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    PSA - The World at War

    I know DVDs are a little old hat these days but I thought some may be interested in this;

    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8655...at%20war:1:2:1

    I remember watching a couple of episodes of this at school and then obsessively searching out the others. Itís an amazing chronicle of WW2 narrated by the unmistakable Laurence Olivier.

    When these arrive Iím going to sit and watch them with my kids. Good value for the whole set I think. As ever cash back available via Quidco etc.

    Ian

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    an incredible series and for anyone who has never seen them I couldn't recommend them enough

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    I thought things had seriously gone downhill when I read this thread title

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodder View Post
    I thought things had seriously gone downhill when I read this thread title

    hahaha, it feels like it though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodder View Post
    I thought things had seriously gone downhill when I read this thread title
    Ha!

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    We watched this as a family when I was a child. The final, haunting image of a young boy in the opening credits still gives me goosebumps.

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    Thanks OP, I've just ordered. The sort of thing our whole family will enjoy.

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    It has to be one of the best TV series ever made.
    Itís permanently saved on the tv hard drive.
    Astonishingly it was the most expensive factual tv show ever made at the time
    Apparently it cost the equivalent of £11m in todayís money.

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    Incredible musical score too. They just don't make telly like this anymore.

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    Cheers for that.

    Just ordered one, will pick it up tomorrow.

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    The definitive history of World War II as seen on TV.

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    The thing with The World at War is that many of the important participants from both sides are interviewed, something that couldn't happen today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    The thing with The World at War is that many of the important participants from both sides are interviewed, something that couldn't happen today.
    I wouldn't be so defeatist on that score - interviews drawn extensively from both sides were an acknowledged merit of the recent Ken Burns documentary series on Vietnam, for example.

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    Lest we NEVER forget. This series should be part of school curricula.

    Good shout Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by IVK View Post
    I know DVDs are a little old hat these days but I thought some may be interested in this;

    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8655...at%20war:1:2:1

    I remember watching a couple of episodes of this at school and then obsessively searching out the others. Itís an amazing chronicle of WW2 narrated by the unmistakable Laurence Olivier.

    When these arrive Iím going to sit and watch them with my kids. Good value for the whole set I think. As ever cash back available via Quidco etc.

    Ian

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    This is something I would be interested in but genuine question. I'm enjoying WW II in colour on Netflix, how does it compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    The thing with The World at War is that many of the important participants from both sides are interviewed, something that couldn't happen today.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-P View Post
    I wouldn't be so defeatist on that score - interviews drawn extensively from both sides were an acknowledged merit of the recent Ken Burns documentary series on Vietnam, for example.
    I was of course referring to WWII, which is the subject of World at War.

    Vietnam was an excellent series but of course of a much later period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    I was of course referring to WWII, which is the subject of World at War.

    Vietnam was an excellent series but of course of a much later period.
    Only 20 years or so...

    Feels very different, I agree, but no time really.

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    If you have a smart TV you can stream the whole series for free (it's on the Yesterday channel, on the UKTV app).

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    Just an incredible piece of work, viewing a must!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    The thing with The World at War is that many of the important participants from both sides are interviewed, something that couldn't happen today.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-P View Post
    I wouldn't be so defeatist on that score - interviews drawn extensively from both sides were an acknowledged merit of the recent Ken Burns documentary series on Vietnam, for example.
    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    I was of course referring to WWII, which is the subject of World at War. Vietnam was an excellent series but of course of a much later period.
    Ah, of course I took the original statement to mean that that sort of balanced documentary making couldn't happen today, but yes, understood.

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    Great find 👍

    I remember watching All Our Yesterdayís as a kid back in the 60ís, guessing itís based on a similar thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRB255 View Post
    Great find 

    I remember watching All Our Yesterdayís as a kid back in the 60ís, guessing itís based on a similar thing
    Not really.

    All our yesterdays was IIRC a series when the news from 25 years ago that particular week (back in the '60's) was broadcast.

    World at War is a series with every episode on a specific part of the conflict.
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    A brilliant and interesting series.One which can be watched over and over again, as I have on the History channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    This is something I would be interested in but genuine question. I'm enjoying WW II in colour on Netflix, how does it compare?
    World at War covers things in far more depth, 26 episodes, every theatre from beginning to end, complete with interviews.

    It's an amazing series, one that I've watched countless times and no doubt will watch again. If you have an interest in the conflict or just in 20th century history it's a must watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kace View Post
    World at War covers things in far more depth, 26 episodes, every theatre from beginning to end, complete with interviews.

    It's an amazing series, one that I've watched countless times and no doubt will watch again. If you have an interest in the conflict or just in 20th century history it's a must watch.
    WAW is an amazing series - I bought the box set some years ago and it really is very in-depth, with lots of interviews from people who were there (civilians as well as soldiers).

    Another great, and rather overlooked, I think, series is called Hell In The Pacific - Far shorter (I think it was a 4 parter and my DVD says running time is 200 minutes), but with the same first hand experiences from soldiers and civilians, which make you realise how barbaric the Japanese troops were - After the atom bombs, the Japanese have a tendency, looking back, to be viewed as 'victims', but their behaviour in occupation and with POWs & Internees was right up there with the Nazis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    WAW is an amazing series - I bought the box set some years ago and it really is very in-depth, with lots of interviews from people who were there (civilians as well as soldiers).

    Another great, and rather overlooked, I think, series is called Hell In The Pacific - Far shorter (I think it was a 4 parter and my DVD says running time is 200 minutes), but with the same first hand experiences from soldiers and civilians, which make you realise how barbaric the Japanese troops were - After the atom bombs, the Japanese have a tendency, looking back, to be viewed as 'victims', but their behaviour in occupation and with POWs & Internees was right up there with the Nazis.

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    A very good gritty series.

    The stories of Japanese occupation are completely horrific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    WAW is an amazing series - I bought the box set some years ago and it really is very in-depth, with lots of interviews from people who were there (civilians as well as soldiers).

    Another great, and rather overlooked, I think, series is called Hell In The Pacific - Far shorter (I think it was a 4 parter and my DVD says running time is 200 minutes), but with the same first hand experiences from soldiers and civilians, which make you realise how barbaric the Japanese troops were - After the atom bombs, the Japanese have a tendency, looking back, to be viewed as 'victims', but their behaviour in occupation and with POWs & Internees was right up there with the Nazis.

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    Yes sometimes overlooked. In the 70s I worked at a car manufacturing plant when some Japanese executives were being shown around. There was suddenly a commotion and a lot of shouting as one of my co-workers had to be physically restrained. Apparently he had been a prisoner of the Japanese and just lost it. Luckily (for him) a couple of people in his area were big enough to be able to hold him back. Some things you just canít forget I guess.
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    Watched the repeats of this in the mid-90s and taped every episode.

    My wife bought me this box set a few years ago when DVDs were still quite new!

    The series is fantastic from start to finish. Inside the Reich and Wolfpack are some of the highlights for me. One of the best TV programmes ever commissioned in my opinion and with the trend for personality historians as presenters, never likely to be bettered.

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    Traudl Jung, Hitler's secretary being interviewed seemed quite surreal to me.
    She typed Hitler's last testament in the bunker, and here she is, recalling the people & events that happened a quarter of a century before, amazing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nealywheelie View Post
    Traudl Jung, Hitler's secretary being interviewed seemed quite surreal to me.
    She typed Hitler's last testament in the bunker, and here she is, recalling the people & events that happened a quarter of a century before, amazing.


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    And she gave some revealing insights into Hitler as well.

    First hand testimony is always so interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kace View Post
    World at War covers things in far more depth, 26 episodes, every theatre from beginning to end, complete with interviews.

    It's an amazing series, one that I've watched countless times and no doubt will watch again. If you have an interest in the conflict or just in 20th century history it's a must watch.
    Sounds perfect to me. I ordered a copy yesterday.

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