Victory at Sea

Narrator: Leonard Graves
Oracle Home Entertainment
RRP: 39.99
Certificate: E
Available 22 August 2005

The drama of World War II's exciting war at sea is detailed in this legendary, award-winning historical epic that has been hailed as one of the most influential documentaries in television history. The 26 half-hour episodes were compiled from over 13,000 hours of authentic combat footage shot by the U.S., British, German, and Japanese navies during every major naval engagement of World War II, from the Nazi Wolfpacks to the Battle of Okinawa. Narrated by Leonard Graves with original music by famed composer Richard Rodgers, this 1952 series is a landmark classic that still remains the most comprehensive account of World War II's naval battles...

Victory at Sea is a 26 episode World War II documentary that chronicles the events from an American perspective. Made in 1952, the show was produced with the full co-operation of the US Navy. Each episode consists of black and white wartime film narrated by Leonard Graves.

It is the Normandy D-Day landings that will probably be the most familiar campaign in this collection for most viewers. And it will certainly fill in the gaps for those who want to know just what the Navy went through.

Not surprisingly the picture quality is pretty poor, there are plenty of scratches drop out on the print and the soundtrack is only mono.

Extras are a little thin on the ground too - and are duplicated on each disc. This is mainly down to the fact that this was previously available to buy with the discs being split into different volumes. It was also released a few years ago as a box set, but at a higher RRP.

The episodes are entertaining enough. If you want to experience what it was like during the war from the US Navy's point of view, then this is about as close as you're likely to get to a definitive account.

Nick Smithson

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