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Blu-ray Review: Ken Burns Uses His Amazing Skill to Chronicle ‘The War’

21 May 2012 12:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Ken Burns is one of the most important, influential, and talented filmmakers alive. His long-form documentaries for PBS — “Baseball,” “The Civil War,” and “Jazz” — are all must-sees (and he’s working on pieces on “The Dust Bowl” and “Vietnam”). One of his most accomplished works, “The War,” has been released on Blu-ray just in time for Father’s Day and would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in World War II.

Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

One needs to make a commitment to a Ken Burns documentary. “The War” is fifteen hours long and approaches its subject matter with an exhaustive yet personal touch. Burns chose four cities across the United States and focused on how they were personally impacted by the combat in Europe and Asia. The impact of WWII on not just people but entire communities has never been more expertly chronicled. Burns has always had an amazing way »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Memorial Day 2012 programming

16 May 2012 9:51 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Here’s a look at the various specials and movies airing on and around this Memorial Day, which remember those who have served in the military, and particularly those who were lost. All times are Eastern. Programming subject to updates; check back for changes and additions. My Vietnam Your Iraq (encore) – PBS, May (check local listings). Vietnam War veterans who have children who served in Iraq tell their stories. The program showcases the pride and fear a family shares when one is deployed. The War (encore) – PBS, May (check local listings). Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s epic, seven-part 2007 [...] »

- Jeff Pfeiffer

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Get The War on Blu-ray!

10 May 2012 8:10 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.s award-winning monumental documentary The War debuts on Blu-ray May 15th from PBS Distribution and Paramount Home Media Distribution. M&C is celebrating the release by giving away three copies of the Blu-ray . which arrives loaded with bonus material including commentary by Burns and Novick. Six years in the making, the epic, seven-part film directed and produced by Burns and Novick explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective through the personal accounts of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. Revealing the most intimate human dimensions of a worldwide catastrophe, the 15-hour documentary paints a vivid portrait of how the war touched the lives of »

- Patrick Luce

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