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7th April 2005 14:38:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Hitler in Colour in May

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Warner Vision International have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Hitler in Colour for 2nd May 2005 priced at £15.99. Original colour film and contemporary diaries and letters are presented alongside live footage of key events and experiences surrounding the traumatic and destructive twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich. Produced by TWI, the makers of the BAFTA award-winning “Britain at War in Colour”, and narrated by Brian Cox, Hitler in Colour presents a fascinating analysis of Germany during the Second World War.

Following the ITV3 premiere, 60 years since the announcement of the Führer’s death, this documentary comes to DVD with the following features:
  • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • A ten minute colour archive montage of the immediate aftermath of the war
  • An interactive map of the main Nazi concentration camps
  • An interactive timeline of the Third Reich
  • A Nazi propaganda poster gallery
  • Biographies of leading Nazis

More from the press release...

Using only original colour film – some of which has been missing for decades – Hitler in Colour tells the story of a nation at war and follows Hitler’s brutal rise to power. Critical moments such as the invasion of Poland, the Battle of Britain, and the fall of Berlin are insightfully recounted from the perspective of those who lived through them: the leaders and the people, the oppressors and the victims, the guilty and the innocent.

Hitler in Colour, tracks the dramatic transformation of Germany into a Nazi state, the inhumane treatment of Germany’s Jewish population and also takes an in-depth look at Hitler’s relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, which includes film she shot herself. Hard-hitting footage brings significant historical moments to life, replicates the visual and emotional impact of the Second World War and offers a new perspective on key moments of twentieth century history.

Viewers can watch authentic colour footage of the period’s most pivotal events, including Nazi rallies, Hitler’s meeting with Lloyd George, the horrors of Buchenwald concentration camp and Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto. Hitler in Colour also depicts wartime Germany from a civilian perspective; emotive accounts from the women and children left behind to fend for themselves add another dimension to this intriguing documentary.

Woven with contemporary witness material and original sound recordings Hitler in Colour expertly captures the wartime experiences of all of those who lived under the Führer’s rule. Combined with informative excerpts from diaries and correspondence, powerful colour footage conveys the grim reality of battle, the complexity of human emotions and the crimes and sacrifices that were made throughout the Nazi regime.

From Hitler’s election to power in 1933 to the fall of Berlin in 1945, Hitler in Colour is an innovative and timeless account of some of the most important events in history. Produced by David Batty, the Executive Producers are John Fothergill for TWI and Bill Jones for ITV1.
About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.