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#1 Deep Web Diver

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Posted 16 December 2003 - 04:10 AM

Mahross's What is everyone reading? thread provides a great place for everyone to share their thoughts on what they have just read, are reading or are about to read. I decided to create a similar thread for discussing WWII and other films, documentaries and TV shows since so many of us do enjoy watching such things and most of us have either a DVD player or VCR.

So ... what have you been watching?
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 06:47 AM

At the moment the "World at war" series from the beginning of 1970´s. It has great footage on battles as well as interviews with people who were there at the battle sites. Recommend it!

One interesting part is Speer´s interview on attacking Russia :" After Red Army failed to take Finland in Winter War Hitler was sure Russia would lose if he would attack and started the Barbarossa planning seriously!"....Well, it is Speer saying that anyways!
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 07:00 AM

I have the complete series on video, Kai - it's the best documentary ever made about WW2 and will probably remain so for one obvious reason ; most of the participants have passed away :(

I often re-watch the 'Whirlwind' programme just to hear again the reminiscences of Bill Reid VC.
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 11:55 AM

Been watching the 'Commandos' series on Channel 4 recently. There seems to be a lot of good stuff on brit tv recently.

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Posted 16 December 2003 - 03:18 PM

"From here to eternity" and "Terminator III" this weekend... :rolleyes: :D

And of course, "The return of the King" TO-NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek: :cool:
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:34 PM

Nothing much worth noting except on the Outdoor Life Network I catch this cool show called: "X-Fire" which apparently it is an ongoing show that is filmed somewhere in England.

It's about 6 people who are office workers (who are dressed in bright orange clothing) and not much for physical or outdoor stuff who are teamed together to go on "missions" against a team of "Special Forces" who are dressed in (black clothing) and each tem has a series of three missions they go on.

Both sides are armed with paintball guns. I just discovered this program the Tues before Thanksgiving, and now i'm hooked.

The only other thing of note that I saw recently was the History of Samurai 2 hr Doc on the History Channel.
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Posted 17 December 2003 - 04:27 AM

The most recent thing I have seen was HBO's When Trumpets Fade, a lackluster film which focuses on a company of the 28th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Huertgen Forest.

It is interesting to note that, Frank Whaley, who played Medic Chamberlain in When Trumpets Fade, also appears in A Midnight Clear and Swing Kids, an unusual number of World War II films for a relatively young actor.

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Posted 18 December 2003 - 01:23 AM

I thought "Angels In America" on HBO was very well done, mostly due to the acting........Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Jeffrey Wright and others.

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 10:02 AM

Martin,

can you say on which "World at War" film/DVD there´s footage on Battle of Bulge as the head lines are not giving it away at least on the DVD´s.. Closer to the Arnhem or Battle for Germany? ( Intend to buy that one next)

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 03:57 PM

I've got the 12-video full set and the Ardennes Offensive is seen in Volume 10, 'Pincers'.

Incidentally, this part was written by the award-winning documentary-maker Peter Batty, who had already produced a programme entitled 'Battle of the Bulge'. This can still be found on video and is reckoned by many historians ( Danny Parker, for one ) to be the best programme ever made about the battle. Because it was originally screened in 1969, it includes interviews with many key figures such as Manteuffel, Clark, Hasbrouck and Strong.
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 01:53 AM

TBS aired A Few Good Men today, a well written, well cast and very well acted film.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 08:17 PM

The only thing I watched this weekend was some of the Carol Burnett Marathon. Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner & Vicki Lawrence sure were the best.

Tim Conway as Mr.Wiggens (Pronounced: Mr. Huhviggens) was the best.

Anyone else here a fan of her show? If not? you really missed some great entertainment.
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Posted 20 January 2004 - 01:00 AM

Watched a few hours of Carol Burnett,too.Ahhh, don't make shows like that anymore.FramerT.
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Posted 20 January 2004 - 01:24 AM

Busy watching the latest re-run of the 60s BBC series The Great War. I last saw it during it's re-run in the mid-70s, but hope to afford the DVD set to put beside my video collection of The World At War....when I win the lottery!

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Posted 20 January 2004 - 09:50 PM

Hi Framer T, you have good taste and welcome to these forums.

Best regards--Carl.

PS: I sure do miss her Tarzan yells.
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Posted 04 February 2004 - 05:57 AM

Just finished re-watching Stalingrad, damn fine film. Also 'Spitfire Ace' on C4 finished a couple of days ago, good series.
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Posted 07 March 2004 - 09:30 PM

I caught Seven years in Tibet the other day. An interesting and unique film in that it must surely be the only film which features both WWII POW camp escapees and the Dalai Lama.

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 04:16 PM

Bought and watched "The Thin Red Line" and "Saving Private Ryan" on DVD this weekend. Also a friend lent me "The Soldiers of Salamina" —a Spanish film about the Spanish Civil War—, quite good too.

Last weekend I bought "Patton" —I finally managed to watch it!— , "We were soldiers" and "The 4 feathers" —this last one not that good.
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Posted 02 April 2004 - 05:03 AM

I caught Stalag 17 on AMC recently.

Hoffy: "What's the matter with you, Security? You were always so calm. Especially when you let Manfredi and Johnson go out there."
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Posted 02 April 2004 - 06:57 PM

"Longest Day" was on a couple nights last week. Really "corny" compared to SPR. graemlins/no.gif
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Posted 02 April 2004 - 08:23 PM

"Longest Day" was on a couple nights last week. Really "corny" compared to SPR.

How can you say that? :eek: graemlins/no.gif "Saving Private Ryan" is a very lousy war film compared to the "Longest Day"! First, it's a fiction story in the middle of D-day which portrays —very accurately, yes— just the fighting in Dog-Green sector of Omaha Beach and a fake mini-battle in Ramelle against German units which weren't at Normandy yet.

"The Longest Day" is a huge and extremely accurate complete history of D-day, with real characters, real stories, etc. That the action scenes are not as realistic as Spielberg's is quite obvious why: the budget and technology difference between 1970 and 1998...
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Posted 02 April 2004 - 08:59 PM

For starters,the part where the Brits are tied down in the town by MG-42s and a AT gun.Here comes these 4 nuns walking down the street in a hail of gun fire?? "I'll go get us some tank support"; here he comes riding into town later standing on the back of a Sherman whose commander is standing up in the turret.Knocks the German AT gun out and the Germans run?Hurray!Hurray!Those Germans must have been piss poor shots. :confused: I know SPR was fiction. :( I like the movie but it's corny."Hey I hear bagpipes". tongue.gif
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Posted 02 April 2004 - 09:44 PM

For starters,the part where the Brits are tied down in the town by MG-42s and a AT gun.

They were not Brits, but Free French.

Here comes these 4 nuns walking down the street in a hail of gun fire?? "I'll go get us some tank support"; here he comes riding into town later standing on the back of a Sherman whose commander is standing up in the turret.Knocks the German AT gun out and the Germans run?Hurray!Hurray!Those Germans must have been piss poor shots.

That did happen in reality. And that precise scene has one of the best aerial shots and edition I have ever seen in my life. Wtahc it again and you'll be amazed by how the camera turn 180o + while men run and action is going on without you even noticing that's like 50+ takes! :eek: Spielberg dreams about scenes like that... :rolleyes:

I know SPR was fiction.

And not precisely the best fiction... The screenplay is quite awkward in the middle, though it is not bad at all. But "The Longest Day"'s script is what a script and a screenplay must be. It's incredibly well-written. Not to mention the five directors made a supperb job, uniforms were better than in "Saving Private Ryan" and
also was not biased at all.

I like the movie but it's corny."Hey I hear bagpipes".

That did happen.

And of course, if you watched it in TV dubbed to English, then you wasted your time.
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Posted 04 April 2004 - 06:56 PM

I just saw Captain Corelli's Mandolin on A&E. Wow!
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Posted 05 April 2004 - 02:28 PM

I recently "watched at" an old B&W named "ATTACK" w/Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, and "Animal" from Stalag 17, and another one I can't remember the name to starring Yul Brenner as a German Merchant? captain and Marlon Brando as an ally spy aboard ship... ???ANYONE think the upcoming (at the Theatre) "ALAMO" is gonna be worth a hoot??? I saw "THE PASSION" last week but didn't care for it a great deal...I thought "JESUS OF NAZARETH" with the British actor (what's his name) was better...

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