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R. Little Says, in 1-13-2010 at 01:40:38 from     

This is the best documentary of WWII ever made and I have seen them all. This is in an entire league of it’s own. Every High School should make viewing this documentary mandatory. It is THAT important.
Rating: 5 / 5

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David Vega Says, in 1-13-2010 at 03:57:38 from     

This is the greatest documentary about the greatest story ever told. We think we are scared of terrorists….give me a break….terrorists are pimples on our posteriors compared to the fear the Nazis and Japs put the world through. Not only is this documentary visually breathtaking, but the meticulous research of each of the stories, the strategies of the war, and the perspective it gives the viewer is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It truly proves that they were the greatest generation, the generation we should all strive to be. This documentary should be in every school…let the teacher close the book and pop this in as a history lesson because it can not be told better than this. I can’t say enough about it. Jack Yusen was the best! “He went to go see his muddah on the back porch!”
Rating: 5 / 5

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M. Anderson Says, in 1-13-2010 at 06:49:05 from     

WWII in HD does a good job of using personal stories to tell a larger tale. Gary Sinise is a great narrator. The real-life soldiers/sailors/marines are terrific and their story is worthy of being told.

The production suffers from two main problems, that pull it down from being the best of class in the area of color WWII documentaries.

1) There is heavy use of colorized film. For example, you can now watch General MacArthur wade ashore in a film you’ve seen before, but now it’s in color. I found that to be too distracting to abide. There are many, many other cases of film colorization, this is just the most shocking.

2) There is a lot of unnecessary back and forth… from Leyte to Europe, then back to Leyte, then back to Europe, then back to Leyte, then to somewhere else in Europe, then back to Leyte… At each transition, there is a high-tech, google-earth-like movement across the globe that I found out of place and amateurish given the seriousness of the subject.

I found “World War II – The Lost Color Archives”, sold right here at Amazon.com (World War II – The Lost Color Archives), to be a much more satisfying experience. That documentary does a better job of using its 100% authentic color film to tell the story of WWII.

While “WWII in HD” is not the best documentary, either about WWII, or in the sub-genre of color presentation of the war, it should be considered a quality addition to the canon. In other words, if you own several other documentaries, you should consider getting this one too, for what it adds. However, if you are looking for one or two, definitive, documentaries to watch, then I’d suggest going elsewhere.
Rating: 3 / 5

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Joseph Owens Says, in 1-13-2010 at 08:23:37 from     

This came in a very close second in my favorite mini-series ever. Right behind Band of Brothers. Even though this series was different from B.o.B (being that the whole series was actual footage from WWII and not acting), it was still an amazing show to watch. Real footage from the war and interviews from actual soldiers that were in the war was perfect. Some of the video was graphic, but that made it real and worth watching. I rarely get teary eyed, but some of those interviews and some of the concentration camp footage, got to me. After seeing the first part, it makes you want to see more. And the other 9 parts of the series certainly delivered. I would highly recommend this to any World War buffs or to anyone who wants to see how much our veterans went through.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Keeva Cox Says, in 1-13-2010 at 10:15:13 from     

This entire series is masterfully done! Instead of a bunch of facts and figures delivered by the usual talking heads often seen in documentaries, this series focuses on 12 individuals that were on the front lines during the war. The battles of WWII are told in their own words, through their letters, reports, and interviews, making the entire documentary intensely personal. The narration provided by Gary Sinise seamlessly intertwines the personal accounts with the facts of the battles and strategies used, giving the viewer all of the background information they need to understand what’s going on without being the least bit intrusive. The added backdrop of the never-before-seen color WWII footage of the events really makes it seem as if the viewer is right in the middle of the action; watching and experiencing everything for themselves. History teachers and textbook authors take note: this is how history should be taught!
Rating: 5 / 5

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