The World At War: The Ultimate Restored Edition BLU-RAY @ Zavvi - £24.99
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The World At War: The Ultimate Restored Edition BLU-RAY @ Zavvi - £24.99

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Found 9th Jun 2014
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 box set for the first time ever:

Hard of Hearing Subtitles
New Widescreen Presentation
5.1 DTS HDMA Surround Sound Audio
Limited Edition Packaging
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

12 Comments

I saw War of the Worlds for some reason and thought there where a few too many disks, then I re-read the title! About an hour a nights listening giving over a months worth of information (I'll avoid using the word entertainment). Good find, have some heat!

Great series, but to be perfectly honest the Blu-ray edition doesn't offer much in the way of picture improvement over the restored DVD version. (Which is regularly around the £15 mark). You'll find screen cap comparisons on the web, but these have been cherry picked. 95% of this program is blurred and grainy footage shot on the hoof, which looks the same whether it's DVD or Blu-ray. Even the quality of the studio interviews are poor and purists will be outraged that the top and bottom of their heads have been chopped off to accommodate a 16:9 ratio (cropped from it's original 4:3)



I won't touch this because of the poor conversion to widescreen reviews. Should have done a straight audio/video restore and left the aspect ratio alone.

Call me a purist, but I wouldn't buy this as it's cropped as already mentioned.
Just look at the captures on this review:
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several examples of the tops of people's heads or hats chopped off.

several examples of the tops of people's heads or hats chopped off...

The horror of war eh?

So, if not this cropped version, where can one find the non-cropped version?

Ultimate Cropped Edition. The newsreel and combat footage from this era is so precious that I want to see every single thing captured by the cameras. Everything in the top and bottom of the frame.

Discarding half the frame to fit Joe Stupid's 16:9 TV is a travesty and the only way these guys will reissue it is if they are left with millions of unsold copies on the shelves.

imdurc

So, if not this cropped version, where can one find the non-cropped … So, if not this cropped version, where can one find the non-cropped version?



Look for the previous DVD box set released in 2005 (5030697008817) or the individual 5 volume DVDs released in 2000 (5030697080110, 5030697080127, 5030697080134, 5030697080141, 5030697080158).

I believe these are the same transfers and are not cropped.

Banned

this should be called the ultimate butchered edition, the old skool DVDs are far superior. They should be ashamed cropping such an important piece of history, people should see every single piece of the frame......by far the greatest WWII documentary ever made. Poignant, engrossing and completely compulsive vieweing for anyone with even a remote interest in WWII.

Never seen this and can't really argue at £25 even with the cropped frames.

I got the DVD set a few years back under £20, was excited for the blu-ray until I learned it was cropped to 16:9. I'll just be keeping my DVDs.

One of the worst blu-ray decisions in living memory. An instant no purchase.
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