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WWII in HD (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Various , The History Channel  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 605 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ELVCY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

The only people to see the war like this were the ones who lived it. Until now...

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.

Also included are two bonus specialss The Battle for Iwo Jima, and WWII in HD: The Air War. From the makers of WWII IN HD, both of these specials feature the same gloriously-restored, full color footage and incredible storytelling as the original miniseries.

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

DISC 3: The Battle for Iwo Jima

DISC 4: The Air War

Special Features

  • Two feature-length WWII in HD specials: The Battle for Iwo Jima and The Air War
  • Character Profiles
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes - Finding the Footage, Preserving the Footage

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Just in time for the holiday season, a Collector's Edition of the well regarded 2009 documentary miniseries "WWII in HD" is being released for the history buff on your list. There are a lot of ways to discuss this re-release, so I'll try to break things down into three categories: (1) review, (2) contents, and (3) DVD quality. Hopefully this will assist whether you are new to the series, considering a repurchase, or planning a gift. If you already own the previous version of this DVD or Blu-Ray release, this is probably NOT an essential upgrade. Although the set features two new full length documentaries, the contents and quality of the original miniseries has not been changed. So I can't really recommend a complete reinvestment just for the two new specials (which can be shopped individually if there is an interest).

Review: From the 1970's exquisite and comprehensive "World at War" to Ken Burns' 2007 "The War," there have been a number of significant pieces documenting World War II. Due to the closeness in timing, most will probably relate this to Burns' piece and both are certainly noteworthy in their own way. Some of the biggest advantages of "WWII in HD" is the use of color, the attention to the action in the Pacific Theater, and the powerful and gruesome imagery. This miniseries details 12 Americans as they navigated themselves through the war using their real words and thoughts to punctuate the recreations. It's strong stuff that really honors how ordinary citizens emerged as heroes. Narrated nicely by Gary Sinise, this is stylized and constructed in a modern way. Filled with quick cut editing and other effects, the presentation attempts to put you into the heart of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Should be Showing this in School!! January 20, 2014
By Tiana
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
In depth, clear and takes you through the various aspects of WWII from start to finish. Some of the footage is devastating, but unforgettable. It's a shame that more public high school students are taught enough of this or barely touch on it :( I learned more from this collection than I ever did in school. We must learn about our past so that we aren't doomed to repeat it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Color Film and Colorized Film March 11, 2012
By Robert
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am aware that most World War II era color film was of the 16 mm variety and was shot during the Pacific campaign. Perhaps there was better access to unexposed color stock on the west coast of the United States. A great amount of the 16mm and 8mm color footage shot in Europe was by the Germans themselves. 8 mm was mostly used by German officers to document their experience in the form of "home movies." (Much is available on The Third Reich in Color series). An interesting brief use of early color film was also used during the SA/NAZI rally in Berlin in 1933. Another bit of German film was taken from the documetary "Good Morning Mister Hitler" and was shot by German color film buffs in July 1939. This is in addition to the now infamous Eva Braun films and the footage shot by Hiter's pilot. Much of the film from the American perspective during the European campaign was shot in black and white and then colorized (I believe by the British for their documentary - Color of War). Furthermore, George Stevens shot much of the 16mm color film seen in this film from D-Day until the close of the War (seen in his documentary "From D-Day to Berlin"). This is not to say that the colorized footage is not also impressive, but I was quite surprised that the source was not mentioned or the fact that some of the film is colorized. It is not even mentioned by the producers in the Extra section. The available 16mm color footage is interspersed with the colorized variety in this documentary and is used quite effectively.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History Channel Production January 19, 2012
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As to what is the norm from the History Channel, comes an excellent documentary mini-series! This is essential to any collection of WWII reference material or collection of documentaries. The Collector's Edition also boast 2 additional disc:"The Battle for Iwo Jima", and "The Air War"-surprising and not oftened talked about facts of the Air Force's role and perspective during the war. Being a History Channel production, the various footage is blended together seamlessly, colors pop, sound levels are equalized, home theater subs get a workout.......slick and polished while still remaining informative.

That said,"WWII in HD" is a great SUPPLEMENT to the definitive production of The BBC's "World At War". Over 3 time as much material including many interviews from various participants in the war who were from different countries. A window into the psyche of each major country and some minor ones in the war. No offense intended in the use of the words major and minor. "World At War" goes deeper....much deeper. Own both!!

01/27/12-Ha ha, WOW..... NOT a History Channel Rep, would not have mentioned the BBC's product if I were, but thanks for the complement on my review!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice. April 17, 2014
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Enjoyed every minute of it. No subtitles on Disks 1 & 2 but pleasantly surprised to see them on Disks 3 & 4...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! April 2, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first started watching this program in my history through film class in high school and I was instantly hooked. I had forgotten about the program once I started college, but was reminded of it and I bought it on Amazon for a cheap sale price. The narration is great along with the voice acting by a great cast, mixed with the voices of the real american heroes who fought in WWII. The packaging is a green felt dvd box which acts as great housing (not too bulky, but not too boring). Anyone, from a history buff to an interested student, should watch these films which personalize the heart-wrenching stories of the American soldiers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary and came with good cover and i like it
some good films inside and great documentary in my opinion great color and good content, it is really good and great price too
Published 1 month ago by JY
5.0 out of 5 stars very good dvd
Very clear and some of film I had not seen before, and I have read and seen a lot about ww2. great addition to my collection.
Published 1 month ago by Jim C.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent documentary
12 stories with footage where possible and interviews... VERY COMPELLING!!!!
Worth it for the story of the men of the "DDE Samual B Roberts" alone! Read more
Published 1 month ago by 1365Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for anyone interested in WWII History!!
I chose this rating due to the series being in color, compelling film of actual combat and an informative dialogue. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical collection
This is an awesome part of my historical collection! It has all the personal accounts needed to make the documentary be more than just informational.
Published 3 months ago by diana
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this Collection
It's great on DVD but Suburb on Blu Ray...If you are a WWII buff or just want to gain another understanding about this world wide conflict, this is the one for YOU !
Published 3 months ago by norcaltakguy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch
WWII in HD is fun to watch and the images are great. If your looking for more of an in depth documentary you may want to try thee series entitled The World at War done by the BBC
Published 3 months ago by BlueKen82
3.0 out of 5 stars US VIEW OF WORLD WAR
A little too parochial to provide a true picture of the WORLD WAR. There were many theatres of War and representatives of many nations sacrificed their lives
Published 5 months ago by Dr Alan J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars ww2 collectores Edition
This is one of the best colour documentaries of world war two. There is footage that I have never seen before and I am an armature and I highly recommend it
Published 5 months ago by Paul Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved it! The series is a good overview of the war. There are some really good shots from the fighters that are great
Published 6 months ago by Kim
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