- Directors: C Svilov
- Format: DVD
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Studio: Digiview
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000FMJJGO
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World War II The German Front (DVD)
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Four fantastic documentarys on one DVD Over 4 Hours of Undocumented footage. Prelude To War which actually began as a training film for the US Troops compares the "free world" to the dictatorships of Germany, Italy and Japan. Used widely as a propaganda piece you will capture history and how nations justify going to war. The Nazi Strike: Frank Capra directed this documentary that depicts Germany's diplomatic and military betrayals leading up to the 1939 invasion of Poland and the events that led France & Britain to the declaration of war. Secret Life Of Hitler: Details the rise and fall of Hitler featuring interviews with his sister as well as fellow inmate imprisoned with him in WW 1 and more. Nuremberg Trials: This 1946 documentary was the first film event after the close of World War 2. Directed by Russian filmmaker C Svilov the proceedings include Nazi officials, soldiers and civilians. Four historical must have videos on one DVD!
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It delivers what it promises...the spirit, style and sound of that unforgettable music. We only had one complaint...it was too short. We could have watched for hours.
No picture no sound.I tried two DVD players but nothing worked.I'm not going to return it,because it will cost more to return the DVD then it's worse.Needless to say I'm not a happy customer.
# 1: "Prelude to War" is about how starting in 1931 Japan occupied Manchuria and invaded China, inflicting unimaginable horrors on the land and its people. It continues with Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, and we see Emperor Haile Selassie pleading for help before the League of Nations, to no avail.
#2: "The Nazi Strike" was directed by Frank Capra, and you will see in this film England's Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in front of a cheering crowd, waving a piece of paper with Hitler's signature on it, claiming "Peace in our time." Little did they know what their naivete would bring them in the months to come. You will also see Hitler's invasion of Poland and how the Polish people heroically tried to fight back.
#3: "The Secret Life of Hitler" is marred by severe deterioration in the film, some of it which goes back to the 1920's and early 30's, but it is still interesting in parts. The former unemployed housepainter becomes the terror of the world. The "secret" element isn't much, other than seeing Eva Braun doing gymnastics and frolicking at parties. It also chronicles the Soviet entry into Berlin, a city which by that time was not much more than a heap of rubble, and Hitler's final hours.
#4: "Nuremberg Trials." Like the first 2 films, this one is also in good condition. It is dramatically narrated and quite detailed and descriptive, with excellent camerawork. Never has there been a line-up of defendants like this. We see them as their sentences are given, and those who hung on the end of a rope are shown after death, lying on bunks with the rope still around their necks, and later it is said "their ashes have been dispersed to the wind." We also see the grotesque displays from concentration camps of boxes of gold teeth, skin ready to be made into gloves, and photos of corpses that were to be turned into soap.
I am giving this DVD 5 stars despite the weaknesses in the 3rd film because of its having so much historical value for such a low price. May we never forget the souls who suffered and lost their lives in this terrifying war, and may documentaries like the ones on this DVD always be viewed so that we will remember, and hopefully learn from history.