Battlefield Russia: The Eastern Front! 3 DVD Set!
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Battlefield - Russia: The Eastern Front explores the crucial role played by Russia in defeating the armies of Nazi Germany. Hoping for a repeat of the successful Blitzkrieg that rolled across Western Europe, the Germans envisioned a swift capitulation by Russia. Instead, the Red Army stopped the Nazi advances in the snows of Stalingrad, waging a battle of attrition, in which hundreds of thousands of German soldiers and millions of Russians perished before liberating the city of Berlin. Now for the first time, TMG and NBC Universal bring you these detailed accounts of pivotal battles of World War II. Each episode covers one great battle, featuring portraits of the leaders and commanders, explanations of weapons and tactics, a review of the political and military situation leading up to the battle, troop deployment, and the story of the battle itself. Narrated by Tim Pigot-Smith (V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace)! Watch rare archival footage from vaults around the world!
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The programs are encoded at less than 8 Mbits/sec, about one third of usual Blu-ray rates, and the image is full-screen, so the Blu-ray format was probably chosen for its capacity (3 2-hour programs can fit on one disc). The programs are encoded as widescreen, however, with gray pillars outside a narrow black band around the FS image. This is not good for a home theater because it throws ambient light into the room, but, mercifully, the pillars are a dark gray, so it isn't disastrous. On a regular TV, the pillars look black, though. The images and sound are excellent. All in all, it's wonderful to have this series available, and, given how much content is on each disc, the pricing is reasonable.
Three discs depict three crucial stages of the bloodiest campaign in history... From the German invasion 1941 via the battle for Stalingrad 1942-1943 to the final Soviet offensives 1944-1945... A fourth episode about Kursk 1943 would have been welcome to make this superb series complete.
The narration may seem dry but provides lots of details about both sides' order of battle, operational plans and background to some key weaponry.
The chosen footage is presented in the correct geographical and chronological context - something which is all too much lacking in similar productions.
The added battle sounds are muted, so they don't overwhelm the viewer.
The only minor point in my opinion is the repetitive soundtrack, but that doesn't prevent me from giving this DVD set 5/5
The blu-ray itself isn't all that impressive. Frankly, it doesn't look much better than a standard DVD. There is no "scene" selection, so it's nearly impossible to go back to a specific spot in the documentary. Most of the series is old WWII footage and the rest being computer diagrams and special effects. Neither of these really translate well to blu-ray. You are better off saving some money and getting the regular DVD edition. Regardless, this series is a must have for any WWII buff.
The content of the series itself, as well as the presentation is still well above any of the documentaries of World War II out there. It's a shame that the DVD offering is not a "remaster" of the original. The black-and-white images didn't look any better (or clearer) than the VHS tape that I have. Another "nice-to-have" that was missing on the DVD is the close-captioning or subtitles.
But overall, if you're looking for an above average WWII documentary, this is a very good buy. The narration is clear, the explanation of the war-strategies plus their consequences is excellent, and the direction of the series is well thought out.