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Britz [DVD]

Riz Ahmed , Manjinder Virk , Peter Kosminsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Riz Ahmed, Manjinder Virk
  • Directors: Peter Kosminsky
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 235 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WM9WPK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,317 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Britz is a gritty and unflinching two-part contemporary thriller from award-winning writer and director, Peter Kosminsky ("The Government Inspector"). Riz Ahmed ("The Road to Guantanamo") and Manjinder Virk ("Bradford Riots") star in the film as brother and sister Sohail and Nasim--two young, British-born Muslims who are pulled in radically different directions by their conflicting personal experiences in post 9/11 Britain.

Sohail is an ambitious law undergraduate who, eager to play a part in protecting British security, signs up with MI5. When he begins an investigation into a supposed terrorist cell the enquiry soon leads him back to his own community in Bradford, where none of the locals--not even his closest friends--are above suspicion. Unsure if he is being used by the establishment, Sohail is forced to question where his loyalties really lie: with his family and friends or with the country of his birth, Britain. His sister Nasima, a medical student in Leeds, becomes increasingly angered by Britain's foreign and domestic policy after witnessing at first hand the relentless targeting of her Muslim neighbours and peers. When her best friend falls foul of the Government's anti-terror legislation, Nasima begins to feel even more alienated and is forced to confront her liberal views. Disillusioned by the political process, she embarks on a dangerous path that finally leads her to a terrorist training camp in North West Pakistan.

With action set in Pakistan, Eastern Europe, London and Leeds, Britz reveals a tragic sequence of events from the two very different perspectives of these young siblings. Both feature-length episodes collide in a gripping finale, which ultimately asks us to question whether the laws we think are making us safer are actually putting us in greater danger.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Riz Ahmed (The Road to Guantanamo) and Manjinder Virk (Bradford Riots) play brother and sister Sohail and Nasima.Sohail is an ambitious law undergraduate who signs up with MI5 and, eager to play a part in protecting British security, begins an investigation into a terrorist cell.His sister Nasima is a medical student in Leeds who becomes increasingly alienated and angered by Britain's foreign and domestic policy after witnessing at first hand the relentless targeting of her Muslim neighbours and peers.With action set in Pakistan, Eastern Europe, London and Leeds, both feature-length episodes detail a tragic sequence of events from two distinct perspectives. At the heart of this thought-provoking drama is a revealing examination of British Muslim life under current anti-terror legislation. Britz ultimately asks whether the laws we think are making us safer, are actually putting us in greater danger.Written and directed by the acclaimed Peter Kosminsky, Britz marks his return to Channel 4 after the BAFTA-winning success of The Government Inspector. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Britz 2-DVD Set

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and honest 8 April 2008
By Blulu
Format:DVD
When this was shown on TV I watched it 3 times within 2 weeks. Above all, it shows how there are 2 sides to this (and to most) situation. It is true to say that whether someone is a terrorist or a freedom fighter is a matter of opinion. clearly the drama does not in anyway justify, or even attempt to justify violence. However, it explores the issues involved with such brave honesty that it does reveal how people can be drawn into violent behaviour, even when their starting position is one of good, ethical and moral motivation.

In real life we need to stop demonising groups of people. To demonise people makes them separate from us. And we will never make a peaceful world by causing factions.

Finally, I think it is probably true that Nasima turned quite quickly from 'good guy' to 'terrorist'. But I found this forgivable because it is a drama, so perhaps we need to allow a few shortcuts as dramatic licence.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential watching 14 Nov 2007
By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The tale of two Muslim siblings, both pulled in different directions. Sohail, proud to be British, joins MI5 and is forced to spy on his own community. His sister, Nasima, driven to despise the British government after her best friend commits suicide, embraces radicallism and heads to Pakistan to train as a suicide bomber.

This certainly does not make for easy viewing, but it does possibly show the alienation and racism many young muslims experience. That said, at no time are you ever made to feel that Nasima's actions are justified. The very minor flaw to this drama is that one doubts if Nasima would really have turned to radicalism or, would instead, have used more traditional routes to protest, having gained some indication of her personality.

That said, this is essential viewing and particularly relevant for these troubled times we live in. It certainly demonstrates that there is no quick fix solution to conflict between extremists and the west.

Just brilliant
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinary 17 Jan 2008
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"BRITZ is an extraordinary thriller that ultimately asks whether the laws we think are making us safer, are actually putting us in greater danger."

The DVD extras include the option of continuous commentary from writer director Peter Kosminksy, in conversation with executive producer David Aukin, who talk of lenses, lighting, locations and, most important, of his sources in current antiterrorist legislation and in interviews with young Brtish Muslims. And throughout we are made aware of the great respect Kosminsky has for his (mainly young) brilliant actors. All of which serves to add even greater depth to this extraordinary creation which grows in power with each successive viewing. Fascinating, disturbing, chilling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Dec 2013
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Britz is brilliant. I wanted this some time ago and purchased it for a Birthday Present for someone. She thought it was fantastic. Cannot recommend this enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A TOUCHING STORY 16 Sep 2013
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A two parts film with a really touching story. Even though the first part (Sohail's Story) has a lot of the typical TV police serial, the second one (Samia's Story) proves that we face a very strong subject that has been rarely seen on TV. We can find a young Riz Ahmed who plays a brilliant role. And a remarkable Manjinder Virk who catches our attention since the very beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series by producer Peter Kozminsky. 28 Aug 2013
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Having seen this brilliant series when broadcast on TV I was keen to re-view it. All of the productions by Peter Kozminsky are excellent productions - I will now order another of his series which were shown on T.V some years ago, but has relevance in the current on going conflict in the middle east. "warriors".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A++++ 2 Jun 2011
By kzhaq
Format:DVD
I've been looking for this movie since a while and finally got it. The quality was fantastic, I would like to purchase more British sitcoms and other DVDs in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think BUT............ 3 Mar 2011
By A Customer
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A well written, directed and acted 2 disc 4 hour drama about Domestic Terrorism, Terrorist Law, Radicalisation of British Muslims and British Government Policy on International Terrorism from Peter Kosminsky. Main protagonists are Sohail Wahid(Riz Ahmed)and his sister Nasima (Manjinder Virk).Sohail joins MI6,Nasima is a Medical student.Sohail is asked to spy on some of his friends which he does for the greater-good of the country he believes he genuinely owes a debt to. Nasima does not think she owes anything to Britain and has an underlying festering hatred for it when she sees the way the authorities treat her student friends.MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: : One evening when brother,sister,Sabia who is Nasimas best friend and some others are stopped by Police on returning from London on their way home to Bradford they are arrested and taken to a Police Station where they are ALL treated very badly but eventually freed except Sabia.She is imprisoned for several days then released with a "Control Order" imposed on her,restricting her movements,contact with friends,access to normal things etc.She also confides in Nasima something of a very personal nature that happened at the Police Station that will affect her position/status as a Muslim woman.This leads to her suicide. This also leads to Nasimas' downward spiral.Her boyfriend Jude is BLACK,AFRICAN.Taboo in a Muslim family.Her Father erupts and directs her and her mother to go to Pakistan the following day to find a "suitable husband" for an arranged marriage.
The remainder of the film is discussed in other reviews quite clearly and well enough.
I like the DVD as a whole and think every Government Minister in the Blair Government should have been made to see it! Then one can only assume the UK would NOT be in the state it IS IN with regard to home-grown terrorism?
Peter Kosminsky made a good job of Warriors and I believe he has done the same here.Well acted,convincing story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A film which fails as drama and propaganda
Britz is four hours or so of television in two parts. The first tells the story of a young English Muslim, Sohail, who feels that he is the person he is, largely because his... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Herrisier
4.0 out of 5 stars Attempt to tackle the thorniest of British issues
It's almost as if a drama bravely tackling the thorny isue of Islamic extremism has to be held to a different - higher - standard than all other dramas. How so? Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Louise the book worm
1.0 out of 5 stars a pile of.............
Britz is a two part drama

The main protagonist actor is ok.

The story is hilarious and ridicules. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by Bobby Klump
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great (Spoiler Alert)
If Amazon allowed 1/2 stars I would have rated as 3 1/2, though rather than be the lone 3* review, I upgraded slightly to 4*. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by Joseph Kohout Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly real
If you have not seen this when it was on Channel 4 then I would recommend. Written by someone with intricate knowledge of the intelligence service and also the muslim activist... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by P. Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it
As being involved in 'terrorism prevention' I can professionally say that this is really worth seeing. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by Eric Victor Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magnificent!
This film got a BAFTA - rightly so! It tackles the issue of young immigrants in England and how they try to create a future for themselves. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by A.M. Stockl
5.0 out of 5 stars Britz
This is very much a film of our times and about a subject that most filmmakers avoid because of the issues involved and the sensitivity of its nature - the radicalisation of young... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by David Rowland
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