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John Pilger - The War You Don't See [2010] [DVD]

Julian Assange , Tony Blair , Alan Lowery , John Pilger    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julian Assange, Tony Blair, Wilfred Burchett, George W. Bush, Mark Curtis
  • Directors: Alan Lowery, John Pilger
  • Producers: The War You Don't See
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004BF91KK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Following his award-winning documentary The War on Democracy, John Pilger's new film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war. The War You Don't See traces the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an 'electronic battlefield'. But who is the real enemy today?

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Following his award-winning documentary The War on Democracy, John Pilger's new film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war. The War You Don't See traces the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an 'electronic battlefield'. But who is the real enemy today? ...The War You Don't See


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129 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener 15 Dec 2010
By J. Drew
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Having watched this documentary last night on ITV, I just felt that the trust I may sometimes put in fair and accurate journalism from the UK, and my believe in its impartiality and fairmess has been somewhat shaken. Both the BBC and ITV members who defended how they had covered stories seem to know that they had failed in how war stories had been covered. The basic premise for this powerful, insightful and important piece of work was no less than the fact that had proper, fair, factual and proper investigational journalism taken place over the Iraq war - we would never have gone to war in the first place. By the time you have finished watching this powerful and riverting documentary, you may just agree with Pilger. I know I did. I certainly gained a useful insight into why we are not so trusted in the world we live in and feel we try to govern fairly, and saw why large numbers of people are angry at the things we do and how people in the West have been duped into a false belief. And if you don't agree with these points (I don't think I would have this time yesterday) - then give this documentary a watch.
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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not in My Name... 16 Dec 2010
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My teenaged daughter stayed up watching 'The War You Don't See' on ITV the other night. By the end of it, she was inconsolable and blubbing and I wasn't far behind. What could I possibly say to her to make it alright - it isn't alright and never has been...

John Pilger once again does the general public a huge service by showing us the unvarnished realities of war and the political (not to mention commercial) agendas lurking behind them. Even more hard-hitting are the sheepish testimonies of various news anchormen and respected journalists who now admit they were duped about Iraq and led by the nose. Having cut his journalistic teeth in the Vietnam War and consistently covered troublespots ever since, there is no reason to doubt him. Somehow Pilger has retained his perspective and independence, where others succumbed to government bullying and the propoganda machine.

How appropriate then, that it should be John Pilger who gives fellow Australian and whistleblower Julian Assange (of Wikileaks fame/infamy, depending on your political leanings) a helping hand in difficult times. Assange is none of the things you have been led to believe, but best to watch the documentary and find out for yourselves.

If Amazon will let you pay for it, of course...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you value democracy... 5 Jan 2011
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...watch this film. If you don't already criticise mainstream news then this film will give you some new facts and an alternative point of view which may make you doubt the information you are 'officially' given.

As I watched John Pilger's 'The War You Don't See' last night at one point I wept, at another I wanted to smash the TV in anger. It was also depressing (which I interpret as a highly rational response to the facts in the film). Ultimately a very sobering experience - I wish many, many other of my fellow human beings would watch this film.

You may not agree with everything. You may not like Pilger. You will have an emotional reaction, it would be hard not to feel something when you see the suffering of defenseless civilians (including children), or the heartfelt admissions of wrong-doing from officials and journalists, or the evasive, excuse-giving of broadcasters who seem to know there is something seriously wrong with their reporting but nevertheless choose to defend it.

However, emotion aside, the film is an invitation to consciously consider the facts. There are many facts given in the film but, for me, there are three which are central: one, the information (i.e. 'news') we are given most of the time, even from 'respectable' TV stations and newspapers, is at best negligently inaccurate or worst consciously complicit in giving a false, biased account; two, the wars being fought in your name by your government (if you are a UK or US citizen) are not in your interest; three, if more people had accurate information before these wars were started public pressure and opinion may have blocked them (hence the need for governments to manipulate an unwitting or complicit media in order to counter the threat of public opinion).
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars respectful, persistent, penetrative 16 Dec 2010
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Pilger tells an excellent story of how the search for an inside track by the media in reporting wars from the Somme to Afghanistan has led to compromise and self deception that has not served audiences well. He has the gravitas and credentials to secure some impressive interviewees though only those now retired really admit to how they have colluded with the deception of state information services. He takes the story right up to Wikileaks and interviews Assange. However he remains respectful, avoids stridency and sentiment and allows the story to speak for itself. Not many current affairs documentaries have me glued to the screen for almost two hours but this was one and I determined to buy it the day I saw it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, eye-opening journalism 15 Dec 2010
By PenGirl
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This is the most powerful documentary I have seen in a long time. John Pilger is as ever highly watchable whilst also being intelligent and thought provoking.

The film is a shocking indictment of even the 'responsible' end of journalism, never mind the end that you half expect to be lying to you. In particular I applaud the reporters who were brave enough to admit here on camera that they got it wrong.

I think what I found the most shocking was the realisation that, when only one 'side' of a story is told, this is not because the other side has not been available or presented: it has, but it simply doesn't fit the required storyline. I'd already watched 'collateral murder' on wikileaks (try youtube dot com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0) but it was dreadful to hear of the events from the paramedic involved. Why did it take wikileaks and Pilger for such events to be widely broadcast? Why was the reporting of the Gaza humanitarian aid ship assault so imbalanced, despite the availability of footage of the outrageous attacks by the Israelis? The media distortions go on and on.

If you think that you are getting balanced reporting from any source, watch this. You will end up more cynical, but better able to judge for yourself. The world needs more John Pilgers. And fewer spin doctors and 'embedded journalists'- two species we could do without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommended, thank you
item as described, quick delivery, recommended, thank you!!
Published 1 month ago by Debra Hercules
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
Everyone should watch this. Very harrowing and worrying but must be watched. Arrived on time
Published 1 month ago by avid fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening & vital
The was for me an eye opener. That it lacked the slickness of a thoroughly top line commentary only enhanced it's authenticity and underlined the central message that ninety per... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mesmh
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes One Think
A well made film that really makes one think and all people should be aware of this. It is upsetting and some of my friends refused to watch it.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Ann Kennell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See documentary highlighting the crisis that was the Iraq...
John Pilger paints a vivid and graphic picture into what was as we now know to be a disaster of an invasion by the 'international community'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mamasita
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential with two comments
Essential viewing. These two comments:

1) It is a tragedy that this film is not broadcast regularly (even once? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Grozniak
4.0 out of 5 stars John Pilger never disappoints his followers.
This documentary is very interesting and points to the facts not known by ordinary people. May Allah give him more resources and opportunity to carry on his good work.
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Tariq Yusuf Rajbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as with all John Pilger's work. This should be incorporated...
Excellent as with all John Pilger's work. This should be incorporated into the general education system. It encourages further study.
Published 9 months ago by P. J. Shears
5.0 out of 5 stars "We have a duty to report Government Propaganda"
What a devastating report on the state of our media in the UK and the US.

Here we have senior managers in the BBC and ITV news being confronted with clear evidence that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory viewing in secondary schools
It has been clear for many years that the mainstream television channels broadcast a very limited amount of world news (for example, how often does the BBC show anything about... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. S. Hardman
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