Ten Days to Victory (2005)

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Released 2-Jun-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 100:02 (Case: 120)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (50:01) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Tim Conrad
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Tim Conrad
Gareth Abel
Jeanne Bowser
Bill Corday
Peter Defeo
Sarah Finch
Susan Glover
Geoffrey Greenhill
Tim Hewit
Tim Hewitt
Laurence Hobbs
Kathleen Mackey
Landon Montour
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music Claude Milot
Mathieu Vanasse


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† World War II was the largest and deadliest war in history, and by April 1945 the war in Europe was drawing towards its inevitable conclusion, the complete annihilation of the Nazi's war machine. Using a combination of archival footage, re-enactments and interviews, Ten Days To Victory recounts the experiences of ten diverse people and looks at the role they each played in the final days of the war.

††† Included are Rochus Misch - Hitlerís telephone operator in the Berlin bunker, Urbano Lazzaro - the Italian partisan who apprehended Benito Mussolini as he tried to flee Italy, Gerda Steinke - a 19-year-old German woman who feared for her life under Russian occupation, and Vasily Ustogov - one of the Russian soldiers who stormed the Reichstag to plant the Red flag.

††† Ten Days To Victory has two episodes that are loosely broken into the following topics:

††† Episode 1 (50:01) - Hitlerís Bunker, Soviet Bombardment, Italian Campaign, Entering Berlin, Mussoliniís Death and Brits In North Germany.

††† Episode 2 (50:01) - Hold On Holland, Search For Safety, End Of The War?, Fight For Europe, Mountain Showdown and Total Defeat.

††† As is often the case with war documentaries the re-enactments can at times feel stilted. One nice touch is the way in which the re-enactments transition from B&W to colour, providing the viewer with a feeling of continuity as the documentary moves from archival footage to re-enactment.

††† Ten Days To Victory starts on the 25 April 1945, with the Russian and American armies meeting 60 miles South West of Berlin, and finishes with the cessation of all hostilities, at 1 minute past 11PM on the 08 May 1945. As this covers a 14 day period, the DVD's title is rather curious.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† Apart from some issues with aliasing the video transfer is very good.

††† The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.75:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

††† Along with archival footage, this disc contains re-enactments and interviews. Not surprisingly the quality of the video transfer differs from one to another, though all exhibit a sharp image with good shadow detail.

††† While the archival footage is in B&W the interviews are in full colour. The re-enactments are made to appear authentic by transitioning from B&W to colour. This effect is further enhanced by using a subdued colour palette. By contrast the colours of the interview footage are vibrant.

††† While much of the archival footage is very grainy and heavily scratched, the re-enactments and interviews are clean and free of film artefacts. I did not notice any MPEG artefacts throughout the documentary but film-to-video artefacts are a problem. Aliasing is evident on all sharp edges and when the camera pans. Some examples in Episode 1 are the desk and books at 15:40 and the truck at 18:28. The closing credits are also heavily affected by aliasing.

††† There are no subtitles available, not even English for the Hearing Impaired.

††† This is an RSDL disc with the layer change occurring between episodes.

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
Colour
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Audio

††† The audio track is very good.

††† This disc contains a single English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s) audio track.

††† The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand. I did not notice any audio sync issues with this disc.

††† The musical score by Claude Milot and Mathieu Vanasse is well crafted, complementing both the archival footage and the dramatisation.

††† Being a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track, the surround speakers and subwoofer are not utilised.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

††† This disc contains no extras whatsoever.

Menu

††† The menu is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.75:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced. The menu is not animated and there is no supporting audio.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† As far as I can tell, Ten Days To Victory has only received a Region 4 release.

Summary

††† Ten Days To Victory examines the events that took place during the final days of the war in Europe, at a time when the Russian assault on Berlin has begun and the Nazi war machine is in its death throes. Ten diverse people retell their stories of courage and survival with the assistance of archival footage and re-enactments.

††† Apart from some issues with aliasing the video transfer is very good.

††† The audio track is very good.

††† There are no extras on this disc.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Aaron Devereaux (read my bio)
Saturday, April 01, 2006
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