The World at War restored HD Blu-Ray and DVD box set
Now, with the emergence of new technology, FremantleMedia are undertaking a comprehensive restoration project and will launch the series as it's never been seen or heard before. This painstaking restoration project is the largest of its kind for a television show, using exclusive machines of which there are only 2 in the world - a level of restoration usually associated with major film studios' classic titles. Each frame has been restored individually and the audio reconfigured and upgraded - on average each episode has over 140,000 fixes, making more than 3.6 million across the entire series!
Also restored are the special presentations, giving a total running time of over 35 1/2 hours.
Originally broadcast in 1973 and narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, 'The World at War' was produced by Thames Television over a 4 year period. The 26-part documentary series interviewed major members of the Allied and Axis campaigns, civilian eyewitnesses, enlisted men, officers and politicians and made use of the rare colour film footage to investigate the events surrounding World War II to create what is widely agreed tobe the definitive history of World War II. The production costs were, at the time, record-breaking in the UK.
Along with the restoration of the complete series, FremantleMedia are offering a number of new features - to include:
• Hard of hearing subtitles
• 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and 2.0 Stereo
• Enhanced picture now in 16:9 aspect ratio
• 'Restoring The World at War' - new feature detailing the process, narrated by original series producer Sir Jeremy Isaacs
The new sets will be released in September 2010. RRP for the 11 disc DVD set is £79.99 and the 9 disc Blu-Ray set is £99.99