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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SI5VV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

16-page viewer’s guide with articles on the Bletchley Park decryption center, the history of dogfighting, antinuclear movements in Europe, Reagan’s Star Wars program, and the Skunk Works advanced development facility
SDH subtitles
Biographies of notable weapons innovators
Plus a timeline and discussion questions at

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As seen on Discovery’s Military Channel

Discover the technology that drives military conflicts

On land, at sea, and in the air, the story of modern warfare is the story of weapons races. This series looks at eight of these high-stakes contests. Featuring informative expert commentaries by renowned military analysts, archival footage, and illuminating graphics, it shows how technological advances have transformed warfare in today’s world.

Follow the weapons races as they pass through the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam, the Cold War, and the various conflicts of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, right up to the 21st century. Trace the stages of each race, from original concept and early breakthroughs to enemy countermeasures and current state of the art. Finally, learn how innovators have pushed the technological limits--of speed, endurance, maneuverability, range, accuracy, and firepower--to produce the killing machines of today.

Since 1990, the British team of Philip Nugus and Jonathan Martin has created popular, critically acclaimed historical documentaries, including Hitler’s Bodyguard and The Century of Warfare.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Those with the biggest and deadliest can rule the world. It is what causes these races between rulers, countries, and military to invent and perfect the machines of war. This DVD set is worthy of 5 stars due to educational and historic factors. The races for 8 big war machines are considered from their inception to the year 2006. In every case the weapon has gone through considerable changes. Periods of intense redesign have been encountered, often during war, or cold war. The leader of each weapon race changes from one country to another. Overall, it is a major power's game, with the U.S. winning in the end, sometimes with help from allies.

Being born just after WWII, I've lived through the creation of many of these weapon machines. It is nostalgic to see the footage (excellent though often B/W film) of the beginning of most of the weapons. It brings back TV news coverage. The historic account of the developments brought many surprises as well. Declassified material can now be shown. Even some failures. Spying exposed. WWI through to the 21st Century. This would not be high on the "entertainment" DVD shelf, but for historic military interest is is a huge success.

2 U.S. Military Analysts (Thomas Hammers) (John Gresham, also a writer of this series) join Eric Meyers who narrates behind the scenes of a continual barrage of weapon footage, war action, and graphic pieces. Archival footage from Brit, US, Nazi, Russian, Japan, Germany, Iraq, Africa, Israel and more. Impressive!

8 50-min episodes, each a different weapon, each has SUBTITLES.
1 THE RACE FOR THE JET FIGHTER 1st dogfight to the F-22 Raptor (U.S.)
2 THE RACE FOR THE BATTLE TANK 1916 WWI trenches & Brit. Mark 1 to U.S. M1A2 Abrams
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for the military buff in your family July 16, 2011
Judge David Johnson, DVD Verdict-- Previously seen on Discovery's Military Channel, Weapons Races is an eight-part series of 50-minute episodes that examines the genesis, evolution and modern-day perfection of some of the major weapons used in global combat.

Each episode is expertly crafted to take the viewer from the beginnings of the weapons--the precursors and influences--and track it through its growth in the combat field. For example, you'll see the trailblazing fighter planes from World War I, with all of their fancy advances like guns that can fire through the propeller, which culminate in the hot new jet fighters of 2006 that can blow up the Death Star.

Every installment features interviews with experts and historians, archive footage of the old versions of the weapons, updated footage of their badass descendants and helpful graphics outlining how the machines have evolved. Good stuff recommended for the military buff in your family.

Simple DVDs: full frame, 2.0 stereo, and text-only biographies of various weapons inventors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good History, but Time Marches On December 18, 2012
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For all the history buffs, this one is the best for these military products. Planes, tanks, and nukes are all covered. This part of history is generally whitewashed by most documentaries because of the political incorrectness of the subject matter. This series cuts through all that crap and gets right to the specifics and strategies you won't find anywhere else. The only drawback is that this series is a few years old and has missed a few key advancements that you can follow up on the internet. Enjoy your research!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done, factual. August 6, 2011
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Being retired military, I have an unquenchable thirst for all things military. The military was and remains my life's interest. This DVD contains many great comparisons and factual background that goes deep into each issue being presented. However, it lacks professionalism in presentation techniques. That is, the music supporting each category is second rate, canned music, unlike what I had expected. The History Channel presentations are always well presented and because I have many of their presentations, the latest being "America, The Story of US," I am spoiled. I like anything I view or prepare for presentation to be professional in all aspects. Now this does not take away anything positive about the comparisons and the weapons that are compared; they are very informative and enlightening. I learned something from these comparisons, but the music was distracting because it is what I would expect to hear in an old black and white film in the early days of televison.
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