The War - A Ken Burns Film

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • UPC: 841887052122
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 15:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,937

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Lynn Novick Director
Ken Burns Director
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- The War
   Play Episode One: "A Necessary War" December 1941 - 1942
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Making the War
      Commentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
      Photo Gallery
      Biographies
         Mobile, Alabama
         Sacramento, California
         Waterbury, Connecticut
         Luverne, Minnesota
         Others
      Educational Resources
         Message From Ken Burns
         Espisode Description
         More About the Veterans History Project
         PBS. Org
      Photo Credits
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Surround Sound: On/Off
      English Subtitles: On/Off
      Commentary Track by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: On/Off
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Disc #2 -- The War
   Play Episode Two: "When Things Get Tough" January 1943 - December 1943
   Play Episode Three: "A Deadly Calling" November 1943 - June 1944
   Scene Selections
      Photo Credits
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Surround Sound: On/Off
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   PBS.Org
Disc #3 -- The War
   Play Episode Four: "Pride of Our Nation" June 1944 - August 1944
   Scene Selections
      Photo Credits
   Special Features
      Commentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
      Educational Resources
         Message From Ken Burns
         Espisode Description
         More About the Veterans History Project
         PBS. Org
      Photo Credits
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Surround Sound: On/Off
      English Subtitles: On/Off
      Commentary Track by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: On/Off
   PBS.Org
Disc #4 -- The War
   Play Episode Five: "Fubar" September 1944 - December 1944
   Scene Selections
      Photo Credits
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Surround Sound: On/Off
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   PBS.Org
Disc #5 -- The War
   Play Episode Six: "The Ghost Front" December 1944 - March 1945
   Scene Selections
      Photo Credits
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Surround Sound: On/Off
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   PBS.Org
Disc #6 -- The War
   Play Episode Seven: "A World Without War" March 1945 - December 1945
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         War Correspondents
         Attacks on Aachen and Metz
         Flies
         Al McIntosh on Sacrifice
         Sid Phillips Writes Home
         Order 9066
         Breaking Out of the Hedgerows
         War Town
         Wax Works
         Jim Thomas Dies
         Fussell Kills
         The Old Country
         Operation Cobra
         Sam Hynes on Okinawa
         Inouye's Lucky Dollar
         Returning Fathers
         Sascha Comes Home
      Additional Interviews
         Play All
         Quentin Aanenson
         Asako Tokuno
         Barbara Covington
         Joe Medicine Crow
         Paul Fussell
         Tom Galloway
         John Gray
         Sam Hynes
         Daniel Inouye
         Sascha Weinzheimer
         Jim Sherman
         Burnett Miller
         Bill Lansford
         Katharine Phillips
      Educational Resources
         Message From Ken Burns
         Espisode Description
         More About the Veterans History Project
         PBS. Org
      Photo Credits
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Surround Sound: On/Off
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   PBS.Org
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The War: A Ken Burns Film

    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?<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Terrible Beauty

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding must see film

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    A must see!!!!

    I found Ken Burns The War to be a wonderful piece of history! I would recommened this to everyone and I have!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The War

    Ken Burns hits a home run....again.

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