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D-Day: Down To Earth – The Return Of The 507th (PBS)


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



On the 60th Anniversary of D-Day, odd things like the passing of Ronald Reagan and the increasing scandals in Iraq were distractions, and some political; forces were perverting the event for their own political gain and no one was objecting.  What a sad way to look at a very important event.  Fortunately, the PBS special D-Day: Down To Earth – The Return Of The 507th (2003) does justice and dignity to an event that wanted to accomplish one thing, and witnesses its 60th year at a time when the world has gotten as dark again, including domestically.


This includes the testimony of men who died during production and of the 507 especially as an example of what it took in the last full war the Allies needed to fight.  It is very poignant to see after being barraged at the time of this review by what feels like perpetual falseness.  Much of the history is covered and the show ends on how this troop is belatedly honored.  It is strange it takes forever to honor so many heroes, but I guess that would get in the way of the propaganda.


The full frame image originated on professional NTSC equipment and looks good enough for being just made.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is credited as having surrounds, but the Pro Logic-type surrounds are limited and incidental to the spoken interviews.  There are no extras, but you get a way to link to PBS’ site.  The program is the thing here and it is worth your time as a sort of truth serum against propaganda in a dark time.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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