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Prisoners Of War \ Tv Series [DVD]

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 520 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RD9OKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,310 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

PRISONERS OF WAR is a ten-part drama on which the American series HOMELAND is based. Three Israeli reservists are captured behind enemy lines in Lebanon and no one knows what is going to happen to them. Seventeen years pass and they are released, one in a coffin. As time goes on, the story of their time in captivity unfolds and the plot unravels to reveal dark secrets about their time in captivity.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Hebrew ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Prisoners of War is the gripping ten-part drama on which the American series Homeland is based. When three Israeli Defence Force reservists are captured behind enemy lines in Lebanon their fate is unknown, that is until seventeen years later, when they mysteriously return - two of them alive, the third in a coffin. The story of their time in captivity unfolds as they attempt to reintegrate into society; trying to cope with the pressures of being reintroduced to their families and friends, as well as handling the national hero status being thrust upon them via the public limelight. The gripping plot unravels through three time plains; before capture, life in captivity and present day, which all intertwine to reveal dark secrets about their life in captivity.

Season 1

The Return

Hamachon: Part 1

Hamachon: Part 2

Letter from mom

Take care

The diary

A picture from captivity

Ve'Sahvu Mitsraim

Awake at Night

The tombstone ...Prisoners of War (Series 1) - 3-DVD Set ( Hatufim ) ( Prisoners of War - Series One )

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, gripping and thoughtful 4 July 2012
How could anyone cope with being a prisoner of war for 17 long years? This is a gripping psychological thriller with very strong characters. I thought it would be exactly the same as the US series Homeland, but this is far superior. It is very well written and acted with believable and sympathetic characters that you really come to care about. I highly recommend it.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Gripping 16 July 2012
I can only say this is so superior to Homeland. The acting is excellent and the storyline is so moving although the connection between Homeland storyline becomes more obvious as the series moves on. The last episode was just spellbinding.
Luckily enought Series 2 is being filmed or has been filmed this year in Israel, and I for one can't wait to see it.
Once again an fantastic series.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Yankees 5 July 2012
I totally agree with the other reviewers. This original,less sensationalized more human version is far
superior than the American. When watching,I was eagerly waiting the next episode. I know people who
would dismiss this version due to subtitles,that is a mistake. The acting,writing and direction is
excellent. Through great story-lines and characterization we witness the complexities of these
returning prisoners as they try to adapt to 'freedom'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to watch the original 3 Nov 2012
By Maglan
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When the US series HOMELAND started last year, I never missed a single episode. Learning that the idea for HOMELAND was born in Israel with its own very successful series HATUFIM, I tried and tried to get it to watch. But there was no way outside of Israel. After finding it here I ordered it on the spot and I have to say it's worth every single penny. Even when it comes just with its original Hebrew audio and English subtitles and also when it's coming without any extras, you should get your copy and watch. Excellent drama, excellent actors. While the story fortunately is complete fiction for the US (as far as we know), it has been daily reality in Israel for years. Gilad Shalit has been held captive by Hamas for more than 5 years before being released for a heavy price. The characters of HATUFIM are portrayed being released after 17 years in captivity, coming back into a life they do not know, heavily burdened with experiences and traumas of torture they cannot share.
Watch HATUFIM - Prisoners of War, it's worth because it's much more intense than HOMELAND, even whe not so fast and full of action.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best dramas, ever! 29 July 2012
By S.P.P
The title says it all. Prisoners of War, or 'Hatufim' as it is called in Israel, is one of the best television shows to hit our shores in a very long time. Totally gripping, stunning and powerful, POW is beautifully acted and directed. I'm saying nothing about the plot. The less you know about it, the better it is, even if you have seen its American remake, Homeland. POW blows Homeland straight out of the water, and that's coming from someone who LOVED Homeland.
Buy this DVD set. You won't regret it. Emotionally charged and gut wrenching, POW is one of the best dramas I've ever seen.
Don't be put off by the subtitles. If you judge a show on that, you're missing out on one of the best TV shows ever made.
A second series has been made, and will be shown in Israel later this year. Hopefully it won't be long before it hits the UK!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 3 Jun 2013
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I found this series a bit difficult to get into at first. This was partly due to the fact that I'd already seen 'Homeland', which is based on this series, and partly because I found it slow - the emphasis is mainly on the state of mind of the released prisoners and dead prisoner and those close to them - and I found some of the characters difficult to sympathize with, particularly one of the prisoners' two children. However, it grew on me and by the end of the series I thought, 'Damn, why didn't I get series one and two together?!' (series two alone is not available on Amazon).
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars don't order this box set 1 May 2013
By lucas
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I am sorry about the one star. It is there just hoping that you won't spend money buying this box set when
you can buy a box set with seasons one and two for the price you would pay for this season one box set.

Prisoners of War is great, extraordinary TV but don't order this box set. Order the "Kidnapped" box set. It is the same series with a different title. It is the about the same price and has seasons one and two.

I ordered season 1 of Prisoners of War, an expensive box set, just to found out later that there is a box set with both seasons 1 and 2 that is the same series but has a different, more correct, title.

"Kidnapped" box set is Pal so it will play in any UK dvd or blu ray player. It has subtitles in English. There is no reason to order this box set if you
can get two seasons for the price of one. And the audio of the Israeli box set is better. Not that the audio of "Prisoners of War " is bad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 12 Jun 2013
By Phoober
Hatufim is the precursor to the American series Homeland, which is an OK series in its own right, but inevitably, when compared to Hatufim (they are very similar given that both series are written by the same person) is seriously lacking .

Hatufim is different for several reasons. It is far more graphic than Homeland, putting the newly released captives new found freedom into context, not something Homeland achieved in anywhere near the same way, if at all really. Due to this, the lives that unravel after the event are far easier to connect with/understand and believe than the 'watered down' version that is Homeland's Brody, whom it is very difficult to even like as a character.

Hatufim concerns itself, not with the American condition and the American story which we are all too familiar with and whose story has seemed to dominate in the days since 9/11, but the story of those who live in the middle east and whose story we know little, if anything, of. Homeland, like many other programmes/films that come out of America is so 'Americancentric' so it's refreshing, in Hatufim, to see the lives of other cultures played out and especially those who are all too familiar and on a daily basis with conflict - not something America can lay claim to.

Hatufim is gritty. The torture, the sex, the suffering, the fear - none of it is glossed over/made more 'palatable' as it is in Homeland. The characters are real and believable as are the reasons for acting as they do, something that Homeland failed to achieve with its lack of context and its want to make the whole thing more 'tasteful' - American TV seems to find it hard to 'get their hands dirty' so to speak.... The reality of Hatufim will inevitably make you cry - no one could fail to be moved by what is portrayed here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
Had not quite finished watching this. I prefer Homeland because it's English speaking. Some of my friends prefer the original.
Published 16 days ago by Sylvia Billingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't praise it enough
Watch this series and you will never ever want to watch Homeland again. Comparing the two series it reveals much about the different attitudes between the USA and Israel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by beabash
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
last dvd in hebrew only, no subtitles- so okay for those familiar with hebrew language, but all in all brilliant
Published 2 months ago by Judith Chesney
4.0 out of 5 stars first class
the series well written and acted.

You become attached to charactors.

it keeps you in suspense right end series

Better than remake
Published 4 months ago by A. Waheed
4.0 out of 5 stars Homeland in slow motion
I enjoyed Prisoners of War, I loved the various characters and appreciated the “non-frenetic” development of the plot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Morgana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
So this is the show 'Homeland' is based on.

It is very different from 'Homeland' is all I will say but a great show nonetheless.
Published 7 months ago by POS
1.0 out of 5 stars strange set up...
bought this one as a present... its on subtitles and not as good as expected... not much action as supose to be....
Published 7 months ago by Modesta
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Super israeli serie.
Homeland inspired by this all the fans must have a look to the real original story.
Highly recommended
Published 8 months ago by S M DOMINGOS
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Israeli TV Series
A tightly plotted storyline. The acting is of a high standard and the tension was well-maintained. I have recommented it to friends.
Published 11 months ago by Maggie Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting - and what a cliffhanger!
Watch the Israeli Original to HOMELAND - it is worth it!
Great Cast, exciting storyline, good characters...Have fun and enjoy!
Published 11 months ago by olmar909
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