❉ A new edition of The World at War is out on Monday – here’s a clip highlighting the improvements.
Rightly regarded as the landmark documentary account of the Second World War, Thames Television’s The World at War took four years to produce at a cost of £900,000 (circa £7.5 million today). With memorable narration from Laurence Olivier and an emotive score from composer Carl Davis, the series offered a wide-ranging account of the global conflict across 26 hour-long episodes.
Long overdue for a sympathetic restoration, The World at War has been re-framed for this new release, returning the image to its as-filmed aspect ratio of 4:3, using master HD scans of the original footage. The following clip illustrates the work undertaken in restoring this ground-breaking series.
‘The World at War: The Ultimate Restored Edition’ is the definitive version of one of the greatest documentary series ever made.
Brand new to this DVD boxset for the first time ever: Hard of hearing subtitles, New widescreen presentation, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound audio. Over 10 hours of special features includes: Brand new – Restoring the World at War – narrated by Sir Jeremy Isaacs, this feature explores every element of the restoration process, 11 features including the making of the original series, Photo galleries, Biographies Speeches and songs, Newsreels and maps.
❉ ‘The World at War: The Ultimate Restored Edition’ is released on Blu-ray today (31 October 2016) by Network Distribution, RRP £58.00