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Apocalypse ’45 (Blu-ray)

Directed by Erik Nelson

Release Year: 2020
Running Time: 104
UPC: 7 38329 25567 1
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: B&W and Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Documentary, War

New York, NY — August 3, 2021 — Kino Lorber proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of the critically-acclaimed documentary APOCALYPSE ’45, a stirring account of the final year of World War II. Directed by celebrated documentarian Erik Nelson (The Cold Blue), APOCALYPSE ’45 includes stunning restorations of never-before-seen archival footage (culled from over 700 reels in the National Archives) in vivid color and surround sound, and the voices of 24 men who lived through these experiences, immersing viewers in the events of the Pacific Theater with an immediacy and presence that brings history to life and serves as a tribute to the last of the Greatest Generation.

Presented in the extended director’s cut, APOCALYPSE ’45 comes to Blu-ray and DVD on September 7, 2021, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray, and $19.95 for the DVD. Bonus features include Ford at Pearl, a new featurette containing long-lost color footage directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker John Ford at Pearl Harbor in 1942 (23 minutes), plus two fully restored Oscar®-nominated documentaries from 1945, To the Shores of Iwo Jima (Newly Restored 6.5K Color Film, 5.1/Stereo Audio Mix, 20 Minutes), and The Last Bomb (1945, Newly Restored 6.5K Color Film, 5.1 Stereo/Stereo Audio Mix, 36 Minutes). Also included are a restoration demonstration, and the trailer.

Erik Nelson pioneered the genre he describes as “Big Screen History” with his groundbreaking 2018 documentary The Cold Blue, which featured newly-restored footage shot by Oscar®-winner William Wyler during his time with the 8th Air Force in World War II. The Cold Blue became the first in this genre of documentary films that would soon be followed by Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old and Todd Miller’s Apollo 11.

With unprecedented access to footage shot at the time of the events, restored with state-of-the-art technology, APOCALYPSE ’45 brings audiences closer than ever before to this defining chapter of American history, as told (and seen) by the men who were there.

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