Ken Burns: The War

Ken Burns: The War

Ken Burns: The War

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2007-09-23
  • Advisory Rating: TV-14
  • Episodes: 7
  • iTunes Price: USD 39.99


Explore the history and horror of World War II from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who became caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. This epic film focuses on the stories of citizens from four American towns taking the viewer through their personal and harrowing journeys, painting vivid portraits of how the war altered their lives. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.


Title Time Price
1 A Necessary War (December 1941 - Decembe 2:22:22 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
2 When Things Get Tough (January 1943 - De 1:54:49 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
3 A Deadly Calling (November 1943 - June 1 1:50:17 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
4 Pride of Our Nation (June 1944 - August 2:16:48 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
5 FUBAR (September 1944 - December 1944) 2:04:31 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
6 The Ghost Front (December 1944 - March 1 1:57:01 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
7 A World Without War (March 1945 - Decemb 2:05:01 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes



  • Magnificent and Sorrowing

    By SirGawainOfSpring
    An exelent documentary on the War and the soundtrack is just so fitting, if they release the score I must buy it.
  • Ken Burns: The War

    By kdfksk
    After a barrage of WWII movies I was hesitant to watch yet another series of the same genre, however, Ken Burns comes through again showing the place and time through the eyes of those who experienced each episode. I highly recommend this series for any history buff.
  • over priced

    By slimthugster
    All PBS shows are ridiculously over priced. I do not mean to discredit Ken Burns or this documenary, however I think Americans have ahd enough with greedy companies robbing from the public to fill their fat pocket books. PBS needs to stop complaining about not getting enough money because they arleady get our tax dollars and now they are over charging us for TV? Absurd. Do not buy this product unless PBS, iTunes, and/or Ken Burns agrees to lower the price. Otherwise this is theft of our hard earned dollars.
  • Beautiful.

    By Salvaticus
    The only word I can think of is "sublime." After the final episode I cried hard for a while. I'm not ashamed to admit that. So many people gave us so much and we take it for granted and waste it. I don't usually go in for the jingoistic stuff... but this is the real deal. This isn't about nation states or maps. This is the legacy for every human lviing on Earth. My only complaint is that it wasn't presented from the viewpoints of the Axis soldiers as well. Their governments made really bad decisions. Their fighting men and their families endured all of the same things ours did... perhaps even worse. They hurled themselves at each other because that's what their homelands asked of them and in doing so they worked out a bunch of important stuff for all of us. I would love to see this remade by Ken Burns from the other side's perspective. Also, coverage of the Russian contribution was lacking. Thanks to the dead soldier half-burried in the sand on some island in the Pacific... We remember you.
  • Its A wonderful insightful show but.....

    By fully_me
    ts A wonderful insightful show but the price is way too steep! I understand public broadcasting needs as much as they can get and I always donate when I can but 9.99!!! per episode!!!!
  • Excellent History Lesson

    By McOregon
    A great in depth history lesson, especially of the Pacific theatre which is so often ignored by popular media. However, the "Ken Burns" effect is beginnning to make me dizzy, and many of the images are used repeatedly. Perhaps each episode could be cut down by 15-20 minutes by limiting the slow zoom and redundant images? Overall, and excellent documentary (at least the first two episodes!)
  • Best WWII documentary so far, yet still missing somthing?

    By dirtymag
    Buy the season. It's worth it!!! Real soldiers tell their stories and it has the best footage that I have seen in any documentary. WWII in HD is great too, yet I feel Ken Burns has a real gift for film making. His use of music from the time period helps your imagination connect with the history. I honestly believe that PBS specials are the best. If you only buy one WWII film special, this one should be it. Not to say it's perfect. I'm a big WWII fan, this was the deadliest war in history and one that needed to be fought. Yet it seems to focus on only American hardships, like most if not all WWII documentaries do. I would like to hear from the people in other countries as well, like Poland, France, England even Germany and Japan. That to me would make the ultimate WWII film. Other countries endured so much, we had an ocean to protect us they didn't. So in that respect it's missing a very important perspective.
  • History ist Momentous!

    By Conservative History Lover
    I beleive this is a great film that releases to the public the hardship, depression, and anguish these men went through during the war and the emotion of the public outside of war that reacted. Although I've heard the Civil War was made best I truly beleive within heart that this documented peice reveals our moment in history that changed America and the world of its time. This war will be never forgotten and neither the soldiers, veterans, and many others in that time and place that gave their lives and served for the better of their knowledge to fight for freedom or for what was right.
  • Ken Burns is simply the best...

    By Choo Pi4
    I have seen many Ken Burns documetaries and this is of equal caliber and quality to that of the Civil War Series.... Absolutely gripping and heart shattering. It is truly the ONLY depiction of WW2 I have seen that puts it straight in your face - the horror, the failure, the close to being there (heaven forbid) that I ever care to be. God bless.. Ken Burns has done it again. 5 stars without doubt.
  • Amazing stories!

    By mrmcsmitty
    While I wish that men did not need wars, I realize that we do not live in Utopia. This series however helps me to appreciate what so many people experienced during this time of a necessary war. I am proud to own this. WWII footage was obviously not HD. How could this be offered in HD?