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Press Release
November 20, 2007

The National Archives Produces Filmed Histories on DVDs with Partner TOPICS Entertainment

Washington, DC…Culled from the National Archives’ popular selection of WWII and aviation DVD collections, two new gift packs have been released by Topics Entertainment in time for the upcoming holiday season. Containing 24 DVDs each, they are the first products of this scope produced by Topics.

    WWII: A Filmed History features "War in Europe," "War on the Homefront," "War in the Pacific," and "Why We Fight." Totaling more than 25 hours of archival footage, this collection represents an invaluable cinematic recounting of American participation in World War II in one comprehensive package. 24 DVDs

    Aviation: A Filmed History from the National Archives combines NARA sets "Classic Aviation" and "WWII: Air War" with three popular aviation titles from Topics’ product line—"America’s Fighting Jets," "Fighter Pilots," and "Military Air Power." 24 DVDs

  • WWII: A Filmed History features "War in Europe," "War on the Homefront," "War in the Pacific," and "Why We Fight." Totaling more than 25 hours of archival footage, this collection represents an invaluable cinematic recounting of American participation in World War II in one comprehensive package. Included are selections from on-the-scene historical newsreel footage and documentary shorts and features, often filmed and narrated by top Hollywood enlistees.

  • Aviation: A Filmed History from the National Archives combines NARA sets "Classic Aviation" and "WWII: Air War" with three popular aviation titles from Topics’ product line—"America’s Fighting Jets," "Fighter Pilots," and "Military Air Power." Over 20 hours of footage documents aviation from the first flights to the launch into space.

Both gift packs sell for the suggested retail price of $149 each and are available exclusively at Costco and at selected NARA museum shops through January 1. After that date, they will be available at other major retailers.

About the National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration, an independent Federal agency, is the nation's record keeper. Founded in 1934, its mission is unique —to serve American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. We ensure continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. We support democracy, promote civic education, and facilitate historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives meets a wide range of information needs, among them helping people to trace their families' history, making it possible for veterans to prove their entitlement to medical and other benefits, and preserving original White House records. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at www.archives.gov.

About TOPICS Entertainment
Founded in 1990, TOPICS Entertainment is the largest, privately-owned multimedia publishing company in the United States. TOPICS offers more than 300 consumer language‑learning, education, and entertainment multimedia products, and is the exclusive software publisher/distributor for National Geographic, Rand McNally, World Book, Kaplan, Scholastic, and several others. An active supporter of the environment and education, TOPICS donates five percent of pre‑tax profits to a variety of conservation and environmental education organizations. Visit its web site at www.topics‑ent.com.

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