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The Great War


Dikke Bertha

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Hello

I am not sure if this is the right place to discuss a DVD but I have just bought the boxed set of "The Great War" on DVD produced by the BBC.

I have read that there were scenes in it taken from films, as distinct from documentary footage, and used to illustrate some of the action scenes.

I have just finished watching volume 1 and, although I reserve judgement on the content, I have to say I am very impressed by some of the footage especially the battle of Le Cateau. This has to be the film footage referred to.

Does anybody know of a film made showing the BEF in action in 1914???

It certainly looks very impressive.

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I am not sure if this is the right place to discuss a DVD but I have just bought the boxed set of "The Great War" on DVD produced by the BBC.

Hi Dikke B,

I am VERY envious..as a matter of interest did you win it on Ebay? <_<

Robbie

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Robbie - why do you ask? Do you know if the scenes came from a film?

Regards

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Hi Dikke,

no reason other than it is rare to find the full set on Ebay.

Robbie

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Just a quick aside on "the great war" dvd box set.

I found a complete box sets on eBay for about £50. This was significantly cheaper than the versions I had seen elsewhere that had varied in price between £80-100. It was cheaper because it was the Chinese version [all narration and support material was in English, with the option of turning on Chinese subtitles if required!].

HOWEVER, the quality of the disc pressing was so poor that only a few of the discs played. I thought it was just that batch, so I returned the set and waited patiently for another auction. Again, I won a set for about £50...and again it was the Chinese version. This time I tested all the discs on 4 different dvd players...and again only a few discs worked.

I eventually won an eBay auction for the ENGLISH version [paying closer to £65] - and it all worked perfectly, first time.

Of all the histories/documentaries I have seen, this is BY FAR the best. All I would say is, watch out for the suspect imprints and try and hold out for the English version whenever possible.

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Hello Robbie

gRANdson seems to have found three full sets?

Does anybody know if the scenes came from a film?

Regards

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Did anyone watch THE 50 GREATEST DOCUMENTARIES on channel 4 last night ? I`m just asking because this documentary can claim to have been a contender for the greatest documentary series ever

I noticed THE WAR GAME was included which is strange because I don`t ever recall a nuclear attack on Britain !

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Modern times, short memories IMDB, modern times, short memories.

In a few years I'm sure even The War Game will have been replaced by some episode of Wife Swap. Probably the one with Lizzy "stop looking at my ******** husband Bardsley.

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You could be right Spike , I don`t think reality TV should count as documentary anyway

I Rate THE GREAT WAR as just about the greatest documentary series ever and typical of the BBC they released the DVD set several months before they repeated the whole series on BBC 2 . I bet few people here never even knew that it was repeated on BBC 2 at 2pm weekdays in the Spring of this year

What sort of extras does the DVD box set have ?

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go look in sales and wants bargain of the year,so ok its on vhs but not iffy not chinese "when you put in the chinese version in video m/c is the slit the other way up?"

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Hello Robbie

gRANdson seems to have found three full sets?

Does anybody know if the scenes came from a film?

Regards

I can not tell you wether the shots came from a film, but i can say that a film about the retreat from Mons was shot around 1924 as I beleive Smith-Dorrien actually appeared in it, as himself obviously. Its very unlikely that any Cameras were in the line in 1914!

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Arm

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The use of inappropriate footage to illustrate certain scenes in 'The Great War' has been much criticized. However the makers were forced to use whatever footage thay had to hand, and in my view did a remarkable job. The odd thing to my mind is the failure to identify the eyewitnesses interviewed on camera-a mistake rectified in 'The World At War', in many ways an unofficial sequel. In that series all sorts of footage is used, spliced together with bits of completely different films with a manufactured soundtrack added on, but I haven't read many complaints about that. On the whole I think it is still preferable to most of the ham acting 'reconstructions' which make many otherwise good historical documentaries of today unintentionally comic. If I see the shadowy form of a fat bald actor with a cigar waddling across the screen plotting the downfall of Hitler once more I think I shall hurl the remote control through the telly.

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I have just received a catalogue from DD Home Entertainment, they are offering The Great War Boxed Set DVD’s at £69.99.

Tony.

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The history of the making of this series is interesting. They mixed commercial film with contemporary footage. It was all made in a tremendous hurry to meet the deadlines imposed by the impending 50th anniversary of WW1, so much so that when the screening started they had not finished the last six episodes. It's small wonder that short cuts were taken.

Another device used to speed things up was to reverse the negatives where necessary so that Allied troops are always shown attacking left to right; Germans right to left. This made continuity, script-writing and other aspects of production quicker. Again, it's not what really happened.

When it was first shown in 1964, it was broadcast on Friday evenings and repeated on the following Sunday afternoon. The pubs would empty ... .

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the great war bbc 7 dvd set £49.99

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tel order line 0845 1236949

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