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WWII Combat Zone 1939-42 (2007)

WWII Combat Zone 1939-1942 , N , a  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: WWII Combat Zone 1939-1942
  • Directors: N, a
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000MV8A7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Early in the morning on September 1, 1939, the German military launched its blitzkrieg against Poland by land, sea and air. The ill-equipped Polish Army could do nothing to stop the assault, and fell to the Germans in a matter of days. In response to the invasion, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany and WWII was underway. WWII became a global struggle when America entered the war a few months later, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Imperial Japan. The outcome was far from certain in those early days of the war, as Germany and Japan seemeed unstoppable. Combat Zone, documents the crucial early battles of WWII, as told through the personal experiences of combat veterans. From Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, to Pearl Harbor and the fall of the Philippines, Combat Zone takes you inside the action with original footage of these bloody battles, taken by both captured enemy and allied camera operators.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good W.W. II footage July 15, 2008
By W. Ivey
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The gimmick of introducing two soldiers from opposite sides in the particular battle being examined in an episode is OK, but it's the footage that makes this DVD worthwhile - more than three stars anyway. (It is interesting that many of the Axis soldiers introduced were living in the U.S. when this was made.)

The footage is generally fascinating, though some of the editing is a bit tight for my taste - I'd liked to have seen more context but they often liked to cut to a cannon firing then go on to something else. Whether all of it is actually related to the story being told is another matter - I definitely saw the same bomb bay doors and burning ships in a couple of episodes. (And some of the footage in the Pearl Harbor episode is obviously miniature work - but if the History Channel can use clips from "Tora, Tora, Tora", why complain?)

I must have seen a few of these episodes when they ran in the early 1960s because I distinctly remember the show's title screen. It didn't make as much of an impression as "Victory at Sea" though because I remember almost nothing else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Battleline" by any other name April 26, 2008
This is a collection of a 1963 TV series called "Battleline." Each episode focused on a pair of soldiers on opposite sides of a battle of World War II. It might be a Polish and a German Officer, or a Japanese and a British Officer. This is a great series for anyone interested in that war. The episodes included in this collection are:

DISC ONE:
Fall of Poland
Invasion of Norway
Dunkirk
Battle of Britain
Malta
Commerce Raiders

DISC TWO
Fall of Crete
Pearl Harbor
Battle of the Atlantic
Fall of Singapore
Fall of the Philippines
Dieppe

Although the packaging doesn't acknowledge the original series, this is a fascinating documentary on World War II.
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