THE HOMEFRONT tells the story of the American people during WWII: how they lived, what they thought, and how they were forever changed. This 90 minute film, widely regarded as a classic, does an exceptional job of recreating the panic, the pressures, the unity and the pride of America during this crisis period.Photo albums, 1940s newsreels, cartoons, snippets of Hollywood films and evocative period music bring history to life. The music is particularly infectious, from Billy Holiday’s plaintive “I’ll be Seeing You” to the toe-tapping “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition”. These cinematic elements are blended with dramatic personal reminiscences of a wide cross-section of Americans, to whom these were the worst or the best years of their lives, but in every case the most memorable. Viewers will be fascinated and moved by the memories of a Gold Star Mother, defense plant workers, Japanese internment victims, soldiers called up, and others.We are reminded how nearly we came to losing that war and how near it came (one ship was sunk by German submarines within one mile of the mouth of the Mississippi), and the almost superhuman effort involved in turning a country just emerging from the Great Depression into one in wartime production around the clock.THE HOMEFRONT also brings to light the changes, mostly dramatic but often subtle, that the war brought to American society: the movement of many from small towns to cities, the rise of the military-industrial complex, increased prosperity and the rise of suburbs, the massive entry of women into the paid labor force, the stirrings of the modern Civil Rights movement. The film communicates a straightforward message: WWII represents a major turning point, of watershed magnitude, in the life and times of America and her people. Students of the period will find this film exceptionally worthwhile.Top recommendation of the week...a model of its kind. TV Guide, National ReviewA superb documentary film, and a reminder that wars are often fought as much in the heart and mind as on the battlefield Chicago Sun-TimesA warm, marvelous, illuminating job. LA TimesAn astutely conceived and superbly crafted work, not only the best documentary film I have seen on Word War II, but among the most intelligent and impressive such films I have seen on any topic. Perspectives, AHA newsletterViewers will be fascinated and moved by the memories of a Gold Star mother, Japanese internment victims, soldiers and former war workers CHOICE magazineWhat a tremendous documentary! We relived so much--the good and the bad memories; we laughed and we cried and all throughout we were so proud. We hope this film will be shown in our public schools all over the country and abroad to show the younger generation what America was doing during WW2. Carmen Travesina, PBS viewerHOMEFRONT earns an 'A' The Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FLFrom the days preceeding the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to the raucous homefront celebrations following Japanese surrender in 1945, the impact of WW2 on America is traced in this ambitious, informative production. BOOKLISTIt is impossible not to be moved FILMEXThis product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.