World War II 360 (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Documentary / War
New Video || NR - 1050 minutes - $79.95 || October 26, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-10-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Various
Writer(s): Various
Cast: Various


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Additional Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“World War II 360” is the HISTORY Channel’s documentary series that uses CGI graphics to bring the viewer onto the battlefield mixed in with real footage from WWII. It’s an interesting concept and as someone who is interested in World War II, I found it fairly compelling, though I did have to watch episodes in spurts as it can become a tad dry if you try watching more than two episodes.

This set contains previously released titles “Battle 360: The Complete Season One” and “Patton 360: The Complete Season One”. Since there isn’t a whole lot I can say about either series other than that anyone who enjoys learning more about the Second World War will find it fascinating, here is the breakdown of each series:

PATTON 360:
01. Blood & Guts
02. Rommel’s Last Stand
03. Baptism of Blood
04. Rogue General
05. American Blitzkrieg
06. Leading the Charge
07. On Hitler’s Doorstep
08. Siege Warfare
09. Battle of the Bulge
10. Crushing the Third Reich

BATTLE 360:
01. Call of Duty 02. Vengeance at Midway
03. Jaws of the Enemy
04. Bloody Santa Cruz
05. Enterprise vs. Japan
06. The Grey Ghost
07. Hammer of Hell
08. D-Day in the Pacific
09. Battle of Leyte Gulf
10. The Empire’s Last Stand

All in all, for history buffs, you can’t go wrong with either set. Both give you a well rounded and as in your face experience of World War II from several fronts and perspectives. They also serve as great capsules to put on film what those who were on the front lines experienced for future generations to learn from rather than fading into history as we continue into the 21st century and technological age. Highly recommended all around.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The two series are housed inside a cardboard slip case (with flaps on both sides) and the cases themselves are a standard HD Slim Case (“Patton 360”) and a thicker HD Keep Case (“Battle 360”). As far as features go, all we get are some additional scenes with “Battle 360” while the other has no features.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Both “Battle 360” and “Patton 360” are presented in widescreen with a 1.78 aspect ratio and 1080i high-def. Obviously some of the older footage doesn’t look the best but give the age, it’s probably as good as it gets while the interview footage translates a little better in HD.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is suitable enough for a documentary but don’t expecting it to sound too great. The bulk of the audio experience is the narrator with some audio effects thrown in to expand the viewing experience. It is, of course, flat but still fine for a release like this.



.::OVERALL::.

Overall, both of these sets that come inside “World War II 360” gives you a well rounded and as in your face experience of World War II from several fronts and perspectives.