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WWII in HD (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

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The only people to see the war like this were the ones who lived it. Until now...

Seventy years in the making. Three thousand hours of color footage few knew existed. The first documentary to show original color footage of World War II in immersive HD, the world premiere HISTORYTM series WWII IN HD uses the journals and accounts of those who served in the war s biggest battles to create a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Follow 12 unforgettable Americans, and experience the war through their eyes, in their own words, as it really looked and sounded. WWII IN HD transforms their stirring journey into a tangible piece of history. Culled from rare color film found in a two-year worldwide search and converted to HD with meticulous technique, WWII IN HD provides a picture of World War II as it has never been seen before.

Also included are two bonus specialss The Battle for Iwo Jima, and WWII in HD: The Air War. From the makers of WWII IN HD, both of these specials feature the same gloriously-restored, full color footage and incredible storytelling as the original miniseries.

DISC 1: Darkness Falls / Hard Way Back / Bloody Resolve / Battle Stations / Day of Days

DISC 2: Point of No Return / Striking Distance / Glory and Guts / Edge of the Abyss / End Game / Bonus

DISC 3: The Battle for Iwo Jima

DISC 4: The Air War

Special Features

  • Two feature-length WWII in HD specials: The Battle for Iwo Jima and The Air War
  • Character Profiles
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes - Finding the Footage, Preserving the Footage

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 605 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ELVCY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 3, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Just in time for the holiday season, a Collector's Edition of the well regarded 2009 documentary miniseries "WWII in HD" is being released for the history buff on your list. There are a lot of ways to discuss this re-release, so I'll try to break things down into three categories: (1) review, (2) contents, and (3) DVD quality. Hopefully this will assist whether you are new to the series, considering a repurchase, or planning a gift. If you already own the previous version of this DVD or Blu-Ray release, this is probably NOT an essential upgrade. Although the set features two new full length documentaries, the contents and quality of the original miniseries has not been changed. So I can't really recommend a complete reinvestment just for the two new specials (which can be shopped individually if there is an interest).

Review: From the 1970's exquisite and comprehensive "World at War" to Ken Burns' 2007 "The War," there have been a number of significant pieces documenting World War II. Due to the closeness in timing, most will probably relate this to Burns' piece and both are certainly noteworthy in their own way. Some of the biggest advantages of "WWII in HD" is the use of color, the attention to the action in the Pacific Theater, and the powerful and gruesome imagery. This miniseries details 12 Americans as they navigated themselves through the war using their real words and thoughts to punctuate the recreations. It's strong stuff that really honors how ordinary citizens emerged as heroes. Narrated nicely by Gary Sinise, this is stylized and constructed in a modern way. Filled with quick cut editing and other effects, the presentation attempts to put you into the heart of the story.
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In depth, clear and takes you through the various aspects of WWII from start to finish. Some of the footage is devastating, but unforgettable. It's a shame that more public high school students are taught enough of this or barely touch on it :( I learned more from this collection than I ever did in school. We must learn about our past so that we aren't doomed to repeat it.
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As to what is the norm from the History Channel, comes an excellent documentary mini-series! This is essential to any collection of WWII reference material or collection of documentaries. The Collector's Edition also boast 2 additional disc:"The Battle for Iwo Jima", and "The Air War"-surprising and not oftened talked about facts of the Air Force's role and perspective during the war. Being a History Channel production, the various footage is blended together seamlessly, colors pop, sound levels are equalized, home theater subs get a workout.......slick and polished while still remaining informative.

That said,"WWII in HD" is a great SUPPLEMENT to the definitive production of The BBC's "World At War". Over 3 time as much material including many interviews from various participants in the war who were from different countries. A window into the psyche of each major country and some minor ones in the war. No offense intended in the use of the words major and minor. "World At War" goes deeper....much deeper. Own both!!

01/27/12-Ha ha, WOW..... NOT a History Channel Rep, would not have mentioned the BBC's product if I were, but thanks for the complement on my review!
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Yes, I did have to say that in capital letters. FANTASTIC. There. I said it again. Go read the rest of this review or I'll say it again.

This dvd collection is positively emotionally overwhelming, visually stunning, and with great voiceover work.

I am not an academic historian, but I do have a strong interest in history that I have been pursuing for over 25 years. I also write and so structure and presentation are important to me. I've seen many, many war documentaries and none have affected me the way this one has.

Let me give you one example so you can understand what I mean. The 70s The World At War with Sir Laurence Olivier's inimitable narraration is a wonderful, valuably in-depth and highly enjoyable documentary series. I own it also. Yet it is quiet in tone, distant...as if speaking to you through Barbara Tuchman's "Distant Mirror".

In comparison, WWII in HD is In-Your-Face, NOW, with full color and a consistently adept matching of audio, foley work, story and visual to tell the story. It's even told in present tense to enhance the effect! (a device I didn't quite cotton onto for a few episodes). The following of a dozen real men and women in their journey through the war was a great idea. You feel like you're really there. It's easy to empathize with them. No WWI or WWII documentary has ever felt so visceral and immersive to me.

The World At War's main tone was Depressing. This all happened, and we're really bummed out about it. Lots of people died.

WWII in HD's main tone is Scary. This is happening, and we don't know how it's going to turn out. Maybe we're going to die next.

See the difference?
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