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Embedded ’45 – Shooting War In Germany


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



Presented in two-parts, Embedded ’45 – Shooting War In Germany (2005) has pulled together over 100 minutes of never-before-seen WWII footage from over 1,000 reels of U.S. government archival footage recently unearthed.  Even if each reel was 100-ft each in 16mm, that is 2 minutes, 40 seconds Xs 1000, so this is only a sample.  However, of particular interest is footage of dead U.S. soldiers censored for reasons of personal consideration, more of the extent to which Nazi Germany had to be bombed out and additional footage of the Arnoldsweiler Concentration Camp that offers yet another set of horror stories that need to be unearthed.


What was so particularly terrible is when the Nazi soldiers fled in retreat, they made sure they ran over as many prisoners to death as possible and shot others who escaped that treatment.  There are many of the same tales here, like Germans saying they were not supporting the Nazis and that “kind of thing” was happening “only nearby” and the like.  However, these pictures do not lie and they have not been digitally altered.  The cameramen who were along for the trip with the U.S. soldiers did their work more efficiently than anyone could have ever imagined.


The 1.33 x 1 image is softer than it should be for the condition of the film and is simply a major transfer error throughout.  That is a shame, because this is good stuff.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple stereo and has two narrating voice-overs.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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