THE PLOT THUS FAR
During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI’s undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the Nazi German Army as their audience. The U.S. 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable rubber tanks, sound trucks, and dazzling performance art to bluff the enemy again and again, often right along the front lines. This little-known unit’s knack for trickery was crucial to Allied success in World War II, but their top-secret mission was kept quiet for nearly 50 years after the war’s end. Using archival footage and dozens of still photographs, paintings, and sketches created by soldiers, The Ghost Army tells the extraordinary story of these incredible battlefield illusions and the talented young men, many recruited from art schools across the country, who used their creativity to ultimately save lives.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Ghost Army” is about one of the weirder tales of World War II. Peter Coyote masterfully narrates our way through a tale of trickery and the Nazi’s inability to think outside of the logical box. It’s like the Inglorious Basterds decided to team up with Mysterio and mind freak Colonel Klink. That’s how you drop references, fools. You do it like a boss while blasting your way through the best documentary that PBS has put out this year. I just wish we got a Blu-Ray release.
The DVD comes with some deleted scenes, bonus footage and an art show as the sole special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for standard definition. However, there are minor moments of digital noise. The Dolby track supports the dialogue and that’s all that matters for a documentary like this. I’d recommend a rental to the curious.
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