding. Very fascinating too and beautiful.
Published 2 months ago by LGB
5.0 out of 5 stars All that I remember from years ago.
This was a real treat for an old WWll history buff. I would highly recommend
this product to all interested people. The music is some of the best ever
writen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J.L.O'Connor
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Back Through Time
Wonderful look at the triumphs and tragedies of WWII framed by a first rate, timeless musical score. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John F.
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