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World War II Collector Series [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Fighting Lady
One of three morale-boosting government documentaries directed by Lieutenant Colonel William Wyler (the others were The Memphis Belle and Thunderbolt), The Fighting Lady follows the exploits of an aircraft carrier, its crew, and the planes transported on its deck. The officers and enlistees are not required to perform; that function is handled by a professional narrator. Much of the combat footage resurfaced in the postwar era to bolster many a low-budget aviation picture. As an added advantage, The Fighting Lady was photographed in full color by Edward Steichen, meaning that the stock footage would come in handy on TV from the 1960s onward. The Fighting Lady is frequently released on videocassette in tandem with one or both of William Wyler's other government-sponsored films. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Thunderbolt
Filmed in Technicolor, Thunderbolt was the last of Major William Wyler's wartime directorial efforts on behalf of the US Army Air Corps. As in his previous WW2 documentaries, Wyler himself participated in the mission that he depicts herein on film. The title refers to the huge bombers used by the Corsica-based 57th fighter group. The film concentrates on "Operation Strangle", the all-out assault agains t the Nazi stronghold at Monte Cassino. Adding poignancy to the film is the knowledge that several of the extremely young American participants, here shown smiling and waving at the camera, did not survive the battle. Released to the troops in 1945, Thunderbolt was distributed theatrically in 1947. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Report from the Aleutians
The semi-feature-length wartime documentary Report From the Aleutians was written and directed by Captain John Huston. It was one of three such films turned out between 1942 and 1945 while Huston was assigned to the Signal Corps. In detailing the day-to-day activities of protecting Alaska's Aleutian Islands from Japanese attack, Huston concentrates on the personal element, stressing the courage under stress of the regular Joes assigned to this bleak part of the world. Huston himself narrates the film with the emphatic compassion that he would later bring to his acting work. Report From the Aleutians was nominated for an Academy Award in 1943. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hook Down, Wheels Down: The Story of the U.S. Navy's Carriers
This documentary is part of a series of films that were produced to prepare America for the hardships involved in the World War II war effort. The programs were meant to both inform and inspire. This episode tells its American audience about the glorious history of the Navy, and the crucial role it will be playing in the war, particularly in the Pacific Theater. In the volatile waters of the South Seas, Navy aircraft carriers launch the airplanes that will win the war in the Pacific. Historic film footage and photographs are interspersed with personal accounts of fighting men and commentary by historians. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Combat America
This documentary is part of a reprised series of films that were produced to prepare America for the hardships involved in the World War II war effort. The programs were meant to both inform and inspire. This episode is a celebration of the American fighting man, on land and in the air. Historic film footage and photographs show the planes that won the air war in action, along with the fates and fortunes of those serving in the trenches. Personal accounts of pilots and infantrymen, along with commentary by military historians and journalists, give the viewer an insight into America's first real look at the combat missions in Europe and the South Pacific. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Taylor
    Robert Taylor - Narrator
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