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World War I – The Killing Fields (WGBH Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Main Programs: B



WGBH has decided to make pairing of People’s Century documentary programs with pertinent dramas they have also previous issued and for this World War I – The Killing Fields set, they have taken the interesting telefilm drama All The King’s Men (not to be confused with the 1949 or 2006 feature films, both reviewed on this site) and added a People’s Century DVD.  The link to our review of All The King’s Men is:





As for the People’s Century installment, it is an intriguing one on battles in the front line entitled The Killing Fields: The First World War and covers the years 1914 – 1919 exposing new horrors and realities of a period that is being far too easily forgotten.  Critic Dante Ciampaglia is our WWI expert and will do a more extensive review soon, but I can say that it is a strong piece for it 56 minutes and offers some new items I have not come across in the many WWI pieces I have actually encountered.  In this way, it cannot be politically correct and is better for it.


It is 1.33 X 1 like the other installments in the series and has basic Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo to offer.  Like so many of these WGBH DVDs, it has a website link and DVD-ROM printable materials for educators.  Altogether, it is a solid set for those interested.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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