WWII IN 3D tells the story of the war from the rise of the Nazis, their sweep across Europe, the Allied counterattack and the fall of Nazi Germany.
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LFE output, meanwhile, is cautious but strong, rear speaker activity is subdued but subtly enveloping, and dynamics are on point. A&E's Blu-ray release makes it even more fascinating thanks to a solid video transfer, a gripping 3D presentation and a decidedly decent DTS-HD Master Audio track.
The experience is front-heavy on the whole and Wilkinson's narration lords over the soundscape, sure. All things considered, WWII in 3D conducts itself with sonic honor and never allows the audio to overwhelm or detract from the 3D imagery in any way. Ignore the title, shelve your preconceived notions and give this little History Channel gem a shot.
A&E's proficient DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track isn't exactly extraordinary, but it's more than serviceable.
Tom Wilkinson's narration is clear, grounded and perfectly intelligible, as are the voices of the various experts, historians and witnesses featured in the film.
No hyperbole required; I did just that on a number of occasions.
Granted, watching historians don their own 3D glasses and react to the same photos is about as silly as it comes, adds next to nothing to the experience, and amounts to shamelessly up-selling a documentary that's already being enjoyed.
("Until 1938, the 3D photography of Heinrich Hoffman and Otto Schonstein had glossed over the dark side of Hitler's meteoric rise.
But the megalomania lurking in these photos would soon erupt across Europe, and Nazi 3D photography would go along for the ride.") Thankfully, narrator Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom, Michael Clayton) brings balance to Rotello's histrionic flair with a measured tone and professorial gravity.
It helps, of course, that Hitler deserves every horror-movie cue and verbose epithet the History Channel has in its arsenal.
It isn't as absorbing as the still 3D photography, but A&E's transfer does its job and does it well.
The brief 3D film footage is followed by a series of Ally aerial reconnaissance photographs, and it becomes very clear how the Allied forces found the 3D photos helpful when planning ground assaults and invasions.