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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased Winds of War and thoroughly enjoyed watching it throughout last winter. When it came to War and Remembrance, the price was astronomical everywhere I looked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Goldie
This is a amazing story of WW II. Some of the scenes are disturbing as things were then. It is a wonder and surprising that no one ever stopped Hitler.Published 2 months ago by Lola