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100 Years Of WWI (2014/History Channel/Lionsgate DVD Set)

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

The History Channel takes a look back in time to the first World War, when the industrial war supported the armies with a new kind of war where war no longer depended on condition or the number of men in the field, but machines, tanks, airplanes, submarines, machine guns and chemical weapons. Technology and inventions which became later the forefather of modern warfare. Now, few soldiers are now able to kill masses of people all at once, taking war to a new level of terror and destruction.

World War I gave the world a taste of what WMDs could be. Machines to overcome enemy fortifications and troops and bring victory. Each side believing their new invention would bring the war to a quicker end, but instead it created an arms race for creating better weapons for mass destruction. Tanks to cross the battlefield and crush soldiers in the trenches, submarines to sink ships without warning, airplanes and the first dogfighters, chemicals to poison without risking the troops. To bring a war to an end quicker meant finding ways of killing your enemies faster and greater numbers in order to scare/force them into surrendering. In that aspect war has not changed, but even today we can see how those machines of war have influenced our modern warfare and weapons.

As they say, there are no rules in love and war. This program takes a look into the weapons of World War I, using remaining footage of WWI, letters left by soldiers, and historians paints a picture in how tanks, air raids, and chemicals were first used in that war. Imagine yourself on a battlefield and you see an giant steel machine come at you for the first time and your guns did nothing, or a fog that causes a painful death and you couldn't breathe. Instead of thousands of lives sacrificed to gain a few yards, soon becomes millions, but the true horror of World War I was not the number of dead, but new ways of finding human genocide.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital sound are average and passable, but not as good as I would have liked, plus there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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