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Seventy years in the making. Three thousand hours of color footage few knew existed. The first documentary to show original color footage of World War II in immersive HD, the world premiere HISTORYTM series WWII IN HD uses the journals and accounts of those who served in the war s biggest battles to create a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Follow 12 unforgettable Americans, and experience the war through their eyes, in their own words, as it really looked and sounded. WWII IN HD transforms their stirring journey into a tangible piece of history. Culled from rare color film found in a two-year worldwide search and converted to HD with meticulous technique, WWII IN HD provides a picture of World War II as it has never been seen before.
DISC 1: Darkness Falls / Hard Way Back / Bloody Resolve / Battle Stations / Day of Days
DISC 2: Point of No Return / Striking Distance / Glory and Guts / Edge of the Abyss / End Game / Bonus
Other documentaries have chronicled the same events seen here, from the earliest days of the war (when Hitler was overrunning Europe and the ill-prepared Americans were still years away from becoming involved), through Pearl Harbor, the major confrontations with the Japanese in the Pacific theater (like Guadalcanal, Tarawa, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the incomparably bloody Iwo Jima) and with the Germans in Europe and North Africa (the invasion of Tunisia, D-day, the Battle of the Bulge), and straight on to victory in Europe and finally the Japanese surrender after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But what separates WWII in HD is the filmmakers' decision to view these events through the experiences of a dozen individuals who were actually there, including a couple of war correspondents (one of whom, Richard Tregaskis, was the author of the seminal Guadalcanal Diary); an Austrian immigrant who escaped the Nazis and almost immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army; a nurse with General George Patton's Third Army; an African-American pilot who was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen; a Japanese-American medic who fought heroically while his family was held in an internment camp; and others from the rank and file. All of them are voiced by such actors as Rob Lowe, Amy Smart, Steve Zahn, Josh Lucas, and LL Cool J; and with Gary Sinise providing voice-over narration, the whole piece comes off as a dramatic film as much as a straight documentary (an effect also enhanced by some brilliantly creative juxtapositions of words, images, and music). Not all of these men and women made it through the war (those still alive also appear in on-camera interviews), but none could ever forget the horrors they witnessed, and while those of us who did not serve will never really comprehend the sacrifices they made, this remarkable program may be as close as we can get. --Sam Graham
Stills from WWII in HD (Click for larger image)
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Great Series, really brings it home to you what those guys went through!Published 4 hours ago by Graham Beverley
Great documentary, extremely well put together. I thought I had seen most world war II footage until I watched this documentary. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Pen Man
It told the American narrative of the war very well. My only issue is the sometimes obvious use of film material that is not related to the specific topic, I would prefer more... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Taylor Dalton
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|Subtitles Blu-Ray Version||
There are no subtitles or closed captions of any kind, English or otherwise. I have contacted The History Channel about this glaring oversight. Persons with hearing problems will have difficulty following this.
Jan 28, 2010 by Eric Weiss | See all 8 posts
|No subtitles makes this title almost worthless||
I have to agree - subtitles would be extremely beneficial, especially for elderly WWII vets like my father who have badly impaired hearing (an affliction he developed in boot camp in 1944).
Jun 25, 2010 by T Constable | See all 9 posts
|Problems with Disk 1, of the Blu-Ray version.||
I'm hoping 3rd time's a charm. What player do you guys have? I have the Sony BDP-S300.
Mar 10, 2010 by Derek Marshall | See all 35 posts
|DVD 1.33:1 aspect ratio||
yes it is.
Dec 16, 2010 by Mike55 | See all 3 posts
|WWII in HD||
Why would they even bother releasing it on DVD? Then it's not in HD anymore.
Mar 3, 2010 by BubbaCoop | See all 2 posts
|I have all 10 episodes saved on my DVR in HD and CC||Be the first to reply|