Germany At War 1918-1941

Germany At War 1918-1941

DVD (B&W)

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Overview

This is the first volume of a series of documentaries devoted to World War II and telling the story from the point-of-view of newsreel and government-shot footage that would have been seen by the German people. The DVD is well-produced within the limits of the available materials -- there isn't a lot that can be done about the inherent tinniness of the music accompaniment to the scenes of German military rearmament, or the lack of visual material depicting the occupation of the Sudetenland and other events of the period. Additionally, there doesn't seem to be much that can be done about the graininess of much of the footage and the other flaws. These problems are forgivable in the broader context of the release; a lot of the specific footage isn't nearly as familiar as the material routinely used in documentaries on the subject, and the DVD is a handy repository for them. The running time is short enough so that it's easy to spot what one wishes, even though the chapter encoding is limited to a mere six. The disc opens to a simple three-selection menu, the only bonus feature consisting of brief excerpts from the wide selection of more subject-specific World War II documentaries in the series, most of it broken down on military lines (aerial bombing as it was carried out at different phases of the war, the U-boat campaign, etc.). Those are pretty eerie, as some of their content is from official government newsreels, complete with musical accompaniment (Franz Liszt's "Les Prelude," a favorite tune of German officialdom, which was primarily associated in American popular culture with the Lone Ranger radio show and the last Flash Gordon serial, turns up on the soundtrack).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0881482303793
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Arts Magic
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:50:00
Sales rank: 66,486

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Germany At War 1918-1941
1. Opening [7:08]
2. The War Machine [8:43]
3. The Western Campaign [9:37]
4. Dunkirk [8:27]
5. Operation Sealion [8:04]
6. Germany Unleashed [8:21]

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