WWII in HD, Collector's Edition DVD
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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 is The Battle for Iwo Jima, an immersive look at the momentous battle using gloriously restored, full-color footage, some of which has never seen before. HISTORY details the entire action of the battle, from the first landing of a crippled B-29 to the conflict s bloody conclusion in a jungle of lava rocks.
This collection also features WWII in HD: The Air War, the untold story of the American 8th Air Force's bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the months leading up to D-Day. Told through the gripping, first person accounts of three American airmen and Stars & Stripes reporter Andy Rooney, this special showcases breathtaking aerial combat--original, color footage, never before seen by most Americans--of the B-17s Flying Fortresses, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs on missions such as Regensburg, Schweinfurt and Berlin. The 8th Air Force suffered more than 26,000 combat deaths--more than the US Marines lost in all of World War II.
Disclaimer - Program shot and mastered in High Definition. Presented on standard definition DVD that will play in any standard definition DVD Player
- Two feature length WWII in HD specials: The Battle for Iwo Jima and WWII in HD: The Air War
- Character Profiles
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes: Finding the Footage; Preserving the Footage
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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, distant...as 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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great series. It should be required watching for all high school students every Veterans Day and Memorial Day.Published 1 month ago by Falconer
Very Satisfied. Super priced. Fast Delivery. Would buy again. AAAAA ++++ RatingPublished 3 months ago by Gasinc
“World War II in HD” is an outstanding 10-part miniseries produced in 2009 by The History Channel. Using color film footage from many of the major battlefields of the Second World... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike Powers
Evocative, not informative.
The series starts out in the middle of WWII, then proceeds to randomly jump between the European and Asian theaters at different periods of... Read more
I never had the time to watch this entire series when it was shown on the History Channel, so, like most busy people in today's world, I decided to purchase the series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HW98
This is a side of WWII not usually seen and the videos have been enlightening.Published 6 months ago by Susan Duran
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