Victory At Sea (5 DVDs)
An epic account of Allied naval operations during World War Two in every theatre of the war. An award-winning TV series presented here in its entirety, Victory At Sea is packed with combat footage and makes extensive use of captured German and Japanese maritime film. ‘Classic…magnificent…a superb achievement…’ – The New York Times
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One of the most important series in the history of television.
Remastered with the original Richard Rodgers soundtrack never before released on DVD.
Includes a bonus CD with the full soundtrack.
A 26-episode World War II documentary from the American perspective, Victory at Sea is one of the most important series in the history of television. Made in 1952, the show was a huge success, winning many major awards and even spawning albums featuring the orchestral score by Richard Rodgers (South Pacific).
Produced with the full cooperation of the US Navy, each 26- minute programme consists of black and white wartime film edited to a narration by Leonard Graves.
Each episode contains at least one powerful stand-alone sequence in the tradition of Sergei Eisenstein, these action-suspense set-pieces giving the programmes an urgent, surprisingly modern feel. The emphasis throughout is at least as much on entertainment as information, the factual content delivered in poetic narration, the score transforming the war into a more than usually serious Hollywood adventure.
The documentaries are wide-ranging, covering parts of the land war and including everything from the Atlantic convoys and Uboat Wolfpacks , to war in Alaska, the South Atlantic, the Far East, the Pacific War and the Fall of Japan.
The narration offers a fascinating insight into how America saw WWII in the early 1950s, while the dynamic cutting and often genuinely remarkable wartime footage make Victory at Sea still gripping today.
Disc 1: Design for War / The Pacific Boils Over / Sealing the Breach / Midway is East / Mediterranean Mosaic
Disc 2: Guadalcanal / Ring Around Rabaul / Mare Nostrum / Sea & Sand / Beneath the Southern Cross / Magnetic North
Disc 3: The Conquest of Micronesia / Melenasian Nightmare / Roman Renaissance / D-Day, June 6, 1944 / Killers & the Killed
Disc 4: The Turkey Shoot / Two if by Sea / Battle of Leyte Gulf / Return of the Allies / Full Fathom Five
Disc 5: The Fate of Europe / Target Suribachi /The Road to Mandalay / Suicide for Glory / Design for Peace
1. The Song Of The High Seas
2. The Pacific Boils Over
3. Guadalcanal March
5. Hard Work And Horseplay
6. Theme Of The Fast Carriers
7. Beneath The Southern Cross
8. Mare Nostrum
9. Victory At Sea
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