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  • Actors: None
  • Directors: None
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 1885 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ASPIVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Original Letters from the Frontlines
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    World War II was different from other wars due to the unparalleled scope of rare and, in some cases, previously unseen images from archives around the world. Now these images have been brought together in one of the most powerful documentary series on the 20th century’s greatest conflict. This is the complete Second World War from the islands of the Pacific to the frozen Steppes of Russia. From the rise of Hitler to the celebration of VJ day, you will learn about the hardware, the heroes and the heartbreak of war. This is a must-have for those who lived it and for those who want to remember the sacrifices made during WWII.

    Customer Reviews

    I have to agree with the others that many of the facts given are wrong.
    swright777
    If you're trying to decide on which WWII collection you want in your video collection this is definitely worth considering.
    C.P.G.
    The narrative is in places really clever and to the point, but at other places seems shallow.
    O. Barr

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    81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By noir head on July 20, 2005
    Format: DVD
    This is not the most-complete WWII video set but it does provide a huge amount of information (30 hours worth) in 5-10 minute watchable vingnettes about the War. I haven't counted but there has to be almost 400 chapter stops in this set, making it easy to find what you want to find. However, there is very little information about the chapters listed anywhere (not even on the internet), I might add though, that when each chapter begins, it has a title and a subtitle, so you can "chapter search" (the hard way) and probably find what you want.

    The video quality is great (I was really surprised by this!). The sound quality is good too but on disc two the music is at times mixed so loudly, the narrator can hardly be heard.

    There's very little new information here and no interviews, which is kind of disappointing. But there's a lot of new video here quelled from Russian sources, much of it I have never seen before (and I have about 75 hours of WWII DVD documentaries in my home.)

    The video tries to be chronological but fails; it's probably impossible to remain in order in such an undertaking that lasted 6 years.

    Some snippets of video are used over and over (for instance, I saw poor Rommel literally scratch his head about twenty times in the Africa campaign segments and I saw Mussonlini fold his arms and shake his head in a cocky way almost everytime his name was mentioned!) Still, that's a small price to pay - there's a -lot- to watch here.

    Not a sterling presentation but it's not boring either; it's a cheap way to learn a lot about the war. It would make a fine addition to any DVD documentary collection and a fascinating gift, I would think, for any high school or college student.

    I would also recommend THE WORLD AT WAR and BBC's HISTORY OF WORLD WAR TWO.
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    20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C.P.G. on January 20, 2007
    Format: DVD
    At 30 hours long this collection has just about all the footage of every aspect of WWII that you would want to have, including comprehensive narration. It includes extensive use of film never before seen in the U.S. from Russian, German and Japanese archives. If you're trying to decide on which WWII collection you want in your video collection this is definitely worth considering.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Doug Lewis on January 5, 2008
    Format: DVD
    i started to become a bigger and bigger history geek last year. i found this DVD set for $25 and purchased it - not expecting a whole lot (especially after a few other less-than-stellar similar purchases). I was surprised. While it is NOT a tactical break down of anything specific, it IS a great starting point for wrapping your mind around the chronology of the conflict as a whole. It springboarded me into much greater in-depth study. It IS somewhat anglo-american centric in its retelling, but not frustratingly so. It is endless in length (which suites me well) and has a vast amount of knowledge contained in an accessible medium.

    one complaint, though, is that while a lot of the footage is stunning, some of it is repeated to a noticable degree. While i suppose this is to be expected SLIGHTLY in a 30 hour all-stock-footage documentary .. it starts to bother you seeing the same russians run over the obviously same ditch every time a russian offensive is mentioned .. or seeing the same Japanese sailors standing at attention when the imperial navy's might is mentioned - but i guess these specific images are enough to evoke the mood needed.

    Perhaps the best selling point on this documentary is the excellent narrator. There is exceptional sound quality - the music is what you would expect, but there is no sound effects dubbed in. The narrator is so good that you don't even notice. Even my girlfriend, usually pained by my boring-documentary obsession fell in love with the mans voice and the way he relates the information. And with 30 hours of him talking ... you'll miss him when its over.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter H on February 17, 2008
    Format: DVD
    "WWII: The Complete History" tells the story of WWII in a series of newsreel-style vignettes. No date of production is given in the box-set but the whole enterprise looks old-fashioned. The taglines for each item include gems such as "The Scum Also Rises" about the rise of the Nazis and "French Fried" regarding the fall of France. The American narrator has a whiney, smug voice and the commentary eschews objectivity. Much of the footage reappears again and again and the music is the in the dated style of the newsreel.

    Not terrible but WWII buffs will be disappointed.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Pizzi on December 29, 2008
    Format: DVD
    With over 30 hours of footage on no less than 10 well organized discs handsomely packaged, there's a lot to like about this set put out by Madacy Entertainment Group. Although nowhere in the same league as Thames Television's "World at War" or the "BBC's History of WWII," this set, for a modest outlay is remarkably comprehensive in compiled newsreel footage from every front imaginable.

    From the rise of Hitler to the frozen Steppes of Stalingrad and from the islands of the Pacific to the celebration of VJ Day, the 20th century's greatest conflict is preserved for generations to come. Although the voiceover narration leaves much to be desired and there is little or no additional commentary, this set should satisfy many history buffs looking for an affordable WWII documentary set. Transfers are generally acceptable. You can find this set at a more reduced price at other retailers.

    A similarly packaged 10 disc set from Madacy Entertainment Group covers the history of military air power from it's infancy to the present day.
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