World War II: In Colour: Special Collector's Edition (2002)

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Released 26-Jun-2003
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This box set consists of the following DVDs;
Britain at War: In Colour , America's War: World War II in Colour (2002)

Britain At War - In Colour / America's War - WWII In Color (2DVD Box Set)

Britain At War - In Colour

The Second World War has mainly been seen in black and white, but recent research has unearthed an abundance of superb colour film and shows what it really looked like to those who were there.

Britain at War in Colour is a stunning and vivid new account of Britain during World War II and covers the events that happened on the Home Front between the years of 1934 and 1945. It tells the remarkable story of Britain's involvement in the Second World War using much previously unseen colour film footage, letters and diaries of the people who lived through this unforgettable period in British history.

Narrated by John Thaw, Britain at War in Colour portrays the bloody conflict of the most cataclysmic event in recent history. It includes colour film of Winston Churchill before the 1945 election, British prisoners of war at a liberated prison camp in Burma and spectacular footage of the D-Day landings. Brilliant colour footage is also featured of a Royal visit to Warrington, of the Hampshire Regiment at their training camp at Seaford in Sussex in 1934 and of Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts marching along London's Embankment in 1940.

The Memphis Belle (William Wyler, 1943)

Filmed in colour in 1943, The Memphis Belle has long held the reputation as a 'model' wartime documentary, and is directed by Hollywood legend William Wyler, whose other film credits include Ben Hur, Roman Holiday, Wuthering Heights and The Best Years of Our Lives. Wyler flew several combat missions with the mighty Eighth Air Force crew whilst they were based in England, manning the camera himself at considerable risk. The film assembles footage from several allied bombing missions (including the twenty fifth and final mission) into one single representative flight of the famed B-17 Flying Fortress known as The Memphis Belle. The film was originally released in 1944 and shown nationwide.

The Memphis Belle has not flown since July 17th 1946 and is currently on display in Memphis, Tennessee USA.

What follows are the words inscribed in the ceiling of the Chapel in the American Cemetery in Cambridge...

"In proud and grateful memory of those men of the United States Air Force who from these friendly Isles flew their final flight and met their God. They knew not the hour, the day, nor the manner of their passing when far from home they were called to join that heroic band of airmen who had gone before. May they rest in peace."

This DVD combines beautifully edited film with beautifully chosen extracts from the diaries and letters of the period...In sshort Britain At War is just aabout perfect" - Daily Telegraph

This DVD contains the entire TV series plus features exclusive to DVD!!

FEATURES:The three episodes Darkest Hour, The Beginning of the End and Unknown Warriors, Exclusive footage not seen on TV, Five letter and diary pieces with additional footage, A year by year breakdown of historical events, Ten original World War II posters, Key facts about World War II with twenty four Hot Points linking back to relevant footage within the series, The Memphis Belle - the moving wartime documentary directed by Hollywood legend William Wyler.

America's War - WWII In Color

From the makers of the BAFTA award-winning Britain At War In Colour comes this major new series America's Was - World War II In Colour. Combining intimate witness accounts with rare colour film it tells the story of America during The Second World War.

America's War - World War II In Colour is a personal and intimate account of a nation fighting to prevail in the greatest conflict in human history. The involvement of the United States in the conflict escalated the war dramatically to global proportions. The nations of fascist occupied Europe and Asia looked to the United States to help secure their liberty. American resources, manpower and morale did bring victory - but at a terrible price.

The battle of the Atlantic, Pearl Harbour, US bombing raids of Germany, the invasion of North Africa, June 1944 D-Day, the war in the Pacific and Hiroshima are amongst the events explored in this series.

This DVD accompanies the TV series and also contains exclusive features.

The Four Episodes:

  • * Slow To Anger: 1919 - 1942
  • * Battlefronts: 1942 - 1944
  • * Wrath D-Day to VE-Day
  • * Triumph: The Pacific 1943 - 1945

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    Chris Elliott
    Chris Elliot
    Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
    Documentary 2002 343:06 (Case: 439) 576i (PAL) 2 3 4 5 6
    Full Frame
    English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
    Booklet, Main Menu Audio & Animation, Featurette-Extra Footage (5), Featurette-Diaries and Letters (5), Notes-Key Facts, Gallery-Poster, Main Menu Audio & Animation, Featurette-Extra Footage (6), Gallery-Photo, Notes-Key Facts
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