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Pirschjaeger
11-13-2005, 07:22 AM
I just bought the 19.dvd set "BBC History of World War II" and was wondering if anyone has seen it.

The thing is, I buy dvd's faster than I can possibly watch them and I do watch at least one ever evening. I'm up over 500 now with well over 100 being war related. So, unless someone here can inspire me, it will have to wait in line.

Fritz

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-13-2005, 07:46 AM
What's the date on it? Is it a recent release or a re-issue of something the Beeb did a long time ago? Making allowances for the passage of time, ITV's 'The World At War'(mid 1970's, I think) was a great series. It's interesting that this series has in itself become something of a historical document - what with the techniques used, the eyewitness interviews, the music and Olivier's narration. You'll never get that many eyewitnesses again, for sure.

Pirschjaeger
11-13-2005, 07:51 AM
First aired in 2001. So, it's not too old.

Is "The World at War" something like "Band of Brothers"?

Fritz

jds1978
11-13-2005, 07:52 AM
if it's the 1970's documentary, drop what you're doing and start watching...it's really good!

neural_dream
11-13-2005, 07:54 AM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
Is "The World at War" something like "Band of Brothers"?

lol, no. It's the definitive documentary series on the Second World War. I'm surprised you didn't pick it over the one you bought.

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-13-2005, 07:59 AM
Some info on the series here here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/B0...ing=UTF8&n=130&s=dvd (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/B00005NOOH/ref=dp_nav_0/102-8591516-3656118?%5Fencoding=UTF8&n=130&s=dvd)

Pirschjaeger
11-13-2005, 08:03 AM
Aha, I'll keep an eye out for it. I just checked and don't have that one yet. Right now, as far as unwatched war dvds go, I have about 20.

I saw this 50 dvd National Geographic set. I'd buy it but I already have about half of those.

Fritz

Pirschjaeger
11-13-2005, 08:07 AM
Low Flyer, I just looked at that sight. It says from $60.00 up, new and used available. Pretty pricy isn't it? I don't know what the regular prices are in the west.

Fritz

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-13-2005, 08:14 AM
Wouldn't know about the price - it was the first site I found with a description of the series. Please don't think I'm on commission from Amazon http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Pirschjaeger
11-13-2005, 08:17 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
Wouldn't know about the price - it was the first site I found with a description of the series. Please don't think I'm on commission from Amazon http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I was suspicious. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Fritz

fordfan25
11-13-2005, 11:48 AM
spitfire won the war http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-13-2005, 12:21 PM
Well, since you brought it up. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/spitfire_at_war_200.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/Spitfire_The_History.jpg

Available in all good bookshops now. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

bazzaah2
11-13-2005, 12:59 PM
'the world at war' is a superb account of the war. I watched first time round as a child and in a funny way it's kind of why I'm here now. Interviews with Adolf Galland, Albert Speer etc. Really great. And narrated by one of the greatest actors of the 20th centuty. Can't be bad.

Eldon45
11-13-2005, 02:01 PM
Has anyone seen the (PBS?) series, "BATTLEFIELD"? There were about 9-12 two-hour episodes, each covering major battles of WW2 from a purely strategic/tactical/weaponry standpoint with incredible thoroughness. They also use superb war footage. The episodes I remember most:
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of the Atlantic
Stalingrad
Berlin
Midway
German invasion of Russia, 1941
I've had a heck of a time finding it anywhere on the net, even though it was playing in the late 90's pretty regularly on PBS.

There was a spin-off from it called "BATTLEFIELD, VIETNAM" which was done in the same style, which was also extremely good. That one is easier to find.

I highly recommend them!

I've always loved "THE WORLD AT WAR," and will definitely have to look for this recent BBC production you are talking about. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Luftwaffe_109
11-13-2005, 03:10 PM
You must get World at War, some of the interviews are absolutely fantastic. Actual leaders of the time like Admiral Doenitz, Nazi Armaments and Production Minister Speer, Arthur Harris, Galand, it really is quite excellent.

WOLFMondo
11-13-2005, 03:21 PM
World at war is probably the best documentry covering the entire period mainly because it does have really good interviews.

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-13-2005, 04:00 PM
Why don't we all describe our favourite bits and save Fritz 60 Bucks? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'll start - I liked the bit with a group of Londoners in an East-End pub talking about the Blitz - " It's true innit gals? You nevva 'eard the one wot 'it yer..." Or the opening scene of the episode dealing with the fall of France. 1970's footage of rusting turrets on the Maginot line fading into the title sequence...
The quietly-spoken provincial Englishman describing how his unit ambushed the Italians at mass in the desert - "I've heard some people say it was a gentleman's war..."

Pirschjaeger
11-13-2005, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by Eldon45:
Has anyone seen the (PBS?) series, "BATTLEFIELD"?

I have it, still in the celophane. I also have ;

Battle of Britain
D-Day to Berlin
Dunkirk
The Road to War
D-Day
War of the Century

And a few more but I really can't catch up with the dvd's store selection.

Fritz

neural_dream
11-13-2005, 08:35 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
Why don't we all describe our favourite bits and save Fritz 60 Bucks? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'll start - I liked the bit with a group of Londoners in an East-End pub talking about the Blitz - " It's true innit gals? You nevva 'eard the one wot 'it yer..."
lol. I couldn't understand a word, and i really tried http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif. Also, the whole series only 60 bucks? cool. Btw, it's on UK history these days.

marc_hawkins
11-13-2005, 09:25 PM
lol. I couldn't understand a word, and i really tried

he he... i'm from somerset originally, though over time I lost most of the accent through university. Care to reproduce a sample of westcountry to really confuse people Low_Flyer?
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-14-2005, 05:07 AM
Originally posted by marc_hawkins:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">lol. I couldn't understand a word, and i really tried

he he... i'm from somerset originally, though over time I lost most of the accent through university. Care to reproduce a sample of westcountry to really confuse people Low_Flyer?
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Darzet Callin'.

B'aint no use us squawkin' local 'less um cood unerstan' us be there? Shood um anker to learn more um cood do one o' they there Google zearches vor William Barnes 'ee bein' a famous poet o' ours. 'Course we sqauwk like this 'coz our anzesters saw off them there Vikin's - not like them there northern volks 'oo zurrennered to um an' tooked up thier ways. There are them as reckon that our dialect is the clozest ee'l get tur th'original Saxon talk that us 'ad till them Normans *** over. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

tomtheyak
11-14-2005, 05:39 AM
The World at War...

I've been watching this recently on the satellite/cable channel UKTV History. It is a moving, informative and amazingly objective piece of documentarism. It presents the activities of all sides in a bare cold light - from the horrors of the eastern front, or the slogging battles in the far east to the difficult ethical aspects of the night bomber campaign, all are handled with an even handedness that could be far more practised with some of todays documentaries.

The war is not glamourised in any aspect - in fact every episode you come away feeling sombre and realising what a tragic waste it all was.

Its not easy viewing but you'll come away knowing far more than you did before.

panther3485
11-14-2005, 06:49 AM
Hi, Pirschjaeger

quote:
Originally posted by Eldon45:
Has anyone seen the (PBS?) series, "BATTLEFIELD"?

I have it, still in the celophane.


I've got four of them on VHS, recorded from TV about 6 years ago. I'd do 'orrible bloody murder to get the whole set on DVD but so far my search in stores etc has been unsuccessful. If anyone's got a link or suggestions on where I might find them anywhere in Australia, I'd be very thankful.

While 'The World at War' would have to be one of the best general WW2 docos around, 'Battlefield', IMHO, is the greatest ever made on specific battles/campaigns, for depth, detail and balance. Not only that, the footage used is a higher percentage correct than any other comparable docos I've ever seen.

Gotta get that whole series on DVD!!!!!


Best regards to all,
panther3485

Pirschjaeger
11-14-2005, 06:52 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by marc_hawkins:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">lol. I couldn't understand a word, and i really tried

he he... i'm from somerset originally, though over time I lost most of the accent through university. Care to reproduce a sample of westcountry to really confuse people Low_Flyer?
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Darzet Callin'.

B'aint no use us squawkin' local 'less um cood unerstan' us be there? Shood um anker to learn more um cood do one o' they there Google zearches vor William Barnes 'ee bein' a famous poet o' ours. 'Course we sqauwk like this 'coz our anzesters saw off them there Vikin's - not like them there northern volks 'oo zurrennered to um an' tooked up thier ways. There are them as reckon that our dialect is the clozest ee'l get tur th'original Saxon talk that us 'ad till them Normans *** over. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

This is true and quite an interesting point regarding the development to today's modern British English dialects.

I've always wanted to spend some time in England and listen to the different tongues.

Fritz

Pirschjaeger
11-14-2005, 07:15 AM
Aye, LowFlyer, whadya maik ov'is? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

baker's fog: Disparaging term for commercially produced bread.
bald coot: Sea Duck, surf scooter.
barbarous: Bad or atrocious in quality or condition.
bare-legged: Black tea offered without food.
bark(ed) sail loaf: Brown bread.
bat: To kill or stun a seal with a club.
beetle: A flat board used for beating clothes.
blind mush: A soup if cabbage and other vegetables, but lacking the customary salt beef.
bogie: A cooking galley on a fishing boat.
breakfast fish: Caplin for household consumption.
broken fish: Dried and salted cod-fish with an irregular surface or face; a defectively cured cod.
burgoo: Leftover vegetables prepared in a hash; thick liquid preparation.
butter *****: Man in charge of ship's stores.

Erd'ov'm b'foe, mait? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Fritz

marc_hawkins
11-14-2005, 10:15 AM
Darzet Callin'.

B'aint no use us squawkin' local 'less um cood unerstan' us be there? Shood um anker to learn more um cood do one o' they there Google zearches vor William Barnes 'ee bein' a famous poet o' ours. 'Course we sqauwk like this 'coz our anzesters saw off them there Vikin's - not like them there northern volks 'oo zurrennered to um an' tooked up thier ways. There are them as reckon that our dialect is the clozest ee'l get tur th'original Saxon talk that us 'ad till them Normans *** over

Sniff... makes me homesick. Roll on xmas and home! 'Awrigh favver dimsey innit?' 'aah.'

Eldon45
12-02-2005, 04:30 PM
Panther3485: The only place I've ever found the Battlefield series is at Amazon.com/uk

It comes in two packages (series one and series two) which include all the world war two segments.

I just ordered it for myself for Christmas (from my wife). It's about 125 U.S. dollars (!).

Hope you can find it in Australia--sounds like it might be difficult.

Pirschjaeger
12-02-2005, 06:59 PM
Hi Eldon,

I finally watched "Battlefield". My favorite was Monte Cassino. I had never read the details about it and found it was really quite interesting. It seems that Mark Clark was somewhat like Goering, very much a selfish twit.

The more of these documentaries I watch and the books that I read, I'm starting to realize that it wasn't the P-51, the tanks, or even the bullets that won the war. It was the mistakes.

Fritz

marc_hawkins
12-02-2005, 10:22 PM
I'm starting to realize that it wasn't the P-51, the tanks, or even the bullets that won the war. It was the mistakes.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Eldon45
12-02-2005, 10:24 PM
The battle for Italy is one of the episodes I have NOT seen. I'm looking forward to it.

Yeah--General Clark has gotten a lot of criticism. He had Patton's ego without any of the creativity, from what I've read. At least he was photogenic.http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Xiolablu3
12-02-2005, 10:51 PM
Originally posted by Eldon45:
Has anyone seen the (PBS?) series, "BATTLEFIELD"? There were about 9-12 two-hour episodes, each covering major battles of WW2 from a purely strategic/tactical/weaponry standpoint with incredible thoroughness. They also use superb war footage. The episodes I remember most:
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of the Atlantic
Stalingrad
Berlin
Midway
German invasion of Russia, 1941
I've had a heck of a time finding it anywhere on the net, even though it was playing in the late 90's pretty regularly on PBS.

There was a spin-off from it called "BATTLEFIELD, VIETNAM" which was done in the same style, which was also extremely good. That one is easier to find.

I highly recommend them!

I've always loved "THE WORLD AT WAR," and will definitely have to look for this recent BBC production you are talking about. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.


Yes Battlefield is **** good, I have seen them all now I think, they repeat them everyday on Discovery Civilisation. (In fact its beenon for the last year I think! ) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif