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WWI War: The War to End All Wars (2008)

Documentary , Various  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Documentary
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 437 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DW2BIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

WWI: The War To End All Wars is a unique, 10-part, comprehensive look at the war that shaped the 20th Century. Through rare, actual battle footage and rare veteran interviews, The War To End All Wars takes you from the assassination of the Austrian Arch Duke in 1914, to the final desperate battles of 1918. Unique and stunning, you will "go-over-the-top" on the Western Front and witness the carnage in Russia. You''ll take to the skies in the world''s first air war and ride with the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.

This is more than a historical or military account of WWI, it is a riveting and personal account of a defining moment in world history. Never before in the history of the world had so many countries fought on so many far-flung battlefields. Never had so many soldiers lost their lives. Never had there been such an unending hell-on-earth. Never has there been such a remarkable look at ''The War to End All Wars''.

Episodes:

1. With Flags Waving
2. The Battle of the Frontiers
3. The Taxis of the Marne
4. A War of Chemicals and Engineering
5. Flyboys
6. Citadel
7. Distant Fronts
8. Revolt
9. Changing Tide
10. End Game

Bonus features include historic WWI photo slide show.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good and Different May 26, 2009
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I have several DVD series on World War One. The Complete Story of World War I, narrated by Robert Ryan is an older series and dated in some ways, but is pretty good. The more recent "The First World War," based on historian Hew Strachan's new work on the war, is also very good and covers some different material. This series, "WWI: The War to End All Wars" differs from the other two in some ways. That is, you can own all three and learn something different from each one. Having said that, this series could have been a lot better in many ways. The narration is so-so in that the narrator mispronounces a number of names and places. The series editor should have caught those mistakes. The music is inappropriate; sometimes it reminds me of Ken Burns' "The War" which inexplicably used very slow jazz and other inappropriate music when describing a battle or related events. This series does the same, and it can be distracting. The theme song of this series is a fast, happy, Dixieland tune - very inappropriate for the material covered. Another weakness in the documentary that could have been a signficant strength are the interviews with several WWI veterans and some recordings of actual high-level officials (or nearly contemporaneous readings from their speeches and writings). For some odd reason, these excellent interviewees were not identified in the documentary. Sometimes you could figure out who they were from the script, but you had to listen carefully. It would have been good for the series editor to put the names of the interviewee at the bottom of the screen. Read more ›
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good effort May 18, 2009
By john423
I picked up my copy from a jobber rack at a local supermarket. Given the price I wasn't expecting much but thought may would be worth a gamble compared to the Hollywood dreck in the neighboring bin.

The well considered script, along with the substantial period film footage and inclusion of interviews - culled from an older program - kept my interest and left me ready each following program.

The narration, is far from memorable, though seemingly competent in execution, save the pronunciation problems as pointed out in another review.

I do concur with Mr. Graham in his review on the use of music in the soundtrack which will alter randomly between asynchronous an annoying. Even the music selection for the end credits seems flippant given the subject matter.

For general consumption though these problems can likely be overlooked. This was a good effort by the producers.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information and entertainment October 16, 2008
The salvation of a dismal education system may be the Internet, the DVD and the interactive CD-ROM. Thos set of DVDs on the first World War is a case in point. As a teacher of history I know that if one is to inform a student, a certain amount of entertainment must go with the facts. This set meets both criteria.

This may not be the ultimate, in-depth set of DVDs on the subject, but it is a superb start. It should be viewed by students and then discussed. The disks put this war in perspective with other events in Europe at the time of the war and in the decades leading up to it. After all, the war did not come out of the blue one day in Sarajevo.

But this is also for the adult student with even a modest interest in history.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this title October 21, 2009
The script is good. You could learn something if you manage to really follow the droning.

But, if you're a visual learner...well...you'll probably struggle. The amount and variety of footage is pretty good but they repeat much of it OVER AND OVER in all sorts of different, unrelated contexts..even simply mirror imaged to disguise that they just used it! All quotes of any army use British voices...no matter what the nationality.
The delivery of the script is very wooden; uninteresting. It's poorly organized.

Basically, it's painful to watch.

Visually, it becomes numbing as it's mostly just a never-ending splice of video footage played over the narration. Now and then, the footage seems to have SOMETHING to do with the narration, but often not.

Very little and poor use of maps (mostly very old animations on the maps). This makes explanations of battle maneuvers, strategies and tactics quite difficult to follow. For a recent offering (2008), I was surprised at how much of a re-hash it was. No original graphic work at all that I could see.

There was a galling lack of attention to detail. Even the graphics in the title sequence say "The War to End Wars" instead of "The War to End All Wars".

Looks like a real "budget" job.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Re-Packaged RIPOFF July 6, 2010
This review refers to the 2008 Mill Creek Entertainment 3-DVD set.

This set is nothing more than an inferior re-edited, re-dubbed and re-packaged version of the 2005 Madacy Entertainment.

The Madacy Entertainment version was titled Trenches: Battleground WWI and was released in a 5-disc set in a metal tin, complete with fold-out disc holder and a 25-page illustrated booklet and featured a narrator with a cultured voice not unlike Christopher Plummer.

A previous reviewer states that this is a re-edited version of yet another DVD series entitled THE GREAT WAR. I am not familiar with that one and cannot speak to whether it is the same as the Madacy version, but it is worth noting for the benefit of potential buyers.

THIS Mill Creek release trims off the opening and closing credits, chapter titles and narration, then inserts their own with an overmodulated narration that sounds like they stuck someone in a sound booth with a script in front of an open mike.

The script is juvenile and the narration is bland at best, but it states the facts and gives one at least a junior high understanding of the subject. The film footage used is still the same and of very good quality, but at the same time some of the opening and closing footage has been lost because of the editing, so you are losing some of the program, but nothing directly related to the educational portions.

I would recommend passing this ripoff in favor of the genuine artical.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
INFORMATIVE
Published 1 day ago by TERRY KETNER
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful informational documentary
Wow, a wonderful informational documentary.
Published 1 month ago by James R. Simonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must to see.
Published 1 month ago by Marcos Koren
3.0 out of 5 stars save your money
Okay, the narrator must've been reading from someone's condensed book. Also, he didn't have many of the pronunciations down, either. More rehersal and more review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
Great account of history during World War One. This DVD was very well produced. I would most highly recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Evie09
3.0 out of 5 stars WW I
It well done but tedious. It is like the films you saw in school, meant to educate not entertain. I was hoping they would be more entertaining. You have to be a learning mode.
Published 11 months ago by Dorothy J. Soper
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor quality
This was a real disappointment! As the PBS WWI documentary is what I thought I was getting. I'll know better next time
Published 12 months ago by Bruce Samuels
1.0 out of 5 stars How to find a good WWI documentary
With World War 1 centennial commemorations coming up for the next five years you will certainly be tempted to get a good documentary to make a little sense of the war for yourself. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lacrimatorium
5.0 out of 5 stars WW1War the war to end all wars
I haven't watched all the episodes but what I've seen is not only interesting but brings historical light to the reasons for both sides/. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John J Dowson
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