The Winds of War [Blu-ray]
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Netherlands released, Blu-Ray/Region B : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player, or on standard US Blu-Ray player. You need multi-region Blu-Ray player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In the late 1930s, world politics begin to head in a dangerous direction. In Europe, Germany expands and rearms and proceeds to annex several border countries into the Reich. Meanwhile, Italy attempts to establish a Facist Colonial Empire under Mussolini while the Empire of Japan stands ready for a major war with China. Enter the Henry family, headed by career naval officer Victor 'Pug' Henry. 'Winds of War' thus follows the exploits of Pug and his children, all of which are set against the backdrop of world events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, ...The Winds of War ( Herman Wouk's The Winds of War )
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The portrayal of most of the women as shallow and immoral was, I believe, a bit unrealistic. I know my wife found it so. At times, the mini-series took on a soap opera like genre.
To me this was the more interesting of the two series.
I really enjoyed introducing my husband to this mini series and found the DVD to be a great version.
I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in history, war or anyone just wanting to see a great story!
The acting is generally very good, the stories are interesting and engaging and the characters are likable in most cases. However, I would say that the weakest part of the story is the first episode. Some of the characters seem a bit wooden at first and only come into their own as the story progresses. By about the second half of the first episode they seem to hit their stride and you feel very comfortable with them. By the end, you hate to see the series finish and desperately want to see more. Fortunately, the second half awaits in War and Remembrance.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who has not seen it. There are certainly more intense war movies now with better effects that deal with individual battles or events, but to my knowledge, there is nothing that gives the big picture "what it was like to be there" feel for those who witnessed the gathering winds of war at the time better than this series. It was an amazing accomplishment for this series to be made in 1983 and it is still relevant today even though historical opinion about some events may have evolved since then.