Apocalypse: The Second World War

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War Documentary hosted by Jonathan Booth, published by Clarke Costelle in 2009 - English narration

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This series tells the epic story of World War II, providing an insight into the experiences of the millions of soldiers who fought across countries and continents, and the moving stories of the millions of civilians who saw their homes destroyed and lives disrupted by the cataclysm of war.

To tell this story, the best footage of World War II has been painstakingly transformed into colour, using digital techniques. Along with original colour home movies, it gives a new perspective on one of the great events of the last century.

A CC&C Clarke Costelle production, in co-production with ECPAD.

[edit] Hitler's Rise to Power (L'Agression 1933-1939)

This first episode covers Hitler's invasion of Poland, when the world stood on the brink of war, and features stunning colourised footage of the catastrophe faced by the Polish army as it was crushed by the Nazi war machine.

[edit] Collapse of France (L'Écrasement 1939-1940)

The story of Hitler's lightning invasion of France and its rapid collapse, of the evacuation from Dunkirk, and of the summer of 1940 when Britain fought on alone. In new digital colour, this episode shows the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.

[edit] Origins of the Holocaust (Le Choc 1940-1941)

The story of Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, of Rommel's war against the British in North Africa and of the horrors of the murder of Russian Jews - sometimes known as the Holocaust by Bullets.

[edit] American Allies (L'Embrasement 1941-1942)

The story of the sudden Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the early days of the war in the Pacific. Back in Europe, this episode looks at the bombing offensive against Germany and at the appalling crime of the Holocaust.

[edit] Allies Strike Back (L'Étau 1942-1943)

This episode looks at the turning of the war against Germany, with Allied victory at El Alamein and Russian triumph at Stalingrad. Inside Hitler's Germany the SS gain more power, and in southern Europe the Allies fight their way though Italy.

[edit] Retreat and Surrender (L'Enfer 1944-1945)

The dramatic story of the D-Day landings and of the liberation of Paris. In the east the Soviets liberate Auschwitz and fight their way to the heart of Berlin. Germany finally surrenders, but Japan fights on until the atom bombs are dropped.

[edit] The Making of Apocalypse

Covers how the B&W footage was enhanced digitally to colour and how the audio track was created.
In French with English subtitles.

[edit] Archive Newsreel Gallery

Covers some original archive B&W footage not used in the series.
In French with English subtitles.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC Main@3.1
  • Video Bitrate: 1400 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Video Resolution: 832x468
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Language: English (parts 1-6) and French (parts 7-8)
  • Run-Time: 46 mins
  • Framerate: 25FPS
  • Number of Parts: 8
  • Part Size: 530 MB (average)
  • Source: BluRay
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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