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WWII: The Essential Collection (The World at War / Victory at Sea / The Century of Warfare)

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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For the first time ever, the most influential documentaries on World War II are available in one comprehensive collection.

Academy Award winner Laurence Olivier narrates the definitive history of World War II, THE WORLD AT WAR. Four years in the making, this 22-hour masterpiece explores virtually every facet of the war: planning, politics, battle, occupation and genocide. Featuring incisive interviews with key Allied and Axis leaders, including Albert Speer, Lord Mountbatten, Alger Hiss, Toshikazu Kase and many others, THE WORLD AT WAR is a devastating chronicle of battle.

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning VICTORY AT SEA considered the most influential documentary in television history captures every major naval engagement of the war, from U-boat wolf packs to Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Featuring a score by Academy Award winning composer Richard Rogers, narrated by Leonard Graves and hosted by Peter Graves, VICTORY AT SEA, in the words of Harper's Weekly, 'created a new art form.'

THE CENTURY OF WARFARE frames WWII within the context of the war-torn 20th Century. From the precursors of World War I to the liberation of Kuwait, this encyclopedic documentary utilizes a vast archive of historical footage to explore every major engagement of 100 years of combat.

BONUS FEATURES:
Over 12 Hours of Bonus Features, including:
THE WORLD AT WAR
Bonus Documentaries: The Making of the Series, Secretary to Hitler, The Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler, Warrior, Hitler s Germany: The People's Community 1933-1939, Hitler's Germany: Total War 1939-1945, The Final Solution: Parts 1 and 2, and From War to Peace
Making the Series A 30th Anniversary Feature-Length Retrospective
Experiences of War Unseen Interviews from the Film Archives of the Imperial War Museum
The Making of THE WORLD AT WAR
Biographies
Gallery of Photos from the
Imperial War Museum Collection
VICTORY AT SEA
Episode introductions with Peter Graves

Special Features

Over 12 Hours of Bonus Features, including:
THE WORLD AT WAR
Bonus Documentaries: The Making of the Series, Secretary to Hitler, The Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler, Warrior, Hitler s Germany: The People's Community 1933-1939, Hitler's Germany: Total War 1939-1945, The Final Solution: Parts 1 and 2, and From War to Peace
Making the Series A 30th Anniversary Feature-Length Retrospective
Experiences of War Unseen Interviews from the Film Archives of the Imperial War Museum
The Making of THE WORLD AT WAR
Biographies
Gallery of Photos from the
Imperial War Museum Collection
VICTORY AT SEA
Episode introductions with Peter Graves

Product Details

  • Actors: Various History
  • Directors: History
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 3397 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P9DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ok, I am a WWII history buff but am always looking to expand my knowledge. I came upon this by accident since I was looking for the classic World at War series, which sells for 39.99 on DVD. Well this set is 29.99 had includes the ENTIRE World at War Set, the entire Victory at Sea set, and a newer series called "A Century of Warfare" which is also very well done. While some may not like these full screen versions, keep in mind that all the original footage was shot in this format and it would require cutting massive parts of the screen to get this in widescreen. This would be a steal at 3 times the price. Get this now while supplies last!!!
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This is nothing like a movie of World War II. You will see the real battles and you will see it all. This is a wonderful look at the greatest war of all times. It is a great collection of the facts and stories of that war. It is by far the best collection I have found. If you are a World War II buff like me you will truly enjoy this collection.
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Fantastic - I knew about though I can't comment in detail yet because it's such an enormous collection! We've started listened to the World at War DVD set and they were excellent, as I was told they would be by a friend.

We got a set for my son-in-law for Christmas; then I started to get envious and bought one for myself.
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Have only watched the Word At War so far but the price is great even if it only had WAW. Some of the criticism that the series received for being too Anglo-centric is probably warranted. Still, it is the most comprehensive series I have ever seen.
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I have been studying the war for 35 years and with each new book of film I can wait to read or view the item. I may well have 2000 WW II documentaries altogether including every box set on the war made. I have the items on this product listing but I bought them separately at well over $59. The "World At War" was made in 1973 by Thames (BBC) Broadcasting and it includes interviews with many of the leading figures who were still alive at that time. You can't improve any historic film over time, the earliest is the best when it comes to content. If you have any interest in the war, which changed the globe dramatically, by giving birth to countries and redrawing the lines of others; and how its repercussions affect us today, I recommend World at War. Another box set "The Color of War" is also superb presenting material in a different and complimentary way. For the money this set is a terrific value, you won't be disappointed.
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Love this collection. When I was very young we always watched Victory At Sea on Sunday. The World At War was a particular favorite of mine as well. As a history buff I do find The Century of Warfare to be a bit less than those two, but still well worth having. My only quibble with this great collection is that there are no subtitles. As I get older I do find those very helpful. I guess we can't have absolutely everything we want.
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I have already seen the series The World at War, but I wanted to have the series in my possession, so I ordered it. Everything else is a bonus for me. Some of the video is not the best quality, so I couldn't give it five stars. It is well worth the investment.
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Echoing what others have said:

As a teen in the early 70's, I made it my business to be home on Sunday afternoons (1973-1974) to watch "The World at War" (many of those involved in WWII were still alive during this time) and was lucky enough to catch episodes of "Victory at Sea" (from the late 50's). "The World at War" was my favorite television show at that time. For those two shows alone in one collection for $34.95/US is simply OUTSTANDING. As I don't recall "The Century of Warfare", I'll take everyone's word that it's a fine series!

Five stars - and the Best Deal Around!!
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