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  • Directors: Anthony Wonke
  • Writers: Ben Anderson
  • Producers: Ben Anderson, Guy Davies, Nancy Abraham, Rachele Dryden-Smith, Sheila Nevins
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 6 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0055T3RBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,335 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa3bd07f8) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3a51ce4) out of 5 stars Marjah Marine Mom Nov. 16 2011
By Pollyanna C. Haas - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My two sons are featured in this documentary. Cpl. George Godwin provides his personal perspective as a new father engaging the Taliban in an effort to take control of Marjah in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. These are not actors. These are young men being helicoptered into a war zone (at night) armed only with what they can carry. This is real and the footage is raw. Regardless of personal opinion about war and middle eastern issues, Americans owe these men a debt of gratitude. They are America's finest, American heroes.

LCpl. Gus Haas and Cpl. George Godwin's proud mom, Pollyanna Haas
1/6 Bravo Company
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa39d9b88) out of 5 stars The REAL Afgan War--Another 'NAM? July 17 2011
By Harold Wolf - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
IN YOUR FACE WAR COMBAT. Not a glitzy documentary of a battle, but camera within the troops as they attempt to change the are in Afghanistan, specifically the Marjah Taliban stronghold town. Expect war and all it entails. Language, death, injury and frustration. If you have never been in combat, here is an opportunity to witness it first-hand, almost. The British reporter, Ben Anderson, goes in alongside Bravo Company with his camera. Anderson is producer, writer, and film photographer of this event to show the WHO-HOW-WHAT-WHERE of an actual offensive began on February 13, 2010. The WHY is left open for the viewer to answer. Who gains? You may have a problem with your own answer after seeing this feature-length footage that covers one US Marine unit that was supposedly a part of a coalition force. Ha!

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.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3caa624) out of 5 stars Masterpiece Sept. 4 2011
By Antoinette Alexis - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is an amazing piece of work. I can't believe someone had the balls to film this. It's honest, shot really well. A great documentary with material as live and raw as you can get.
Really worth watching!
If you have watched generation kill it's the really life version !
42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3984264) out of 5 stars waste of money Dec 31 2011
By 18thstreetstyle - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Where to begin... having seen much better documentaries on Afghanistan (e.g. "Armadillo") I suppose I am somewhat biased (and FYI I'm deployed in Afghanistan right now), but expected much more from HBO. The main thing that annoyed me about this film was that it was too fast paced for the length of the film and the amount of info it was trying to cover. The editing is very shotty throughout and the director seems like he doesn't really have a message he's trying to convey, other than America is screwing up Afghanistan merely by it's presence- which is BS because the country has only made progress since we began our mission there.

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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3caa630) out of 5 stars Chilling, profound and extremely well-done Oct. 20 2011
By JC - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Ben Anderson truly captures the hearts and minds of the Marines he embedded with in Afghanistan. It is an outstanding first-hand account of U.S. Marine operations in early 2010 during the Afghan conflict. His inarguable footage of Operation Moshtarak illustrates the largest offensive push since the beginning of the war and his insightful and touching interviews with Capt. Ryan Sparks and his Marines are a rare and genuine portrayal of their experiences. This operation changed the strategy and conduct of the Afghan war, and future operations from this point forward would always be compared to it.

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.

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