The World at War

The World at War

Director: Michael Darlow, Hugh Raggett Cast: Jeremy Isaacs, Laurence Olivier
4.0 51

DVD

Item is available through our marketplace sellers.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The World at War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
harperbruce More than 1 year ago
Thirty years ago, the many old men who witnessed the events of World War II were many more, more middle-aged men, and their memories were still relatively fresh. Thames Television, one of the old British television networks before some law changes there, put together a multi-part documentary on the years leading up to the second War to End All Wars, as well as the events themselves, and released it to the international market as well. Many American television stations syndicated the documentary and showed it to their viewers.

"The World at War" was narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, perhaps Britain's answer to James Earl Jones as having an almost instantly identifiable voice. His factual, at times ironic delivery captured the dry facts, combined them with the archival footage provided by the Imperial War Museum and other sources, and the personal reminiscences of people from the time, and created a compelling story of the years that helped set the stage for the next 45 years or more of world history.

It has been, as I say, thirty years since this was first broadcast. But "The World at War" still holds its power. Other projects done since have their various excellences, but many of those focus on single events, or take angles that don't entirely work. (Excepted from this is Ken Burns' "The War.") If you want a discussion of some of the most important years of the 20th Century, you can do much worse than come to this collection.

A warning: "The World at War" pulls no punches, especially when you get to the Holocaust. The footage you will see concerning the most monstrous atrocity in known world history _is_ graphic, not sugar-coated; and children should be talked to both before and after seeing this, to help them understand without potential trauma.
empeegee More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very much. So often we tend to forget the war was going on for a few years before we were brought into it; we were the beneficiaries of what the British Commonwealth and European exiles did before us, especially in North Africa. While some may not like the information presented, it is a fact that Montgomery was the man in charge in North Africa for two years and he pushed the Axis troops back to Tunisia when American troops entered. Eisenhower and Montgomery worked in coordination to finally defeat Rommell. And like it or not, Stalin's USSR was part of the Allied forces. This is a British production and the perspective is British. It doesn't ignore the US role in the war, nor is it disparaging of the US role. I would recommend this to any teacher who is teacing a class on World War II for its unique perspective.
kicho More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best historical films about World War II, the amount of data and information are descriptive about that specific point in time. I saw it for first time in 1970's, since then I always like it! I think everybody who likes historical films and documental films should have it in his/her video-library. Excellent Item. Awsome original images and very complete.
Walter_L More than 1 year ago
For anyone interested in the who, what, where, why, and how of WWII, this is the series to watch and learn from. Rare footage from long lost/forgotten military and civilian files add to the telling of this historical spectacle of humanity's inhumanity towards fellow mankind. I have been to some of the areas shown in the series - especially the concentration camps as they are historic landmarks that allows the general public to come and see some of the horrible, inhumane things done against other human beings. As a baby boomer who's parents and grandparents went the the depression era and the war, it is a lesson that unless it has been experienced, one cannot fully understand what went wrong. I say this not pointing fingers at anyone. My mother, just hearing some of the sounds and music from the documentary was transported back in time , as a young child - living and growing up in wartime Germany of the Nazi era. She had a hard time sleeping for a week. She lost people in the camps - both nazi and russian. It is an excellent tool to be utilized in teaching all those not familiar with the war or for those too young to even know that this has happened. The series covers the opinions and experiences of both the Axis countries and the Allies. It puts into perspective how people felt at that time. You witness the bombing run against the enemies of one's country. Its like being in a time machine and traveling back to a time not that long ago - when the entire planet was turned upside down. And unfortunately, the end of the war gave us a number of other problems that we are currently witnessing. But the series made clear how all of us were affected by the war. War is an extension of diplomacy when it fails - you see this in the series. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki days apart from each other. You get to see previously unseen footage of both cities and their victims.
JBGoode More than 1 year ago
I've seen this whole series on TV at least 3 times . Each time I watch it, I feel like I'm revisiting a certain period time that featured a certain mentality and afterward, changed the whole dramatic attitude of the world.
If there's one thing I'm really thrilled about, it's the fact that it's now available in DVD. Also, the adding of color is fantastic.
The DVDs in this box set are very well done. Superb! The digital remastering is fantastic. The fact that it was done in Wide Screen is great.It's probably one of the best things I've purchased this year. The price was extremely good. In my opinion, there is no other WW 2 depiction like it. It's not something that can be only watched once and because it's so well made, I doubt that people will only watch it once. Wanna do yourself a big favor? Buy this classic DVD box set. You'll never be sorry.
Iulievich More than 1 year ago
Made long enough after the war for perspective and information to overcome the pure propaganda, the series was nonetheless soon enough after the war to include the personal recollections of a great many participants -- many highly placed, many ordinary people profoundly affected by the struggle. For this alone, the series is an astoundingly important accomplishment. As the war slips further and further from the consciousness of the average person, it becomes more and more important that something like this be available to help people understand what a different world existed prior to 1939 and how the unutterable devastation of this struggle essentially wrenched the world off its axis, as well as to understand the sense of affirmation that overwhelmed the victors and shaped the world that we have lived in. In addition, the further the war slips into oblivion, the greater the need for this hard-hitting visual recollection to remind us of the vigilance required to preserve those institutions and values whose subversion during the 1920's and 1930's spun the civilized world into the absolute depths of barbarity. Finally, those who triumphed in this maelstrom, those who suffered defeat, and those who simply managed to live through it all deserve to be remembered. In fact, I strongly recommend that the episode titled "Remember" on volume 7 be the first episode watched. There are as many as four DVD's here of material that never aired -- at least as presented here -- on the BBC series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I had not seen some of the footage before which was really good. I enjoyed the series very much and would recommend it to anyone interested in the war.
HistoryFanatic1 More than 1 year ago
This series may be 37 years old but it remains the benchmark for all Documentary series on the Second World War. This is the first to make an effort to cover all aspects and all theaters of the greatest, most horrific conflict Humanity has known. Other documentaries can only build upon what was done here. Among everything else it has interviews with many of the participants before they passed from the scene. While it may have some flaws no Historical Video Library can be said to be complete without it.
lovingreaderKJ More than 1 year ago
Just a fantastic presentation! Somewhat biased toward the English, but, still informative and makes most people want to study other historical presentations. Too bad someone like EinsteinVA doesn't appreciate it. It just so happens that many soldiers came home and had children and grandchildren because of the bombing of the German country; without that sad situation many of us wouldn't be here. War crime? The only crime is the non-appreciation by EinsteinVA for all of the men and women who died in WWII just so someone could complain.
SeaDogJF More than 1 year ago
Complete history. A bit of bias to England and USA. Great work to have in library.
MRL More than 1 year ago
Full of info for those who want an overview of the entire war. Can be graphic and depressing. Interviews with participants and film footage bring realism and first hand viewpoints from those involved. Although difficult to watch in some cases, very good from a historical standpoint. Made shortly after the war, so historical revisionists haven't influenced the film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best documentary series on WWll I've seen yet...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago