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‘The War’ on Blu-ray May 15th

Called “A new masterpiece…” (TV Guide) Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s powerful and acclaimed documentary THE WAR arrives for the first time ever on Blu-ray May 15, 2012 from PBS Distribution and Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Six years in the making, the epic, seven-part film directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective through the personal accounts of men and women from four quintessentially American towns.  Revealing the most intimate human dimensions of a worldwide catastrophe, the 15-hour documentary paints a vivid portrait of how the war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America.  

 

 

KEN BURNS AND LYNN NOVICK’S AWARD-WINNING,*
MONUMENTAL DOCUMENTARY DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY™

 

THE WAR

 

Just in Time for Father’s Day, Critically-Acclaimed Epic Arrives in High Definition on May 15, 2012 Loaded with Bonus Material Including Commentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Deleted Scenes, Additional Interviews and More

Release Timed with Repeat Airings on PBS May 20th and May 27th

 

THE WAR is narrated by Emmy Award®-winner** Keith David and includes voiceovers from acclaimed performers such as Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Lucas, Adam Arkin and Eli Wallach and features recordings by Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis, as well as war-era favorites from Benny Goodman, Nat ‘King’ Cole and more.   Presented in pristine high-definition, the Blu-ray also boasts nearly two hours of special features including filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, additional interviews and a making of featurette.

Blu-ray

THE WAR is a 6-disc set presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Surround and English SDH subtitles.  Total runtime is approximately 15 hours.  The Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $129.99 U.S./$139.99 Canada.

Episodes:

Episode One: “A Necessary War”, December 1941-December 1942
Episode Two: “When Things Get Tough”, January 1943-December 1943
Episode Three:  “A Deadly Calling”, November 1943-June 1944
Episode Four:  “Pride of Our Nation”, June 1944-August 1944
Episode Five: “FUBAR”, September 1944-December 1944
Episode Six: “The Ghost Front”, December 1944-March 1945
Episode Seven: “A World Without War”, March 1945-December 1945

Bonus Material:

o   Making THE WAR Featurette

§  A behind-the-scenes look with filmmakers Ken Burns , Lynn Novick and others at the making of the film.

o   Commentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

o   Deleted Scenes

§  These deleted scenes cover a range of topics such as war correspondents, the holocaust, Japanese internment, Operation Cobra and returning home after the war.

o   Additional Interviews

§  Includes more stories from Quentin Aanenson, United States Senator Daniel Inouye, Paul Fussell, Katherine Phillips-Singer and others.

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