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9/11 [DVD] [2002]

Tony Benatatos , Jamal Braithwaite , James Hanlon , Gédéon Naudet    Exempt   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Benatatos, Jamal Braithwaite, Steve Buscemi, Joseph Casaliggi, Robert De Niro
  • Directors: James Hanlon, Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet
  • Writers: Greg Kandra, Tom Forman
  • Producers: Bruce Spiegel, David Friend, Graydon Carter
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LSE8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

On the morning of September 11, 2001, brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were working on a documentary about a rookie New York City fi refighter. Hearing a roar in the sky, Jules turned his camera upward - just in time to film the only existing image of the first pla ne crashing into the World Trade Center. In a fateful instant, Jules and Gedeon became eyewitnesses to the most shocking and definin g moment of our time. With cameras rolling, the Naudets followed NYC firefighters into the heart of what would be known as Ground Zero. What emerged is an unforgettably powerful visual document and a stirring tribute to real-life heroes who, in their city's dar kest hour, rose to extraordinary acts of courage and compassion.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This can't be happening 18 April 2006
9/11 was intended to be a documentary of the first year in a rookie firemans life. Instead it became a documentary of the first terrorist on U.S. soil. It contains the only footage of the first plane as it crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center. Jules Naudet, one of the producers, was with the battalion chief of the first fire men who responded that day. He was inside the lobby filming when a strange sound was heared. As everyone began to fun, he ran too with him camera still running. You can see the floor and coloumns start to shake. Suddenly there is no light, no sound, nothing. Then light as one of the firemen pulled him up and asked him if he was ok. That was when Jules realized that the fireman had pushed him down and covered him with his body to save Jules life.

This an extremely graphic documentary. It shows the viewer what it was like inside the towers. The language is what was spoken on that day. As I watched it, I felt as if I had returned to that day when the world turned upside down.

In 1971, I lived on Staten Island, New York and,when I went into New York, I watched the World Trade Towers go up. Thirty years later, I watched them fall with my hand over my mouth as I kept thinking "This can't be happening." Two themes raced through my mind. The first was that in the United States, 911 is the number you dial in an emergency. The second was that I had just watched two people I knew die.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONLY DOCUMENTARY ON 9/11 13 Jan 2005
Of course, when the Naudet brothers visited the United States from their native France, they did not expect to make a film about the terrorist attack on New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Rather, they simply had planned to film the journey of Antonio "Tony" Benetatos from being a probationary firefighter (or "probie") to a full-fledged firefighter.
The first 25 minutes of "9/11" are rather uneventful as one would expect for Benetatos's first weeks on the job. It didn't involve any major disasters. As the Naudets say during the film, most of the footage that they had involved watching the firefighters cooking and eating and cleaning the firehouse.
On the morning ofSept. 11, Jules Naudet followed a couple of crew chiefs on a routine inspection of gas outlets in the streets of NYC. Unusually loud airplane engines, signaling their low-altitude presence, caught Jules' attenetion while he happened to look up through his video camera. Thus he captured the only known footage of the first airplane crashing into the World Trade Tower. Meanwhile, his brother Gedeon, who was still at the firehouse, began making his way towards the WTC on foot. Accompanied by their firefighter friends, both brothers captured extraordinary footage of what was to become "Ground Zero."
One brother was in the lobby of WTC Tower 1 just as the firefighters began planning their rescue operations. When the towers collapsed, one of the Naudets was actually trapped inside the lobby of one of the towers, while the other brother was right outside of the 1st tower when it collapsed. He was almost buried by the falling debris, as a thick cloud of dust and smoke engulfs him and his camera.
Some of "9/11" is difficult to watch. The awful sound of bodies slamming into the ground, falling from above the 85th floor.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most haunting documentary ever. 23 Jan 2003
I bought this DVD to keep for my future family. I had seen it on BBC one and had been totally moved by it.
We all saw the countless news reports and photos, but '9/11' is the only known footage of what was happening inside the towers. It will shock you. I have watched it countless times since purchasing it, because I am in absolute awe of the bravery presented by the firefighters and filmmakers. It almost feels like you're there with them throughout the tragedy.
If you buy just one peice of history in your life, it has to be this film. It'll change the way you live your life forever.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for everyone 12 Sep 2003
I watched this DVD yesterday on the Second Anniversary of 9/11 and it was one of the most difficult things I have ever watched but I am glad that I did. At the beginning it states that "Viewer discretion is advised" partly because of some of the scenes and of course the occasional swear word but that aside, I believe this documentary is essential viewing for anyone who wants to be a witness to the horrific events that unfolded on the 11th September 2001.
Brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were filming a piece about Firefighters in New York City and had picked one rookie Tony, who they were going to follow through his 9 month probationary period from fresh-faced applicant right through to his becoming a Fireperson in his own right, so for the first 20 minutes or so it's a regular film about Fire station life. Then everything changes.....
The firefighters get called out to a routine gas check and it's then that you hear what sounds like a low-flying plane directly overhead. One of the firefighters remarks on it because you don't normally get planes flying over Manhattan and by the time the camera is turned in the direction of the plane, you see it slicing into one of the Twin Towers. Then you get to see the firefighters as they are racing through the City and towards Tower 1 and already the sky is thick with smoke and people are rushing out onto the streets to see what is going on.
One of the brothers films from INSIDE Tower 1 (the only footage anywhere of what was happening from inside the WTC) while the other brother takes his camera out onto the streets where you get to see firsthand reactions from the New Yorkers who are gathered there. Inside the Tower you see debris strewn everywhere and people running about trying to get out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars 9/11 best documentary ever!!
I love this documentary about what happened on 9/11. I have seen lots of 9/11 documentaries, but this one is my favourite. It's also the first 9/11 documentary I watched . Read more
Published 3 months ago by ravi
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing film and incredibly compelling.
Like almost everyone, I remember the day of 9/11 as clear today as the day itself. September 11th 2001; the forever remembered spectacle of an unparrelled reign of terror, seares... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Agma
5.0 out of 5 stars 9/11
I had a copy of this DVD before, but lent it to someone who never returned it.
If you want to know what it was like to be a fireman on 9/11, this is the DVD to watch.
Published 5 months ago by margaret miller
5.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable
This documentary is a must see. There are so many documentaries and movies reguarding the terrorist attacks however none come close to this one taken from inside the towers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by documenatry and movie lover
3.0 out of 5 stars the failure
quite an interesting account of the 9/11 attacks.we remember the disaster film towering inferno when the fire
chief says to the architect why do you build these buildings so... Read more
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Published 19 months ago by CHRIS HANDS
3.0 out of 5 stars A good account of the events of 9/11.
I was a little disappointed. Although the video was good, i wanted a more comprehensive account of what happened at the time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brackenbury Ifa Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars 9/11
This has to be one of the best films about the fateful events of '9/11'–without any 'spin' or conspiracy theories thrown in. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Would recommend, quiet sad to watch but very educational.

Saw it in school when I was younger, and wanted to watch it again so I bought it, and was not let down.
Published 22 months ago by Billy
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