Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Original Complete Version is Best
Classic Movie Buff | Rhode Island | 09/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have the original Cromwell version that was reissued in the US in 2007. This is a fantastic program and is the same one that was broadcst on the Discovery Channel. Much of this footage is from Russian archives and has not been seen before. The earlier edition put out by Eagle is incomplete as noted in the other review. You want to own the Cromwell edition of this program. This is the original, full length version not the other truncated versions. Ironically, the complete version is actually cheaper that the abridged version. Go figure."
Battlefield Series 6: Battle of the Crimea
Keith Snyder | 09/12/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd opens with the title "Battle of the Crimea Part One". One big problem there is no Part Two!!! So the video ends with the build up to Manstein's attack on Sevastapol. The back cover clearly lists that the dvd includes all the events from October 1941 to the final German surrender in May 1944 - but not on my video !!!"
Battle for the Crimea...a mixed bag
Richard E. Klug | 07/24/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This review concerns the full length (150 minutes)Cromwell version of this program. The production is really a mixed bag. The best parts are the narration and maps, which provide the viewer with a very detailed explanation of the 1941-1945 campaigns in which the Axis conquered, then lost, the Crimean peninsula. The strategic considerations and operational obstacles faced by both sides are well covered. The video portion of the program is less satisfactory, particularly the lack of synchronization between the narrative and the onscreen images. Too often, the speaker describes an attack occurring in December while the screen shows German tanks raising clouds of dust on parched summer steppes, or one hears of the efforts made by Soviet troops to frantically fortify defensive positions while images play of German engineers at work. The films' repetitive use of the same video sequences (t-34s moving forward, tired troops trudging uphill, a single truck driving through a ruined landscape) to depict different actions occurring months apart is also quite frustrating. By far, the biggest disappointment for this viewer was being teased by a detailed description of the mammoth "Karl" and "Dora" siege guns firing against Sevastopol without being shown a single picture of them (the onscreen images are of lesser caliber K5 "Anzio Annie" type railroad guns on other fronts!). One is left with the cummulative impression that the film was made in two separate parts, which were hurriedly combined to produce a disjointed whole. It therefore pales in comparison to earlier films in the Battlefield series."