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World War II in Color

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When the war came to America in December of 1941, the film industry went to war along with the rest of the United States. These award-winning documentaries are the work of some of Hollywood's finest producers and directors. Among them are John Ford's classic "The Battle of Midway", "Report From the Aleutians" by John Houston and William Wyler's "Memphis Belle". Shot at the front, with some of the filmmakers facing the same dangers as the fighting men, you will also see some of the war's most memorable war correspondents, Ernest Hemingway and the GIs favorite, Ernie Pyle. These films, bursting with patriotism, are the filmmakers definitive legacy to the American servicemen and women who fought in history's greatest conflict.

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  • Actors: World War II in Color
  • Directors: N, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NHHDZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Pieter Dams on June 2, 2008
Format: DVD
I purchased this box set when I was looking for color footage of WW II. However, when I got it in the mail, it turned out that these were documentaries made in the 1940s and most of them were shown in movie theaters as a tribute to the American troops fighting oversees and to get more people to enlist. When I learned of this, I was a little disappointed. After all, how good could 65 year old documentaries be, compared to the recent ones they show on the History Channel or National Geographic? The answer is: VERY. I own a lot of DVDs wth color footage of the Second World War but "World War II in Color" is by far the best of them all. Almost all of the action images of Allied fighter planes and bombers taking on Axis aircraft that you see in the History Channel's excellent "the Lost Color Archives" series are taken from the films you'll find on these discs. Most of the other color documentaries I've seen show amateur pictures taken by army officers or civilians that shot street images of marching soldiers, occupied cities or the ruined landscape and towns after the actual combat. Not so in this two disc box set. These pictures were shot by professional filmmakers who more often than not had earned their stripes in Hollywood or have had succesful careers in the movie industry after the war. The result of the life threatening risks they took to film this extrordinay footage is absolutely amazing.

John Ford's "The Battle of Midway" tells the story of one of the greatest sea battles in history. You see battle ships and allied fighters defend themselves against the relentless Japanese kamikaze attacks.
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I thought I was getting the documentary that comes on the military channel instead I got something with an almost comical undertone. I was highly disappointed since I love the documentary the military channel shows. I didn't bother sending this back since it was only about 8 bucks but I think a distinction needs to be made between the two as I'm sure lots of people are making the mistake of purchasing this piece of crap.
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The previous contributors have done a great job reviewing this DVD set. All I want to add is that these remarkable films were shot on original Kodak color filmstock of the era and were directed by such Hollywood legends as Ford, Houston and Wyler who, by the way, put themselves in considerable personal danger to supervise the filming. Such was their deep respect and admiration for the very young men, boys really, who put their lives on the line to stand up to the madness of Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan that they volunteered to lend their years of experience to document the world changing, life changing events unfolding before them.
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I'd like to add my own expression of frustration to the comments here who have mentioned that they were disappointed that this is not the "other" WW II in Color they were seeking by the same name. The jewel box picture of the series I refer to displays a profile of an American marine on the beach of, one assumes, one of the Pacific islands.

More information: What I, and a few others posting here are seeking, consists of a three disc set, released in 2009, narrated by Robert Powell. Disc One has four parts: "The Gathering Storm", "Lightening War", "Britain at Bay" and "Hitler Strikes East". Disc 2 has parts labeled: "Red Sun Rampant", "The Mediterranean & North Africa", "Turning the Tide", and "The Soviet Steamroller", and Disc Three, “Overlord”, “Closing the Ring”, “The Island War”, “Victory in Europe”, and “Victory in the Pacific.” I cannot find another copy of this wonderful series ANYWHERE I’ve looked. The reason I assume this series was released in the U.S. (and not just in the U.K.) is that I was fortunate to find a copy in the discount bin of a Best Buy store!

A truly first-rate production, consisting of excellent narration and script writing, and a wonderful selection of colorized film segments, the 3 disc boxed Brit production series covers both the European and Pacific theaters. The series here, (with Hellcats flying in formation and a burning carrier displayed on the jewel case), to which most of the postings here rightfully comment on, focuses on the air war, contemporaneous period news, Hollywood-released movie segments, and other widely available color film clips we've all seen in many other series.
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I really enjoyed these color films of WWII from the Timeless Media Group.

Among those included that really stand out:

The Memphis Belle (Famous B-17 Bomber, European Theater)
The Fighting Lady (aircraft carrier footage, pacific theater)
Eyewitness to war (color footage, from a war correspondent, European theater)

The other included films are also good. The three above alone are worth the price of this set.

You should note that this is not a "definitive collection" of color video from WWII. Nor does it cover the entire war. Still, it offers a color glimpse into a history so often portrayed in Black and White. In color, the images are more real, the violence and destruction more real...something that should not be trivialized.

You won't regret this purchase.
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