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The World at War (Restored) Blu-ray

Various (TV), 1973


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Film Details

Directed by Various (TV)

Produced in 1973

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

With its grand scope and narration by Laurence Olivier, television series The World at War is one of the definitive history documentaries. Barry Forshaw ponders whether such a project could be made today.

In an age in which is history is increasingly marginalised, this is essential viewing.

For many viewers, the Granada documentary series The World at War is one of the definitive documents of the Second World War, with the brilliantly ordered arrangement of actuality footage perfectly married to the various writers' cool, balanced text, non-pareil in its objectivity. In fact, the commentary refuses to needlessly finesse the often disturbing images. The colour footage is particularly striking: the famous home movies shot by Hitler's mistress Eva Braun (showing the Führer and his sinister cohorts behaving like harmless, bourgeois family men) has the viewer remembering what carnage was to follow. Of course, one of the elements that everyone who has seen this series remembers with crystal clarity is Laurence Olivier's impeccable reading of the text. The wash-and-rinse that the films have undergone (with anamorphic encoding) is revelatory. Could such a series be made today by commercial channels devoted to brain-dead reality TV? It doesn't matter; here is The World at War, absolutely the last word on the subject.

Barry Forshaw on 26th August 2010
Author of 628 reviews

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Film Description

World War II radically changed the way we think and live. First shown in 1974, Thames Television's account of the struggle - The World at War - echoes week by week the historical trajectory of Allied fortunes from hopelessness - Warsaw, Dunkirk, Singapore - through hope renewed - Midway, Alamein, Stalingrad - to hope rewarded - Kursk, Normandy, Berlin - but never loses sight of the terrible human cost. With astounding archive footage and personal accounts delivered by Laurence Olivier's sonorous narration, this remains of the most powerful moments in our television history.

Blu-ray Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: Fremantle Home Entertainment

Length: 1949 mins

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Format: Blu-ray Colour

Region: B

Released: 20th September 2010


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