Warlords DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

A captivating look at men who have made and ended war.
  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
A captivating look at men who have made and ended war.
THE BAD
Once again, Acorn Media gives us no extras.
THE FEATURE
What makes Warlords such an interesting piece to watch is the fact that it really gets inside the heads of its subjects. War is one of those things that seems inevitable. To quote a line from the Cold War epic Red Dawn, "Two toughest kids on the block... sooner or later they're gonna fight."

Volume One of this series examines Hitler v. Stalin and Churchill v. Roosevelt. Volume 2 looks at Churchill v. Stalin and Roosevelt v. Stalin. Beginning in 1941 and ending in 1945 we see how some of the world's biggest power brokers conducted themselves at this time of international crisis. The best part is that we see how these characters were at odds with one another, and history serves to show us who eventually won in these epic confrontations. Yet, there is a spotlight on the behind the scenes wranglings that make these sorts of doc*mentaries so interesting to see.

Warlords could be used both in a classroom, to reference for a research paper, or simply to be watched because one wants to examine history and its effect on the world.
THE EXTRAS
No Extras came with this DVD.
THE VIDEO
4:3 - Full Screen. Mixing color, black and white and all other manner of doc*mentary-like footage, what most impressed me was how we got to hear from these people in their own words at times. To be able to put this story together in this way really helped drive home the impact of this two DVD set. There is certainly conjecture on the part of the other voices commenting on the situations presented, but I think this set works as well as it does because its creators have tried to be impartial and simply let the subjects do their own bidding.
THE AUDIO
Stereo. The audio for this set was good. They used a lot of older footage and archival material, and this really helped set the mood and tone of Warlords. The audio didn't jump out at me for any particular reason, but it was solid and it pretty much stayed at the same level over the course of both the discs.
THE PACKAGE
This gray, green, brown, black and gold cover features all four players on the top portion of this slipcase. The back continues this color scheme showing us a few more pictures of these gentlemen, as well as offering up a nice description of what Warlords is about, and some minor technical specs as well. The discs are stored in two, amaray cases both of which break down the contents of these DVDs quite simply.
THE FINAL WORD
I went into my watching of Warlords pretty convinced that it was something I would like. Anything that looks at the people who helped shape our historical and political landscape is bound to be interesting, and those who don't find it interesting really aren't the audience for this sort of material anyway. What really grabbed me was just how well done this two disc set was. Yes, it is very long on extras but the content is quite exciting. I don't know if that's because of our current situation in the world (maybe I'm longing for a time when we knew who our enemies were?), or it could be because I was given information on these world players that I had never known before. I never knew that Churchill sparred so much with Roosevelt. I didn't know that Roosevelt wasn't as worried about Stalin as he was about Churchill. I didn't know to what extent the "military genius", Hitler, misjudged victory in Western Europe.

While I am sure there are other DVDs that will blow this one away from a sales perspective, at the end of the day I doubt that few discs will ever deal with material that is as important as Warlords.

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