War and Remembrance - The Complete Series (DVD, 2008, 13-Disc Set)
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- cindobindoMay 9, 2009by
One miniseries that's as good as the book!
I had a large family at home when the miniseries "War and Remembrance" was first on TV, and still when the History Channel aired it in the 90s, and missed most of the episodes,but the ones I saw, I LOVED.
I read the book in the late 1970s, first in the Readers Digest condensation, then the whole long novel. I consider it the very best novel I ever read, and I have read HUNDREDS of them. So I eagerly awaited the miniseries' release on DVD, and bought it,and it is FANTASTIC!
Even the PACKAGE is high quality,well-designed,obviously made to look good and to last,to organize and protect the DVDs for years to come. It comes complete with 2 discs of additional material,AND a CD of the soundtrack, which was composed just for the miniseries.
The miniseries takes a worldwide look at the Second World War and Holocaust through the eyes and experiences of the European Jewish Jastrow and American Henry families, who were connected by marriage in the previous Herman Wouk novel and miniseries "The Winds of War" (as good as War and Remembrance,actually, in both the book and miniseries).The Holocaust scenes are horrifyingly authentic, right down to the victims being forced to strip naked and go to the gas in full view of SS guards and their dogs,sometimes shown in full frontal nudity,always looking like they know they are going to be killed.Much care was obviously taken throughout to help the viewer feel like they were actually THERE,observing the actual happenings.
The casting was superb.Though I thought that Robert Mitchum was a bit too old and tall to be Pug Henry,who was in his fifties and shorter than his wife,Rhoda, in the novels, Mitchum DID convey his character superbly.The rest of the casting seemed INSPIRED, and the filming was very well done.
The script followed the book very closely. Sometimes the characters added narrative passages from the novel into their dialogue,which made the action flow smoothly.
Hitler was played by an actor who portrays Hitler's insane Jew-hatred and other craziness with an amazing clarity. I have NEVER seen Hitler portrayed so completely, for so long (he lasts almost to the end of the miniseries). You see what Hitler was REALLY like, and begin to understand how STUPID people are who say BUSH was a Hitler. Obviously, they know NOTHING ABOUT Hitler. OR Bush.
Topol was unforgettable as Berel Jastrow,who survived Aushwitz and related horrors,escaped,and rescued little Louis Henry from the Theresienstadt ghetto,and found a safe place for him on a farm, only to be caught and shot near the end of the war, shielding Louis from bullets with his body as he fell.Louis survives to be reunited with his parents, and the rest of the characters have their own terrible dangers and troubles to face,too.
It is also a very good documentary on the war, with extensive WW2 footage I never saw before (and I have seen LOTS of WW2 documentaries).
Because of the nudity and graphic violence (real-looking beatings,gassings,mass shootings,etc.),I would recommend this NOT be watched by young children or those sensitive to such things,but as a real reminder of what the Holocaust and war were actually LIKE,I would recommend it to anyone ELSE.Read full review
- craigdavis1Sep 5, 2014by
A War Worth Remembering
This is not a classic "War Movie", but rather the story of one family caught in the drama of World War II. From the growing inhumanity of Nazi Germany, to Pearl Harbor and years of war with the Japanese, Herman Wok's tapestry of lives provides a true picture of those at sea, and at home, during those turbulent times.
The central characters are Captain Victor "Pug" Henry, a career naval officer, his wife Rhoda, their two sons, one a aviator and the other a submariner, and their wives. All the human emotions come into play, fear, anger, joy, betrayal, sorrow and fast paced realistic war action, keep this saga compelling.
A wonderful story with likable,if flawed characters, make this one of my all time favorites.
- zoreck1Jul 2, 2014by
A extremely well done series that is a must buy for so many reasons.
As one who has been in combat since 1970 I can tell you with the highest level of honour, that this miniseries, along with the "Winds of War" are exceptional. While not totally accurate with their history, these film sets are the best I have ever seen. They rank right there with John Ford and Ken Burns. The script was clearly worked on for a long time as they got the essence of the two books very well. The acting was exceptional as was the attention to detail. You will feel like you are a part of the battles and more, you will understand more of WW ll then any other film can give you. Many say it is too long. Well people, wars are long. So, to recount them accurately is takes time. I was there in the film. I felt the emotions, I did the fighting, I was at the camps of horror. It was exhausting but then war is exhausting. In this series we see Hitler far more accurately then ever before. He was a serious mental case and the actor who played that role had a hard job and he pulled it off extremely well. Hitler helped end the war with his opening a second front when he shouldn't have, not paying to his generals and admirals, not deploying troops,supplies, tanks when he should have and more. This was well treated in series. If you want films that have exception adaptions, acting, musical score, a greater understanding of war and the horrors of this war, then this is the series to buy. It is expensive however in the end it is cheaper as you won't need to buy any more films on WW ll.
I truly enjoyed it. Not for the War but for how it comes together. It is like a living thing you are in. It is well worth the money spend on the TWO miniseries as you will watch them again and again and each time seeing it in a different way, always learning more I used them to teach WW ll.Read full review
- fpard1May 8, 2014by
A great sequel!
We are enjoying the episodes of War and Remembrance after watching Winds of War. The set arrived on time, was packaged well and was priced at a reasonable rate for such a great series.
- alan-in-n.c.Mar 4, 2014by
The best mini-series and WW2 drama ever!
This is truly a masterpiece. The actors, director and story really make the viewer feel like he is there. We've never seen a WW2 drama that comes close to this one. Some of the scenes are so powerful you will remember them forever.