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Days That Shook The World – The Complete Series (BBC DVD Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D    Episodes: B-



When we first looked at Days That Shook The World when its Complete First Season/Pilot set arrived on DVD, I wondered how long the show could last and would it get better or worse.  Turns out the show ran only three seasons and stayed about the same.  Here is what I said about the first set:





Now comes The Complete Series set and here is the expanded list of shows including such diverse subjects as:


P) First In Flight: The Wright Brothers/The Moon Landing

1) Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II/Death of Diana

2) Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand/Death of Hitler

3) Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr./Release of Nelson Mandela

4) Hiroshima

5) Murder of the Romanovs/Fall of Berlin Wall

6) Kristallnacht/Birth of Israel

7) Tutankhamun’s Tomb/Rosetta Stone

8) First Nuclear Reactor/Chernobyl

9) Black September/Lockerbie

10) Assassination of JFK/Resignation of Nixon

11) Marconi’s First Radio Transmission/Concorde’s First Transatlantic Flight

12) Chuck Yeager & Bluebird

13) Disaster In The Sky: The Hindenburg & The Challenger

14) The Christmas Truce

15) Attack On Pearl Harbor

16) Grand Heist: Colonel Blood’s Theft Of The British Crown/Great Train Robbery

17) Conspiracy Theory: The Real Day Of The Jackal/Wolf’s Lair

18) Reach For The Stars: Galileo’s Trial/Yuri Gagarin’s Flight

19) Dinosaurs & Duplicity: Discovery Of The First Dinosaur/Piltdown Man

20) Terror – Made In America: Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln/Oklahoma City Bombing

21) Cold War Spies: Gary Powers U2 Spy Plane/Colonel Rudolf Abel

22) Affairs Of The Crown: Execution Of Anne Boleyn/Abdication Of Edward VIII

23) The Cast Of Betrayal

24) Role Of The Gun

25) Fact or Fiction?

26) The War To End All Wars

27) Let Freedom Ring!

28) Battle For The Holy City

29) The Battle Of Midway

30) Road To Revolution



Despite some refinements over each season, the show stayed the same, but I give them credit for trying to add events that are not discussed as much.  A little of the style can go a long way and this can inadvertently make exciting history dull at times, but you could do worse and now, you can see for yourself.


Like the first set, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is good and clean, if not spectacular and has detail limits in what looks like an early HD shoot.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is without surrounds, but is a more recent recording and fine for such a simple show.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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