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WWII: The Essential Collection (The World at War / Victory at Sea / The Century of Warfare)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Various History
  • Directors: History
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 3397 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P9DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Over 12 Hours of Bonus Features, including:
THE WORLD AT WAR
Bonus Documentaries: The Making of the Series, Secretary to Hitler, The Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler, Warrior, Hitler s Germany: The People's Community 1933-1939, Hitler's Germany: Total War 1939-1945, The Final Solution: Parts 1 and 2, and From War to Peace
Making the Series A 30th Anniversary Feature-Length Retrospective
Experiences of War Unseen Interviews from the Film Archives of the Imperial War Museum
The Making of THE WORLD AT WAR
Biographies
Gallery of Photos from the
Imperial War Museum Collection
VICTORY AT SEA
Episode introductions with Peter Graves

Editorial Reviews

For the first time ever, the most influential documentaries on World War II are available in one comprehensive collection.

Academy Award winner Laurence Olivier narrates the definitive history of World War II, THE WORLD AT WAR. Four years in the making, this 22-hour masterpiece explores virtually every facet of the war: planning, politics, battle, occupation and genocide. Featuring incisive interviews with key Allied and Axis leaders, including Albert Speer, Lord Mountbatten, Alger Hiss, Toshikazu Kase and many others, THE WORLD AT WAR is a devastating chronicle of battle.

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning VICTORY AT SEA considered the most influential documentary in television history captures every major naval engagement of the war, from U-boat wolf packs to Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Featuring a score by Academy Award winning composer Richard Rogers, narrated by Leonard Graves and hosted by Peter Graves, VICTORY AT SEA, in the words of Harper's Weekly, 'created a new art form.'

THE CENTURY OF WARFARE frames WWII within the context of the war-torn 20th Century. From the precursors of World War I to the liberation of Kuwait, this encyclopedic documentary utilizes a vast archive of historical footage to explore every major engagement of 100 years of combat.

BONUS FEATURES:
Over 12 Hours of Bonus Features, including:
THE WORLD AT WAR
Bonus Documentaries: The Making of the Series, Secretary to Hitler, The Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler, Warrior, Hitler s Germany: The People's Community 1933-1939, Hitler's Germany: Total War 1939-1945, The Final Solution: Parts 1 and 2, and From War to Peace
Making the Series A 30th Anniversary Feature-Length Retrospective
Experiences of War Unseen Interviews from the Film Archives of the Imperial War Museum
The Making of THE WORLD AT WAR
Biographies
Gallery of Photos from the
Imperial War Museum Collection
VICTORY AT SEA
Episode introductions with Peter Graves

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David on April 26, 2014
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Ok, I am a WWII history buff but am always looking to expand my knowledge. I came upon this by accident since I was looking for the classic World at War series, which sells for 39.99 on DVD. Well this set is 29.99 had includes the ENTIRE World at War Set, the entire Victory at Sea set, and a newer series called "A Century of Warfare" which is also very well done. While some may not like these full screen versions, keep in mind that all the original footage was shot in this format and it would require cutting massive parts of the screen to get this in widescreen. This would be a steal at 3 times the price. Get this now while supplies last!!!
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bill on June 4, 2011
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I have seen these programs as a kid and as an adult on the history channel so I knew the subject contents. As a World War II history buff you will enjoy the contents. I gave it a two star rating due to lousy production control. With today's technology, you think the audio production folks would know how to make the volume consistent thru-out all the episodes. The introduction is at a much higher volume which you then turn down to your listening level but then you have to turn up the volume to hear the actual episodes. Once one episode is finished you are brought back to the main menu to pick the next episode. The next episode introduction is louder than the previous episode so you have to turn the volume down again until the real presentation starts and then you have to turn up the volume. This gets pretty tedious and does not allow you to sit there and just enjoy the presentation. I would also expect each DVD to play thru all the episodes without stopping at the end and then back to the main menu to wait your command. Maybe some one out there knows how to change the settings to force each DVD to just play every episode until you tell it to stop. The constant reach for the remote takes away from your enjoyment of the history being presented since on the Victory at Sea episodes are each only about 30 minutes long. Lousy quality from the producers who just seem interested to make a quick buck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Van Der Tuuk on February 7, 2014
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These DVDs represent the best of the best ehrn it comes to a comprehensive view of WWII. I highly recommend them.
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By P. Anderson on May 15, 2014
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Exactly as described. Awesome. This is the best collection of WWII documentaries all in one big collection that you can find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale Revercomb on July 1, 2014
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Exactly as advertised. Would buy again!
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