BluRay/DVD Reviews


By • Sep 30th, 2003 •

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The History Channel & NBC News
Four Discs / 11 hrs. 30 mins. Approx
Episode introductions with Peter Graves

With war on our minds these past few years, here at last is the greatest war documentary every produced, not the least for its score by Richard Rodgers. Quality of image is good; as remembered from its original playdates: it doesn’t feel like any digital restoration has been done.. Content of image – compiled from over13,000 hours shot by the U.S., British, German, and Japanese navies during World War II – is beyond compare. Rodgers score vacillates, though at the time, probably it was the high point of tastefulness – today some of it is a little cutesy. And there are staged portions, though never in the pursuit of false truths. Even if you are not a war buff, as my wife is, you will want to revisit this collection from time to time. For her, it was like owning the CITIZEN KANE of dramas, the WIZARD OF OZ of fantasies, or the 2001 of sci fi films.

Produced by Henry Salomon.
Written by Salomon with Richard Hanser.
Directed by M. Clay Adams.
Narrated by Leonard Graves (no relation).
Original Music Score by Richard Rodgers,
arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

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