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WWII in HD Blu-ray

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World War II in HD A+E Networks Home Entertainment | 2009 | Season 1 | 470 min | Not rated | Jan 26, 2010

WWII in HD (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 1.33:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
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Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

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Price
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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 2.0 of 52.0
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Movie appeal 
War100%
History85%
Documentary55%
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WWII in HD

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WWII in HD Blu-ray offers decent video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

WWII in HD is the first-ever World War II documentary presented in full, immersive HD color. Culled from thousands of hours of lost and rare color archival footage gathered from a worldwide search through basements and archives, WWII in HD will change the way the world sees this defining conflict. Using footage never before seen by most Americans--converted to HD for unprecedented clarity--viewers will experience the war as if they were actually there, surrounded by the real sights and sounds of the battlefields. Along the way they'll meet a diverse group of soldiers whose wartime diaries and journals show in visceral detail what the war was really like.

This visually astonishing landmark series presents the story of World War II through the eyes of 12 Americans who experienced the war firsthand. Viewers will hear the story of Army nurse June Wandrey, who served from the beginning of the war in North Africa to the liberation of the camps in Germany. They will meet Shelby Westbrook, a young African American from Toledo, who became a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen; Jimmie Kanaya, the son of Japanese immigrants, who served in the U.S. Army and was imprisoned in Europe; and Jack Werner, a Jewish émigré who escaped from Austria before the war and wound up fighting not against Hitler and the hated Nazis, but in the Pacific Theater.

For more about WWII in HD and the WWII in HD Blu-ray release, see WWII in HD Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Directors: Matthew Ginsburg, Frederic Lumiere
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Bruce Kennedy, Ben Kaplan, Liz Reph
Starring: Justin Bartha, Rob Lowe, Josh Lucas, Gary Sinise, Rob Corddry, Ron Livingston

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WWII in HD Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

WWII in HD arrives on Blu-ray with a good 1080i VC-1 encoded transfer that is of course sharpest and cleanest in its contemporary interview segments, as well as the interstitials which feature photographs of our twelve subjects as well as maps and, occasionally, CGI illustrated moments with a visual tip of the hat toward global positioning technology. The archival source material is an extremely varied lot, as you may imagine, mostly culled from what looks to be 8mm or 16mm handheld shots. (All of this footage was obviously originally 1.33:1, and it is blown up and cropped at 1.78:1 for this presentation). Some of it is surprisingly sharp, with really excellent color, while other footage is very badly damaged, with scrapes, scratches, dirt, debris and emulsion damage, as well as being desaturated to the point that you may think you're watching one of the early experiments in "colorizing." Overall, though, the historical importance of this footage far outweigh the technical limitations which are at times all too apparent here. It's rare enough to see color footage from this era, and to see so much of it here, with as much of it as there is in at least decent shape, that the less than stellar shape of some of the rest of it really isn't that much of a hindrance.


WWII in HD Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

What WWII in HD may at least partially lack in image quality, due to its variegated source material, it at least partially compensates for by an incredibly bombastic DTS HD-MA 5.1 mix. This is one of the most literally assaultive sound mixes in recent memory, with shots zinging to and fro between surrounds, and at times an almost overwhelming amount of LFE in terms of explosions and other thundering noises. As off putting as that may sound, it in fact only helps to make the battle footage that much more visceral, helping the viewer to understand the emotionally devastating day to day existence these brave souls endured. Dialogue is crisp and clean, with Sinise's narration always front and center and mixed extremely well into the overall soundfield, so that foley effects never overwhelm him. Some of the archival sound material, as in some of President Roosevelt's speeches, for example, do sound somewhat compressed, with obviously lower fidelity, but it's not really that bothersome in the long run. As mentioned in the body of the review above, this series is an absolute marvel of sound effects editing, and for those of you attuned to such things, you'll be consistently impressed with the care the sound effects editors have taken with this project.


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Amazon Blu-ray Deal of the Week: WWII in HD 65% Off (Expired) - August 7, 2011

Amazon's Blu-ray Deal of the Week features the 10-part History Channel series WWII in HD. The two disc set, which spans nearly 8 hours of footage, has been discounted 65% for a price of $13.99. The offer is valid until August 13th.

Blu-ray Deal of the Week: WWII in HD for $16.99 - January 30, 2011

For its Blu-ray deal of the week, Amazon is offering WWII in HD for $16.99 (57% off MSRP). However, the Blu-ray.com price tracker shows that this eight-hour History channel documentary was even cheaper in late 2010. This price is valid through February 5.

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