MacGuffin | New York City | 01/17/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this thinking that I'd be getting an installment from one of my childhood favorites, Hollywood and the Stars.
This ain't it. (Ah, the perils of online purchasing...)
This disk contains three chapters (termed "episodes") consisting of WWII-related newsreel footage, but the similarity to Hollywood and the Stars ends there. Instead of narration by the inimitable Joseph Cotten, we're treated to occasional commentary by Eric Sevareid. Granted, Mr. Sevareid is a legend among journalists but he just doesn't cut it if one is expecting Joseph Cotten (not to mention the late Elmer Bernstein's gorgeous theme music).
If you must purchase this, do so at your own risk and because its non-"Hollywood and the Stars" content is of interest to you, and not at list (I got it fairly cheap from an Amazon third-party seller, but any waste of money is painful for me). For what it's worth, I noticed that it's playable in all regions, but I don't know if it will make the conversion from NTSC to PAL. My advice is to not bother trying to find out."