World War I in color

DVD - 2010

This definitive history of World War I uses rare archival footage from worldwide sources, including Britain's Imperial War Museum.

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[United States] : Silver Spring, MD : Athena ; Distributed exclusively by Acorn Media Group 2010.
Other Authors
Simon Berthon (-), Kenneth Branagh
Item Description
Originally produced as a 6 episode television program series in 2003.
The original black and white archival film was colorized using computer aided-technology.
Physical Description
3 videodiscs (ca. 350 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; NTSC region 1; widescreen format (16:9), Tactics & strategy bonus feature in full screen format (4:3), ; Dolby digital stereo.
Not rated.
  • disc 1. (ca. 142 min) Catastrophe
  • Slaughter in the trenches
  • Blood in the air
  • disc 2. (ca. 142 min.) Killers of the sea
  • Mayhem on the Eastern Front
  • Victory and despair
  • disc 3. (ca. 66 min.) Bonus features: Tactics & strategy
  • Making the series
  • Biographies
  • Timeline of events
  • General facts.
Review by Library Journal Review

Told through archival footage, interviews with veterans, detailed maps, and excerpts from participants' diaries and letters, World War I in Color, originally broadcast in the UK in 2003, provides a fascinating overview of the Great War. Expertly narrated by actor Kenneth Branagh, this three-disc set includes six episodes: Catastrophe, Slaughter in the Trenches, Blood in the Air, Killers of the Sea, Mayhem on the Eastern Front, and Victory and Despair. Perhaps most interesting are the segments dealing with air, submarine, and tank warfare, as these were all new technologies at the time. Among the more interesting of the wealth of bonus features are Tactics & Strategy, a 50-minute special on how new technology changed warfare, and Making the Series, a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the production team. Some of the footage is rather grainy, but it is acceptable given its age. Overall, the production quality is outstanding. This excellent series could stand on its own presented entirely in black and white; the colorized content, however, does add a dimension not seen in most other World War I documentaries. Recommended for general viewers and military history buffs.-Rod Bustos, Augusta State Univ. Lib., GA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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