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WWII in HD (2009)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Documentary, History, War
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Follow the lives of soldiers who lived World War II, through previously unseen color footage.

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Series cast summary:
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Follow the lives of soldiers who lived World War II, through previously unseen color footage.

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The Only Ones to See the War Like This, Are the Ones Who Lived It


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WWII Lost Films: WWII in HD  »

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War is a horribly fascinating thing, and this program enforces that idea.
24 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WWII in HD is (in my opinion) one of the best series History has produced in the last few years. In it's storytelling style it is cohesive, which is surprising because most project such as this, with multiply narratives, skip around. However, WWII in HD flows smoothly, its transitions between characters and resolutions to every episode is clean cut without being dismissive.

It is unrelenting in its pace without loosing the core of the story or demeaning them. At times, it is horrifying (the opening episode to the series, Darkness Falls, comes to mind) and at other times, it is triumphant and then the next second, heartbreaking. The vast views of the war (from a combat nurse to infantry to war correspondents) to the amount of theaters included (North Africa to Europe, a mention of Mediterranean and to the Pacific) WWII in HD sets itself apart incredibly well.

Unlike a previous review said, this documentary wasn't meant to be an in depth view at the theaters of war, but rather an examination of what the characters experienced. If you want a general overview that rehashes the same Brass-oriented view of the war, then by all means, go watch World War II in Color. This program was about the people, what it was like for someone on the front lines - whether that meant caring for the wounded, or carrying a weapon - instead of hearing the same rehashed story from a General's view. The narration of each character is very distinct, all incredibly memorable and each bring something to the program. I'd definitely recommend this program to anyone and everyone.

I give an 8/10 just because I wish they had included more of the Mediterranean and the China-Burma-India theater.

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