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Sunday, November 20, 2011

WWII in HD (Collector's Edition) Blu-ray Review

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WWII in HD (Collector's Edition) Blu-ray Review

Synopsis: The only people to see the war like this were the ones who lived it. Until now...

Seventy years in the making. Three thousand hours of color footage few knew existed. The first documentary to show original color footage of World War II in immersive HD, the world premiere HISTORYTM series WWII IN HD uses the journals and accounts of those who served in the war s biggest battles to create a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Follow 12 unforgettable Americans, and experience the war through their eyes, in their own words, as it really looked and sounded. WWII IN HD transforms their stirring journey into a tangible piece of history. Culled from rare color film found in a two-year worldwide search and converted to HD with meticulous technique, WWII IN HD provides a picture of World War II as it has never been seen before.

Also included is The Battle for Iwo Jima, an immersive look at the momentous battle using gloriously restored, full-color footage, some of which has never seen before. HISTORY details the entire action of the battle, from the first landing of a crippled B-29 to the conflict s bloody conclusion in a jungle of lava rocks.

This collection also features WWII in HD: The Air War, the untold story of the American 8th Air Force's bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the months leading up to D-Day. Told through the gripping, first person accounts of three American airmen and Stars & Stripes reporter Andy Rooney, this special showcases breathtaking aerial combat--original, color footage, never before seen by most Americans--of the B-17s Flying Fortresses, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs on missions such as Regensburg, Schweinfurt and Berlin. The 8th Air Force suffered more than 26,000 combat deaths--more than the US Marines lost in all of World War II.

Review: The World War II in HD television series was groundbreaking.  For historians and fans of the world war the footage and accounts from people actually involved are absolutely amazing.  The footage was unknown and anyone that watches a lot of WWII documntaries knows that new footage is hard to find!  We get the same old thing recycled over and over again.  Now, we get hours upon hours of NEW footage!  And its breathtaking, shocking and absolutely sobering.  What is easily the most infamous and most important war in world history is accounted now on blu-ray in this great collector's edition set from the History Channel. 

BONUS FEATURES: Two feature-length WWII in HD specials: The Battle for Iwo Jima and The Air War; Character Profiles; Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes - Finding the Footage, Preserving the Footage 

This set is an essential own for teachers, students, parents..everyone.  This would make an fantastic Xmas present for anyone on your list.  We highly recommend it.

Interest Range: Documentary, WWII