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World War 1 in Color
World War 1 in Color
Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Tsar Nicholas II, Emperor Franz Josef
Director: Jonathan Martin (II)
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2005     6hr 17min

World War 1 in Color is the definitive history of the First World War seen now for the first time ever in color and narrated by the highly acclaimed actor Kenneth Branagh. World War 1 in Color uses rare archive footage fr...  more »


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Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Tsar Nicholas II, Emperor Franz Josef
Director: Jonathan Martin (II)
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, Biography, History, World War I, Military & War
Studio: Capital Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/10/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 6hr 17min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

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Y. Sageev | Western NY | 10/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"WWI in Color is not simply a hodge-podge collection of colorized WWI footage. While the colorization is certainly muted and tasteful, the color is, in fact, the least significant aspect of the series. Had the footage been entirely in black and white, the documentary would still be a superb visual introduction to the conflict.

Clearly, several episodes are not enough to cover every detail of WWI, but major battles, strategies, and technologies are covered nicely. The series devotes separate segments to trench warfare, the air war, the conflict at sea, and the eastern front. A background introduction to the conflict takes up the first episode and the sixth segment presents the conclusion of the war. Two bonus segments round out the series -- a discussion of tactics and strategy and a "making of" piece.

Of course, WWI in Color contains copious footage (for the time) that gives the viewer an invaluable visual sense of the conflict. Many of the film clips are stunning and unforgettable. Yet the series also interviews the few living veterans of the war and asks military historians to expound on various topics. The well-paced narration provides numerous and interesting details.

All in all, a fine and worthy effort that deserves to be viewed."
Excellent and historically accurate history of WW1
B. John | 06/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some of the best historians of the Great War have contributed to this feature, Gary Sheffield and Norman Stone are among the finest in all of military history.
The colorization process is excellent and the historical accuracy is even better.
This is not a day by day running of the war but is rather more of an overview. This is essentially a true account of how the allies came to win the war. It is not however the accepted 'schools' version of events and is in my view all the better for that."
Superb series...wonderfully comprehensive!
Kenneth M. Pizzi | San Mateo, CA United States | 05/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is perhaps one of the most enjoyable documentaries I have seen in recent years. Do not be put off by the colorization process used to tint the existing archival footage; indeed, it actually improves upon the viewing experience and compliments Sir Kenneth Brannah's lucid and absorbing narration. Everything is included here and covered with enough detail to satisfy and entertain either the armchair historian or the seasoned PhD. It is good to see that more high quality documentaries are being made about WWI--in many respects a war that was truly the world's first "modern war" that changed the map of Europe forever."
World War I in Color
RWH | 09/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"World War I in Color is a wonderful documentary. It provides a surprisingly comprehensive look at World War I. The footage is remarkable. I am not a fan of colorizing black and white movies, but in this case it works well. I am a fan of military history and have a blossoming interest of World War I after having toured Verdun, Somme, and Ypres battlefields.

The only fault I have with the DVD is playing chapters and picking scenes. It is awkward. There are four major sections and about five or six chapters in each section. The chapters play smoothly one into the other, but the Sections end and you have to start the next section manually. This is a minor problem in an otherwise wonderful documentary."