Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
They lived "on a steady diet of danger"!
Dave | Tennessee United States | 03/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This review is of the St. Clair Vision 2-disc edition of "D-Day Remembered". I'm very surprised by the low ratings given to this entertaining, bargain-priced 2-disc set. Yes, the picture quality ranges from fair to awful, but at such a cheap price I can't complain much, especially considering the age of these wartime documentaries. The total length of both dvds is over 4 hours, and the bonus features are in my opinion the best part!
Disc 1 contains the academy award-winning "The True Glory", which chronicles the Allied victory in Europe, from D-Day to Berlin. Bonus features for disc 1 include: a short wartime documentary on the August 19, 1942 Allied raid on Dieppe, France, which predictably downplays the fact that it was a disaster for the largely Canadian attacking force of commandos; "Hollywood goes to War", a nice collection of footage showing how Hollywood's actors, actresses, and directors contributed to the war effort, including Humphrey Bogart talking about war bonds, and behind-the-scenes footage of the patriotic musical "This is the Army"; "Strictly G.I." is my personal favorite part of this entire dvd. It has footage of Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, and the beautiful Lana Turner who's shown cooking a steak for the troops! There's even a tantalizing dance by a hot "pin-up" girl! "Summer 1944" is a brief collection of footage from D-Day to the liberation of Paris. There's also footage of troops of the 82nd and 101st Airborne showing them in training and their contribution to the Allied success on D-Day. And, for those who care, there are some patriotic cartoons with Superman and Bugs Bunny!
Disc 2 contains Frank Capra's "Prelude to War", part of his famous "Why We Fight" documentary series; "D-Day: Invasion of Normandy", with the same footage of the D-Day landings that you've probably seen hundreds of times already in other documentaries; "The Battle of France", which focuses mainly on the 82nd and 101st Airborne dropping into the Cotentin Peninsula, as well as the American 1st division at bloody Omaha Beach. Bonus features for disc 2 include: footage of the Andrews Sisters singing one of their biggest hits of the war, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Hollywood Bond Cavalcade", showing more of your favorite stars, including Carole Lombard and Bing Crosby; "Stage Door Canteen", which shows the famous nightclub where famous stars and performers entertained and fed the troops; "German Surrender", a brief collection of footage showing the German occupation force surrendering at Paris; "Winning Your Wings", an incredibly corny documentary hosted by Lt. James Stewart that strongly urges young men to join the Army Air Force; footage of Martha Raye dancing, and more wartime patriotic cartoons.
Obviously you can't believe the ludicrous claim on the dvd cover that these old films are "carefully re-mastered for best possible picture quality", but most of the footage is at least watchable. My favorite parts were the clips of famous Hollywood stars, and overall I'd say this 2-dvd set far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend it to all history buffs, as long as you're not a snob about watching 60-year-old documentaries!"
Fair, but not much color
Dave | 09/30/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this through a catalogue because it advertised that it included color footage shot by George Stevens. It does, but only about 6 minutes worth. If you've seen his "D-Day to Berlin" you've already seen most of it. Some of the color film is shown small under the credits and then not again. I was disappointed."
You Cannot Afford "Not" to Buy This Collection!
Gregory Canellis | Tuckerton, NJ USA | 07/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The features contained within this DVD collection holds an enormous amount of historical value for the World War enthusiast. Containing two DVDs and over four hours of film, one can perceive how the American public, and soldiers in uniform were informed of the events taking place in Europe during the summer of 1944. Full length documentaries such as Frank Capra's "Prelude to War;" "The True Glory;" "D-Day: Invasion of Normandy;" and "The Battle of France," are offset by shorter newsreel films, that include: "August 1942" (The Dieppe Raid); "Summer 1944;" and "German Surrender/Normandy Invasion." An Air Corps recruitment film hosted by Lt. James Stewart, and a 101st Airborne Division training film round out the serious side of the package. Five of the bonus features spanning both DVDs depict the role Hollywood stars and starlets played selling War Bonds and boosting morale.Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny cartoons round out the lighter side of this package.It is important to keep in mind the propaganda element these films contained during this time period. There are no shades of gray among the complex political events depicted in these films. The Allies were the good guys, the Axis the bad guys. Good prevailed over evil, and the phrase "military blunder" had not yet been coined. There are little shades of gray in the transfer to DVD as well. The darks areas are very dark, while the light areas very bright in some, not all of the features. Yet, for the price, this DVD package adds a significant amount of historical World War II footage that will delight and inform. Highly recommended."
Poor quality pictures
N. Stock | Australia | 08/14/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This D-Day 2 disc set is basically some old US Government 1944/45 news and documentary films put together without any cleaning up of the aged and faded film. It has been combined with a narration by the same rather uninteresting voice.
Although the set does give a lot of interesting information on D-Day and it's subsequent battles,many picures are faded with age and other more recent modern day documentaries are much better viewing.
Other documentary films like The World At War or World War Two in color have much better picture quality than this old set and are much better buys."