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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: WWII in HD (Highly Recommended)



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#1 of 28 OFFLINE   Neil Middlemiss

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Posted January 25 2010 - 04:41 PM


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#2 of 28 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted January 25 2010 - 07:33 PM

I ordered this yesterday as I couldn't pass it up for $19.99 at Amazon.  Your review just further validates my purchase!

#3 of 28 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 25 2010 - 11:40 PM

 Neil,

Count me in as another that was taken in by your review 
and Amazon's amazing price.  

Ever since watching Band of Brothers and Ken Burns 
The War I have become very interested in WWII.  This
documentary seems as if it will be equally as interesting.

Ordered.

 

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#4 of 28 OFFLINE   Dennis Maricic

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Posted January 26 2010 - 01:13 AM

Excellent Review Neil. It has convinced me to pick up a copy today. Looking forward to the viewing.

#5 of 28 OFFLINE   Southpaw

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Posted January 26 2010 - 01:30 AM

 I'm in as well. Just ordered from Amazon. Thanks for the review.

#6 of 28 OFFLINE   Jason_V

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Posted January 26 2010 - 04:33 AM

I'll echo Neil's comments about the tech specs.  The video is stunning in its clarity, considering how/when it was shot and the audio rivals any big budget movie I've thrown into the player.  It may even be better than Star Trek, my current favorite window rattler. 


#7 of 28 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted January 26 2010 - 06:02 AM

Is most of the audio that's being discussed here original to the footage...or would you suspect it has been "enhanced" in post-production? 

Just curious.  It doesn't matter to me either way but I just wouldn't expect the audio fidelity of the original material to match the visual quality you all are raving about.

I will be in for this...that's for absolutely sure. 

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#8 of 28 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted January 26 2010 - 06:02 AM

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the audio rivals any big budget movie I've thrown into the player
Thats pretty amazing for a TV show.

#9 of 28 OFFLINE   Neil Middlemiss

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Posted January 26 2010 - 06:07 AM

Mike - most certainly enhanced post-production. Really it is a sound FX track provided to enhance the experience, but so well produced (timed) that one could easily be fooled in to believing it is native.

Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 

Is most of the audio that's being discussed here original to the footage...or would you suspect it has been "enhanced" in post-production? 
 


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#10 of 28 OFFLINE   Timothy E

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Posted January 26 2010 - 06:39 AM

Great review, Neil!  I cannot wait for my disc to arrive from Amazon.

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Posted January 26 2010 - 12:55 PM

 Mike, it is my understanding, and i could be wrong, but most battle footage from WWII was silent. The sound effects were always added later. Even back in the day it was not the real sound effects being used. If i recall, most of the footage was 8 and 16mm. Which would make sense, since a bigger camera would be to heavy to move around during a battle.

Of course i am no expert on WWII, just a buff of that time in history. So, i could be wrong.


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Posted January 28 2010 - 02:27 PM

I think you're correct, Ricker.

In the making of documentary on the World at War DVDs, that show's producer Jeremy Isaacs talks at length about the topics of adding sound effects to mostly silent wartime footage, using footage in incorrect locations/times and using footage believed to be re-staging of events for showreels. I think his assessment was that their mission was to tell the story of the war in visuals and audio, so taking license was warranted if they didn't have the correct footage available and it helped to guide the audience through an episode. At least they didn't make the choice lightly. I'd assume the same is the case here. 

Definitely going to buy this, I think I caught one episode on cable, but for 20 bucks I'll pick up the rest blind. 

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#13 of 28 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 07 2010 - 08:41 AM

"War is stupid. Crazy. We've got to have love on our planet."

- Charles Scheffel

"The people who create those situations
are never the ones who are out there fighting
"

- Shelby Westbrook 

Words spoken by the Veterans of war whose
personal stories are told in this riveting documentary
of World War II.  

Having spent these two days watching this 
7-hour introspective, I am left with only glimpses
of haunting imagery that have forever been burned
into the souls of the men and women who fought 
in World War II.

This is a brilliantly pieced together documentary
that belongs at the top of the list for anyone who
is curious about the accounts of WWII.  

Certainly, the biggest flaw of this documentary is
the fact that the producer has scraped together footage
that is not accurate to the event being portrayed.  Stock
footage from one battle is attached to another.  Certainly,
with the limited amount of color footage that was taken
during the war, it is impossible to accurately document
any one event in its entirety.

I do give a huge amount of credit, however, to the
illusion that has been made.  It's not very difficult to
embrace the footage that has been presented and
wrap yourself into the story -- for that is the most
important aspect of this presentation. 

The color footage is amazing.  I was surprised that
there was enough of it found to make up nearly 7
hours of storytelling.  After watching countless hours
of B&W documentary footage of WWII over the years,
the color adds a very stark reality that I had never
experienced prior -- some of which is very graphic in
nature.

A huge amount of credit must also be given to 
the foley work that has been done with this footage.
The sound that accompanies these clips captures
the smallest of nuances right down to bodies sliding
off a stretcher.  You can complain about the fact that
the footage may not be accurate, but with all the 
enhancements that have been done in converting
them to High Definition and adding compelling sound
effects, this has got to be one of the most realistic
documentaries ever made on WWII.

I would highly, highly recommend its purchase
as well as Ken Burns The War on DVD which
is equally as impressive in its storytelling.



 

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#14 of 28 OFFLINE   RickER

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Posted February 07 2010 - 10:58 AM

I bought this on Blu-ray too, and i am still in the middle of watching it.
Very impressed with the Blu-ray production. I understand the DVD version is not even anamorphic wide screen!

Anyway, it looks to me that a small portion of this footage is colorized, or at the very least 2 strip Technicolor. Anyone know?

The footage doesn't even need to be all color. Its still a good series.


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Posted February 07 2010 - 11:02 AM

There are small segments that are in black and white which History didn't colorize.  My guess is none of the color footage was messed with after the fact.  There wouldn't be much sense in colorizing some and leaving some b/w.

But then, the DVD not being in 16:9 doesn't make much sense either, now does it?


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Posted February 07 2010 - 05:49 PM

This was a bargain at $20.  Finished disc one.
 
Hard to watch at times, especially scene of Nazi's hanging 36 random businessmen and then shooting other civilians against a wall.  The savagery of war comes through loud and clear.  The bunkbeds in the subway in London was also something I hadn't seen before.


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Posted June 09 2010 - 08:48 AM

It is now even more of a bargain as Amazon has dropped this to $16.49 for anyone (like me) who didn't yet pull the trigger. Happy Father's Day to me! 

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#18 of 28 OFFLINE   ScottJH

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Posted June 09 2010 - 10:47 AM

It's $15.99 @ Deepdiscount during the 25% off sale or $14.99 @ Best Buy.

#19 of 28 OFFLINE   RickER

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Posted June 09 2010 - 11:01 AM

Damn, already got it. And i thought i was getting a deal at $20. It was cheaper than the DVD version.

#20 of 28 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted June 09 2010 - 01:39 PM



[quote]Originally Posted by ScottJH [url=/forum/thread/297440/htf-blu-ray-review-wwii-in-hd-highly-recommended#post_3699295]


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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