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Movie Review: WWII in HD

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WWII in HD is a documentary on WWII consisting of thousands of hours of colour footage from people actually in the war. The guys who made this basically went around the world scavenging any films they could find on WWII and putting them together in a coherent manner to bring you this documentary. It has footage from battles in the Pacific (including Iwo Jima) to Africa to Italy to France and Germany. It also includes journals from WWII and present day interviews of people who fought in WWII.

Now, one thing I didn't realise, and maybe it's just me, is that the whole thing consists only of the aforementioned footage; that is the interviews and real war films. This took me by surprise which is why I'm mentioning it now, because once you get over it it's really enjoyable to watch.

The whole thing is really informative and I feel you get a greater sense of what people actually went through. Sure a lot of modern war media these days really give you the massive shock factor by showing you people getting blown up, heads shot off and do their best to put you right in the middle of the suspense. But to a large extent we still know it's fake, we know it did happen, but what we're watching is fake. This is real footage. Not only that, but the documentary follows 12 people in various deployments. Taking footage from where they've been. Journals of the thoughts that actually went through their heads. Interviews of those still alive. You actually see who the people were and what they were like.

There are some hard hitting moments, not because they are gruesome (although there are moments that are), but because you witnessing what happened to real people. It was so moving at times, that every now and then I shed a few tears for those who fought in the war. I loved watching these personal stories unfold before my eyes, and I had a few people I felt connected to. And that's what's so great about WWII in HD. It's real, it's emotional, it's shocking and it tells great stories. The whole thing is so authentic, you can literally have your own piece of history on a set of DVDs.

It's an incredible documentary which is why I'm giving it a 9.5/10. 

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