WWII in HD
Outstanding depictions of bands of brothers
Additionally, the fact that the blu-ray version of this three DVD set has been on Amazon’s top 100 list for roughly one month despite the sets just being released last week says volumes about its quality.
The footage in the set is rare because, unlike most films of WWII, it is in color. It is rare too because the two-year search for it includes examinations of virtually every nation that was on both sides of the war.
The enhancement to HD exceeded my expectations; the images were surprisingly clear, and the minor specks and other flaws are very forgivable considering the age of the films and the fact that most of them were stored in less than ideal conditions for decades.
Similar to the series Band of Brothers, which HBO is currently rerunning on Sunday nights, WWII personalizes the war by having actors, such as Rob Lowe and Brothers star Ron Livingston, read the written observations of soldiers, war correspondents, a nurse, and others who participated in the events that the footage depicts.
Additionally, like a documentary should, the series presents the whole story. The episode that I watched depicted both horribly emaciated refuges seeking help from the Americans in the Pacific and reported that the military did not provide American soldiers in Belgium any winter gear or even fresh clothing during the winter of 44-45.
A soldier who suffered through the deprivation in Belgium stated in a present-day interview that he and his comrades were desperate enough for clothing to strip the dead bodies of their fellow soldiers who were killed in battle. The graphic footage that accompanied this segment showed the poorly equipped soldiers fighting bravely and also showed a fully clothed dead American soldier face down in the mud.
I did not watch the special feature on the people whose journals and letters provided the narration for the footage but did watch the features on the search for the footage and its restoration. These were interesting, but the five minutes each that were devoted to each topic was not nearly enough; it was odd that such a comprehensive documentary did not give those aspects of its making due regard.
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WWII in HD
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