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

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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


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

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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P9DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 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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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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Echoing what others have said:

As a teen in the early 70's, I made it my business to be home on Sunday afternoons (1973-1974) to watch "The World at War" (many of those involved in WWII were still alive during this time) and was lucky enough to catch episodes of "Victory at Sea" (from the late 50's). "The World at War" was my favorite television show at that time. For those two shows alone in one collection for $34.95/US is simply OUTSTANDING. As I don't recall "The Century of Warfare", I'll take everyone's word that it's a fine series!

Five stars - and the Best Deal Around!!
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Just received two one Korea 5 hours, second ww2 60 hours. Should receive another ww2 and Victory at Sea 32 hours. Received them in Four days. Your tracking info is easy. Neat to see where item is on specific day and time. Have no doubt will be satisfied like the other 14 3D DVDs I purchased from you. Served in Korea, like to further understand why we give our lives. Will give review after review all three. Thank you
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Fantastic - I knew about though I can't comment in detail yet because it's such an enormous collection! We've started listened to the World at War DVD set and they were excellent, as I was told they would be by a friend.

We got a set for my son-in-law for Christmas; then I started to get envious and bought one for myself.
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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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By Ross Safford on December 16, 2014
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I have already seen the series The World at War, but I wanted to have the series in my possession, so I ordered it. Everything else is a bonus for me. Some of the video is not the best quality, so I couldn't give it five stars. It is well worth the investment.
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By Ann M. Mcgovern on January 4, 2015
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I bought his for my husband as an Xmas gift. He loves it and was thrilled Victory at Sea was included. He is a WWII aficionado.
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