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Battle for Marjah [Blu-ray]
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“A tremendous film that everyone … should watch. A+—Newsday
Follow Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines into the heart of the war in Afghanistan. Their target: the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold. Their tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces. Embedded with the troops, award-winning London Times Journalist Ben Anderson provides an intimate, sobering look at the realities of counterinsurgency warfare and combat on the ground.
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LCpl. Gus Haas and Cpl. George Godwin's proud mom, Pollyanna Haas
1/6 Bravo Company
These are real Marines, tough in action and language, and the action is real. Even the cameraman risks life as shown in the footage. Throughout the footage of events there is occasional text notes added to explain what is happening, or why. All of the filmed warfare, foxhole interviews, etc comes with SUBTITLES. Adult due to very strong language, disturbing images, war violence, and war graphic scenes. It's the REAL McCoy!
Not a wise choice for ladies with children stationed in Afghanistan. Hopefully this DVD will get some comments/reviews from former Afghanistan deployed American soldiers. What you see is an ongoing result of 9/11. Will it ever end? This is a difficult DVD set to rank. It is top notch in presenting truth without bias worthy of 5-stars. But the constant grind of disturbing footage and events can't really be called entertaining. Enlightening-perhaps! Compelling-YES! FACT: war documentary footage is no "Mary Poppins."
Bonus includes a viewer's guide with added info. "America's Longest War" time log. Text bios of Anderson and the photographer who shot the cover art.
This set is 2 discs. One is regular DVD, the other id Blu-ray. Both for one money. I found this company's earlier war release set "WEAPONS RACES" much more educational and less emotional in nature. But it's all war.
Really worth watching!
If you have watched generation kill it's the really life version !
There are many more negatives than positives in the film (even the occasional music is dreary), especially when it comes to US casualties vs Taliban killed. The director does not attempt to follow up on any of the battles but just moves on, focusing on American and civilian casualties. The translation scenes and long shots of locals attempt to make the viewer feel like we are just messing everything up, everyone is always repulsed, angry, frowning, etc. They didn't put in any shots of the kids joking and playing around, or any grateful locals... just the bad stuff. I know first hand many locals are happy to see us and work with us. I see kids playing around the base and adults playing soccer all the time. The point is this is just another negative outlook on the war in Afghanistan and it's nothing you can't read for yourself from a Liberal news source.
Definitely no need for Blue-Ray quality as there's nothing noteworthy for style, imagery, or action in this film. Just a jumbled compilation that doesn't give nearly enough details of a 6+month long Marine operation. This was definitely a one-timer and I will be giving it away.
Anderson's interviews with the local Afghan population are not be missed, as they demonstrate the lives and emotions of the citizens directly impacted and the complicated relationships they have with the forces working for their cause. Anderson's interviews humanize aspects of the war that are generally told in statistics and shocking headlines, and prompt viewers to question their own understanding of the war in Afghanistan.
Veterans of Operation Moshtarak look back on their time in Marjah as their "D-Day", and the direct coverage allowed for the media during this operation is a testament to the lengths we can go to in order to help the public better understand what deployed men and women are faced with, and the intricacies of the Afghan conflict faced by all of the countries involved.
Ben Anderson's professionalism and intuition truly helped make this documentary what it was. It is obvious that he was trusted so well in order to form the relationships that he did with these men, and to serve alongside them in such a way to document their emotions and experiences to such an extent. I can only hope that he continues to document the experiences of conflicts that are rarely seen.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who has an interest in the war in Afghanistan and U.S. Marines, or war from the perspective of the individual man on the ground. A great film overall.