War - A Ken Burns Film

The War - A Ken Burns Film

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Director: Lynn Novick, Ken Burns

Cast: Lynn Novick, Ken Burns

     
 
Producer-director Ken Burns and frequent collaborator Lynn Novick -- they shared an Emmy for Baseball in 1994 -- explore the stories of the Greatest Generation in this epic documentary film. Vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines during World War II intertwine with recollections of Americans

Overview

Producer-director Ken Burns and frequent collaborator Lynn Novick -- they shared an Emmy for Baseball in 1994 -- explore the stories of the Greatest Generation in this epic documentary film. Vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines during World War II intertwine with recollections of Americans who remained at home and did their best to carry on with life as usual while their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons were overseas. Reminiscent in scope and power of Burns's landmark series The Civil War, The War focuses on the stories of citizens in four geographically distributed and quintessentially American towns: Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota. In addition to narration by Keith David, The War features readings by Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin, and others. Extras exclusive to this DVD presentation include: "Making The War"; deleted scenes; commentary by Burns and Novick; interview outtakes that expand stories told by Quentin Aanenson, Daniel Inouye, Paul Fussell, Katherine Phillips-Singer, and others; biographies, including now-and-then photos of participants in the series; and educational resources.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
UPC:
0841887052122
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs (Direct)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
15:00:00
Sales rank:
37,751

Special Features

Making The War featurette; commentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick; deleted scenes; additional interviews; biographies; resources for educators.

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The War
1. Introduction [8:03]
2. The Four Towns [11:11]
3. Pearl Harbor [8:35]
4. How Did That Happen? [10:50]
5. We Haven't Got a Chance [7:39]
6. Greetings [14:22]
7. Out of Poland [3:30]
8. U-Boats [4:22]
9. Death March [12:32]
10. Made Into an Enemy [7:07]
11. Keep the People Entertained [8:15]
12. A Matter of Fate [1:27]
13. A Very Fateful Time [13:18]
14. American Anthem [11:38]
15. Why Don't You Die [2:09]
16. Credits [14:08]
Disc #2 -- The War
1. Introduction [9:18]
2. Killing Is a Craft [15:05]
3. War Town [12:37]
4. Sascha [6:49]
5. It Can't Be [4:53]
6. For Tommy [25:04]
7. Kodiak [6:25]
8. Guests of the Emperor [5:29]
9. Doing Without [2:45]
10. When Things Get Tough [13:11]
11. Maggots [10:08]
12. Credits [2:44]
1. Introduction [8:32]
2. Everything But Color [9:50]
3. Tarawa [11:00]
4. Helluva War [9:22]
5. A Burst of Freedom [6:45]
6. Monte Cassino [17:49]
7. Red of the A&P [6:03]
8. You People [6:20]
9. Three Dates [5:30]
10. No Place for Children [11:45]
11. Like Waterbury, Dead [14:13]
12. Credits [2:47]
Disc #3 -- The War
1. Introduction [12:54]
2. The Eyes of the World [8:43]
3. These Things You Saw [24:26]
4. Home [6:32]
5. Saipan [8:16]
6. I Feel My Backbone [7:27]
7. Steel Weather [9:32]
1. Turkey Shoot [9:41]
2. The Quietest Fourth [3:51]
3. It's Killing You [10:16]
4. That's War [11:17]
5. All the Space for Noise on Earth [10:13]
6. You Can Only Be Lucky [8:23]
7. American Anthem [2:03]
8. Credits [2:51]
Disc #4 -- The War
1. Introduction [9:27]
2. Market-Garden [16:02]
3. His Ticket Home [3:06]
4. Peleliu [24:26]
5. Oranges in April [9:49]
6. Pennies in Heaven [8:00]
7. The Lost Battalion [15:13]
8. Life's Accidents [5:51]
9. The Forest [7:50]
10. Thanksgiving [5:57]
11. A World of Death [6:52]
12. War Deeds [8:39]
13. Credits [2:53]
Disc #5 -- The War
1. Introduction [8:46]
2. The Battle the Bulge [26:32]
3. Worse Than Being Killed [14:42]
4. God Bless America [3:42]
5. Civilized Behavior [5:31]
6. Pin Up [2:49]
7. My Boys [10:52]
8. Firestorm [3:27]
9. Brains [3:15]
10. There Are No Civilians [15:57]
11. Coffee and Donuts [2:49]
12. We're Going to Win [7:20]
13. It's Spring Again [:55]
15. Kinship [5:14]
16. Credits [2:45]
Disc #6 -- The War
1. Introduction [6:20]
2. Floating Chrysanthemums [15:55]
3. The Old Man [4:46]
4. Saying Yes [3:55]
5. So Here I Am [7:57]
6. It Happened [12:18]
7. It's Hell up There [17:41]
1. Sharks [6:45]
2. In an Instant [7:24]
3. The Azalea Bush [5:08]
4. Home [19:15]
5. American Anthem [12:27]
6. Credits [1:55]

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The War - A Ken Burns Film 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is important, before chosing a World War II documentary, that one clearly understand what one is looking for. Are you looking for historical, factual events? Are you looking for dialogue between solders who shared a common event? Are you looking for a "trip down memory lane" from family members, bystanders or any other valued sources deemed credible?

This particular WWII DVD, though well presented and factually accurate, was based more on individuals and their memorable happenings as they fought on different fronts during the war. Again, I pose the questions above.

In no way, would I begin to discredit the value of Ken Burns The War. However, for my own particular interests, I would have preferred a sequential, historical documentary presentation of WWII on both the Eastern Front and the Pacific Rim.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was born after World War II, and grew up in the post-war period. As children, we knew that the Japanese and Germans had been our enemies and had done terrible things, though we weren’t too clear on the specifics. As I grew older and protested our involvement in the Vietnam war, I noticed a certain nostalgia for “the last good war,” when we had nobly fought the fascists. Of course, I knew, on some level, that no war is “good,” but we at least had had good reasons for going to war, it seemed. And I knew that many of our soldiers had suffered terribly in that war "my next door neighbor had fought at the “Battle of the Bulge”" but they had done so in a noble cause. Still, I never got a _sense_ of that war, never _felt_ that war, until I saw Ken Burns’s film. As noble and as necessary as I believe that war was, it was a deep tragedy for our country, for the soldiers who fought, and for their families. And, of course it is easy to say that, but it is much more difficult to show that. This film shows it with a starkness that horrifies while evoking our most tender feelings of empathy and sympathy. I don’t think there’s anything else like it.
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FallTwilight More than 1 year ago
I found Ken Burns The War to be a wonderful piece of history! I would recommened this to everyone and I have!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional work that provides an insight on the many views of the war and its effect on all those who lived during these important and dramatic days of our lives.
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philtoe More than 1 year ago
Ken Burns hits a home run....again.