- Actors: Judi Dench, Salome Jens, Jürgen Prochnow, Michael York, Tim Pigott-Smith
- Writers: Käthe Kollwitz, Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen
- Producers: Stephen Haggard
- Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 4
- Studio: Pbs Home Video
- VHS Release Date: October 13, 1998
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0780623088
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century VHS
VHS | Box Set
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As this landmark series demonstrates, the cataclysmic effects of World War I last to this day. "The war to end all wars" has influenced the Atomic Age and the Cold War, and is now shaping the conflicts in Bosnia and the Middle East. Period film footage and eyewitness accounts powerfully dramatize the horrors of trench warfare and the chaos of political revolution. History comes alive as The Great War reveals how World War I influenced the rise of communism, witnessed the first use of weapons of mass destruction, and provided a fertile aftermath for the rise of Nazism. Through perspectives from all sides of the war, the series shows how violent events early in this century still cast a dark shadow on life today. Titles include: "Explosion & Stalemate," "Total War & Slaughter," "Mutiny & Collapse," and "Hatred and Hunger & War Without End."
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That being said, I am absolutely flummoxed by some of the negative reviews of this documentary. Most of the complaints seem to say that the "basics" are not covered or that the history is "cursory". Seriously? Before we even get to the fighting, the first hour goes in depth into the personalities, alliances, and events that triggered the war. There's absolutely nothing cursory about it. Throughout the documentary the strategy (The Von Schlieffen Plan, etc.) is all covered, the battles (Gallipoli, etc.) are all covered, the personalities are all covered, the politics are all covered, the technology is all covered. There are more maps explaining the War than you can shake a stick at. There's hours of archival footage. I guarentee you, watch this documentary from start to finish and you'll know more about the history of WWI than 99.999% of the people you will ever meet.
The fact that this documentary also brings home the human side of the conflagration should not be seen a fault. The beauty of this documentary is that it informs and enlightens. That is a rare thing in a documentary.
this was a joint production between kcet and bbc. there is a bbc version on dvd (quite expensive) available from amazon uk in pal / region 2. it is substantially different and much shorter, so those who saw the original kcet production might be disappointed.
if you really like this series, just bite the bullet & pay for the expensive tapes. that's all there is. when the last tape breaks, it will be extinct.
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