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Victory at Sea


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  • Actors: Leonard Graves, Chester W. Nimitz, Winston Churchill, Karl Dönitz, Douglas MacArthur
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Sept. 30 2003
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQS3X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,839 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Roberts on July 2 2004
Format: DVD
I have the original soundtrack on LP, with the NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Rogers himeself. It's my father's and needless to say, it does not get much play time for preservation sake. I also own both CDs "Victory at Sea" and "MORE Victory at Sea," (BMG Music 1992) both conducted by Robert Russel Bennett and contain slightly arraigned versions of the very familar complete soundtrack by the RCA Symphony Orchestra and is remixed in extremely good Dolby Surround. The original soundtrack is fairly clear and does sound a little tinny and was recorded in mono. (Unless it was a dual issue in both stereo and mono. I only have the mono.) While a properly mixed original soundtrack would sound great, IMHO, the Dolby version would sound even better. What I'm getting at is, it's not the soundtrack's fault this apparently sounds so bad. I really wanted to buy this, but I think I'll hold off and wait and see.
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Because Victory at Sea was produced in 1952, its subject benefits from a sense of immediacy. A thorough look at WWII from a largely maritime, mainly US-focused perspective, the series also touches on most of the major land campaigns and battles throughout the war. However, one also gets the feeling that perhaps a good deal more material was still classified at production time, leaving producers having to repeat the same clips over and over -- often with irritating errors (I don't think the Italian air force bombed any ships running the Murmansk convoy run). The "deja-view" sense is even more obvious when you watch the episodes with small gaps between screenings. (One Stuka appears to have bombed half the world.) That said, the Richard Rodgers score and Peter Graves' introduction from the decks of the USS Intrepid of each episode for this History Channel production are both big bonuses and watching the series, small flaws and US-patriotic narration aside, remains a flat-out excellent experience for military history buffs.Victory At Sea
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I recently purchased this DVD and was very skeptical after reading all the comments about the sound track. However, I didn't find any issues with either the sound track or the narrative for all four volumes. I have a Panasonice DVD Player with the Dolby Digital,DTS Digital Surround and MPEG, and the music score by Richard Rogers is one of the reasons for buying this DVD. It is a " Must Have" for military history buffs. If you have a PC with a DVD/CD ROM Combination, you can use it to view this DVD and adjust the sound track to blend in with the narrative.
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What an unmitigated hustle this dvd collection turned out to be. Equal portions of venom and spite are hereby awarded to History Channel and NBC for this travesty. My 5.1 dts sound system did nothing to alleviate the worse than poor sound quality/balance issues. This legendary series and it's participants certainly deserve better than this quick and dirty rendition gives. Maybe the capital "H" seen in the lower right hand corner of the teevee screen actually stands for "hustle". I would gladly purchase a remastered and remixed set but for now am left with this doorstop.
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I came across the soundtrack many years after first hearing snippets from it on the original T.V series of the same name.
I was enthralled by the sheer vibrancy and 'now-ness' of this great piece of modern classical music. You can easily picture the great ships of both the American and Japanese fleets as they engage in the greatest sea battle of all time. The spinning, swooping aircraft as they play thier all important roles of hunter/killer.
The evocation of individual men and women enjoying a rare respite from battle in some of the quieter passages, shore leave. All part of this amazingingly descriptive music. It will continue to be an important piece by sheer virtuosity of the skillful interplay of individual instruments producing an altogether sucessful blend of sombre, stirring and gentle, very easy to listen-to-again and again music. I cannot praise it enough!
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Like so many others, I grew up as a kid with this series, having first seen it in 1952. The themes, like "Hymn of Victory" ran through my head daily. Other kids chased each other around the playground; I did carrier takeoffs and landings - with the occasional waveoff! Over the years, I have purchased (and worn out) multiple copies of all 3 volumes of the score on LP, wore out an 8 track, and am gradually wearing out my CD's. I desperately bought the pirated 2 VHS cheap-o version years ago - bad move; later found the 6 VHS version to be a big improvement. This DVD version is the best. It plays ok on my Dolby system; I have no issues with the sound quality. The more I play the music, or view the programs, the more I appreciate it for what it is: a seminal example of TV documentary at its best. I recall talking with my Dad years ago about the genius of Richard Rogers' score and the poetic majesty of the narration (which also repeats admirably in the book). And yes, it still draws a tear here and there after all these years. I feel no one can watch this without coming away with a heartfelt appreciation for those who saved this world from a very real and horrible evil.
As for the layout of the videos, I actually appreciate the arrangement as I am planning to use selected episodes from this for my Middle School History class. The kids are in for an unforgettable experience.
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