WWII in color The British story : because war is never black and white The British story :

DVD - 2002

Recent research has discovered color films that show what World War II really looked like to those who were there. Covers tha events that happened on the British home front between 1934 and 1945. Includes color film of Winston Churchill before the 1945 election, British prisoners of war at a liberated prison camp in Burma and footage of the D-Day landings.

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2nd Floor DVD/940.5341/World Checked In
[Thousand Oaks, CA] : Goldhil Video [2002]
Corporate Author
Carlton Television
Corporate Author
Carlton Television (-)
Other Authors
John Thaw, 1942- (-)
Digital collector's ed
Item Description
Originally produced for television broadcast.
Special features: amazing color war footage; letters & diaries; timelines; bonus footage; British WWII posters.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD)(180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Dolby digital 5.1 or Dolby digital 2.0.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
  • Darkest hour
  • The beginning of the end
  • Unknown warriors.
Review by Library Journal Review

This video set focuses on the British story of World War II, from 1934 until the end of the war in 1945. The color is stunning and adds a totally new dimension to the viewer's perspective of the conflict. Scenes of combatants and civilians alike appear more realistic, especially when accompanied by relevant excerpts from Churchill's speeches, diaries from writers of all walks of life, and letters. Darkest Hour begins with pre-World War II footage including typical social gatherings, the British appeasement of Hitler, and the conscription of young men. One particularly compelling scene involves a London rally by a British fascist group. In addition to common war footage such as the Battle of Britain and German bombing raids over London, the viewer sees how Britain suffered, both militarily and in terms of morale. In The Beginning of the End, the tide begins to turn as the Allies crush the German U-boat menace and start to win some important battles. The footage from the D-Day landing is riveting. There is also some rare film of the British campaign in Burma. Unknown Warriors focuses on some of the people whose journals and recollections make this series so compelling, allowing the viewer to get a feel for what it must have been like to experience the war. Overall, this series is well produced and edited; the video quality is solid, though some of the night footage can be hard to make out at times. The soundtrack is excellent and helps to set the mood. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Rod Bustos, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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