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.