The World At War on dvd

maguire

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the remastered edition - currently being knocked out brand new on fleabay for £13 posted by Zavvi - for some reason it wont let me post the link, but if you either go the Zavvi storefront on ebay or search for 'world at war' it's there.
 
#3
the remastered edition - currently being knocked out brand new on fleabay for £13 posted by Zavvi - for some reason it wont let me post the link, but if you either go the Zavvi storefront on ebay or search for 'world at war' it's there.
Thanks for that info and oldbaldy supplying a working link ... just ordered a set at what looks like a bargain price with a £66 saving .
 
#4
Me too, but the price mysteriously jumped up to a shocking £14.95 mid-purchase.
 

maguire

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Is it any different from the 2010 edition i purchase for £25 a couple of years ago ?

There is a complete disc full of rather brutal Far East combat footage. A series worth watching as the interviewees were there.
 

maguire

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the remastered edition - currently being knocked out brand new on fleabay for £13 posted by Zavvi - for some reason it wont let me post the link, but if you either go the Zavvi storefront on ebay or search for 'world at war' it's there.
Is this the one where they just cropped the picture to make it widescreen? I'm sure I recall something about either this series or the similar series The Great War being quite ruined by the 'remastering' process.
 
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From here...
New widescreen presentation
The decision to convert the aspect ratio from the original 4:3 to 16:9 was taken after months of tests and reviews. The primary reason for this that for most viewers now own a widescreen TV, so expect programmes to be in this format, and also because with any HD material for broadcast, the broadcasters expect widescreen material. As the aim of the project was to create restored masters (at great expense) for multiple use (ie Blu-ray, DVD and broadcast), there was no option other than going down the 16:9 route.

It was essential that this be done as sensitively as possible. The process of aspect ratio conversion from 4:3 to 16:9 was done by firstly going back to the original materials and then using ‘Pan & Scan’ to ensure that all of the essential picture detail is retained. The panning and scanning process can be notorious if done badly where the screen is basically lazily cropped, losing vital information. With this in mind in this instance each frame was panned and scanned according to strict guidelines following the tests done to ensure that the focus of the picture is always on the most important action so that we retained the quality of the original series.
I guess it'll be a matter of opinion on whether they did a good job or 'just cropped the picture'.
Either way, at £15, I'll take the risk and let you know.
 
#12
Well that looks like what I ordered ... did a quick check on " Customer Reviews " and all were satisfied ... no one mentioned dissatifaction because of screen clipping of the original version .... have you watched any of the discs yet ?
Not yet , it was a Christmas present for the auld fart and I'm forbidden from watching it before he does . I have the book as well so it'll be interesting to see how they match up ( if I can get the book back off my Dad )
 
#13
Not yet , it was a Christmas present for the auld fart and I'm forbidden from watching it before he does . I have the book as well so it'll be interesting to see how they match up ( if I can get the book back off my Dad )
Thanks for the response anyway .... and for <£15 it will have to be an appalling transfer for me to be unhappy ... although reading the above post by stickybomb the work was done " sensitively " so hopefully there will not be a , noticeable , problem .
 
#14
DVD's received and played the first two ... excellent value ... if there has been any cropping it is not really noticeable ... to me anyway .

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#15
Is this the one where they just cropped the picture to make it widescreen? I'm sure I recall something about either this series or the similar series The Great War being quite ruined by the 'remastering' process.
Discs arrived on Friday. I've only had a chance to watch the 'about' documentary describing the remastering (from which the excerpt I posted seems to have been lifted) in which Freemantle Media were pretty open about the process.

Freemantle took the view that contemporary action footage tended to include a lot of sky or ground which was largely redundant so the cropping decisions were, in the main, no-brainers. That said, each scene has been carefully recomposed for widescreen. They showed the bouncing bomb test footage to demonstrate how they dynamically tracked the action around the frame (and yes, they did go back to the original footage - its not just a tortured version of the production print). The result was no more or less random than the original footage which was shot 'from the hip'. You could argue that the scene was deliberately chosen for its chaos but in the final reckoning Jeremy Isaacs gives the project an enthusiastic thumbs up...and he produced the original.

The scenes which presented the most problems were the interviews shot in the 70s; they were tightly composed and therefore left little room for manoeuvre. In order to include the titles which appear periodically, a lot of the talking heads don't show as much forehead as they did in the original series, so if you're a craniometerist then, yes, the series may well be irretrievably blighted for you.
 
#16
I took a punt on this as I remember watching the series in History at school - it's as good as I remembered. May be a little dated but the series is worth every penny at £13-odd
 

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