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Cold War, The (DVD)

CNN's landmark Peabody and Television Critics Association Award-winning series examines nearly five decades of history and is the crystallization of a massive three-year effort spearheaded executive producer Jeremy Isaacs (The World at War). Its production team shot more than 1,000 hours of original footage and screened 1,500 hours of archival film material, including historically important -- and often emotionally stunning -- images, many not seen before by an international audience. The crew traveled to 31 countries and conducted more than 500 interviews, many with key players of the time who rarely go before the cameras. Conceived by CNN founder Ted Turner, this extraordinary 24-episode chronicle has emerged as the definitive audiovisual record of this tumultuous era of world history.

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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Producers: Vivian Schiller, Jeremy Issacs, Pat Mitchell, Martin Smith, Taylor Downing
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00701QYIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am thrilled that this magnificent 24-episode CNN Cold War series is finally available on DVD. I have two VHS copies that I (and my students) have worn ragged. As a former Foreign Service Officer who served in some Cold War countries, I am amazed at how much I have learned from this series. I find it especially credible because only participants in the Cold War on all sides share their insights, some of which I find stunning.
Personally I can attest that the vignettes on Chile and Angola are 'spot on.' The episodes on the Hungarian uprising and the subsequent disinterment of executed premier Imry Nagy still bring tears to my eyes. The interviews with Beria's son, who was responsible for bugging FDR's residence at Yalta and providing the transcripts to Stalin every morning, underscored that Stalin never played by the rules of Queensbury.
Over all, I found the series even-balanced and broad ranging. Howver, I did feel that the portrayal of McCarthyism and the Rosenbergs was not evenly balanced with the murder and gulags that were commonplace in the Soviet Union. In part, perhaps, this was because virtually no graphic film was available on these Soviet shenanigans.
I have watched the entire series perhaps ten times and discover (or re-discover) surprising aspects of the Cold War on each viewing. For someone who lived throughout this period, and, especially, for teachers and students for whom the Cold War is as inexplicable as was World War I was to me, this is a must see. I also strongly recommend the companion COLD WAR book, which covers the same material in a less vivid manner. I strongly advise that you see the video---and then see it again. This is the most comprehensive, important history documentary series that I have ever experienced (I was Founding Editor of Film & History's Guide to Documentary Films).
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I received the DVD series this afternoon and here is what I found:
Sufficient container with six (6) DVD's containing 24 episodes
Online access to "Fixster" so one could view series via a "cloud" on iPad, iPhone, laptop (it works).
I viewed the first episode and the last to view them and they seem to be mirror images of the original VHS series.
I also checked out the episodes in question (Soldiers of God) and everything was there. I did not notice any editing from the original series.
Conclusion. If you teach world Civ & the Cold War get this series. Far cheaper than the original VHS series. The content works well for California social
science grade 10 world civilization standards. I have created questions for each of the episodes for use in the classroom and is far more thorough than
what the Pearson text(my district uses) offers. Get it. If nothing else it is a tax write-off. Get it before someone pulls it from Amazon.
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finally - the best ever series on the Cold War on dvd. I watched this on tv some years ago and wore out my home made vhs tapes of the series after repeated viewing. As far as I can see - pretty much every aspect of the Cold War period is dealt with in fair detail. If you want more - Vietnam for example - you have series like VIETNAM - A TELEVISION HISTORY - so its quite like THE WORLD AT WAR in that regard. I found the last couple of episodes on the collapse of communism and the USSR of particular interest. Again like THE WORLD AT WAR, the interviews with old participants - such as Mikhail Gorbachev - are fascinating. This is tv history as it should be. Brilliant.
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I have waited a loong time for this series. And the picture looks great, much better than the TV screenings. However, I have deducted 1 star for a very silly decision by Warner to crop the archive footage in order to force it into widescreen. This is ruining important historical documents, and they should be ashamed. While it is finally nice to see the interview footage shown in widescreen as it was originally shot, the 4:3 TV screenings in the 90s preserved the aspect ratio of the archive material and cropped the interviews. Warner have now done the reverse, instead of simply pillarboxing the older footage. A real shame, that spoils an otherwise impressive release.
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Used to have this on VCR a long time ago. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, and designed as a Cold War equivalent to the outstanding BBC series the World at War, this is one of the finest documentaries around - and a great overview of a fascinating and perilous phase of modern history. Finally out on DVD.
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I just purchased it today but like everyone else, I wore out my VHS copies (and my VHS player!). These have such amazing archival footage as well as new interviews. I can't recommend this enough to anyone who wants to understand world history over the last several decades.
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I was dubious about buying this as it was from CNN. I was expecting the normal bang crash, sensationalist presentation that even the BBC does these days. However, what I got was a well presented, rational and entertaining documentary (not a mockumentary so loved of the shot away sound engineers of today). This set of programmes shows how it should be done. It covers almost everything in a relatively objective manner and shows both perspectives of the Cold War. Excellent value - more like this please. I know it was made in 1998 but contemporary programme developers could learn a huge amount from watching this and trying to emulate it.
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