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National Geographic - Lost Subs
National Geographic's compulsively watchable Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea presents a gripping look at real-life submarine disasters. Four different undersea disasters are examined, from the first tiny problem to the final, tense rescue efforts. A blend of computer animation, contemporary news footage, and stock footage keeps the action moving and gives the viewer an effortless sense of the mechanics involved. In addition to the real-life drama, Lost Subs has a true geek's appreciation for the incredible technology of a sub--at one point a sailor shows that the sonar is sensitive enough to pick up the sound of shrimp feeding.

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Submarines: The Cold War Below
Six films. Major titles include: 41 For Freedom, Polaris Blue and Gold, Missiles of the Navy, Regulus II, and Expedition: USS Seadragon . It also includes a never-before-seen home movie made by the Seadragon 's crew.
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers Blu-ray
An impressively rigorous, unsentimental, and harrowing look at combat during World War II, Band of Brothers follows a company of airborne infantry--Easy Company--from boot camp through the end of the war. The brutality of training takes the audience by increments to the even greater brutality of the war; Easy Company took part in some of the most difficult battles, including the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the failed invasion of Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge

U-Boat War
This is a set of 3 documentaries covering the U-boat's impact in WWII, from beginning to end. It is well-written, and supplemented with interviews with American, British, and German survivors (and also historians) as well as a good amount of archival footage. It is really interesting to hear the story from those who were there -- including a number of German U-boat commanders. The breadth of coverage is good, including both German and Allied tactics (and how these tactics changed during the war), as well as technical advances on both sides. Coverage also includes developments in the Allies' ability to read the German naval code.
       
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Gods and Generals
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Full Metal Jacket Deluxe Edition Blu-ray
Full Metal Jacket
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We Were Soldiers
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World War II - The Lost Color Archives
In the 1980s determined researchers began scouring the world for color film shot during World War II, and the result of their quest is spectacular. Seeing the war through the ubiquitous black-and-white footage has always made the experience somewhat distant, but in clear, crisp color, the enormity of the war and its horrors is startling and dramatic. Films of Nazi rallies are all the more disturbing; a viewer seeing the scene in color realizes the massive crowds saluting Hitler are no longer gray and faceless masses, but gatherings of well- dressed civilians. Color combat footage, from across Europe and the Pacific, is frighteningly immediate, and some of it, showing the wounded, the dead, and even prisoners being executed, will no doubt be disturbing for many viewers. Violence and destruction on an unimaginable scale is vividly put on display, as are smaller moments of soldiers smiling for the camera or liberated prisoners from the concentration camps staring in pained bewilderment. The episodes, produced by the History Channel, are introduced by veteran journalist Roger Mudd, and the narration for each individual segment typically contains excerpts from letters and diaries describing events close to those depicted in the film footage. The footage used is of a surprisingly high quality (much of it was shot and stored away, virtually unseen for decades), and it provides a stunning look at how the war appeared to those fighting it.

National Geographic: Inside Special Forces
Go inside the world's most elite, top secret strike force. Their mission is unique, targeted, dangerous...and only National Geographic will go deep into the secret world of US Special Operations. Follow Special Forces into battle and on secret missions in Afghanistan and Iraq as they face situations where honed skill, finely tuned instincts and split-second decision making are the difference between success and failure...between life and death.

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The Big Picture - The First Cavalry Division and the 41st Infantry Division
In this unit a tribute is paid to two fighting infantry divisions - THE 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION AND THE 41ST INFANTRY DIVISION. It shows the "Cavalry" in action in the jungles of the southwest Pacific, its landing on Leyte and its entrance into Tokyo. The activities of the 41st Infantry Division during the war was graphically told. Colonel Quinn takes the infantryman's weapons apart; verbally.

The World at War
The Second World War was different from other wars in thousands of ways, one of which was the unparalleled scope of visual documents kept by the Axis and Allies of all their activities. As a result, this war is understood as much through written histories as it is through its powerful images. The Nazis were particularly thorough in documenting even the most abhorrent of the atrocities they were committing--in a surprising amount of color footage. The World at War was one of the first television documentaries that exploited these resources so completely, giving viewers an unbelievable visual guide to the greatest event in the 20th century. This is to say nothing of the excellent, comprehensible narrative

       

Raise The Alabama

She was known as "the ghost ship." During the Civil War, the CSS Alabama sailed over 75,000 miles and captured more than 60 Union vessels. But her career came to an end in June of 1864 when she was sunk by the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Northern France

The Big Aircraft Carrier
Kid's-eye tour of the largest ship in the U.S.A Navy invites the viewer into a small airplane on land, takes them on a brief flight, through a landing on the USS Nimitz and through takeoff again. Along the way, there's a tour of the ship--the largest afloat on earth--from hospital to barbershop to library

Submarine: Steel Boats - Iron Men
This is the only program where the US Navy allowed a film crew to go down with a sub to see what really happens below the waves. As a result, the film presents a never before seen look inside a state of the art nuclear-powered sub on patrol. It shows, in extraordinary detail, the daily ordinary and extraordinary lives of submariners. You will see and hear things that you have never seen before. Steel Boats also shows the training, family life, off-time activities, etc. Viewers visit a "wet trainer" at Sub School to see what these submariners endure when they climb inside one of these remarkable ships. Who are these men, who live confined in a steel tube deep in the ocean for months at a time, surrounded by a hostile environment, in constant danger?

National Geographic - Beyond the Movie - Pearl Harbor
This National Geographic DVD tells more than just commenting on the recent movie.It sets the record straight.For example,the American volunteers called "The Eagles" that flew against the Luftwaffe in The Battle Of Britain were all civilian volunteers and not military men as portrayed in the Pearl Harbor film.Of these 214 men,109 died going into battle against the Germans.
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Halls of Honor
The U.S. Navy Museum takes you on an informed and entertaining romp through one of North America s oldest and finest military museums. The museum has been in continuous operation at the Washington Navy Yard since the American Civil War

American Experience: MacArthur
General Douglas MacArthur is considered by many to be the greatest American military hero in history. In The American Experience: MacArthur we get the chance to look in depth at this complex man. At times paranoid and poetic, inspirational and petty, his belief in his own destiny was so strong that he seemed to expect his victories as his due. The filmmakers present his story with newsreel and military footage, as well as with thoughtful interviews with historians, aides, journalists, and soldiers under his command. From West Point through two World Wars, his presiding over the reconstruction of Japan, and his firing at the hands of Harry Truman over the war in Korea, MacArthur weaves an epic tale of his larger-than-life feats and his return again and again to the center of global action. Revered on both sides of the Pacific, General MacArthur left a legacy that must not be forgotten.

Vietnam A Television History
This remarkable and essential seven-volume series--six years in the making and originally broadcast on public television in 1983--tells the agonizing history of Vietnam's lengthy conflicts with some of the largest powers on Earth. While the primary focus is on the United States' miserable efforts to prop up a porous, anti-Communist government in South Vietnam as a bulwark against Chinese and Soviet expansionism, the series' makers expend no less energy detailing important antecedents to America's intervention. Of vital interest are the first two hours, which tell the compelling story of France's 80-year colonial rule in Southeast Asia and the rise of a European-educated generation of Vietnamese intellectuals turned warriors, chief among them the architect of Vietnam's prolonged revolt against the West, Ho Chi Minh. By the time a viewer comes to understand how and why America shrugged off Vietnamese independence after World War II, it is easier to grasp the tragic context for the disastrous military campaign of the 1960s and '70s.
black hawk down blu-ray
Black Hawk Down
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The Crusades - Crescent & the Cross
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The History Channel's Pearl Harbor
This production provides an in-depth look at the Japanese attack on the American Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor on the fateful day of December 7, 1941. The documentary begins by providing a background to the eventual conflict in the Pacific, noting how Japan had been waging a war of conquest in China since the early 1930s. As a power struggle with the U.S. loomed on the horizon, the Japanese built a formidable navy marked by an innovative utilization of carrier-based aircraft. Special attention is given to Admiral Yamamoto, who had studied at Harvard and admired America but vigorously planned the assault on America's naval might. The attack on the morning of December 7 is explained tactically, and films shot at Pearl Harbor during the Sunday morning air raid,


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For All Mankind Blu-ray
For All Mankind Blu-ray
The story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the Moon

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