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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 (35 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, Paramount July 6 2004
Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to make a choice May 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Wouk's two novels are superb. Winds of War is now, at last, on DVD. The several DVD's are in a conventional multi-disk box and will make a superb addition to your collection. BUT.....The follow on series, War and Remembrance is a different thing altogether. The problem is, once you watch Winds of War you're going to want to watch War and Remembrance right after, without doubt, to see how these characters come out at the end. The problem is that War and Remembrance is put out by a different company, MPI Video. There's nothing wrong with the transfers....it's the packaging. They split the sequel into two boxes with 6 and 7 discs respectrively. That's OK, but then they put them in these monstrously large boxes that just won't fit on your DVD shelf along with your other titles. These boxes are huge. On top of that, while Winds of War is fairly priced, the W&R sets are $113 EACH. The only way we'll get these boxes republished the way they should be is to bombard MPI with lots of e-mail asking for it. Until they do it, I can't bring myself to buy Winds of War and that's not fair to its distributor who did everything right.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitchum master class Dec 3 2011
Format:DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Thank goodness that "The Winds of War" is finally available on DVD. I missed the original presentation of TWOW when it was first shown on television, but later bought the videocassete version, which was enjoyable enough. Unfortunately, I did not realize (until I got the DVD version) that the VHS version omitted a great many scenes of the original miniseries. This DVD version appears to present TWOW in its entirety, as far as I can tell. Wonderful!
This is a very well-done presentation of Wouk's masterpiece--essentially tracking an American Naval family through pivotal events just prior to America's entry into the Second World War. The viewer is introduced to prewar Nazi Germany, the Nazi invasion of Poland, Britain's early struggles against the Nazis, issues surrounding President Roosevelt's attempts to prepare America for its inevitable entry into the War, and its aid to the British. As other reviewers have mentioned, the casting is fabulous. Robert Mitchum is perfect as Victor Henry, Jan Michael-Vincent is a great Byron Henry, John Houseman is wonderful as Aaron Jastrow, Victoria Tennant is magnificent as Pamela Tudsbury. All of the leads do very well in my opinion. Further, the script is very faithful to the novel, rarely deviating from it, and this is a plus, because the novel moves at a steady pace with a solid storyline. The result is that this is a miniseries that does not feature much in the way of draggy pointless interludes the way so many miniseries sometimes do. Every minute of TWOW is enjoyable and worth watching, which is why I am so pleased that this DVD version is uncut, presenting the entire miniseries.
This is a wonderful value and a fabulous viewing experience about one of the very best novels dealing with World War II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical sries with love story in for good measure.
Delivered on time. Great series, covers the history very well.
Published 14 days ago by Dan Wright
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 1 month 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 2 months 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 3 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 7 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 7 months ago by JANET CORNWALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good show
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.
Published 9 months ago by Val Kaushansky
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 11 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 15 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
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