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Anyone going to purchase the World at War box set?


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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   BrianP

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Posted November 07 2001 - 04:08 AM

I was curious if the World at War box set is worth purchasing? I would appreciate any information or knowledge anyone has of this set that is going to be released November 20.

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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Larry Schneider

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Posted November 07 2001 - 04:24 AM

I recorded the set off the air many years ago and have re-recorded it twice more...it never came out on LD. It is, I think, the best war documentary series and well worth a purchase. I pre-ordered it.

#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Rich Allen

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Posted November 07 2001 - 04:47 AM

I'm gonna get it. I always loved it. It's very dark and somber, of course the subject is pretty dark and somber.

#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Rich P

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Posted November 07 2001 - 05:11 AM

Searching the archives will also yield additional comments. For example:
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#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Rob Willey

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Posted November 07 2001 - 05:38 AM

I am currently recording over the version I taped off PBS about 15 years ago in anticipation of the DVD release. I pre-ordered as soon as it became available. Great series!

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#6 of 34 OFFLINE   Mark Lee

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Posted November 07 2001 - 06:32 AM

Ohhh, yesss....it will be mine.... Posted Image

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#7 of 34 OFFLINE   BrianP

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Posted November 07 2001 - 05:30 PM

I think you guys talked me into buying another DVD box set. Now if I can only find a good price.

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#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Ian Wilson

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Posted November 07 2001 - 10:38 PM

Interestingly the Region 2 version has 10 vs 5 discs for the Region 1 and its been available since March.

Region 2
  • Animated Introductions with a four screen moving menu
  • Imperial War Museum Photo Gallery
  • Biographies
  • Brief history of 'The World At War'
  • Episode summaries
  • Speeches
  • Songs
  • Newsreels and maps
  • 'Making Of'
  • Chapter Selection
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    Contains all 5 DVD volumes (on 10 discs) of the classic documentary series narrated by Laurence Olivier and charting the history of the Second World War. The discs come in a specially designed, collectors edition box.

    Over 32 hours of digitally remastered footage. Packed with extras, including a hour-long 'Making Of' special presented by Jeremy Isaacs. No history enthusiast should miss the opportunity to own this remarkable visual document charting the impact of WW2 on the consciousness of the world.

    Region 1
  • Color, Black & White, Box set
  • 5 Discs Plus 8 Hours of Bonus Features
  • Individual Episode Introductions by Producer Jeremy Isaacs
  • Episodes Summaries
  • Episode Links To Specific Footage: Songs, Speeches, Maps
  • World War II Timeline
    Photo Gallery of Images From The Imperial War Museum, London
  • Brief History of World War II
  • 17 Biographies of Leading Figures Including Eisenhower, Goering, Churchill, Hitler, Himmler, MacArthur, Mussolini, Rommel, Roosevelt, Stalin, Tojo, Zhukov amnd More
  • DVD ROM: Links To The Imperial War Museum Website
  • Full-screen format
Of course its more expensive but...

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#9 of 34 OFFLINE   Lars Vermundsberget

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Posted November 07 2001 - 10:45 PM

That was kind o' complicated... Does this mean that the R2 version has more material than the R1, or not...?


#10 of 34 OFFLINE   Duncan Harvey

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Posted November 07 2001 - 11:29 PM

maybe the R1 set is using DVD18s?

I've had the R2s since september 2000 - the discs are brilliant although the menus could be a little clearer.

Well worth getting.

#11 of 34 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted November 08 2001 - 02:01 AM

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I think you guys talked me into buying another DVD box set. Now if I can only find a good price.
Brian, I pre-ordered mine from Deep Discount DVD for $90 shipped. That was the best I found.

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#12 of 34 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted November 08 2001 - 02:05 AM

I preordered it from Lasersedge for $89.94 along with several other dvds.


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#13 of 34 OFFLINE   Ian Wilson

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Posted November 08 2001 - 03:08 AM

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That was kind o' complicated... Does this mean that the R2 version has more material than the R1, or not...?

It would appear that the Region 2 version has an extra 9 hours of material.

Region 1 is listed at 1384 minutes - 23 hours (Dv-depot.com, dvdplanet), Amazon lists it at 999 minutes - 16.5 hours.

Region 2 is listed at 1920 minutes - 32 hours (blackstar, play247), which is correct as the blurb states "32 hours of digitally remastered footage"

I'm leaning towards the Region 2 release.

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#14 of 34 OFFLINE   BrianP

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Posted November 08 2001 - 04:08 AM

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Brian, I pre-ordered mine from Deep Discount DVD for $90 shipped. That was the best I found.[/quote]

I just preordered it from Amazon using a $10 coupon to get the price down to $82 shipped. I am also hoping a Giftcertificate.com promotion for $125 worth of GCs for $100 comes through so I can turn them into Amazon GCs to lower the price more.

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#15 of 34 OFFLINE   Michael Harris

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Posted November 08 2001 - 05:15 AM

Yes, Yes, Yes! I saw this show when it was first broadcast on US TV. It was, for me, a Friday night fixture. The fact that its coming out on DVD is great news. A little disappointed that we are not getting all the R2 goodies but the show is the thing. Now if only "Victory at Sea" would appear. Anyone know who currently owns the rights?

#16 of 34 OFFLINE   Ian Wilson

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Posted November 08 2001 - 06:39 AM

In the course of sniffing around to find the actual run time, I found the best price at Dvdplanet, $83.98 shipping brings it up to $88.48

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#17 of 34 OFFLINE   Larry Carlson

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Posted November 08 2001 - 08:56 AM

I ordered mine from DirectVideo.com for $73.07 shipped, with taxes. They are a Canadian company, so if you're looking at their website, make sure you're looking at the US Dollars price, not the Canadian.

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#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Jim Spencer

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Posted November 08 2001 - 11:12 AM

cnl.com has the World at War series for $84.45 Canadian. Which works out to be around $56 US funds + shipping. I'm pretty sure they ship to the US.
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#19 of 34 OFFLINE   Hendrik

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Posted November 08 2001 - 12:04 PM

...and if, after having watched the complete series, you are still hungry for more, there is also this (Region2/PAL ) set (not, so far, released in the USA):
http://www.blackstar...m/7000000061170

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#20 of 34 OFFLINE   Tomoko Noguchi

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Posted November 08 2001 - 04:53 PM

Hendrik,

How is that Victory at Sea set? Are the transfers good?




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