'Secret Stories of Hitler'
(Various / 3-Disc DVD+Digital / NR / 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Adolf Hitler has left an incomparable mark of evil on the pages of history. A horrifying legacy that still haunts people around the world, today, this captivating documentary collection provides a brutal, honest and untold portrait of the life and events of history's most evil dictator - through 3 poignant documentaries that expose his terrifying truths.
DVD Verdict: Up first, and from Academy Award-Winning Producer David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, The Killing Fields) comes the most controversial documentary (that was BANNED at the Cannes Film Festival) about Hitler ever made, Swastika (1974).
The Nazification of Germany from 1933 to 1945 is told here through a compilation of Nazi footage, newsreels, propaganda films and Eva Braun's home movies.
This is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the starkest documentaries about the Third Reich you will EVER see!
At the age of 19, Franco-Australian film student Philippe Mora made the archive discovery of his life. With the help of a historian he found the Obersalzberg film roles that Eva Braun once stored in her bedroom at the Berghof and that were later seized by US military personnel.
Mora mixed these private recordings with Nazi propaganda material and created a documentary. Only in the second part of the movie he used footage from "the other side".
The movie misses any comment. Mora let the pictures speak for themselves. The documentary caused a scandal back then and was first shown in German cinemas 37 years later.
The contrast between cozy mountain idyll, martial parades and evil propaganda is hard to overcome. The film conveys a sense of how powerful and thrilling the atmosphere was at that time. Starling to watch. Brutal to admit it was a real life happening.
Next up is Hitler: The Untold Story, which is a 6-part series focusing on the years of Adolf Hitler's political career, from its obscure beginnings to the Nazi leader's final days in the bunker.
Also known as either 'Hitler: Anecdotes, Myths and Lies' or 'Adolf Hitler: The Case of the Missing Corpse' the piece tries to fill in the blanks of the question always asked of Hitler: Can we really be sure what became of Hitler?
It recounts the most significant events of his life and follows the Second World War as it unfolds to build a vivid picture of the personality of the Nazi dictator and those surrounding him; using the most revealing anecdotes and exposing the myths created to maintain Hitler in power and the lies spread by his brutal regime.
The final documentary is U-Boats: Hitler's Sharks in which we learn, and see, that from the very beginning of the World War II, the sea became a vitally important scene of conflict. Great Britain relied on receiving supplies by sea and, therefore, a total blockade of the UK was one of the main objectives of Hitler's Germany.
One of the great (and still) unanswered questions is that would have happened if Hitler had granted his general's requests for more submarines?! A fascinating look at a section of Hitler's reign that I myself had no real clue about, whilst the others have been roundly seen before, this one might well peak your interest the most.