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World War II - War In Europe (2009)

Multi-Pack Documentaries , Multi-Pack  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Multi-Pack Documentaries
  • Directors: Multi-Pack
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TGG Direct, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00067ZS2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This WWII movie collection contains hours of documentary footage and accounts.

Product Description

Twenty-five captivating documentaries chronicling the fall of Poland through the defeat of Germany and the end of the war in Europe. Includes the early defeats at Dunkirk and victories at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

Includes: Fall of Poland, Invasion of Norway, Dunkirk, Battle of France-Blitzkriegl, Battle of France-Defeat, Battle of Britain, Malta, Commerce Raiders, Fall of Crete, Battle Over Europe, Battle of Moscow, Battle of Stalingrad, Omaha Beach, Breakout from Normandy, Invasion of South France, Sicily, Ploesti, Monte Cassino, Arnhem, Battle of the Bulge, Anzio, Battle of the Gothic Line, Battle of Germany-The Final Act, Battle of Berlin-The Russians Are Coming, Battle of Berlin-Death of a City

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THERE'S A REASON IT'S CHEAP July 10, 2001
By A Customer
First, the good news. You get about 3 hours for about fifteen bucks. Some of the combat footage is incredible. And, the documentaries are enjoyable.
Now, the bad news. Video and sound quality are poor. This is not DVD quality. Video of studio shots (the announcer, maps, etc.) are blurry and appear to be a dub of a VHS tape onto a DVD. Sound on the first disc is gated to reduce hiss; unfortunately, this leaves the sound rather choppy and unnatural-sounding, and lacking in upper frequencies (which reduces the intelligibility of the voice-over). Sound on the second disc is thankfully not mangled, but instead there is noticeable tape hiss. Since it's almost all combat footage (sometimes jerky, sometimes not focused, often poor contrast) the poor video quality is not as much an issue, especially since the footage is edited in sections barely longer than a few seconds each -- you barely have time to focus on it before it cuts away to something else. As far as the sound, I would not be surprised if it was manufactured later with sound effects. And by the time you reach the last documentary, you begin to recognize some of the footage which they had already used for another battle.
Also, this is not a comprehensive history of the Pacific War, but a collection of 20-min. documentaries from the mid-'80's each covering a key battle or some other subject. At least they do generally have them arranged in chronological order.
The verdict? It's a chance to get a lot of combat footage for cheap (although it's almost all American footage, and told from the American point of view). I'm generally happy with it, but the DVD quality sure could have been better.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great footage, historically accurate but . . . January 31, 2004
By A Customer
I purchased this set after buying the companion "WWII: War In Europe." On "War in Europe" I enjoyed the footage, and the scripting for that set was historically accurate and well conceived. The same is true for footage and scripting on "War in the Pacific." The vintage (remember the original footage is over fifty years old) video was good.
I do have complaints about "War In the Pacific," and that is the muddy sound track. There is no excuse for such a shoddy job; it sounded better on broadcast TV. It is most noticeable if you play the sound through your stereo/home theater system. The distorted sound is a little less noticeable through standard television speakers. The sound track on the companion volume, "War in Europe" was less distorted than "War in the Pacific."
Another reviewer mentioned that the video quality on the narrator shots (with Patrick O'Neal) was also poor. I reviewed it recently, and have to concur. The video deficit is especially easy to see if you have a TV with a Super VHS or Component Video input.
I gave "War in the Pacific" 3 stars due to poor sound and slipshod video work on the introduction/narration studio shots. If the soundtrack was not muddy and the intro shots were reproduced better I would have given it a 5 star rating. The good news is that, even with the deficits, the scripting and the vintage video are worth the modest price.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Any one have a map, magic marker, and a pointer. June 8, 2001
There are some really good shots of actual combat, but the 2 D.V.D. set completely lacks any sense of the overall picture of the war. The actual conflict between MacArthur and the Navy, why Midway was so important,in fact the overall strategy of the Navy is never really explained. I would have thought the History Channel could have done better. The best part is the story of Bull Halsey.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The war in Italy as it really was. November 25, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This is an extraordinary film, a must see for anyone who wants to know what World War II in Europe was like. The film was shot by John Houston's Signal Corps unit. When the powers that be in the Army saw the film, they moved to prevent its release. It was just to vivid in showing what the war in Italy was like. And of course, it was completely different than the war movies Hollywood was churning out. So the story goes, Houston appealed to Gen. Geo. Marshall, who ordered it released. The film covers one battle in Italy. All elements are covered, from planning to fighting. There is none of the Huns-on-the-run-how-chased-the-Germans-away mentality of many war movies. It is a documentary in the finest sense. This shows the gritty details of war, including the only scenes I have ever seen of the stacking of dead GIs on to trucks, sewing them into shrouds and burying them, right on the battlefield. Houston had his cameramen right up at the front with the GIs as they advanced. Houston also shows the battle's effect on the village of San Pietro. All through the film, Houston's brilliance as a director comes out. While I have not seen the particular video offered here, if it is the standard version you won't want to miss it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old material in a new package January 4, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Potential buyers should be made aware that this History Channel presentation dates from the mid 1980s. As such it lacks some of the "spit and polish" of more recent THC offerings, but the subject matter and footage are of course much older than that.
Overall it is a decent package considering the amount of material and the price, but I found it somewhat lacking compared with the shows that THC currently produces, which tend to have better narration, better music, much better maps, and a more professional presentation.
Video quality is about as good as one could expect, and the audio is basic and serviceable stereo.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Historically accurate
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
I have started watching this series of documentaries on World War II and find it very interesting and very well done. I have learned a lot from this series so far. Read more
Published 20 days ago by cmlh7
4.0 out of 5 stars france
Poland was a warm-up, what he really wanted was France, After Poland he decided he was strong enough to take France, France was no prepared to fight a war of movement - their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn Pollitzer
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to under stand sometimes
The narration is good and factual and the footage is good and fairly accurate. But the way the narrator pronounces the names of islands in particular make you stop and pause. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Bradford
4.0 out of 5 stars Objective, Complete
Provides details not often discussed, esp. concerning the war in northern Europe. Does not get bogged down in sympathetic ideology as more current tellings do.
Published 3 months ago by 1R5
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
see my review of episode 3 - a very interesting series. I watch the episodes more than once to absorb as much info as possible
Published 4 months ago by G. Ceranic
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should watch this!!!!!!!!
I feel the world could be going in the same direction again! These videos are new to me and are a must see.
Published 4 months ago by Grandpa Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Wow! I know that when I studied this in school, I just did it to get a grade. Now that I am older, I really enjoy this series! It is super well done! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alan Mellor
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad narration
The first thing you notice is the narrator's voice; he's uninspired. I don't think the narrator was watching the movie, so nothing quite matched. Read more
Published 5 months ago by over the age of youth
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the most wonderful production but...
The entire series leads to an overall view of the war - and episode 17 (The Holocaust) is mesmerizing and sickening.
Published 6 months ago by Tom Overocker
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