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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 (48 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 (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ELVCY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Should be Showing this in School!! January 20, 2014
By Tiana
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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 3 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, I did have to say that in capital letters. FANTASTIC. There. I said it again. Go read the rest of this review or I'll say it again.

This dvd collection is positively emotionally overwhelming, visually stunning, and with great voiceover work.

I am not an academic historian, but I do have a strong interest in history that I have been pursuing for over 25 years. I also write and so structure and presentation are important to me. I've seen many, many war documentaries and none have affected me the way this one has.

Let me give you one example so you can understand what I mean. The 70s The World At War with Sir Laurence Olivier's inimitable narraration is a wonderful, valuably in-depth and highly enjoyable documentary series. I own it also. Yet it is quiet in tone, if speaking to you through Barbara Tuchman's "Distant Mirror".

In comparison, WWII in HD is In-Your-Face, NOW, with full color and a consistently adept matching of audio, foley work, story and visual to tell the story. It's even told in present tense to enhance the effect! (a device I didn't quite cotton onto for a few episodes). The following of a dozen real men and women in their journey through the war was a great idea. You feel like you're really there. It's easy to empathize with them. No WWI or WWII documentary has ever felt so visceral and immersive to me.

The World At War's main tone was Depressing. This all happened, and we're really bummed out about it. Lots of people died.

WWII in HD's main tone is Scary. This is happening, and we don't know how it's going to turn out. Maybe we're going to die next.

See the difference?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Color Film and Colorized Film March 11, 2012
By Robert
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some amazing color footage with great narration by Gary Sinese. Wish they had broadened the filed of characters.
Published 6 days ago by Laney Rollins
4.0 out of 5 stars ... dwindling number of veterans left this film is a great way to hear...
With the dwindling number of veterans left this film is a great way to hear and see first hand the stories and feelings of those involved.
Published 17 days ago by Hasso von Manteuffel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by ronnie woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality
Good option if you like the WWII. A complete documentary with an excellent quality
Published 2 months ago by Leo A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great video...
Published 2 months ago by Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars ... but only gave 4 stars because it's not my favorite documentary set
Everything I expected it to be but only gave 4 stars because it's not my favorite documentary set.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Isenhour
3.0 out of 5 stars Jigsaw puzzles footages do not make whole view of WW ...
Jigsaw puzzles footages do not make whole view of WW II.

While this documentary contains some of the most emotion-stirring footages, it doesn't give people a complete... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TP_FAN
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Missing one of the DVD
Published 3 months ago by Ramon E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great display case....even better documentary!
A look at WWII like you've never seen.
Published 3 months ago by Brett Finney
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money.
Good narrative. Nice to see all the footage. A lot of details of a lot of important battles, and a few others I got to learn more about.
Published 3 months ago by pdkflyer
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