Made by the men who had lived through the tragedy and triumph of the conflict, and presented to a nation which was only beginning to grasp the new American reality that emerged after VJ-Day, VICTORY AT SEA is considered one of the most influential and important documentaries ever created. Created by Henry Salomon (who assisted Samuel Eliot Morrison in writing a history of the war at sea), the 26 episodes that constitute VICTORY AT SEA were drawn from tens of thousands of hours of footage shot on all fronts of the war, and by cameramen from all nations. Narrated by Leonard Graves, and set to now-familiar music written by Richard Rodgers, VICTORY AT SEA is a timeless, riveting remembrance of the greatest conflict man has ever known, and a visual, aural, and psychic tribute to the men and women who saved the world from the fascist threat 1939-1945.
This new edition of this classic television program represents the first time it has been available in true 24p high definition. Bluray.com praised it as "...the best looking and sounding this landmark series has ever been on home video..." and both DoBlu.com and DVDTalk.com praised the restoration and gave it four out of five stars.
Included in this three disc set are all 26 original episodes in their entirety, along with a special bonus commentary tracks featuring film historian Peter C. Rollins, PhD. Also included is the original publicity booklet and press releases in PDF form. (Please note, you must own a computer equipped with a Bluray drive to access the publicity materials.)
This Bluray is not region encoded.
Victory at Sea was a 30 minute weekly World War II documentary that ran on NBC for one season. The series ran from October 1952 to April 1953 for a total of 26 episodes. Over 13,000 hours of archival film footage from the U.S., British, German, and Japanese navies were gathered and edited for use in the episodes. Victory at Sea covered everything from the opening stages of the war in the Atlantic to the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the end of the war and to both V-E and V-J days. Victory at Sea is also remembered for its eloquent narration and great background music. The show was also nominated for an Emmy in 1953 for Best Public Affairs Program and went on to win the Emmy in 1954 in the same category. --TVRage.com
Reportedly culled from some 60,000,000 feet of film from Allied and enemy sources (VICTORY AT SEA) is both a sober and exciting tribute to determined and courageous men and a convincing casebook on the wanton waste of war.
Victory At Sea, it should be pointed out, is not quite true to its title. It is almost as much a record of victory on land as it is of triumph at sea. But this is a small matter. For the earnest artisans at the National Broadcasting Company, who edited the mountainous material, intelligently keyed both of these major themes to make these awesome annals pointed and impressive.
While a good portion of the footage may be familiar, it still strikes home. The tired, old young faces of Marines after the dreadful battles on Guadalcanal and other Pacific jungle bastions; the holocausts at sea in such areas as the Mediterranean and the South Pacific; the preparations for and the assaut on the far shore of Normandy's beaches on D-Day and the Nipponese Kamikaze suicidal attacks gunners who fought to live against pilots who fought to die are terrible but necessary and instructive memories.
The commentary by Henry Salomon, who also produced, and Richard Hanser is restrained and, at times, surprisingly poetic, and Alexander Scourby gives it a dignified and, what is more important, and unobtrusive reading. Devotees of Richard Rodgers' many musical hits will recognize in the film's score the tuneful number that became No Other Love; in the musical comedy Me and Juliet. This theme and others help set the various moods for the historic action on the screen. --New York Times