"World War Two: In Color" documents the horrors of World War II the way the soldier saw it-in color. This three-hour digitally mastered DVD presents a true picture of war that allows viewers to see the brutality GI's expe... more »rienced. Color footage includes Hitler and Eva Braun, D-Day, a B-17 bombing raid over Germany, the Allied advance into France and Italy, the liberation of Dachau, Midway, Saipan, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Hiroshima. Complimenting the extraordinary color images is a 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound audio mix that places you in the middle of the action. Additional bonus features include a timeline with vintage newsreels and photos that give an overview of WWII as well as a global map that separates the war into Pacific and European battles. Another bonus included is "Combat America"-an uncut 60 minute government film narrated by Clark Gable. After watching this DVD you'll never think of WWII the same way again.« less
Awesome ! Live footage in color ! The real thing !
The footage is spectacular, the packaging of it isn't
Taylor Fleet | Alexandria, VA United States | 12/15/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I had expected long, raw, and uncut footage that would speak for itself, but found little of that here; "In Color" is perhaps something more appropriate for a high school history class.First, insightful and fascinating footage is cut so that most segments last no longer than a few seconds. (Was this done to cram as much as possible into two 45-min. tapes?) I would have preferred more depth, less breadth; the edits are distracting.Second, these brief segments are strung together almost willy-nilly to flush out an uninspiring, sometimes patronizing narration (complete with a music score to let us know that what we're seeing is grave and important). The footage is fascinating enough to stand on its own, without sophomoric narration and certainly without background music and retro-fitted sound effects.Third, the film is rather sanitized. We see dead German and Japanese soldiers (burnt, putrescent, etc.) up close, but American ones (intact and with no visible wounds) from a distance. The soldiers shown are either alive or dead; there's almost no footage of anyone dying. I mention this not because I enjoy seeing death, but because I bought "In Color" expecting to see a head-on, unflinching picture of war--the heroic and the brutal, the banal and the terrifying.(Also, having seen ABC TV's recent "Shooting War" documentary, which used some of the same footage, I can see how much potentially "troubling" material has been left out. For example, "Shooting War" showed a Japanese woman, evidently terrified by the approaching American Marines, throw her infant off a cliff and into the surf and rocks below, just before she herself jumps. In this film, the segment involving the infant is cut; we see only the woman jumping.)So should you buy it? Well, yes. If you're looking for a brief chronology of important battles in World War II, a chronology that uses actual footage, you will not be disappointed. And if you're looking for more than that--well, all the above gripes notwithstanding, buy it anyway. Just watch it with the sound off."
Excellent Video Material
NYC Resident | New York, NY USA | 10/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I now have both this DVD, and the "WWII: The Lost Color Archives" (LCA) and they are both superb. This one is a bit cheaper than TLCA but it complements it quite well, as it has far more coverage of the Pacific Theatre as well as European material not seen on TLCA. This is a bit more graphic than TLCA, but it shows some incredible battle scenes in both N.Africa and Europe that are incredible! It makes you wonder how did the cameraman survive being right there in the middle of the battle, with tanks rolling around him (her?) and machine gun fire only a few feet away. The bombing runs of the Memphis Belle, from the perspective of those flying, are also here in spectacular fashion. The scenes of the gunners firing away at incoming fighters are truly exceptional.Though I would rate this a very tiny bit below TLCA, it is definitely worth getting, and is highly recommended. A must buy for the WWII enthusiast and/or historian."
A superb collection of high-quality color footage of WW II
Robert Shapiro | Tucson, Arizona United States | 04/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only other documentary available of WW II utilizing color footage, that I am aware of, is the incredible one by George Stevens Jr, "D-Day to Berlin." It was therefore a revelation to purchase "WW II In Color" (from Amazon, I might add). I was surprised to see footage of both the European and South Pacific theaters (but some of it far too graphic for the eyes of children). If this documentary had the extraordinary script (narration) and musical score that "D-Day to Berlin" has, it would be of equal emotional impact. Regardless, this a most valuable look at WW II as it actually was seen (or much closer, that is). Included is footage taken and/or directed by Hollywood directors, John Ford, William Wyler, and both repeated and new footage from the camera of George Stevens (re: "D-Day to Berlin"). The reproduction of the color is quite excellent and the sound, often a problem with WW II documentaries, is very good here. Highly recommended."
The Color was Great if you're a fan of the Pacific Theater
Kesselring | Utah United States | 05/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It is very different to watch WWII movies in color. Most of us are accustomed to the black and white scenes that are so very familiar.World War II in color is rather chilling. To see the war, its graphicness, its horror, even the mundane in color you get a more realistic view.The Video, which is actually two tapes concentrates mainly on events in the Pacific Theater of Operations. I found this to be disappointing since the European Thearter received such a lack of attention. But the scenes dealing with Europe are good, especially scenes of the V-2 rocket.Should you buy this video? If your main interest in World War II lies in the Pacific then yes. If not then this video is not a "must have"."
Almost like you're there.
Matthew Ausfahl | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a compilation of very high-quality color footage of various World War II battles. Particularly gripping are scenes from the battle of Tarawa and allied bombing raids over Germany. Emphasis tilted to footage of the Pacific theatre versus european. Recommended for WWII buffs."