Victory at Sea, a 26-episode series on World War II, represented one of the most ambitious documentary undertakings of early network television. The series premiered on the last Sunday of October 1952, and subsequent epis... more »odes played each Sunday afternoon through May 1953. Each half-hour installment dealt with some aspect of World War II naval warfare and highlighted each of the sea war's major campaigns. That drama was enhanced by the program's sententious voice-over narration and by Richard Rogers's stirring musical score. Features: Design for War The Pacific Boils Over Sealing the Breach Midway is East Mediterranean Mosaic Guadalcanal Rings Around Rabaul Marenstrum Sea and Sand Beneath the Southern Cross The Magnetic North Conquest of Micronesia Melanesian Nightmare Roman Renaissance D-Day Killers and the Kill The Turkey Shoot Two if by Sea The Battle for Leyte Gulf Return of the Allies Full Fathom Five The Fate of Europe Target Suribachi The Road to Mandalay Suicide for Glory Design for Peace« less
John L. (layne1138) from LANCASTER, OH Reviewed on 9/13/2011...
Interesting DVD set for any history buff. Quality is not the greatest, not due to this specific DVD, but just the production/manufacturing quality. However, it is well worth the time if you enjoy history and war documentaries.
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This Version Is Abridged - Not The Complete Version
Foxbat | Richland WA | 08/13/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The version for around $14 that Amazon is selling is not the full version - it has been abridged and this has not been made clear in the description of the item. I would rate it ZERO stars if I could.
I own the full set of this series on LD but wanted a set which could be taken on travel.
If you are on a budget then this version is OK, but for those of us who have watched it for years it is unsatisfactory UNLESS Amazon lists it as being abridged from the original. CAVAET EMPTOR."
This is the one we have waited for.
Downhome | 08/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been watching Victory at Sea since I was a kid. I seldom missed an episode when it was shown. Over the years I have taped the series two or three times but never got it complete. I have bought crummy VCR tapes. Worst of all I bought the A&E piece of junk. What an expensive rip off that is. Finally we have this one (Studio: Digital 1 Stop DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005 Run Time: 780 ASIN: B000A2XC7Q) BUY IT if you like Victory at Sea. The picture is very good and the music and narration are like you remember it. I don't think it has been remastered but that is a plus after being suckered into buying that A&E piece of crap. As far as I can see it is complete and each episode is 26 minutes long. "
A Fine TV Series Now Available on DVD
Jeffrey T. Munson | Dixon, IL | 05/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can remember watching "Victory at Sea" on Sunday afternoons on PBS, and I still enjoy seeing the rolling waves and hearing the distinctive music which made this series so popular. All 26 episodes of the original series are included on 3 DVDs. I don't think that the individual episodes have been re-mastered. Regardless, each episode appears just as it was when it appeared on television. From the U-Boat battles of the North Atlantic to the final capitulation of Japan, the viewer is treated to a very well-done and entertaining look at the naval battles of the second world war.
Although there are other versions of the "Victory at Sea" series available on DVD, I like this one the best because of the very reasonable price. Some of the other versions cost upwards of $50. The only drawback to this set is that the picture quality isn't as good as it possibly could have been. However, this is a minor point. Each episode runs approximately 26 minutes, and each is loaded with actual footage derived from over 13,000 hours of actual film shooting.
I give this fine version my highest recommendation. You'll get to re-live the series just as it was when it was on television. The rolling waves are still there, and the large "V" still appears at the end of each episode. Watch this legendary series and experience how the second world war was fought on the high seas."
Amazon Marketplace purchase
Old Salty | Hampton, VA | 09/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This version of Victory at Sea appears to be a faithful reproduction of the original television program. While I have only viewed a few episodes, they are without distortion and of good visual and audio quality. This version was purchased through DVD Legacy/Lorsay, Inc., an Amazon Marketplace pariticpant. The $9.95 purchase price for all 26 episodes on 3 DVDs is an outstanding bargain."
Don't Be Fooled!
K. Brady | USA | 07/04/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is NOT the same as the more expensive "Victory at Sea." I mistakenly bought this version for my father for father's day at Best Buy, thinking the low price must have been a sale price. Duh... He called a few days later to inform me that, while he didn't want to sound ungrateful, the quality was awful--grainy and blurry. I returned it and will replace it with the better, more expensive version."