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World War II: When the World Went to War, Vol. 1 1939-1942 (1949)

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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C&B Productions
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 227 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00124SNG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on Dwight D. Eisenhower's book "Crusade in Europe", "World War II: When The World Went To War" retells the history of the greatest and most horrifying war in history. Part One of this Five-Part-Series is subtitled: Blitzkrieg, Air Battles, and the Victory over Rommel. Disc One: Poland, France, Norway, and Great Britain. Disc Two: The Battle of England, Malta, Aerial Warfare over Germany. Disc Three: North Africa: Victory over Rommel.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag....but generally good. May 19, 2008
By jrc
This is generally a good series. Episodes are about 30 minutes each, mostly from an early 50's TV documentary about WW2, based on Eisenhower's memoirs (originally titled CRUSADE IN EUROPE). Footage from the original episodes looks good...FDR's "Day Of Infamy" speech is taken from the best master I've ever seen.

Now the mixed bag part....the original episodes are interspersed with episodes of a more recent documentary. The more recent doc obviously has a different narrator and uses "color" footage (that looks colorized to me).

Also, the order in which the episodes are presented is not chronological in the strictest sense. The quality of the historical information is good, even in the newer doc.

Overall, the goods outweight the bads.

Each set contains 3 DVDs. The first two volumes run over 200 minutes; Volumes 3 & 4 are down to 163 minutes each. There is apparently to be a fifth volume released in the near future.

For the price, these are a great value. Quality is much better than Madacy and other budget labels.
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