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The War

Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 900 minutes on 6 discs. $99.99.

This Emmy-winning series, an America-centric epic tracking individual tales with pungency and poignancy, is now available on Bluray. Upgrades to this format can be a mixed bag; in this case, still images are generally sharpened but the difference is less consistent for vintage footage. The audio, however, is excellent. There are naturally extras here as well: some commentary by the directors, 40 minutes of previously deleted scenes, 60 minutes of raw unused footage, and a half-hour-long documentary about the making of The War. The mini-doc is engaging; the rest is uneven. If you don’t already own The War on DVD, buy this set. If you do, rent the Blu-ray and see for yourself.


Originally published in the October 2012 issue of World War II. To subscribe, click here.