Judge David Johnson had a narrow escape from his pants.
Revisit some of the great war's most daring missions.
I give up, World War II. You win. Just when I think you have no more stories to tell, that I've heard all the amazing tales of heroism and sacrifice you have to offer, along comes ANOTHER series full of amazing tales of heroism and sacrifice.
Imported from the UK and shown on The Military Channel, Narrow Escapes of World War II delivers 10 hour-long episodes detailing legitimately astonishing stories. The "narrow escapes" moniker offers a broad canvas to paint on, as pretty much any World War II tale involves someone narrowly escaping with their lives. No matter, this is simply fantastic stuff.
Lot of unknown names in those titles—Lucky Laycock? Badass? Yessir!—but rest assured, you'll know the ins and outs of their fascinating war stories by episode's end. I've been grinding through these WWII discs since I started my tenure at DVD Verdict, and there's stuff in this series I've never heard. It's a testament to the stunning scope of the war that there is a never-ending flow of historical storytelling…all of it is absorbing.
The stories are told through the standard combination of dramatic re-enactments, real footage, and talking head interviews with historians and former soldiers, narrated by Paul Markey, a guy who sounds like Anthony Hopkins, but is not actually Anthony Hopkins.
No matter; the lack of Hopkins does nothing to diminish the excellence of Narrow Escapes of World War II and the astonishing accomplishments of those profiled.
Acorn delivers another stand-up DVD set. Episodes receive clean standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, Dolby 2.0 stereo tracks, text profiles of select "WWII escapees," and a viewer's guide.
Not Guilty. A great set of a great series about great men.
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