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Ken Burns' THE WAR

on 12/26/2007

The series is riveting. Lots of original WWII footage interspersed with current commentary from some of the men highlighted in the film. Highly recommended~ And the price was much better than in any store around...

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The War will be a seven - episode series, produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, that will examine the myriad ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America. By telling the stories of ordinary people in four quintessentially American towns - Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota - the series will portray this enormous worldwide catastrophe on an intimate, human scale. The War will intertwine vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines with reminiscences of Americans who never left their home towns, and who tried their best to carry on with the business of daily life while their fathers and brothers and sons were overseas. The film will honor and celebrate the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice, of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.


Studio PBS
SKU 204822422
UPC 841887052122
UPC 14 00841887052122
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2009
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Burns,Ken
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Buddy Squires - Cinematographer
Eli Wallach - Featuring
Geoffrey C. Ward - Writer
Keith David - Narrated By
Ken Burns - Director
Ken Burns, et. al. - Producer
Lynn Novick - Director
Paul Barnes - Editor
Samuel L. Jackson - Featuring
Tom Hanks - Featuring
Wynton Marsalis - Original Music By
ReviewSource Variety
Review Ken Burns continues his long march through key passages in U.S. history with "The War," a characteristically serious, patriotic yet flawed account of Americans and their memories of World War II. Utterly of a piece with the work of PBS' favorite documaker, this 14-hour epic contains a fresh wrinkle only in that there's no parade of history experts to offer a distanced perspective. Rather, Burns has made a deliberately populist American version of the so-called "good war," with all the assets and deficits that entails...In the wake of Clint Eastwood's two-part Iwo Jima epic, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," which distinguished itself by dramatizing American and Japanese perspectives, Burns' approach looks exceedingly parochial. It also opens up speculation that a war account portraying four towns in four different countries would have captured more of the conflict's global reality, while retaining the intended populist view.
Reviewer Robert Koehler
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Burns,Ken
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle ...a brilliant piece of work from Burns...The War should be a hit.
TV Guide A new unforgettable experience and could well rival Burns's breakthrough landmark The Civil War...

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