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World At War - New Ultimate Restored Edition (11 dvd) £29.95 @ Blahdvd
World At War - New Ultimate Restored Edition (11 dvd) £29.95 @ Blahdvd

World At War - New Ultimate Restored Edition (11 dvd) £29.95 @ Blahdvd

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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.

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.

The episodes included are: 'A New Germany - 1933-1939'; 'Distant War - 1939-1940'; 'France Falls - May-June 1940'; 'Alone in Britain - May 1940-June 1941'; 'Barbarossa - June-December 1941'; 'Banzai - Japan Strikes - 1941-1942'; 'On Our Way - America Enters the War - 1939-1942'; 'Desert - The War in North Africa - 1940-1943'; 'Stalingrad - 1942-1943'; 'Wolfpack - 1939-1944'; 'Red Star - The Soviet Union - 1941-1943'; 'Whirlwind - Bombing Germany - September 1939-April 1944'; 'Tough Old Gut - 1942-1943'; 'It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow - 1942-1943'; 'Home Fires'; 'Inside the Reich - Germany 1940-1944'; 'Morning - June 1944'; 'Occupation - 1940-1943'; 'Pincers - August 1944'; 'Genocide - 1933-1945'; 'Nemesis - Feb-May 1945'; 'Japan - 1941-1945'; 'Pacific - Feb 1942-May 1945 The Island to Island War'; 'The Bomb - Feb-Sept 1945'; 'Reckoning - April 1945'; 'Remember'; 'Secretary to Hitler'; 'Who Won World War II?'; and 'Warrior'; 'Hitler's Germany - 1933-1939'; 'Hitler's Germany - 1939-1945'; 'The Two Deaths of Hitler'; 'The Final Solution - Part 1'; and 'The Final Solution - Part 2'. Isaacs also presents a special 'Making of' feature.
Special Features

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

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Original Poster

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Waiting for the blu ray version to hit this sort of price personally, but this a great price for the DVD version so soon after it's release.

Wasting your time waiting for the bluray version IMHO, given the image sources of the era...remastered or not.

Some sample images can be seen here [click to 'enlarge'] hcc.techradar.com/pla…-10
Edited by: "Faythur" 28th Oct 2010

Does anyone recommend this?
Im tempted but would like some reassurance

Beware!! 'Restored' means CROPPED as much as anything. The original programme and source material was in 4:3. They've zoomed in to lose the side bars on 16:9 - meaning you lose image top and bottom. There have been loads of threads on forums about this. It's like the 'Thunderbirds' Blu-Ray - great image quality but cropped so that the Hood looked like a boiled egg with the top of his head cut off!!! As someone else says, this is grainy old archive footage (and nowt wrong with that...it was WWII) so you're gaining little and losing much. You can still pick up the previous version (in original 4:3) for bargain price elsewhere.

Oh - And I'm not dissing the OP. Very good price....just don't go along with this 'restored' shenanigans.

Faythur

Wasting your time waiting for the bluray version IMHO, given the image … Wasting your time waiting for the bluray version IMHO, given the image sources of the era...remastered or not.Some sample images can be seen here [click to 'enlarge'] http://hcc.techradar.com/playback/coming-soon/exclusive-preview-we-talk-team-restoring-world-war-blu-ray-12-08-10



The era actually doesn't have anything to do with whether it can be mastered to Blu Ray or not. Film quality in that era was still far superior to Blu Ray resolution. Look at the Wizard of Oz on Blu Ray for a stunning example. However there definitely will be poor resolution and quality film images of the time and those won't benefit from Blu Ray. It depends how much of the footage is of a poor initial quality.

I'm not sure they'd have taken state of the art movie cameras onto the battlefields at the time....of course I could be wrong!

Original Poster

Kiki the Merman

Beware!! 'Restored' means CROPPED as much as anything. The original … Beware!! 'Restored' means CROPPED as much as anything. The original programme and source material was in 4:3. They've zoomed in to lose the side bars on 16:9 - meaning you lose image top and bottom. There have been loads of threads on forums about this. It's like the 'Thunderbirds' Blu-Ray - great image quality but cropped so that the Hood looked like a boiled egg with the top of his head cut off!!! As someone else says, this is grainy old archive footage (and nowt wrong with that...it was WWII) so you're gaining little and losing much. You can still pick up the previous version (in original 4:3) for bargain price elsewhere. Oh - And I'm not dissing the OP. Very good price....just don't go along with this 'restored' shenanigans.



Yes, the restoration has caused some concerns but there are some contrasting reviews on Amazon here that may help people.

theyiddo

I'm not sure they'd have taken state of the art movie cameras onto the … I'm not sure they'd have taken state of the art movie cameras onto the battlefields at the time....of course I could be wrong!



Why would you need state of the art cameras? You don't know what you're talking about. Film resolution even in that time is far superior to blu ray resolution. The poster above even mentioned a film that looks great on Blu Ray which was made in 1939. Plus he/she did state that it's down to the initial quality of the film stock.

adsldave

Waiting for the blu ray version to hit this sort of price personally, … Waiting for the blu ray version to hit this sort of price personally, but this a great price for the DVD version so soon after it's release.


A great price; I don't see the need to wait for the blueray as surely the image quality from the old pics wont be improved that much :P

Original Poster

BTW this series was run recently on BBC2 in the afternoon and its still powerful viewing, a must see for generations to come IMHO. I V+ some episodes, including the one about genocide that had to be shown late at night - I keep putting off watching that one though as I know it will be harrowing viewing.

pde

Why would you need state of the art cameras? You don't know what you're … Why would you need state of the art cameras? You don't know what you're talking about. Film resolution even in that time is far superior to blu ray resolution. The poster above even mentioned a film that looks great on Blu Ray which was made in 1939. Plus he/she did state that it's down to the initial quality of the film stock.



Cameras used by Hollywood film studios will be superior to blu ray resolution (35mm or even 70mm). Much of the footage in the World at War was captured on small cine cameras in the field (16mm or 8mm), or on video tape (the 70's interviews). Neither of these sources will come up to BD quality, TBH- You can clean the image up, remove dust and scratches, but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, as the old adage goes.

I'll be sticking with my old 4:3 remastered DVDs, I'm afraid.

dtovey89

Does anyone recommend this?Im tempted but would like some reassurance



ABSOLUTELY!

It is possibly THE best documentary material you will ever see on WWII. I have it on DVD [pre-remastering]

This is the best price around at the moment for the new dvd set.

The point I was making above is that it isn't worth waiting for the bluray set - the picture quality won'tr be any better. Yes, it may have DTS HD Master 7.1 audio, but that is all 'manufactured' - it's not going to be real.

Yes, there is a lot of debate over the new 16:9 versions, but don't let that put you off. The whole lot was remastered painstakingly before the cropping, so it should still be much better than the original 4:3 DVDs [though I won't bother replacing mine]

In a nutshell, you won't regret buying this DVD boxset



Faythur

ABSOLUTELY!It is possibly THE best documentary material you will ever see … ABSOLUTELY!It is possibly THE best documentary material you will ever see on WWII. I have it on DVD [pre-remastering]This is the best price around at the moment for the new dvd set.The point I was making above is that it isn't worth waiting for the bluray set - the picture quality won'tr be any better. Yes, it may have DTS HD Master 7.1 audio, but that is all 'manufactured' - it's not going to be real.Yes, there is a lot of debate over the new 16:9 versions, but don't let that put you off. The whole lot was remastered painstakingly before the cropping, so it should still be much better than the original 4:3 DVDs [though I won't bother replacing mine]In a nutshell, you won't regret buying this DVD boxset



Aspect ratio wise: premastered version or remastered?

Seminal.
Along with "The Nazis: A Warning From History"

Is there any big benefit from the original DVD box set? As mate is selling me his for £13?

Quite simply one of the best documentaries ever made

Does anyone recommend this?Im tempted but would like some reassurance



This version, I don't know, other people have made valid points regarding cropping and original source material etc.

But if you mean the actual programme I'd definitely put it in my top 10 all time best bits of tv programming, along with the original Prisoner, Twin Peaks, etc. So it's not just (probably) the best documentary series ever, but also just an incredible piece of tv.
Personally I'm happy to stick with my 4:3 full screen version which people seem to be asking insane prices for on Amazon marketplace! Read into that what you will.

dtovey89

Aspect ratio wise: premastered version or remastered?



If it was me buying from scratch, then I would get the new remastered version.

There are a couple of comparison short videos on this webpage on the cleanup process. theworldatwar.com/

Personally I'm not that much of a purest and in the main would avoid any 4:3 material usually - I would always prefer the better picture quality in any situation, but bought the original one when Tesco were selling them cheap a few months ago - £14.99 I believe.
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