The War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

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



  • The War you thought you knew about.

    By Gomez7270
    I thought i knew a lot about WWII… then i saw this and realized i hadn't had seen it from the proper perspective. The people interviewed and featured in this program are among the most impressive human beings that have walked the face of this earth. Hearing their views on life, death injury and war is life changing. This should be shown in all high school history courses, there is no way a teacher or book can deliver this type of information.
  • NO HD!

    By Osu paul
    The documentary is AMAZING (5 STARS)!!!! 1 star is for iTunes not having HD! All the others are offered in HD and it is free on netflix (in HD). Wish I would have known this before I bought it on here!
  • Boots on the Ground

    By Doonptrt
    They were there with the rockets red glare, they were on that beach where we saw all those boys die in that video game. Yes they shot the guns and flew the planes, trudged thru the mud in the pouring rain. Bled and died so we could all live free here. Oh thank God they were there.
  • 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.