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The War: A Ken Burns Film, Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 6PK DVD
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The Emmy award-winning documentary THE WAR explores the history and horror of World War II from an American perspective by following so-called ordinary men and women who became caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in history. This epic film focuses on the stories of citizens from four American towns taking the viewer through their personal and harrowing journeys, painting vivid portraits of how the war altered their lives.
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A war at all levels.

This series addresses almost all aspects of U.S. involvement in World War II, from combat operations to the "Home Front" in a very unbiased, and sometimes disturbing fasion. It...Read complete review

This series addresses almost all aspects of U.S. involvement in World War II, from combat operations to the "Home Front" in a very unbiased, and sometimes disturbing fasion. It destroys the myth that we were all in it together when it addresses the racial tensions that occured, both in the factories, and in the military. It also is very good at showing that wars are fought by young people, not "Supermen". Most had no idea what they are signing up for, they are just good people who believe they are doing the right thing. As a retired NCO, I recognized many people I could have served with, in circumstances that are horrific to say the least. Ken Burns hit all these issues, without putting any special twist on the subject, he just let the people who lived through it do the talking.

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good concept, difficult to watch

I really like the concept of this documentary, following four American cities and its citizens during World War II. I like the human stories told and getting to know the individuals.
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I really like the concept of this documentary, following four American cities and its citizens during World War II. I like the human stories told and getting to know the individuals.

This series, however, really shows a lot-- and I mean A LOT-- of dead bodies. I understand the costs of war and that World War II killed a lot of people, military and civilian, but as a viewer, I do not need to see bodies every two minutes. I am not overly sensitive, in general, to it, but Burns really hits the viewer over the head repeatedly with these views. This series is pretty singularly focused on showing bodies and describing body counts. I found it kind of disturbing.

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5.0

If you are thinking about purchasing, Do it. Excellent

By Rusty

from atlanta, GA

Comments about PBS The War: A Ken Burns Film, Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 6PK DVD:

This is one of the best videos I have watched. It exceeded all my anticipations.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Brilliant

By THE FLY

from LONG ISLAND NY

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Comments about PBS The War: A Ken Burns Film, Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 6PK DVD:

This documentary truly shows the horrors of war and how good can triumph over evil. Ken Burns has immortalized himself with this work. While it informs you of WWII in detail including discrimination racism and tragedy and how the world would be so different had the Allies did not prevail ,don't expect a feeling of goodness viewing this superb documentary. The terrible loss of human life and barbarism of mankind will astonish you even by todays standards.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Truly the Greatest Generation

By Johny Rags

from Roswell, Ga.

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This film gives an incredible look and feel to what it was like, what sacrifices had to be made, when America was at its greatest. And it provides a heart-breaking, realistic account of the cost and horror of war.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Ken Burns. The War

By Madawg

from Vancouver B. C.

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Comments about PBS The War: A Ken Burns Film, Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 6PK DVD:

One of the best documentary on World War 2 from a small town perspective

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Documentary

By Patch

from Birmingham, AL

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Comments about PBS The War: A Ken Burns Film, Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 6PK DVD:

This documentary about the sacrifices of citizens from (4) American towns shows the depth of struggle of all America during a most trying time in our recent history. Exceptionally done, respectfully presented & with the accompanying hardcover book, a treasure for any American citizen.

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