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Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Truly Remarkable Series: World War II in HD - Video

The History Channel is airing this week a truly remarkable series - World War II HD:

WWII in HD is the first-ever World War II documentary presented in full, immersive HD color. 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. Using footage never before seen by most Americans--converted to HD for unprecedented clarity--viewers will experience the war as if they were actually there, surrounded by the real sights and sounds of the battlefields.
Here are some clips from the series to give you an idea what it is like:

World War II in HD: Kwajalein

World War II in HD: D-Day

World War II in HD: Iwo Jima

World War II in HD: Okinawa


dsi r4 November 20, 2009 at 1:01 AM  

It’s truly stunning to watch. I’ve gained a different appreciation for what our heroes back then had to go through, and it has certainly given me a different perspective on what war is. A truly amazing TV series, I HIGHLY recommend everyone to watch it. I’ve been ‘DVRing’ every episode.

Jennifer,  November 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

Awesome! Thanks!

Ray Merriam November 20, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

Much of the footage is NOT in original color, but has been COLORIZED. A good portion of what I have seen I have seen many times before, especially the colorized footage. And I'm not really impressed by the HD claim--there's not a lot that can be done to "improve" footage from some 60-70 years ago.

How can I make such statements? As a WWII history buff, which started when I was 6 years old when I started building model kits, which eventually led to my reading hundreds of books on WWII and more articles than I could count. I have been a writer/editor/publisher (Merriam Press) of WWII military history (and predominantly WWII subjects) for over 40 years with over 120 titles in print including more than two dozen WWII veteran's memoirs (I published a WWII history magazine--WW2 Journal--in the mid-1970s and switched to books in the early 1980s). I have viewed literally tens of thousands of photos and more hours of video footage than most people.

Ray Merriam November 20, 2009 at 1:10 PM  

Forgot to add that my comments are in no way meant to indicate you should not watch the series. Watch it because the veteran interviews and materials are what make the series valuable.

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