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Prisoners of War - Series 1 2009

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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.

Starring:
Mili Avital, Edna Blilious
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Prisoners of War - Series 1 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Prisoners of War - Series 1 - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Prisoners of War - Series 1 - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 8 hours 40 minutes
Starring Mili Avital, Edna Blilious, Yael Abecassis
Director Gideon Raff
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 16 July 2012
Main languages Hebrew
Subtitles English
Original title Hatufim
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 8 hours 40 minutes
Starring Mili Avital, Edna Blilious, Yael Abecassis
Director Gideon Raff
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release Title not released yet
Main languages Hebrew
Subtitles English
Original title Hatufim

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I heard alot about this and it being the inspiration for the Showtime hit Homeland, that is screened on Channel 4 in the UK.
The series was run on a channel i can't get so got the DVD and just from the first episode, its excellent.
It has hard-coded on-screen English subtitles (Means they are on screen whether you want them or not) and as speaker of Hebrew, they are almost identical for translation, with just a few bits here and there changed to account for the 'lost in translation' reasons.

One downside i found though, is the commercial distributor of the DVD's, Arrow, were to lazy to translate the credits at the end.
They had the subtitles done, they translated the headlines of the papers and news bulletins, but not the credits. Very lazy and very poor for non-Hebrew speakers.

One thing i will suggest though is, expect alot of twists and turns, if you saw Homeland like i did first, don't watch this expecting a like-for-like copy because its not.
While some of the plot is the same, including the daughters' name, Dana, go into this like you haven't a remote clue what will happen, it makes it so much easier to follow.
Great gripping, shocking stunning viewing.
If you like that sort of stuff, i recommend hugely.
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I loved homeland and had been a bit sceptical about watching a series in Hebrew with subtitles. However, from episode one I was totally moved and gripped. The characters came to life for me, they were much more three dimensional and I quickly found I had far more empathy for them than the characters in Homeland. Unlike Homeland, I found myself crying from the first episode.

Without giving the story away, if you want a fast-moving storyline without getting too attached to the characters then you'll probably prefer Homeland. However, this series is more about getting under the skin of the characters as the intricate plot takes several unforeseen twists and turns and slowly unwraps itself.
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