Preorder this set (available 20th August) for £35.99 inc delivery. More off if you use one of the available vouchers/discount links and quidco. Got this deal elswhere (Boards.ie) and thought I'd post it. My first deal, so be kind ;)
When this epic series was first broadcast in 1973 it redefined the gold standard for television documentary, it remains the benchmark by which all factual programming must judge itself.
Originally shown as 26 one-hour pragrammes, The World At War set out to tell the story of the second World War through the testimony of key participants. The result is a unique and unrepeatable event, since many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long left to live. Each one-hour programme is carefully structured to focus on a key theme or campaign, from the rise of Nazi Germany to Hitler's downfall and the onset of The Cold War. There are no academic "talking heads" here to spell out an official version of history, the narration delivered with wonderful gravitas by Sir Laurence Olivier, is kept to a minimum. The show's great coup was to allow the participants to speak for themselves. Painstaking research in the archives of the Imperial War Museum also unearthed a vast quantity of newsreel footage, including on occasion the cameraman's original raw rushes which present an unvarnished and never-before-seen picture of important events.
8 special presentations
3 hour 30th anniversary disc containing previously unseen interviews and retrospective interviews with the original production team
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