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The Winds of War

Robert Mitchum , Ali MacGraw    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Set against the backdrop of world events that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, "The Winds of War" stars Robert Mitchum as Victor "Pug" Henry, a career naval officer who along with his family, learns to navigate the waters of his dangerous times in the late 1930s. While Germany expands and proceeds to seize several border countries, Italy attempts to establish a Fascist Colonial Empire under Mussolini and Japan prepares for a major battle with China. Meanwhile, the Henry clan finds itself drawn into the center of the conflict as they deal with the drama, romance, tragedy and heroism that lead to America's involvement in World War II.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, Paramount July 6 2004
Paramount deserves major congratulations for doing right by The Winds of War with their DVD release.
I was anxious to make sure this DVD measured up, so I watched it with my old VHS playing at the same time, and switched back and forth occasionally on the remote to see the difference. It's nothing less than astonishing. The old Winds videos look unwatchable when compared to the new image, which probably looks as close as possible to the way it was shot.
This is, of course, a TV miniseries from 1983, long before anyone imagined the resolution of DVD, so it's not going to look perfect. Still, almost every time I switched to the VHS, then back, I literally said "wow." Colors are distinct and deep, details are sharp and the variously-colored hazes that afflicted most of the VHS are gone. Having only seen the series this way, the DVDs were a revelation. These discs represent what is best about DVD and its success, bringing a long-quiet catalog title back to life.
Although Paramount usually mixes new 5.1 audio tracks for their old films, with 15 hours of film here, they can't be blamed for leaving the existing mono tracks, which are certainly decent and don't detract at all from viewing the film. (I can't understand the other reviewer who gave the DVD set one star, largely because of the audio. Doesn't he understand how prohibitively expensive a new sound mix of that length, for such a complex series, would have been? We're very lucky with what we've got.)
Paramount also fixed some framing mistakes on the VHS edition. Large portions of episodes 5, 6 and 7 were noticeably off-center when compared to the re-aligned DVDs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitchum master class Dec 3 2011
I remember sitting in front of the TV when this excellent mini series first aired. While some of the actors chosen to portray characters from Herman Wouk's fine novel in retrospect were questionable (Jan Michael Vincent?), Robert Mitchum remains for me the only person who could have brought "Pug" to life on the screen. His understated style makes him all the more charasmatic as the chaos of a coming war impacts on his family - this is a master class of a fine actor at his best. History is well documented here (and in the subsequent realted mini series War and Remembrance); in no way is the presentation dated and so it is a 'must have' for anyone who enjoys a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last! May 26 2004
I have been waiting over ten years to own "The Winds of War." After receiving my copy (on the day it was released no less), I immediately began looking at the special features and such. They are very excellent, providing a lot of behind-the-scenes perspective regarding the production. The movie itself has been digitally mastered and the sound has been remixed. On DVD this movie looks and sounds so much better then it did on VHS! It is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in history, World War II, or family drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good show Dec 3 2013
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I love it. Robert Mitchum is one of my favorites and I enjoyed watching him. Also superb were Ali MacGraw and Victoria Tennant.
Highly recommend this serial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swept Away June 1 2004
The story begins in the years before WW2 and a familys' journey into those turbulent times. The casting, while quite good at times, was not flawless. Mitchum, as stalwart Pug Henry, was his commanding and intuitive best. Jan-Michael Vincent was annoying, but that was perhaps his characters' persona. Ali MacGraw was playing her Love Story character - if Jennifer had been alive in those days - smart mouthed, know it all and completely aware of the camera. Those things aside, the stories are the thing, as they say. The politics of war, how one family
copes with the changes in the world and their world, all coming together. You can become thoroughly engrossed and caring about these people and their struggles. You get a real feel for the era and what led to WW2. Granted, the Henrys' are fictional, but
the interwoven facts make this an exceptional drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm a great fan of the Winds of War and War and Remembrance Series. I can say I viewed the total series at least 4 times. What I could say about W of W is all the actors are great, love R. Mitchum in the role, and all his sons. Polly is great as always (she always reminds me of my own wife) The only things I would have to say is the actor playing Hitler is nothing close to the actor in War and Rem. You'll see, when in 1941, Germany is taking over France, when Hitler walks to the railcar to sign the documents, it's a bit "Charlie Chaplin" style...not really good take for the quality of the production. But overall, this movie is one in movie wars. I recommend it! I'd like to get your comments too, please don't hesitate to do so! ... Happy viewing! R.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winds Of War March 7 2004
By A Customer
Five Star ***** TV mini-series about the buildup to WW2 and the effect it has on one family. Robert Mitchum is a career Naval Officer with Polly Bergan as his wife. Prequel to the mini-series War & Remembrance. This is an outstanding TV miniseries! Don't miss it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been much better quality May 28 2004
By Ryan
I give the miniseries itself a full 5 stars (well-deserved), but I cannot give this dvd set a good rating, and here's why:
1. silent, unimaginative menus, and original full frame.
2. Dual mono (like it matters!)
3. Awful transfer, sometimes very grainy. Mostly average.
4. "Extras" are actually just one interview broken up into 4, about an hour or so in total. 17 minutes here, 13 there... you get the idea.
5. Bare bones set. Forget easter eggs, 5.1 audio. Disappointing.
In summary, how can you NOT buy this set? We've been waiting for it for over 20 years! But they really didn't give it much effort. They certainly should have, since this is THE best miniseries ever. Paid the 50+ bucks. Guess we are lucky to get this on dvd in any condition we can (that must be how the distributor is thinking...)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but a little slow moving in places
A good story, but a little slow moving in places. The saga is a little drawn out for my taste. Nonetheless, Robert Mitchum is great and I've now bought the follow on War and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ted Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant
Robert Mitchum still takes complete control of every scene he is in. That is not to say that the others don,t give stellar performances because they do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winds of War
It has been along time since I first saw this on TV. It is just as good now as it was then. I'm so glad I added it to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Bogdan Sianozecki
5.0 out of 5 stars winds of war
it was a brilliant war series but i noticed episode 4 was missing, is their a reason for this because all the dvds in the collection seem to be intact, thanks in advance
Published 5 months ago by w j coady
5.0 out of 5 stars Embracing stories of WW11
My father was a veteran of WW!! and was always reluctant to talk about it. This series shows the real side for civilians living through a horrific war. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JANET CORNWALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic historic series.
Historically very accurate.Great production supported by superb acting.We are very happy that we purchased this series and probably will watch it many times.
Published 9 months ago by Ludwig Neudecker
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
This is really outstanding, I listened to the entire book on CDs and also watched the Video. I cannot recommend both highly enough. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Barbara I. Burman
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite entertaining and informative
The events of WWII are very well presented and the spirit of Herman Wouk's book is respected. However, I found Robert Mitchum at 66 was somewhat old to play the role of Pug who is... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mini-series
For anyone who enjoys a wonderful mini-series with historicial events this series is for you. It is quite long so be prepared to set time aside.
Published 16 months ago by Lisa Snee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Drama
A masterful summary of the historical events from the mid thirties to the Pearl Harbour attack. At the same time it was an engrossing domestic drama concerning the intertwined... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. B. Angel
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