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WWII in HD Striking Distance (2009– ) HD online

WWII in HD Striking Distance (2009– ) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Documentary / History / War
Original Title: Striking Distance
Director: Matthew Ginsburg
Writers: Hunter Dunn,Matthew Ginsburg
Released: 2009–
Duration: 44min
Video type: TV Episode
WII in HD looks at first hand accounts of the Battle of Leyte, the Tuskgee Airmen, the internment of Japanese-Americans, and the rescue of the "Lost Battalion".
Episode credited cast:
Gary Sinise Gary Sinise - Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Justin Bartha Justin Bartha - Jack Werner (voice)
Jimmy Kanaya Jimmy Kanaya - Himself
James Kyson James Kyson - Jimmy Kanaya (voice) (as James Kyson-Lee)
LL Cool J LL Cool J - Shelby Westbrook (voice)
Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur - Himself (archive footage)
Jason Ritter Jason Ritter - Jack Yusen (voice)
Jack Werner Jack Werner - Himself
Shelby Westbrook Shelby Westbrook - Himself
Jack Yusen Jack Yusen - Himself

Reviews: [2]

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    WWII in HD: Striking Distance (2009)

    **** (out of 4)

    Whereas the first six episodes featured quite a bit of graphic footage of dead soldiers, this one here doesn't feature a drop of blood yet it's one of the most haunting and suspenseful in the series. This time out we take a look at three different soldiers and their heroic stories. First we have Shelby Westbrook, member of the Tuskegee Airmen, who gets shot down behind enemy lines. Jack Yusen finds himself outnumbered on a ship battle when his ship is struck and sinks where the survivors are soon being stalked by sharks. Jimmy Kanaya, a Japanese-American, finds himself a POW after being part of one of the bravest fights in military history. All three of these stories are rather amazing survival stories and it really makes one respect what these men went through and even question how anyone could have the spirit to make it through these events. I think this film could also make any hard boiled racist change his ways after hearing how bravely Westbrook and Kanaya fought only to be hit with racism when they returned to the States. Westbrook, who flew nearly sixty missions, was turned down on a great job when he returned home because the CEO of that company didn't want blacks. It's also worth noting how the U.S. must have thought of their black and Japanese men because their footage, unless the rest that was shot of white soldiers, is in B&W. It really makes one wonder what was going on in this country when these men returned home. The color footage is (again) quite remarkable especially some of the footage of actual battles with ships being struck by large bombs and the various battles in the sky. The suspense to these three stories are top notch and makes this one of the best entries.
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    This seventh episode may not have all the blood, guts and gore the first six had, but in many respects it is just as brutal. That's because of the incredibly tense situations some of the guys were in. These range from several different death marches to sailors having to abandon their blown-up ship and survive in shark-invested waters, men shot down in planes and landing in mountainous enemy territory, etc., etc.

    Boy, each episode in this 10-part series reminds you, big-time, of how much war is hell and how much hell people went through fighting World War II. One particular shark story is really horrifying. Actually, my dad tells me this was a problem with many men who had to abandon ship in the Pacific.

    As far as the presentation.......duh, I found out something that was fairly evident from the start but I failed to see it. That is the fact that almost all of this "WWII In HD" series is shot in color, and it's this footage I presume being the main reason this new series was shown in the first place.

    I had assumed a small percentage of this is new, but not so. Most of this series, with all this color, is being presented for the first time to the public. It explains why there was so little on the Normandy invasion. Obviously, those Utah and Omaha beach scenes were not shot in color and it's not part of the newly-discovered footage that makes up this series.

    All of this came to light in this episode when narrator Gary Sinise remarks several times that film of the Japanese-American soldiers and the Tuskeegee Airman shots, are in black-and-white, obviously because they were not important enough due to the color of the skin of those soldiers. Thank goodness we are finally long past that kind of thing.

    Anyway, in this episode the action goes back-and-forth between at least three situations and they don't stay long in any part. All of it is fascinating, but brutal to contemplate.