History Channel’s new military documentary 75 Years of WWII is scheduled to be released this week. The double-disc documentary is another nice addition to the library of any military history buff out there. Unlike its partner documentary, 100 Years of WWI was somewhat mistitled, the title of this feature actually works to a point. That is because it actually takes into account the start of WWII in Europe, rather than from the point of the United States’ entry into the war. So it is actually factually correct. Another reason that audiences will appreciate this program is that while it does not present the depth of documentaries such as WWII in HD and Vietnam in HD, it is a good starting point for any discussion on World War II especially for any military history class or even history class in general. And last but not least of all worth noting is the packaging for the double-disc presentation. That packaging alongside the program’s content and smart title work together to make 75 Years of WWII another welcome addition to the library of any teacher, professor, or history lover in general.
The very first aspect of 75 Years of WWII that makes this latest set from History Channel work is its title. Most audiences take far too often for granted the title of a given box set, movie, etc. But the title of this release is quite important. It is actually so important because this September marks the 75th anniversary of the start of WWII. That is the 75th anniversary of the start of the war in Europe, not since America joined the war. So it is a factually correct title. Some might ask why this matter. It matters in that unlike so many DVDs out there already, it doesn’t end up misleading audiences. On another level, that factual certification also serves in itself as the basis for its own history lesson that is broadened quite well by History Channel’s other recent World War II documentary, WWII in HD and the network’s other WWII-based series, one of which sees a two-part episode included on this disc. That inclusion plays its own part in the overall success of this set, too.
As subtle as it is, the title of 75 Years of WWII is an important piece of the whole that makes this latest release from History Channel enjoyable for history lovers, teachers, and military history lovers alike. It is a subtle yet important starting point for any discussion point on World War II whether in the classroom or the living room. Just as important as the presentation’s title is the actual content contained on the set’s two discs. The material included on this presentation may not be as in-depth as History Channel’s previously released WWII box set WWII in HD. However, it does collectively offer its own share of in-depth information making for even more solid starting points for many more discussions on the history of World War II. It all begins with the two-part special D-Day in HD on the set’s first disc. More than likely, this was chosen as the world stopped and observed the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the end of World War II this year. It’s a fitting starting point for viewers considering the timeliness of the set’s release. Disc II is anchored by the two-part Battle 360 episode that focuses on the U.S.S. Enterprise and its role in the battle of Guadal Canal. There is also a short feature on the Top 10 most important pieces of military hardware that were developed over the course of World War II. This ties directly into History Channel’s previously released programs World War II from Space and 100 Years of WWI, which focused primarily on the military tech developed in World War I, rather than the war’s history. The Germans, Japanese, and Americans are all featured in this countdown, from land to sea to air. It’s a fitting finishing piece for a grouping of content that any history lover, military history lover and educator will appreciate.
Both the content included on 75 Years of WWII and its very title are key to the set’s overall presentation and enjoyment. As important as both factors remain, there is still one remaining factor that audiences should consider when purchasing the double-disc set. That remaining factor is the set’s packaging. There are only two discs in this package. But both discs are placed on their own spindle inside the case. Disc one is placed on its own insert inside the case while disc two has been placed on a spindle on the back inside portion of the case. This protects the discs from one another all while making them easily accessible. The end result is a pair of discs that audiences will be able to enjoy time and again for years to come.
The packaging used to house the discs in 75 Years of WWII rounds out History Channel’s new presentation. Together with the set’s equally important content and factually accurate title, the three factors noted here make 75 Years of WWII an even more welcome addition to any classroom or living room. It can be ordered online now direct from History Channel’s online store at http://shop.history.com/detail.php?p=577134&SESSID=a067958912a6f2c2d1ab21dca48b384a&v=history. More information on this and other titles from History Channel is available online at http://www.facebook.com/History and http://www.history.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.