The World at War
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More than 35 years after its initial broadcast, THE WORLD AT WAR remains the definitive visual history of World War II. Unsurpassed in depth and scope, its 26 hour-long programs feature an extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished perspective of the war s pivotal events. Penetrating interviews with eyewitness participants from Hitler s secretary to Alger Hiss to ordinary citizens who stood outside the battle lines add spine-tingling, first-hand accounts to an already unforgettable viewing experience.
Informative and unbiased, THE WORLD AT WAR is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an International Emmy Award, The National Television Critics' Award for Best Documentary, and knighthood for its creator, Sir Jeremy Isaacs. Narrated by Academy Award winner Sir Laurence Olivier and painstakingly restored in 1080p high-definition (with newly-created 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks), this is epic history at its absolute best.
Bonus Documentaries: The Making of the Series, Secretary to Hitler, The Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler, Warrior, Hitler s Germany: The People s Community 1933-1939, Hitler's Germany: Total War 1939-1945, The Final Solution: Parts 1 and 2, and From War to Peace
Making the Series A 30th Anniversary Feature-Length Retrospective
The Restoring of THE WORLD AT WAR a brand-new feature detailing the meticulous restoration process
The Making of THE WORLD AT WAR
Gallery of Photos from the Imperial War Museum Collection
Famous Songs, Speeches, Quotes and Maps
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And wow I’m glad the fighting is over, because this is one mega-series. The box case says it contains only episodes 23-26 of the original series plus a bunch of added specials. And it runs 11 DVDs in length. The original series was narrated by Laurence Olivier, it won many awards and included a lot of actual footage as well as interviews with historians and other valuable commentators. This is still considered perhaps the finest video documentary of the war, although Ken Burns’s more modern video history, which contains previously unreleased color footage, is certainly a contender.
It's hard to rate such a large production or try to get your arms around its strengths and weaknesses. I would just say if you appreciate learning history but don’t like it in written form, this is a very good alternative, giving some sense of what the most complex, terrible, world-changing event of the last hundred years meant, to individuals, to nations, and to the fabric of civilization. And it would be impossible to duplicate this today because most persons who had first-hand experience of these events are now deceased. This series captured many interviews with participants before it was too late.
If you're a student of World War 2, this is THE documentary for you to own.