Victory at Sea

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Overview

Originally aired on NBC from 1952-1953, the WWII documentary Victory at Sea comes to DVD in this 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition from A&E Home Video. This four-disc set contains all 26 episodes, each presented with a black-and-white full-frame transfer. Actor Peter Graves provides contemporary color video introductions to each classic half-hour episode. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono in English. There are no special features to speak of, but this is still a historically important series to be ...
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Overview

Originally aired on NBC from 1952-1953, the WWII documentary Victory at Sea comes to DVD in this 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition from A&E Home Video. This four-disc set contains all 26 episodes, each presented with a black-and-white full-frame transfer. Actor Peter Graves provides contemporary color video introductions to each classic half-hour episode. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono in English. There are no special features to speak of, but this is still a historically important series to be preserved on disc.
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Special Features

Episode introductions with Peter Graves; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Victory at Sea began life as a 26-episode television documentary, originally presented on NBC in 1952-1953 as part of their Project 20 series. The program used rare film clips -- including captured German and Japanese combat and newsreel footage -- to chart the history of WWII, from the outbreak of hostilities in 1939 to VJ (Victory in Japan) Day in 1945. Richard Rodgers composed a special score for the series, which quickly matriculated into a hit LP; one of Rodgers' leitmotifs was later adapted into "No Other Love" in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musical Me and Juliet. Victory at Sea won several awards and ran forever in rerun syndication -- and, in 1954, was spun off into a theatrical feature. It was up to editor Isaac Kleinerman to distill the 13 hours of the orginal series (culled from 60 million feet of film!) into 97 minutes. The feature version of Victory at Sea was narrated by Alexander Scourby, replacing the TV version's Leonard Graves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 733961709674
  • Rating:

  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 11:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 72,148

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonard Graves Narrator
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Volume 1
1. Introduction [2:45]
2. War Plan [5:12]
3. Dodging the Enemy [6:09]
4. War in the Sky [7:40]
5. U-Boats on the Attack [6:26]
1. Introduction [6:26]
2. Sights on Pearl Harbor [3:47]
3. The Assault Begins [11:02]
4. The Aftermath [3:33]
5. Salvaging the Remains [2:21]
1. Introduction [6:10]
2. In Search of the Enemy [3:45]
3. The Supply Line [9:36]
4. The Hunt Is On [5:57]
5. End of the Road [1:59]
1. Introduction [5:18]
2. The East Falls [5:41]
3. The Build-Up Begins [:36]
4. America Fights Back [5:53]
5. A Fierce Defense [5:29]
1. Introduction [5:26]
2. The Rock of Gibraltar [5:08]
3. Everyday Life [5:38]
4. Unbreakable Defiance [8:44]
5. Lifes Goes On [2:08]
1. Introduction [5:36]
2. Lifeline to the Pacific [4:01]
3. The Taking of Guadalcanal [4:01]
4. The Japanese Retaliate [6:31]
5. America Rallies [7:10]
1. Introduction [6:12]
2. The Harbor of Rabaul [2:47]
3. Munda [4:38]
4. Foot Soliders [6:04]
5. The Ring Is Closing [7:13]
Side #2 -- Volume 2
1. Introduction [4:43]
2. England Defends Greece [3:47]
3. The Axis Expands [5:13]
4. The Italian Navy Attacks [9:20]
5. The Allies Answer [4:17]
1. Introduction [5:46]
2. East Across the Atlantic [4:23]
3. Fighting the French [6:15]
4. Oran and Algiers [4:34]
5. Drive to Rommel [6:09]
1. Introduction [6:23]
2. Bullies of the Atlantic [4:23]
3. Fascism in the South [5:18]
4. Policing the Waters [4:18]
5. Allies in the South [7:06]
1. Introduction [4:39]
2. Target [6:38]
3. The German Ambush [3:19]
4. The Frigid Waters [8:56]
5. The Frozen Battlefield [3:30]
1. Introduction [6:11]
2. The Pacific Fleet [4:42]
3. The Battle Is On [6:17]
4. Attack From the Sky [5:06]
5. Island Hopping [4:54]
1. Introduction [6:56]
2. A New Threat [3:54]
3. An Amphibious War [4:41]
4. The Japanese Resist [4:56]
5. Securing New Guinea [6:48]
Side #3 -- Volume 3
1. Introduction [5:32]
2. Sicily Falls [4:47]
3. The Italian Mainland [5:49]
4. First Napoli, Then Anzio [6:18]
5. The March to Rome [4:34]
1. Introduction [6:16]
2. Southward to Destiny [3:47]
3. The Invasion Force [4:52]
4. The Troops Land Ashore [6:41]
5. The Invasion Begins [5:42]
1. Introduction [8:11]
2. The Black Pit [2:55]
3. The Navy Gears Up [4:55]
4. The Ships Disembark [9:00]
5. Taken Alive [2:24]
1. Introduction [4:46]
2. Attack on Guam [5:15]
3. Target: The Marianas [3:34]
4. American Liberation [1:20]
5. U.S. Bases in the Marianas [8:47]
1. Introduction [6:49]
2. The Battle Rages On [4:55]
3. Island Hopping [7:05]
4. The Sick and Wounded [4:20]
5. Mopping Up [4:12]
1. Introduction [6:19]
2. Search and Strike [3:42]
3. The Trap Is Set [5:49]
4. The Battle off Samar [4:08]
5. Last-Ditch Effort [7:02]
1. Introduction [4:30]
2. Retaking the Philippines [5:02]
3. Allied Air Strikes [5:57]
4. The Allies Land Ashore [7:30]
5. Manila Is Liberated [4:08]
Side #4 -- Volume 4
1. Introduction [8:13]
2. The Submariners [2:47]
3. Arrival at Pearl Harbor [5:34]
4. Japan's Merchant Ships [4:14]
5. When Subs Attack [6:08]
1. Introduction [5:28]
2. Retreat From Russia [3:24]
3. France Is Liberated [5:57]
4. Invasion of Germany [9:30]
5. The End of the Third Reich [2:57]
1. Introduction [5:04]
2. Behind the Front Line [6:03]
3. Rough Seas [5:34]
4. En Route to Battle [5:47]
5. The Landing [4:44]
1. Introduction [5:38]
2. The Road South [5:17]
3. Scorched Earth [5:40]
4. The Ledo Road [5:00]
5. The Burma Road [5:47]
1. Introduction [6:13]
2. Okinawa [4:09]
3. Kamikaze [5:15]
4. Heavy Casualties [5:41]
5. The Aftermath [6:11]
1. Introduction [4:12]
2. Japan Surrenders [5:38]
3. Occupation [8:32]
4. Welcome Home [4:07]
5. Hugs, Kisses, and Parades [5:22]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Volume 1
   Design for War
      Play Program
   The Pacific Boils Over
      Play Program
   Sealing the Breach
      Play Program
   Midway Is East
      Play Program
   Mediterranean Mosaic
      Play Program
   Guadalcanal
      Play Program
   Rings Around Rabaul
      Play Program
Side #2 -- Volume 2
   Mare Nostrum
      Play Program
   Sea and Sand
      Play Program
   Beneath the Southern Cross
      Play Program
   Magnetic North
      Play Program
   The Conquest of Micronesia
      Play Program
   Melanesian Nightmare
      Play Program
Side #3 -- Volume 3
   Roman Renaissance
      Play Program
   D-Day
      Play Program
   Killers and the Killed
      Play Program
   The Turkey Shoot
      Play Program
   Two if By Sea
      Play Program
   Battle for Leyte Gulf
      Play Program
   Return of the Allies
      Play Program
Side #4 -- Volume 4
   Full Fathom Five
      Play Program
   The Fate of Europe
      Play Program
   Target Suribachi
      Play Program
   The Road to Mandalay
      Play Program
   Suicide for Glory
      Play Program
   Design for Peace
      Play Program
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    abominable audio

    Footage is the same as the VHS series available a few years ago. Audio on the VHS series is great. Can't think what the producers of this DVD set were thinking of. Returned for refund, kept the VHS version.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Early TV Documentary, Abominable Audio

    I saw the original in TV in 1953, and this series is exactly as good as it was then with one horrible exception. I agree with the Jan 21 Reviewer that the audio is terrible. It is poor on the first DVD, and gets progressively worse as one proceeds through the set. It's obvious the low volume narration was intentional because when the narration ends and the score resumes, the narration that overlaps the score increases in volume with the music. I can't imagine why the producers did this, but it is very aggravating.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very bad audio

    The sound is terrible. It is not possible to hear the narration when the level is set for the music score. With the level set for the narration, the music track is too loud for the music-only passages. The narration is thin and reedy, as if was fed through a telephone line. I have this series on laser disc. The audio on them is fine. I am returning the DVD for a refund.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dissappointing documentary

    a potpouri of unrelated photographic scenes to fill the long titled items.A very poor documentary compared to the TV History Channel presentations.Several years ago we saw Victory At Sea on tv which was of high quality and the musical rendition was the beautifull melody 'No Other Love' as the background musical theme.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Understand the Struggle and Victory of WWII

    Having seen the original series on TV in the 50's this DVD set is wonderful. You are there through every phase and step. All the strength and tenacity of the USA and its alies are depicted. A must have and must see for anyone who wants to learn about WWII

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PERHAPS THE BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON WW2 EVER PRODUCED

    PRODUCED IN THE EARLY 50;S, VICTORY AT SEA HAS AGED LIKE GOOD WINE OVER THE YEARS. METICULOUSLY MARRIED TO RICHARD RODGERS MUSICAL SCORE, THE SERIES PLAYS OUT BEFORE OLDER EYES BETTER THAN WHEN IT AIRED SO LONG AGO. SHOULD BE REQUIRED VIEWING FOR THAT GENERATION WHO BELIEVES LIFE IN AMERICA IS FREE AND A BIRTHRIGHT COSTING NOTHING.

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