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THE greatest documentary series ever made on Blu-ray. At only £16.58 (£14.59 + £1.99 delivery) this seems an insane deal.

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Product Description:
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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.

Synopsis:
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Now you can own the most complete account of WWII. This 26-part series takes you from the stirrings of war to the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. 20 million Russians, 2 and a half million Germans, 480,000 British and 300,000 Americans lost their lives in the epic struggle. Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier and Eric Porter.
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#1
One of the most depressing TV themes. They could have made WWII a bit more cheerful.
banned#2
doesnt look like the The Ultimate Restored Edition to me. In fact it may just be DVD but labelled wrong.

amazon:-

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VBfFyAa2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

gameseek:-

http://www.gameseek.co.uk/images/img.php?w=148&h=220&f=products/world_at_war_50306970.jpg

Edited By: csiman on Jan 06, 2011 05:19
banned 1 Like #3
WTF! Cropped to 16:9 - criminal if you ask me.
#4
csiman
doesnt look like the The Ultimate Restored Edition to me. In fact it may just be DVD but labelled wrong.

amazon:-

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VBfFyAa2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

gameseek:-

http://www.gameseek.co.uk/images/img.php?w=148&h=220&f=products/world_at_war_50306970.jpg


Barcode (EAN) No: 5030697017925
Part Code: FHEBWAR2

both corresponds to the Bluray edition though.

Even says "World at War on Blu-Ray (Documentary) from Gameseek" in the page title, also says "BluRay" in the address bar. Also comes up when you search "World at War" using the Blu-Ray category.

Also "Please Note: Any images are used for illustrative purposes only, actual products and/or packaging may differ".
banned#5
No1_Dave
csiman
doesnt look like the The Ultimate Restored Edition to me. In fact it may just be DVD but labelled wrong.

amazon:-

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VBfFyAa2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

gameseek:-




Barcode (EAN) No: 5030697017925
Part Code: FHEBWAR2

both corresponds to the Bluray edition though.

Even says "World at War on Blu-Ray (Documentary) from Gameseek" in the page title, also says "BluRay" in the address bar. Also comes up when you search "World at War" using the Blu-Ray category.

Also "Please Note: Any images are used for illustrative purposes only, actual products and/or packaging may differ".

Thanks for that. Just purchased as deal of the day imo (40+ hours for £16 is amazing)
1 Like #6
Is there any point in buying the Bluray version of grainy old footage from the 1940's and 1970's or is it just me?
#7
dwl99
Is there any point in buying the Bluray version of grainy old footage from the 1940's and 1970's or is it just me?

Because this was recorded on film it has the potential to be scaled to HD, that doesn't mean it's suddenly going to look great, just means it's gonna look better on your HD tv than the DVD would.

Most TV shows over the last few decades are taped, the tape doesn't have resolution to go HD. Hence Star Trek (original series) has been available in HD since the HD-DVD days. But you'll never see Next Generation etc in HD.
banned#8
benji666
dwl99
Is there any point in buying the Bluray version of grainy old footage from the 1940's and 1970's or is it just me?


Because this was recorded on film it has the potential to be scaled to HD, that doesn't mean it's suddenly going to look great, just means it's gonna look better on your HD tv than the DVD would.

Most TV shows over the last few decades are taped, the tape doesn't have resolution to go HD. Hence Star Trek (original series) has been available in HD since the HD-DVD days. But you'll never see Next Generation etc in HD.

I wondered why TNG looks so bad on TV.
#9
Hot, Hot Hot! I paid £30+ for this before Christmas and thought that a bargain!
#10
http://www.pickabook.com/DVDdetails.aspx?EAN=5030697017925&source=frg slightly cheaper at £16.43, but both sites show out of stock
#11
Showing as out of stock.
#12
Great deal if 1. they honour this and 2. they send the bly-ray version.
banned#13
stevief33
Showing as out of stock.

yep - needs expiring
#14
Outrunner
http://www.pickabook.com/DVDdetails.aspx?EAN=5030697017925&source=frg slightly cheaper at £16.43, but both sites show out of stock

Managed to order Bluray version at Pickabook (although showing 1-3 weeks for delivery). 5% Quidco as well, so good deal if it eventually arrives. Amazon still selling this at £46.
#15
Does any1 know if this is region free, cos can't be bothered to wait. And is available on Amazon for £21.77 + £1.26 p+p, but it's from USA
1 Like #16
benji666
[quote=dwl99] But you'll never see Next Generation etc in HD.


Not correct, TNG was all shot on 35mm but was finished in SD on D2 digital NTSC tape.

So TNG can be remastered in HD but requires much more work/cost than the original TV series which was finished on film.
1 Like #17
ITs the cropping to 16:9 that gets me.
#18
but wouldnt that have been the format it was filmed in?
#19
hmmm. can still put it in the shopping basket and order it. don't say "out of stock"
#20
Also ordered from pickabook as advises at least a time frame of stock, have to wait and see
1 Like #21
Not to bothered about which version people buy.
All i would say is watch it and get your kids to watch it when there old enough.
banned#22
grantchristmas
Also ordered from pickabook as advises at least a time frame of stock, have to wait and see

NOw £55 at pickabook so expect a cancellation email.

I ordered mine as soon as the deal appeared so will also be expecting a cancellation from gameseeker as status is now Awaiting Stock

first & last time they'll get my business if they cant even manage a real time stock system!
#23
csiman
grantchristmas
Also ordered from pickabook as advises at least a time frame of stock, have to wait and see
NOw £55 at pickabook so expect a cancellation email.I ordered mine as soon as the deal appeared so will also be expecting a cancellation from gameseeker as status is now Awaiting Stockfirst & last time they'll get my business if they cant even manage a real time stock system!

I saw that also that its back upto to £55, it still says processing with a esitamte delivery date of 22nd January...ummm not sure if they will honour
banned#24
yep - gameseeker just sent me a cancellation email and made up some BS about its no longer manufactured

now I have to try get a refund and my account deleted as they spam you to high heaven!

NOT IMPRESSED!

We do apologise the item you have ordered from us - World at War on Documentary has been delisted. (No longer manufactured)
#25
yeah just got the email also, why are companies deceitful, lying and saying "it's no longer manufactured" even though everyone else sells it!!?? just be honest and say "we've made a mistake on price", but to be honest at around £16 delivered is not that "out of this world" price, can easily be looked at as a great sales price.

also got the email from "Stephen Staley Managing Director", saying "I know some of you would of been using us for the first time and i really do apologise that we can no longer supply this product. Please let us know if you would like a refund or alternative item, it would be most appreciated." Won't be shopping with you for a while as you can't even be honest about the reason for cancelling, should have auto refunded paypal.
banned 1 Like #26
No1_Dave
yeah just got the email also, why are companies deceitful, lying and saying "it's no longer manufactured" even though everyone else sells it!!?? just be honest and say "we've made a mistake on price", but to be honest at around £16 delivered is not that "out of this world" price, can easily be looked at as a great sales price.

also got the email from "Stephen Staley Managing Director", saying "I know some of you would of been using us for the first time and i really do apologise that we can no longer supply this product. Please let us know if you would like a refund or alternative item, it would be most appreciated." Won't be shopping with you for a while as you can't even be honest about the reason for cancelling, should have auto refunded paypal.

I just replied as follows:-

Hi,

Wouldn’t be so bad if you accepted you priced it up wrong rather than saying it is no longer manufactured. That’s a complete lie and loads of places still sell it (released in sept 2010)

Refund please and delete my account today
banned#27
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#28
ive been charged and its showing on my statement for my order at pickabook still not dispatched though dodgy
banned#29
same problem with gameseek. Charged £16.58 on 6th Jan and no sign of refund at all and emails ignored. Now I have to do a Credit card chargeback!

should be removed from hukd imo.
#30
I ordered with Pickabook at £16.43 while they said out of stock. I've just had an email saying it's been dispatched! :)
#31
camelopardis
I ordered with Pickabook at £16.43 while they said out of stock. I've just had an email saying it's been dispatched! :)
me too :-)
#32
Dispatch email here also (£16.43). Well I never - this is shaping up to be a result!
#33
Also dispatch email sent from pickabook, very nice , will advise on outcome
#34
Nice! The set arrived today from Pickabook! Kudos to them - they probably lost money on this but honoured the orders. I shall try and use them for future purchases now!
#35
HI is it the book type packaging that was the first realased batches?

camelopardis
Nice! The set arrived today from Pickabook! Kudos to them - they probably lost money on this but honoured the orders. I shall try and use them for future purchases now!
#36
I didnt know there was two types. It looks like a book, with an elasticated band holding it closed. is this good?
#37
camelopardis
I didnt know there was two types. It looks like a book, with an elasticated band holding it closed. is this good?


Great yeah that's the one well done pickabook
#38
Mines just arrived too, very nice looking set, and yes it is the book type version
#39
Mine has arrived too. Well done to Pickabook for honouring this - they deserve credit.

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