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  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Collector's Edition, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • 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: 10
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Unidisc Music
  • Release Date: March 1 2005
  • Run Time: 1800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0007M22RK

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WWII: The Complete History

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Molnar on Sept. 1 2010
Format: DVD
This was an interesting compilation of significant events of world war II. The format of short segments, basically chronologically presented is fine and is actually somewhat welcome in being brief; each in a manner a "short story." The actual footage helps in giving a sense of place and circumstance, but there are many "repeat" sections used to fill in spots as the narrative goes on.

There is a distinct bias in the perspective taken, which is very much from an American point of view. An American point of view is fine...but these videos using the title as it does might better reflect the limited nature of piece, thus the "American Story." This piece of media in the end leaves this viewer with the sense that the Americans were the sole and only actual potent and effective force in World War II, despite the other allied participants.

Perhaps most egregious is the portrayal of the British ( and particularly Churchill), which at moments, if one reads across various works on World War II (and there is an almost endless amount, with Russian materials now becoming available) know they are not the bumbling yet conniving and shrewd lot who fool the Americans into fighting where the British want while depleting the wealth of America. Honestly, in some places, I wondered who the "expert" consultants really were on this media piece. And no I am not British. However, there is some balance with criticism of some of the American generals....yet the dismissive tone taken at times of other allied participants and leaders is a bit disingenuous.

Worth perhaps being purchased used.
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Amazon.com: 17 reviews
79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
A must-buy for WWII fanatics July 20 2005
By noir head - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is not the most-complete WWII video set but it does provide a huge amount of information (30 hours worth) in 5-10 minute watchable vingnettes about the War. I haven't counted but there has to be almost 400 chapter stops in this set, making it easy to find what you want to find. However, there is very little information about the chapters listed anywhere (not even on the internet), I might add though, that when each chapter begins, it has a title and a subtitle, so you can "chapter search" (the hard way) and probably find what you want.

The video quality is great (I was really surprised by this!). The sound quality is good too but on disc two the music is at times mixed so loudly, the narrator can hardly be heard.

There's very little new information here and no interviews, which is kind of disappointing. But there's a lot of new video here quelled from Russian sources, much of it I have never seen before (and I have about 75 hours of WWII DVD documentaries in my home.)

The video tries to be chronological but fails; it's probably impossible to remain in order in such an undertaking that lasted 6 years.

Some snippets of video are used over and over (for instance, I saw poor Rommel literally scratch his head about twenty times in the Africa campaign segments and I saw Mussonlini fold his arms and shake his head in a cocky way almost everytime his name was mentioned!) Still, that's a small price to pay - there's a -lot- to watch here.

Not a sterling presentation but it's not boring either; it's a cheap way to learn a lot about the war. It would make a fine addition to any DVD documentary collection and a fascinating gift, I would think, for any high school or college student.

I would also recommend THE WORLD AT WAR and BBC's HISTORY OF WORLD WAR TWO.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Definitive WWII Collection Jan. 20 2007
By C.P.G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
At 30 hours long this collection has just about all the footage of every aspect of WWII that you would want to have, including comprehensive narration. It includes extensive use of film never before seen in the U.S. from Russian, German and Japanese archives. If you're trying to decide on which WWII collection you want in your video collection this is definitely worth considering.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
awesome for an introduction to WWII Jan. 5 2008
By Doug Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
i started to become a bigger and bigger history geek last year. i found this DVD set for $25 and purchased it - not expecting a whole lot (especially after a few other less-than-stellar similar purchases). I was surprised. While it is NOT a tactical break down of anything specific, it IS a great starting point for wrapping your mind around the chronology of the conflict as a whole. It springboarded me into much greater in-depth study. It IS somewhat anglo-american centric in its retelling, but not frustratingly so. It is endless in length (which suites me well) and has a vast amount of knowledge contained in an accessible medium.

one complaint, though, is that while a lot of the footage is stunning, some of it is repeated to a noticable degree. While i suppose this is to be expected SLIGHTLY in a 30 hour all-stock-footage documentary .. it starts to bother you seeing the same russians run over the obviously same ditch every time a russian offensive is mentioned .. or seeing the same Japanese sailors standing at attention when the imperial navy's might is mentioned - but i guess these specific images are enough to evoke the mood needed.

Perhaps the best selling point on this documentary is the excellent narrator. There is exceptional sound quality - the music is what you would expect, but there is no sound effects dubbed in. The narrator is so good that you don't even notice. Even my girlfriend, usually pained by my boring-documentary obsession fell in love with the mans voice and the way he relates the information. And with 30 hours of him talking ... you'll miss him when its over.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
OK newsreel -style portrayal of WWII Feb. 17 2008
By Peter Hoogenboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"WWII: The Complete History" tells the story of WWII in a series of newsreel-style vignettes. No date of production is given in the box-set but the whole enterprise looks old-fashioned. The taglines for each item include gems such as "The Scum Also Rises" about the rise of the Nazis and "French Fried" regarding the fall of France. The American narrator has a whiney, smug voice and the commentary eschews objectivity. Much of the footage reappears again and again and the music is the in the dated style of the newsreel.

Not terrible but WWII buffs will be disappointed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A comprehensive WWII documentary for the budget-minded... Dec 29 2008
By Kenneth M. Pizzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
With over 30 hours of footage on no less than 10 well organized discs handsomely packaged, there's a lot to like about this set put out by Madacy Entertainment Group. Although nowhere in the same league as Thames Television's "World at War" or the "BBC's History of WWII," this set, for a modest outlay is remarkably comprehensive in compiled newsreel footage from every front imaginable.

From the rise of Hitler to the frozen Steppes of Stalingrad and from the islands of the Pacific to the celebration of VJ Day, the 20th century's greatest conflict is preserved for generations to come. Although the voiceover narration leaves much to be desired and there is little or no additional commentary, this set should satisfy many history buffs looking for an affordable WWII documentary set. Transfers are generally acceptable. You can find this set at a more reduced price at other retailers.

A similarly packaged 10 disc set from Madacy Entertainment Group covers the history of military air power from it's infancy to the present day.


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