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Great Battles of WWII (Videobook)

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The earthshaking battles of WWII come to life in this fascinating collection reviewing one of the most epic and disturbing chapters in history. This visually stunning documentary is a powerful testament to the titanic struggles of those who lived, fought and died in a war that shook the world. The Great Battles of WWII covers the war in the air, on the ground, and above and below the sea in never-before-seen footage and captures WWII the way it was—lived and fought by soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen from both the Allied and Axis armies.

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Product Details

  • Actors: None
  • Directors: None
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Madacy (Music Distributor)
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ZULB06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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These DVDs are a must of WW II buffs. I am very pleased with
this buy. I bought them in the used category and they came
new. The quality is of the 1940s time frame and are not real sharp
but considering that time and the camera work I deem it good.
You will not go wrong if you buy this series from the used
category.
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I am a history buff. I was disappointed in these. Same old archival footage that you have seen a hundred times before, and not any new insight on the battles. Boring. My advice is don't waste your money. If you know nothing of history, you might find them useful for understanding a history class, but very little here.
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It's a three DVD set with not a lot of extras but the documentaries themselves are well done (and in color) that features a series of episodes on the major battles of WWII as well as some of the less covered topics (like the Battle of Singapore).

On a scale of things, it isn't at the level of The War - A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick but at the same time, it is a lot better than some of the other WWII DVDs that are out there that only feature a superficial look at the topic and the same tired footage.
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Format: DVD
This is a collection of five WWII documentaries on two discs. The shows are:

Great Battle on the Volga 1hr15

60's russian propaganda about the Battle of Stalingrad. The transfer has some dust and skips badly towards the end. Not a bad video though.

True Glory 1hr20

Western Allies propaganda to offset the Russian one. Brief narration with war footage and stitched together with recalections from soldiers and civilians about the war. Covers from before D-Day to the end of the European war. Pretty good.

Battle of Britain 52min

Part of the seven part Why We Fight series. Some bad skips. Shows you what it was like to be a pilot or civilian during the Battle of Britain. Good enough.

Battle of China 1hr03

Another part of the Why We Fight series. Very comprehensive, it's the only show I know of that tells the whole story of China in WWII. Pretty good.

Battle for San Pietro 38min

Lots of death in this one. It seems to be the main theme. I think they went a bit overboard with the gruesomeness. Not that war isn't a nasty business but I think showing too much of it shows poor taste. This video shows poor taste. But it's short and if you are interested in the battle, this video gives it its full attention. It might be part of a series about various battles of WWII. I don't know.

Not bad videos. The video quality is pretty good. I'm not sure it's worth $10 but I paid it and don't feel ripped off.
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