The approach used here is to present authentic war film quickly and at an affordable price for enthusiasts and a wider audience.
NAME: Germany at War, The Top Fighter Planes
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital, Militaria
MEDIA: One DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 55 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
PRICE: GB £15.99
SUBJECT: Fighter planes, ground attack, medium bombers, WWII, 1939-1945
DESCRIPTION: The common criticism of this DVD series is that the English translation could benefit from reworking and the German sound track is also deficient. It does not detract from some first rate film clips, but it could add a great deal more. Similarly, the DVD does stray outside its apparent brief and that may irritate some viewers, but the core coverage is first class and should more than compensate. It should also be considered that the current form of the series and this particular provides a great deal of film that is available for the first time to a modern audience without restriction. The footage varies in quality, some showing signs of age and poor storage but most of the film is of high quality. Producing a DVD series that covered Germany from the opening years of the 20th Century with a carefully scripted historical commentary would have taken many years to prepare and would have ended up with a very large and costly set of DVDs. The approach used here is to present authentic war film quickly and at an affordable price for enthusiasts and a wider audience. Perhaps the film footage will be reused in the future in a major history work, many buying these DVDs will already have a good knowledge of the subject and concentrate on the visual content, or be interested in watching long sequences of uncut film that is usually heavily cut to fit the words of a carefully scripted history.