The World At War:(11 Disc Boxset) The Ultimate Restored Edition Blu-ray (9 discs) £35.87 / (11 discs) DVD £26.87 (using Walkers code) delivered @ Zavvi - HotUKDeals
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The World at War: The Ultimate Restored Edition is the definitive version of one of the greatest documentary series ever made. Each frame has been painstakingly restored and the audio enhanced and upgraded so that this is the best this award-winning series has ever looked and sounded. Now on Blu-ray this is the ultimate way to watch this classic series. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and first broadcast in 1973 when memories of the Second World War were still clear in people's minds and the war's veterans numerous, over 26 episodes this unique series assembled these recollections, together with archive footage, to create one of the most powerful and successful historical documentaries ever seen. The voices of those that fought, worked or watched during the war gave each episode a vivid sense of what it was like to be there and was the hallmark of the series.

Brand new to this DVD boxset for the first time ever:
Hard of hearing subtitles
5.1 DTS HDMA surround sound audio
Limited edition packaging
New widescreen presentation
The decision to convert the aspect ratio from the original 4:3 to 16:9 was taken after months of tests and reviews. The primary reason for this that for most viewers now own a widescreen TV, so expect programmes to be in this format, and also because with any HD material for broadcast, the broadcasters expect widescreen material. As the aim of the project was to create restored masters (at great expense) for multiple use (ie Blu-ray, DVD and broadcast), there was no option other than going down the 16:9 route.

It was essential that this be done as sensitively as possible. The process of aspect ratio conversion from 4:3 to 16:9 was done by firstly going back to the original materials and then using ‘Pan & Scan’ to ensure that all of the essential picture detail is retained. The panning and scanning process can be notorious if done badly where the screen is basically lazily cropped, losing vital information. With this in mind in this instance each frame was panned and scanned according to strict guidelines following the tests done to ensure that the focus of the picture is always on the most important action so that we retained the quality of the original series.

Over 10 hours of special features includes:
Brand new - Restoring the World at War - narrated by Sir Jeremy Isaacs, this feature explores every element of the restoration process
11 features including the making of the original series
Photo galleries
Biographies Speeches and songs
Newsreels and maps.

**If you rather there's a £3 off a £30 spend code attached**
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#1
£35 is very good for the BR boxset remastered. It's been selling at a very silly preorder price everywhere else.
#2
I bought this for £60 on release - this is the last release I pre-order anything anymore :D

£35 is a steal for this awesome set tbh - considering it's RRP at £100.
#3
hot
#4
damoxuk
I bought this for £60 on release - this is the last release I pre-order anything anymore :D

£35 is a steal for this awesome set tbh - considering it's RRP at £100.


Lol. Yeah I used to pay silly prices for brand new products too. I now wait a month or two and prices tumble.
#5
Also you need to remember that fulfilling orders isn't that high on Zavvi's priority list. At least they don't take payment until they ship but they really are awful at despatching stuff at the moment.
#6
Excellent series for a very good price. I want the bluray because I know it will be better but I have no bluray drive yet. Will have to settle with DVD
#7
what a shame wheatley.

This is one of the greatest if not the greatest documentaries ever made. Nobody will ever be able to make a better on on WW2 imo. The reason being it is now an incredible historical record of film footage, but importantnly of accounts of people who were there. Each episode is interesting in its won right, with effective naration by Olivier it is so well researched and edited its just an amazing series which is still fascinating to watch even though its getting on for 40 years old.
[mod]#8
999tigger, I think mpwheatley was more annoyed about a previous members posts (now deleted) than anything else
banned 1 Like #9
It's disgusting they have cropped this for mass Market. Am getting the old 4:3 ratio set. I'm not having 30% of the picture forcefully removed from me. The producers of this set should be utterly a
shamed playing around with somethi
ng of such historical importance. I own the original star trek 1960s series on bluray. It is absolutely stunning & importantly keeps it's original 4:3 ratio. It looks fantastic. A shining example of how to respect a 40 year old HD transfer.
#10
A very positive review from bluray.com, despite the cropping. It mentions the re-licensing of rights for TV broadcast, which sound like the main reason to crop.

Edited By: Robston on Nov 06, 2010 08:42: addition
banned#11
mmmm thanks Robston, if that was the case i.e. only we to recoup the remaster costs then I guess I understand why they had no choice.
#12
Thank you - I have been waiting for this bluray set to drop to a good price. £35.87 is a bargain :)
#13
The DVD is £25 at Sainsburys at the mo in the boxset sale they are doing :)
banned#14
mpwheatley
999tigger
what a shame wheatley.

This is one of the greatest if not the greatest documentaries ever made. Nobody will ever be able to make a better on on WW2 imo. The reason being it is now an incredible historical record of film footage, but importantnly of accounts of people who were there. Each episode is interesting in its won right, with effective naration by Olivier it is so well researched and edited its just an amazing series which is still fascinating to watch even though its getting on for 40 years old.


I haven't got a clue what you are going on about. I am a huge fan of this series and I own it on DVD. I just don't like the ultimate version because it is 16:9 cropped and you lose part of the original picture. I do wish posters would read other peoples comments properly before jumping down their throats. You should have been on here earlier with the person who accused fans of this show of getting kicks from seeing dead children and that all nasty things in history should not be 'dragged up'. You would have had a fit. I criticised the person for such ill thought out and stupid comments and helped get the post removed. Now I myself am being criticised for not understanding the show when I am one of its biggest fans! That's ironic.

999tiger was only saying it was a shame it has been cropped. No criticism at all! oO
#15
seems a goood deal - thank you
#16
mpwheatley
999tigger
what a shame wheatley.

This is one of the greatest if not the greatest documentaries ever made. Nobody will ever be able to make a better on on WW2 imo. The reason being it is now an incredible historical record of film footage, but importantnly of accounts of people who were there. Each episode is interesting in its won right, with effective naration by Olivier it is so well researched and edited its just an amazing series which is still fascinating to watch even though its getting on for 40 years old.


I haven't got a clue what you are going on about. I am a huge fan of this series and I own it on DVD. I just don't like the ultimate version because it is 16:9 cropped and you lose part of the original picture. I do wish posters would read other peoples comments properly before jumping down their throats. You should have been on here earlier with the person who accused fans of this show of getting kicks from seeing dead children and that all nasty things in history should not be 'dragged up'. You would have had a fit. I criticised the person for such ill thought out and stupid comments and helped get the post removed. Now I myself am being criticised for not understanding the show when I am one of its biggest fans! That's ironic.
You're just as guilty as he is for not reading posts if you thought that mild-mannered reply constituted jumping down your throat X)

Edited By: Rubisco on Nov 06, 2010 12:29: .
banned#17
i've done a uturn after reading the review. Thanks again Ronston for heads up there,,,,,,,,,,,
#18
Rubisco
mpwheatley
999tigger
what a shame wheatley.

This is one of the greatest if not the greatest documentaries ever made. Nobody will ever be able to make a better on on WW2 imo. The reason being it is now an incredible historical record of film footage, but importantnly of accounts of people who were there. Each episode is interesting in its won right, with effective naration by Olivier it is so well researched and edited its just an amazing series which is still fascinating to watch even though its getting on for 40 years old.


I haven't got a clue what you are going on about. I am a huge fan of this series and I own it on DVD. I just don't like the ultimate version because it is 16:9 cropped and you lose part of the original picture. I do wish posters would read other peoples comments properly before jumping down their throats. You should have been on here earlier with the person who accused fans of this show of getting kicks from seeing dead children and that all nasty things in history should not be 'dragged up'. You would have had a fit. I criticised the person for such ill thought out and stupid comments and helped get the post removed. Now I myself am being criticised for not understanding the show when I am one of its biggest fans! That's ironic.
You're just as guilty as he is for not reading posts if you thought that mild-mannered reply constituted jumping down your throat X)


I think I should try to take my own advice, in the cold light of day I can see that I totally jumped to the wrong conclusion, although in my defence the OP did too. Anyway, I apologise for being a jerk and jumping down 999tiger's throat. I will scurry back to a dark corner and feel a bit foolish. I must remember in future not to not post after drinking too many glasses of wine, it's a bit like drunk dialling, it will always end in tears...
#19
Newb question - how do I get/ use the Walkers code?

Thanks for your help!
#20
Newb question - how do I get/ use the Walkers code?

Thanks for your help!
banned#21
go here, register answer a coupleof qustions and you get awarded 2 walkers points, you can then 'spend' them and get a 10% of zavvi code. it takes about 5 mins max mate....

http://www.walkers.co.uk/rainyday/home/RainyDaySavings.aspx
#22
£36 isn't too bad but the cropping puts me off. I'll hang onto the original DVD set and upgrade if/when a 4:3 version is released. When they were remastering the footage they cleaned up the entire picture then cropped it, so there's always hope of future re-release.

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