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A&E's proficient DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track isn't exactly extraordinary, but it's more than serviceable.
("Until 1938, the 3D photography of Heinrich Hoffman and Otto Schonstein had glossed over the dark side of Hitler's meteoric rise.Sound effects are almost ambient in nature, but considering they aren't native to the images and footage on display, it's more than appropriate. An overview of the use of stereoscopic 3D in World War II and its place in both the Axis and Allies' strategies, WWII in 3D is actually a captivating glimpse into a little-known aspect of the war.Likewise, the ever-present score is restrained but respectful, knowing (and maintaining) its place in the mix. And considering how many documentaries have been made about WWII, that's saying a lot.Again, the MVC-encoded 3D presentation doesn't disappoint.If anything disappoints it's the uneven noise that sometimes creeps into the expert and historian interviews, the minor artifacting that haunts an admittedly negligible number of the 21st century segments, and the average fine detail present in many of the modern-day sequences.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.
Far from the relatively recent innovation many assume it to be, the origins of 3D trace back to Charles Wheatstone, a Victorian scientist who invented the first stereoscope in 1838. By the time Hitler's armies were marching across Europe, stereoscopic 3-D was more than a hundred years old.
WWII in 3D isn't WWII in HD by way of post-conversion 3D, nor is it a gimmick.
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.
The recently shot footage doesn't look bad, not by any stretch of the imagination, but it isn't very noteworthy either.