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National Geographic's Untold Stories of WWII
National Geographic's Untold Stories of WWII
Actors: Ron David, Jim Delgado, Knut Haugland, Claus Helberg, Dan Lenahan
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2003     1hr 0min

What if Hitler had had the A-bomb? Why did Japan's submarine sneak attack on Pearl Harbor fail? Could the kamikazes have turned the tide of war in the Pacific? Now these and other compelling stories about the secret weapon...  more »

     
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Actors: Ron David, Jim Delgado, Knut Haugland, Claus Helberg, Dan Lenahan
Creators: Michael Dolan, Stephen Burns, Frank Nesbitt, James Barrat
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Television, Educational, World War II, Military & War
Studio: National Geographic Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/20/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Japanese

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Movie Reviews

Simple review
W. Pargen | 04/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD has 3 ideas and the stories behind them. First is about Hitler's plan to build the A-Bomb, but the story is more about what the Allies did to try to stop it. Next up is about the mini-subs that Japanese sent in to Pearl Harbor, but it doesnt really speak of how they failed. It was more concerned with the background stories and the propanda involved. Lastly, about the Kamikazes. First time I had actually send one of the planes. All three stories are interesting, and worth watching. I dont regret buying this DVD."
"What if Hitler had the A-bomb?" Great question, but this pr
tendays komyathy | U.S.A. & elsewhere traveling | 08/24/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a generally decent documentary of sorts, but it is not really what the packaging and description make it out to be. First of all, it is only 54 minutes in lenth (not 116 minutes), and it never even addresses the question "What if Hitler had the A-bomb?" Moreover, the subtitle of this DVD, "Three Secrets that changed the War," is hardly apropo since the DVD doesn't really reveal anything that was particularly not well known except for one issue. But even the less well known issue herein of Hitler's heavy water plant in Norway didn't affect the war by this program's own admission. ("Later the allies would learn that the Nazis were never close to an atomic breakthrough.") So resistance members in Norway who eventually were able to neutralize this supply of Nazi heavy water didn't really engineer something that really changed the war. Of course the story on how this was accomplished (by sinking a passenger ferry boat, after unsuccessful sabotage and bombing raids) is a fascinating one, but it is not really what this disc claims for it. Likewise, the other half of this program concerns the Japanese use of several mini-subs in their attack on Pearl Harbor and the ultimate use of kamikaze planes. The latter is anything but "an untold story of WW2" while the former was so unsuccessful that it didn't change anything regarding the outcome of the Japanese attack on Hawaii. "Hidden secrets revealed." Where? Certainly not on this (otherwise still interesing) program. So, do partake of this selection from the folks at National Geographic if such is your inclination, but don't expect the packaging/description to live up to its advertising. Actually, you be much better off in having a look at the (albeit far more expensive, but very thorough) "World at War" boxed set of over 2 dozen WW2 documentaries. Cheers to learning ever more about the Second World War."