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Victory At Sea - The Emmy Award Winning Series - 26 Episodes - 2 DVD Embossed Tin
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This is a 2 DVD video set in a rectangular metal container marketed by Timeless Media Group.
Ten or fifteen years ago I purchased the "Victory at Sea" documentary set in VHS and if my memory serves me correct that was a much better transfer from film to video. This set is the original "Victory at Sea" documentary by National Broadcasting Corporation produced in 1952 but it is a poor transfer in that it is very low contrast. Believe it or not it appears that the transfer was made by video copying a screen projection in a lighted room. Remember when you were a kid watching a lousy film in history class and the room wasn't dark enough, to see the film? That's what this DVD looks like. You keep wanting to yell "turn the damn lights off." Low contrast means that the black areas of a scene are not black but gray and the whites are not white but light gray which makes all the scenes look like they were filmed in fog. A blurry washed out effect is the result. Another thing is the company that markets this version did not clean up the dust specs, scratches and other film defects resulting from age and poor storage of the original film. Again, this transfer is bad.
The "DVD features" stating Full Screen Presentation" is misleading since this Documentary was produced for Television format in the early 50s and my copy is most definitely not a "Full Screen Presentation" by today's standards. It is old TV broadcast standard 1.33:1. Another thing is that Leonard Graves supposedly "introduces each episode with analysis of tactics and strategies." Well Leonard Graves is no where to be seen or heard, at lest not on the first DVD. I didn't bother to even look at the second DVD since the first was so poorly done.Read more ›
I do really enjoy these because it reminds me of sitting with my dad in front of a black and white G.E television set and watching them, when they were 1st shown, back in the day. I spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy and I sometimes wonder if these awesome episodes influenced my decision to go into that branch of service.
Broadway's Richard Rodgers provided twelve themes for this series. In 1953, Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein used his "Beneath the Southern Cross" theme (heard in three episodes) for their musical ME AND JULIET, as the song "No Other Love (Have I)." It was that show's most memorable tune.
Robert Russell Bennett fleshed out Rodgers piano compositions for the NBC Symphony orchestra. Much has been made of this program's score (the soundtrack LP was a favorite of Pres. Nixon, for example), but I think it's intrusively LOUD and gets lowered only when narrator Leonard Graves speaks.
The strongest element of VICTORY AT SEA is its newsreel and other actual war footage, gathered from Allied and former enemy sources around the world. The best episode visually may be #25, which shows several kamikaze pilots crashing into Navy vessels.Read more ›
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The best documentary series of the Second World War. Bar none.Published 15 months ago by Matthew Weeks
This is a gift so I have not sampled it for video or sound quality. All I know is that Victory at Sea is the benchmark by which all other WWII documentaries are measured. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dogwood2
These DVDs both recapture the US Navy in WWII with the great music of Richard Rogers as well as the memories of watching it when first ran. Highly recommend it.Published on February 9, 2014 by pete parrott
Overall a good product. Picture is good, audio is good, I don't understand the other reviews that pan this DVD. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Jeffrey Craft
This is History!! Real history without all the Hollywood hype (and crap). This should be required viewing for high school history classes during the World War II chapters.Published on November 17, 2013 by Kenneth W. Kassen
Great show, music by Richard Rogers of Rogers and Hammerstein fame. Good stuff. All the episodes in one place in a spiffy casePublished on September 2, 2013 by Eduardo D. Mendez