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War and Remembrance: The Complete Epic Mini-Series

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Winner of Emmy, Director s Guild, and Golden Globe Awards!

Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour, and Sharon Stone.

Filmed on location in ten countries, this extraordinary production is the largest and most ambitious undertaking in television and motion picture history. Featuring an all-star cast and spectacular reenactments of the Allied invasions at Normandy and the Philippines, Herman Wouk s classic novel is brought to life in an award-winning mini-series that vividly recreates one of history s most unforgettable chapters. This deluxe boxed set contains the entire epic story of WAR AND REMEMBRANCE all fourteen parts, over 25 hours long on 12 discs!


Includes bonus audio CD of the War and Remembrance soundtrack music

Includes bonus interviews and commentary with actors and production personnel, War and Remembrance A Living History featurette, documentaries The Making of War and Remembrance and War and Remembrance Behind the Scenes , and The Music of War and Remembrance featurette.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour, and Sharon Stone
  • Directors: Tommy Groszman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Full Screen, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDLATY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "War and Remembrance: The Complete Epic Mini-Series" on IMDb

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To those who stumble upon War and Remembrance, watching this series is somewhat difficult if you haven't seen Winds of War, the first part of the story. It too is available on DVD and I highly recommend getting it. Otherwise there are just enough in-jokes and previous references that you'll get confused. So if you go on, I'll assume that you've either seen or read Winds of War and will know what I'm talking about.

War and Remembrance is essentially a history lesson that's told dramatically. The lesson, of course, is about the second part of World War II, the part that the United States was most actively involved in. That's the strength of the series, how well it deals with the history, and of showing the viewpoints of American, Russian, and German officers, and American, British, and German politicians. You saw all the sides in this, and the lesson was much the better for it. Were the points a bit obvious at times? Of course, but when you spend the kind of money they did on the series, you want to reach the broadest possible audience.

How does it compare with the book? Quite well really, the mini-series was long enough that relatively little was left out or compressed. There were little scenes here and there, but nothing major was on the cutting room floor. Does it help to have read the book first? That depends on if WWII history is your thing. If it's not, then reading the book is a great primer, long though the book is. But if you're contemplating a 25 hour mini-series, something tells me that length is not an issue for you.

The casting is always the key to any mini-series or long-form series (like Lost), and here it's a mixed bag.
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After 18 hours of "Winds of War (WW)," it's hard to be brief about the 30-hour sequel, "War and Remembrance (W & R)." Both works were written by Herman Wouk and directed by Dan Curtis. Other reviewers have been so critical of the sequel, mainly with cast changes, that you find yourself dwelling on faults. But the fact is WW was finished in 1983; W & R was produced 5 years later. So the two works couldn't really use the same cast.

To begin with, criticism of "W & R" seems out of proportion. No, "W & R" is not better than "WW." But we wonder what else people could have expected. Nazi brutality and glimpses of the holocaust may have been overdone, but that's how the author and the director wanted them. Moreover, we believe fault-finding about some performers, notably Jane Seymour and Robert Mitchum is just not fair. In our view, Jane does a marvelous job playing Natalie Jastrow Henry--probably better than Alie MacGraw had she reprised the role. (By the time of this production Alie would have been pushing 50 and 20 years too old for the part. Besides, Alie's just too feisty a person to put up with all Natalie had to endure in "W & R.") Regarding Mitchum, yes, he's five years older in this production but we didn't see him "doddering" as some reviewers say. No, Mitchum was fine.

As to other cast changes in "WW," we generally have positive views. We see Sir John Gielgud as an improvement playing Natalie's uncle, Aaron Jastrow. Similarly, Robert Hardy was better as Winston Churchill, despite a limited role. Hart Bochner was fine as Byron Henry, replacing Jan-Michael Vincent. And Sharon Stone seemed properly vampish as Janice Henry, Warren Henry's widow. We don't see the actor playing Hitler as a downgrade over the one who played him in "WW.
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"War and Remembrance" is the sequel to the mini-series, "The Winds of War". Both mini-series were based on the novels of the same name by Herman Wouk. "War and Remembrance" follows the stories of the extended Henry family. Robert Mitchum stars as Pug Henry in both programs, but he was 71 years old when he made "War and Remembrance" and was too old to be believable as a Navy Captain. However, the producers and director wanted to keep him in the series, not only because he is a fine actor, but also because he was from that WWII generation and brought gravitas to the role and to the series. Ali Macgraw from "The Winds of War" was replaced in the role as Brian Henry's wife by Jane Seymour in "War and Remembrance". A fortuitous replacement. The role of Brian Henry is played by Hart Bochner, who replaced Jan Michel Vincent. Both Seymour and Bochner bring much finer acting skills to the screen than the two previous actors. The viewer will need to have watched "The Winds of War" before viewing "War and Remembrance", or the roles of the characters will be hard to follow. One of the recurring characters played by David Dukes in both series is shown to be a coward in "The Winds of War", but becomes very heroic in "War and Remembrance". Without having seen the former, his growth and depth of character would be overlooked. The story is involved, but the viewer will be able to follow it, especially having seen the earlier series. The costumes, scenery and overall visual appeal of the mini-series is stunning, especially when compared to the earlier series. ABC spent $130 million in 1988 on "War and Remembrance" and it shows in the production quality of the mini-series. These DVD's include bonus features that show the making of the series and visits with some of the cast members.
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