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World War II seen with new clarity and sharpness from very personal perspectives,
This review is from: WWII in HD (DVD) (DVD)
Plenty of other reviews have covered the details of production and narration - the linking of the full arc of the war's history with these individual soldier, sailor, and nurse perspectives is tremendous. I'll just add the following reactions:
- It's a very American-centric POV. Nothing wrong with that, as that perspective is fully intentional and powerfully edited, but you're not going to get a sense of the scale of the Eastern Front, the intricacies of the broader South Pacific campaigns, and certain dramatic German naval campaigns (the Graff Spee and the Bismarck come to mind).
- The HD transfer of old footage is excellent. They did the absolute best work they could with this 65+ year-old material, and it's unlike any other presentation I've seen.
- If you've watched a ton of WWII documentaries, you won't see much overlap here in the archival stuff. It feels like a completely new treatment.
- Voiceover actors like Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe bring appropriate tension, drama (and a little bit of humor) to the reading of letters home, recollections of the fight, and even the everyday tedium and trivia of military life.