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The World Wars (2014/History Channel/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B Extras: A Episodes: B-

Churchill, MacArthur, Patton, Mussolini, Stalin, FDR, and Hitler: they were the men who changed history through the biggest wars of mankind, WWI and WWII. A war that left more than 100 million dead, countries broke and even more wounded and homeless, WWII was a nightmare. But before they were giants who were they as men and how did they rise to power? In an age of modernization, it is ironic the first thing we humans excel and advance in is war. Did one World War give birth to second one? No one can deny these men changed the very course of mankind... and how their names live forever in infamy associated with these wars in The World Wars.

World War is when the major superpowers around the world is in a conflict so big, that measure of loss, damage can never be never truly measured nor can it be forgotten. It was during WWI, men such as Churchill, MacArthur, and Hitler were just soldiers in the field, but throw these battle shaped them into the next leaders. Also in WWI, the first machine guns, tanks and chemical warfare, give man the way to killing faster and greater numbers of people. In the end, it was considered an Allied victory, but they forgot their own allies who helped them and left them scorned and broke. Italy and Japan in turn became part of the next Axis power, and sent others countries into economic depression. Germany was left so poor, that left a certain young disillusioned man (Hitler) who vowed to rebuild his country's honor and glory by any means. The world's economics gave birth to WWII and in turn Americans gave birth to the atom bomb.

The History Channel has out has out done itself, it was all most good as BBC. It was broken into 3 parts: WWI, WWII, and then how American enters the war. While it used some archive footage, the re-enactments were superb and the actors convincing, but like history, history it is written by the winners and taken from the point of it's victors.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image was as good as it could be for a program like this, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) sound was sufficient and well recorded, if not always a match for the visuals. Extras include deleted scenes, and in depth characters featurettes.

- Ricky Chiang


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