THE PLOT THUS FAR
In 1919, a corporal in the German Army was sent home after the end of World War One. He found his country in economic and social ruins, its heritage and pride irreparably damaged by the Western allies of France, Britain, and the United States. It was a time ripe for change. And Adolf Hitler vowed not only to restore his country to its rightful glory, but to someday, personally, exact excruciating revenge upon its enemies. First in politics, and then with his unbeatable Wehrmacht, Hitler and the Nazis would not only achieve this goal, but come close to taking over the entire world. They left behind a wake of terror and destruction still felt to this day, and left an indelible mark on modern history as one of the most evil regimes of modern times.
From the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 to the hanging docks at Nuremburg in 1947, this uncompromising documentary follows Adolf Hitler’s cunning and ruthless quest to take over Germany, his brainwashing of Germany s young people, his insane dreams of Jewish genocide, his creation of one of the world s most feared military forces, and his pursuit of global domination. Including interviews by eye-witnesses of the takeover of France, the invasion at Normandy, the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the military failure at Stalingrad, and the fall of Berlin, Hitler & The Nazis is the true story of the rise and fall of a hate-fueled and manipulative madman, and those who faithfully followed him.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Hitler and the Nazis” is a 4 1/2 hour long documentary about the basic stuff you’d learn in any textbook. The narration lacks emotion or any real hook to hold attention. There’s not a lot of political sway, as the facts are read in a bare basic format. Take that for what you will. This might actually be refreshing for those of you that slept through Social Studies.
While I’m a fan of going through the highlight reel of WWII, it’s not something that I’d call entertaining. Watching as a genocidal maniac rises to power and murders millions of people isn’t fun to relive. But, it’s nice to see how it happened and what can be done to prevent it from ever happening again. I just wish we got something that was way more fascinating.
The DVD comes with no special features. It’s fairly typical for a history oriented documentary. The A/V Quality is on par with similar documentaries. But, that’s not like it was something that would blow out your home theater. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 05/27/2014