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The only people to see the war like this were the ones who lived it. Until now…

Seventy years in the making. Three thousand hours of color footage few knew existed. The first documentary to show original color footage of World War II in immersive HD, the world premiere HISTORY™ series WWII in HD uses the journals and accounts of those who served in the war’s biggest battles to create a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines.

Follow 12 unforgettable Americans, and experience the war through their eyes, in their own words, as it really looked and sounded. WWII in HD transforms their stirring journey into a tangible piece of history. Culled from rare color film found in a two-year worldwide search and converted to HD with meticulous technique, WWII in HD provides a picture of World War II as it has never been seen before.

Featuring the voices of:
  • Josh Lucas
  • Amy Smart
  • Rob Lowe
  • Justin Bartha
  • LL Cool J
  • Steve Zahn
  • Jason Ritter
  • Ron Livingston
  • Tim Dekay
  • Mark Hefti
  • James Kyson Lee
  • Rob Corddry

  • The ultimate, accurate view of WWII. For the first time, experience what the battles were really like by seeing them in full HD as if you were in the battle

  • 70 years in the making, culled from thousands of hours of color footage of WWII, some never seen on television before. Broadcast in Dolby Surround Sound 5.1

  • History told through the epic personal accounts of real soldiers. Some survived the war; some made the ultimate sacrifice

  • Major historical figures and battles seen with real life clarity for the first time


Television history will be made with WWII in HD, the first WWII documentary in full, immersive HD color. Viewers will experience the war as if they were actually there, surrounded by the real sights and sounds of the battlefields. Culled from thousands of hours of lost and rare color archival footage gathered from a worldwide search through basements and archives, WWII in HD will change the way the world sees this defining conflict.

You will meet a group of soldiers who represented different branches of the service and fought in each of the major theaters of war. Their wartime diaries and journals show in visceral detail what the war was really like. They lived, triumphed, and sometimes died in a conflict so huge it threatened to dwarf them, but couldn’t. It is history told from a profoundly human point of view.

Through a meticulous process that refines and enhances clarity to the lost color footage, the sights and sounds of war come to life. The series begins in 1940, when the free people of the world find themselves on the verge of defeat, and charts the long, hard road to victory. It includes never-before-seen footage of pivotal battles like Tarawa, Anzio, Attu, New Guinea, Battle of the Bulge, Market Garden, Okinawa, Normandy, naval engagements, and bombing raids. WWII in HD also features rare footage of military and political leaders like Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, and Rommel, seen for the first time with high-definition clarity. The power of the footage and the individual journeys of the soldiers reveal the civilian toll at Nazi Concentration Camps and in cities wrecked by war.

Emmy Award Winner: Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music & Sound

  • Disc 1 - Darkness Falls / Hard Way Back / Bloody Resolve / Battle Stations
  • Disc 2 - Day of Days / The Breaking Point/ Striking Distance
  • Disc 3 - Glory and Guts / Edge of the Abyss / End Game + bonus


  • EPISODE GUIDE:

    • DARKNESS FALLS:
      As Europe falls under Nazi control, America is unprepared for war and the attack on Pearl Harbor. The first bloody battles are fought on Guadalcanal and in North Africa.

    • HARD WAY BACK:
      The Allies take on the daunting forces of the Axis, with victory far from certain. Charles Scheffel battles Rommel’s forces in Tunisia and Jack Werner faces bitter combat in the northern Pacific.

    • BLOODY RESOLVE:
      The Marines assault Tarawa in one of the bloodiest battles yet waged. MacArthur island-hops and Italy’s front lines claim a casualty.

    • BATTLE STATIONS:
      The Allies lay plans for the invasion of France; Bert Stiles and the 8th Air Force attempt to clear the skies over Normandy, while the Pacific remains a quagmire. D-Day arrives.

    • DAY OF DAYS:
      The Allies are bogged down in Normandy’s hedgerows in the aftermath of D-Day, while on Saipan, victory turns to horror.

    • THE BREAKING POINT:
      The Allies race toward Germany as American Marines battle for ground on Peleliu and across the bloody Pacific.

    • STRIKING DISTANCE:
      American forces storm the Philippines while Shelby Westbrook is shot down over Europe. Jack Yusen battles the dangers of the deep when his ship is sunk after a heroic duel.

    • GLORY AND GUTS:
      The Marine assault on Iwo Jima brings horror and glory. Pilot Bert Stiles engages a German fighter with disastrous consequences. Reinforcements arrive in Europe to push the Allies toward victory.

    • EDGE OF THE ABYSS:
      The Battle of the Bulge pushes the Allies to the brink, and Rockie Blunt barely survives the fight. Okinawa erupts as the Japanese make their last stand. Hitler is handed a final ultimatum.

    • END GAME:
      With the end in sight, Okinawa is a bloody obstacle to victory. The Third Reich ends with a single gunshot. America delivers the final blow to Japan and the world celebrates the fall of the Axis.

    BONUS FEATURES: Character Profiles; Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes - Finding the Footage, Preserving the Footage


    Disclaimer - Program shot and mastered in High Definition. Presented on standard definition DVD that will play in any standard definition DVD Player.

    Additional Details
    Production Year
    2009
    Technical Specs
    • Format: DVD
    • Rating: Not Rated
    • Number of Discs: 3
    • Run Time: 455 Minutes
    • Region: Region 1 Region?
    • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
    • Language: English
    • Studio: A&E Home Video
    • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
    • Audio:
      ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
      ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
    • Color: Color
    • Includes:
      Character Profiles
      Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes: Finding The Footage; Preserving The Footage
    Reviews
    104 Reviews
    4.9

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    The History ChannelWWII in HD DVD Set
     
    4.9

    (based on 104 reviews)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Informative (96)
    • Engaging characters (82)
    • Original (77)
    • Great cinematography (76)
    • Entertaining (75)

    Cons

    • Not what I expected (3)

    Best Uses

    • Adult viewers (81)
    • At home (76)
    • Perfect gift (53)
    • Younger viewers (43)
    • Travel (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual viewer (39), Movie buff (29), Avid moviegoer (19)

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best WWII Documentary Ever

    By Alexa0510

    from San Antonio, Texas

    About Me Avid Moviegoer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Production Value
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home

    Comments about this product:

    I never realized or appreciated all they did for us until I saw WWII in HD. This series opened my eyes and I have read book after book since I first watched the series. Well done History Channel!!!

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very well presented.

    By Dave

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

    • Repititious Video At Time

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Travel

    Comments about this product:

    This video should be a part of every high school American History class. Otherwise how are our children supposed to know anything about their heritage.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I loved the footage shown

    By Ray Nowacki

    from Louisville. Ky

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Travel

    Comments about this product:

    I enjoyed the storied and the footage.

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WWII

    By Bob

    from Edison, NJ

    About Me Avid Moviegoer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Done Well
    • Informative

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      Included rare footage

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best documentary on WWII I have seen

      By Katie R.

      from Cincinnati

      About Me Avid Moviegoer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • High Production Value
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about this product:

          This is a must watch for all. It shows you how it was on the front line and how ugly war can be. If I was a high school history teacher, this would be shown in the classroom. Well done...

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent!

          By Capt.

          from Austin, Texas

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Actual Footage
          • Historical Relevance
          • Informative

          Cons

          • Leaves you wanting more

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          Great historical value.

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Humbling

          By none

          from boonville mo

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Informative

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about this product:

            Affords insight into how much we owe the thousands of young men who gave their life before they could even legaly buy a beer and, sadly, just how little idea most have of the sacrifice of others and just how much we take for granted at the expense of those who never got to live to see the enormity of their contribution for generations that are clueless.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By Tammy

            from Springfield, Missouri

            About Me Avid Moviegoer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • High Production Value
            • Informative
            • Original

            Cons

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                Comments about this product:

                really great footage and well put together.

                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                10-10 AMAZING

                By Cameron

                from Pennsylvania

                About Me Avid Moviegoer

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home

                  Comments about this product:

                  This is probably one of the best documentaries of the Second World War II I have ever scene. The footage being authentic and in high definition really makes you look at true horrors of War and makes you also look at World War II from a different perspective as it is told from the memories of Veterans. If you are very interested in the Second World War get this, you won't regret it.

                  (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A War Fought Under Censorship

                  By profaith

                  from Willoughby, Ohio

                  About Me Casual Viewer

                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • High Production Value
                  • Informative
                  • Original

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Younger Viewers

                    Comments about this product:

                    As a viewer who lived through this war I recommend it heartly since it reveals much previously concealed informaion in a war fought under extreme censorship, The enormous casualties of the Pacific war should create understanding of the use of the Atomic bomb to end the conflict. without its use we would still be fighting the Japanese.

                    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Entertaining, but not true HD !

                    By AFZ

                    from Carrollton,TX

                    About Me Movie Buff

                    Pros

                    • Entertaining

                    Cons

                    • Not What I Expected

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Younger Viewers

                    Comments about this product:

                    There IS some new color film in this but there is also a fair amount of colorization presented.

                    (9 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Don't wast your money!

                    By MoreNormandyplease

                    from Georgia

                    Pros

                    • Great Cinematography
                    • Original

                    Cons

                    • Disappointing
                    • Misleading

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers

                    Comments about this product:

                    This documentary is completely misleading. Why, you may ask? Simple, a good example is the Episode featuring Saipan and the "break out" of Normandy. About 45 minutes of this is based on Saipan and showing dead bodies on the island. And a massive 15 minutes at best of the break out of Normandy or the European Theatre. Now this is not something that is unique to this episode either. If you want a Pacific Theatre documentary then sure this is for you. But the neglect on the Eastern and Western fronts is inexcusable and doesn't deserve the name WWII in HD. Maybe Pacific in HD instead? But if you are looking for something focusing on Europe or that actually shows more than 10 minutes of Europe every hour, there are MANY better documentaries out there.

                    (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A new take on mankind's most significant

                    By Sonny

                    from Chico, CA

                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • High Production Value
                    • Informative
                    • Original

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Viewers
                      • At Home
                      • Perfect Gift

                      Comments about this product:

                      This documentary gives WW2 an entirely new perspective. The story just intensifies as it unfolds and tales of the survivors are compelling. You'll walk away understanding the true loss and the raw human emotions that the survivors feel to this day.

                      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      All Americans Should See

                      By Markymarko

                      from San Gabriel Valley, California

                      About Me Casual Viewer

                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Informative
                      • Original
                      • Required Viewing

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Adult Viewers
                        • At Home
                        • High School W History
                        • Perfect Gift
                        • Younger Viewers

                        Comments about this product:

                        Don't Forget The Sacrifices Made Then...For The Freedom We Enjoy Today. For Those Who Complain About Their Lives Today Can Only Blame Themselves. This Will Wake You Up.

                        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing.....

                        By FishStick

                        from DFW, TX

                        About Me Casual Viewer

                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • High Production Value
                        • Informative
                        • Original

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • At Home
                          • Perfect Gift

                          Comments about this product:

                          Simply amazing documentary of WWII. Worth every penny and more. Fantastic job of pulling the videos together!

                          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The best series since "The World At War"

                          By Blue State WWII Buff

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Casual Viewer

                          Pros

                          • Engaging Characters
                          • High Production Value
                          • Voice Casting Perfect

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Adult Viewers
                            • Perfect Gift
                            • Younger Viewers

                            Comments about this product:

                            Liberal or Conservative (and I am the former), this series personalizes in a way few others have, the universal nature of our involvement in WWII. From Jewish immigrant to Tuskegee airman to adventure-seeking girl from the Midwest---this is America. Once upon a time we were together, united in a common goal. Now, specifically about this production: The voice-over casting was downright phenomenal, the music inspiring, and the editing, in particular the voice-overs at the end of segments (preceeding commercial breaks)was flat-out terrific. Documentary series' don't get any better than this one. Bravo!!

                            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            WOW!!!

                            By Centurion

                            from San Jose, Costa Rica

                            About Me Avid Moviegoer

                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining
                            • Great Cinematography
                            • High Production Value
                            • Informative
                            • Original

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Adult Viewers
                              • At Home
                              • Perfect Gift
                              • Younger Viewers

                              Comments about this product:

                              I'm a historian. I've seen several WW II documentaries before. Usually, they're in B/W and they're too repetitive one to each other.
                              WWII in HD has color scenes never before seen in a great definition. You'll learn even if you are an expert in WWII: about the soldiers strive and suffering, battles you never knew. Also, you'll get a glance of ordinary life in USA during the war years, but especially you'll understand why "war is hell", as defined by Civil War General William Sherman.

                              (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Awesome

                              By YoShar706

                              from Nottingham, PA

                              About Me Casual Viewer

                              Pros

                              • Informative
                              • Original

                              Cons

                              • Very Graphic

                              Best Uses

                              • Adult Viewers
                              • At Home
                              • Perfect Gift
                              • Younger Viewers

                              Comments about this product:

                              We watched this series absolutely glued to the television and in total silence with each episode. This was a unique and special generation who fought this war and this series is just indescribable.. you have to "experience" it to appreciate it. It is graphic, but real.

                              (10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              GREAT!

                              By Yeah

                              from Whatever

                              About Me Avid Moviegoer

                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining
                              • Great Cinematography
                              • High Production Value
                              • Informative
                              • Original

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Adult Viewers
                                • At Home
                                • Perfect Gift
                                • Younger Viewers

                                Comments about this product:

                                Kids need to watch this, stuff I didn't learn in school. Thanks goverment run liberal school system.

                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                absolutly amazing

                                By beerat29

                                from hagerstown , md

                                Pros

                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining
                                • Great Cinematography
                                • High Production Value
                                • Informative
                                • Original

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • At Home

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  this war is the sole reason that we as american's are free today. this is the most amazing video i have ever seen about this war. god bless the lost souls who gave all for what we are able to do today. this is a must see for everyone who loves the fact that they are an american. THUMBS UP .

                                  absolutly amazing

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