‘This is history at its core,’ said History president/GM Nancy Dubuc upon announcing this ambitious 10-part series. It’s also history remarkably revived: some 3,000 hours of archival color footage, some of it never seen on television before and sourced from archives and private collections found around the world, have been painstakingly restored with advanced HD technology. Vivid Dolby 5.1 surround sound brings the sensory experience full circle, while the stories of 12 soldiers are brought to life through recitations from unpublished diaries and journals, read by a cast that includes Rob Lowe and LL Cool J. WWII in HD (titled WWII: Lost Films internationally) is an incredible achievement in historical television, and one can only hope that it helps to fulfill the aim of, in Dubuc’s words, ‘ensuring that we never forget the sacrifice made by the Greatest Generation.’
Partners: Lou Reda Productions (Easton, PA) for History, distributed through AETN International
Airing: Fall 2009, History (U.S.)
Length: 10 x 60 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide outside U.S.