New Release: The World at War Blu-ray

The World at War documentary sceneThe best-selling World War II documentary series The World at War has been restored and was released on high-definition Blu-ray on Nov. 16, 2010, from A&E Home Entertainment.

Comprised of 26 hour-long programs, The World at War features newsreels, propanganda and home movie footage from the archives of 18 countries, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress. Eyewitnesses, from Hitler’s secretary to ordinary citizens outside battle lines, offer first-hand accounts of the war in interviews. The documentaries are narrated by Academy Award winning actor Laurence Olivier (1981 Clash of the Titans).

The World at War Blu-ray boxThe November Blu-ray release was 35 years after the documentary series’ original broadcast.

The World at War won numerous awards, including an International Emmy Award, the National Television Critics Award for Best Documentary and knighthood for its creator, Sir Jeremy Isaacs.

The Blu-ray includes 12 hours of special features:

  • making-of featurette
  • bonus documentaries
  • 30th anniversary feature-length retrospective
  • biographies
  • timeline
  • and a gallery of archival photos from the Imperial War Museum Collection.

On Blu-ray, the documentary is presented in 1080p high-definition with newly created 5.1 DTS-HD audio. The nine-disc set was priced at $149.95.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.