FIRST WORLD WAR DOCUMENTARIES AND FILMS ON DVD

FIRST WORLD WAR DOCUMENTARIES

A WAR TO END ALL WARS – WORLD WAR ONE (E)   (0885444177880)  £15.99
Double bill of documentaries about the First World War featuring re-enactments. ‘Murder On the Hill’, presented by Robin Thompson, reveals how poor military command led to the deaths of many troops. ‘A Soldier’s Return’ explores the experiences of those who fought in the war and tells the story of the heroic Corporal Robert Beveridge.
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME (E) 1916 (5027626654047)        £10.99
Official 1916  account of World War One’s Battle of the Somme which has been digitally remastered.
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME (E) 1990 (5034504705975)        £9.99
A documentary-reconstruction of World War One’s Battle of the Somme
THE BATTLE OF YPRES – THE PATHE COLLECTION (E) (5013929668454) £19.99
Documentary, originally made in 1925, that re-enacts the major elements of the Battle of Ypres using the original trenches. All four battles are covered, and for the first time the film features a soundtrack constructed from recordings of the period. Also featured are two short films: ‘Ypres – The Shell Shattered City of Flanders’ (1916) and ‘Remembrance Day, Ypres 1922’.
BRITISH HOME FRONT: PUBLIC INFORMATION FILMS OF WORLD WAR I (E) (5013929673458)  £16.99
Collection of documentaries and short films made to boost British morale during the First World War. Among the films included in the collection are ‘The Woman’s Portion’, a propaganda drama aimed at clarifying the role of women in the war, and ‘Britain’s Effort’, an animation that sends up Kaiser Wilhelm II and celebrates the role played by British troops on the Western Front.
THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE COMPLETE SERIES (E) (5027035009209) 3 DISCS – £19.99
The complete series of the critically-acclaimed Channel 4 documentary on the First World War. Many lesser known battles, campaigns and actions are looked at as well as the well-known campaigns. Previously unseen archive materials from sources in Central and Eastern Europe are featured and studies of key participants, weaponry, diary entries and letters written by soldiers make this series truly comprehensive.
THE GREAT WAR (E) (5055298046679)   £19.99
Collection of documentaries exploring issues relating to the First World War. The programmes included are: ‘The Great War: 1914, 1915 and 1916’, ‘The Great War: 1917’ and ‘The Great War: 1918’.
THE GREAT WAR (E) (5018755902512)    3 DISC   £24.99
Documentary which tells the story of World War One. With the help of original footage, this film shows the effects of the war on the people involved as well as detailing the political climate of the time.
LAST VOICES OF WORLD WAR ONE (E) 2010 (5019322327103)   £19.99
All six episodes of the History Channel documentary series based around interviews with World War One veterans. The series includes interviews with Harry Patch and Henry Allingham, the two last surviving veterans of the Great War, who died in 2009 aged, respectively, 111 and 113.
REVEALING GALLIPOLI (E) 2011 (5019322340058)   FIMERI, WAIN     £13.99
Documentary telling the story of the doomed landing at Gallipoli in 1915 by Allied forces trying to gain strategic advantage in the First World War.
SOMME  (E) UK (5019322231899)   £14.99
BBC documentary about one of the  bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.
SOMME, 1ST JULY 1916: NORTHERN SECTOR (E) (9781844157099)   £19.99
Documentary about the events which took place at Somme during the First World War. On 1st July 1916 nearly 20,000 British troops were killed, a record-breaking figure for the British Army. The programme focuses on the Gommecourt, Serre, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval and Ovillers areas of the battle.
SOMME, 1ST JULY 1916: SOUTHERN SECTOR (E) (9781844159925)   £19.99
Documentary about the events which took place at Somme during the First World War. On 1st July 1916 nearly 20,000 British troops were killed, a record-breaking figure for the British Army. The programme focuses on the la Boisselle, Fricourt, Mametz, Carnoyl and Montauban areas of the battle.
TRENCHES (E)   (5060082511189)    £24.99
Documentary series on the history of the First World War, from the causes that led to its outbreak, through the horrors of trench warfare to the jubilant celebration of the armisitice. Featuring over seven hours of footage from news bulletins and military archives plus interviews with surviving veterans from both sides, the film offers a valuable insight into life and death on the battlefields of World War 1.
WALKING THE WESTERN FRONT: SOMME – PART 1 (E) 2013        £17.99
First part of the documentary series about the Battle of Somme which took place in 1916 during World War I. Film-maker Ed Skelding and historian Nigel Cave visit some of the battle’s significant locations and explore each stage of the offensive.
WALKING THE WESTERN FRONT: SOMME – PART 2 (E) 2013        £17.99THE WAR FILE: WAR IN THE TRENCHES (E) (5022802211465) £9.99
Documentary examining the nature of trench warfare in the First World War, and the ways in which the armies of the time were not prepared for the effects of modern, industrialised conflicts. Featuring archive footage, photographs, and dramatised reconstructions and ‘eyewitness’ reports. Narrated by Terry Molloy.
THE WAR FILE: WORLD WAR ONE – THE TERRIBLE STORY OF THE GREAT WAR (E) (5022802211489) £9.99
Documentary looking at the history of the First World War, from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 to Armistice Day in 1918. Featuring archive footage, computer-generated maps and images, as well as expert analysis and commentary. Narrated by Michael Leighton.
WORLD WAR I: THE GREAT WAR (E) 2013   6 DISCS (5060294373513) £19.99
Film  exploring stories of courage dating from the First World War, which tore Europe apart between 1914 and 1918 and led to millions of deaths.
WORLD WAR 1: THE WAR TO END WAR (E)   (5016641117439)   £19.99
Documentary about the First World War. The film includes rare footage of battle scenes and revealing interviews with war veterans, allowing the viewer to gain insight into the four-year conflict. The film also examines the destruction that took place on the battlefields of Europe and Russia.
WORLD WAR 1: THE GREAT WAR (E)  (5055298042015)   £24.99
Collection of documentaries exploring some of the key events and battles from the First World War. The documentaries included are: ‘Concise History of WW1′, Battle of the Somme/Gods of War’, ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘Anzacs’.
WORLD WAR 1 IN COLOUR (E) (5030697007094) £24.99
Kenneth Branagh presents this six part guide to World War I. Using computer aided technology, this colour series reveals the true reality of the destruction and chaos of the war.
YPRES – THE IMMORTAL SALIENT: PART 1(E) (5060247620046)   £14.99
Ed Skelding presents this documentary about the first two battles of Ypres during World War I. The programme takes a look at key locations including Hooge Chateau, Langemark and Gheluvelt and features input from author and historian Nigel Cave.

FILMS SET IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (12) 1930  MILESTONE, LEWIS    £15.99
Lewis Milestone’s epic screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel stars Lew Ayres as one of a group of German teenagers who enlist for World War I after hearing a stirring speech from their professor. They soon discover that war is less about noble ideas and sacrifice than it is about pain, humiliation, suffering and death. Winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 1930.
GALLIPOLI (12)     1981 WEIR, PETER  £15.99
Two friends  decide to sign up with the Anzacs in World War I. Travelling from Australia to exotic Egypt is an adventure at first, but soon the pair must meet their destiny in the trenches of Gallipoli.
LA GRANDE ILLUISION (PG) 1937  FRANCE   RENOIR,  JEAN      £19.99
World War One  escape movie, often seen as a humane and pacifist indictment of war which offers an ambiguous perspective on class differences.
JOYEUX NOEL (12) 2005  FRANCE  CARION, C. IN FRENCH/GERMAN & ENGLISH       £19.99 
Set in World War One on  Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood
PATHS OF GLORY (PG) 1957       KUBRICK, STANLEY    £15.99
During the First World War, the French Army attempts to break the military stalemate by attacking a German position known as Ant Hill. The orders are received by Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas), who is aware that the task is virtually impossible and will result in many deaths. The mission takes place and is an inevitable failure, with many French casualties.Seeking a scapegoat for the humiliating defeat, the French decide to court-martial three innocent footsoldiers. Dax – a lawyer during his civilian life – decides to defend the men, but realises his only hope of success is in attacking his superiors.
VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT/UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANÇAILLES (15) 2004 FRANCE  JEUNET, JEAN-PIERRE      £19.99
As World War I draws to an end, Mathilde has received word that her fiancé Manech
is wounded and lost in no-mans-land.  She goes out to  find him.
WAR HORSE (12) 2012 USA     SPIELBERG, STEVEN        £19.99
Drama based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel about a boy who searches for his horse after it is taken away to serve in World War I.
WINGS (PG) 1927    WELLMAN, WILLIAM    £19.99
Dual format dvd – Blu Ray release of this classic silent war drama .

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