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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, Yael Abecassis
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Prisoners of War Season 1

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, Yael Abecassis, Edna Blilious
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, Yael Abecassis, Edna Blilious
Director Gideon Raff
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release Not currently released
Main languages Hebrew
Subtitles English
Original title Hatufim

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
I'm glad I discovered this small box set on Amazon (3 DVDs) as I found 'Prisoners of War' Series 1 to be compelling viewing. I limited myself to one episode per day, and during the working day I found myself greatly looking forward to a quiet night in with the lights off and my daily 'fix' (perhaps I'm just getting on a bit).

The plot follows 2 former Israeli soldiers who are trying to adjust to day-to-day life back in Jerusalem after 17 years of brutal captivity in the Lebanon. There's very little miltarism or politics here, though; instead this is about post-traumatic stress disorder and human relationships. Several other spicy ingredients and subplots are thrown into the mix such as elements of Stockholm syndrome, Freudian sexual desire and even a little bit of the supernatural.

Note that this box set is entirely in Hebrew with English subtitles (they come on automatically). You adjust to this very quickly as you're lured into the gripping story lines (which are all linear connected but with flashback scenes to the captivity). Also note that the duration of the episodes varies from 39 minutes to 61 minutes (unlike most US box sets which usually come in at a steady 42 minutes or so per episode) - perhaps Israeli TV has erratic schedules and variable advertising rules). There are no extras here either.

As I write, Israel is at war once again (in Gaza this time) and the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) is centre stage on our news every night. 'Prisoners of War' is no Zionist warcry; instead it lifts the lid on the domestic lives of the ordinary soldiers and their families.

All in all, a very engaging viewing experience and a wonderful contribution to world television.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maglan on 3 Nov 2012
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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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Yvonne Greene on 4 July 2012
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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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. Bloom on 16 July 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec 2014
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After seventeen years held captive in the Lebanon, Nimrod and Uri return to Israel. Both have been psychologically damaged by the sadistic tortures inflicted. Will they be able to cope when so much has changed?

Meanwhile Major Jaim Cohen wonders if they are as they seem. Have they been indoctrinated, now posing a threat?

Although the cell sequences are horrendous, the scenes back home move most of all. Nimrod's wife all this while had campaigned for his release. Now she is too clinging, paranoid she may lose him again. His teenage children are ill at ease with this stranger in their midst. Uri's fiancee has married his brother,they now with a son. Who can fail to be moved by Uri's relationship with his father and by that episode when he reads the letters written to him every birthday by his mother, now dead?

There had been a third captive, Amiel returned in a coffin. His sister is in complete denial, imagining him wherever she goes. Will she ever be able to come to terms?

I expected to be sickened by the scenes in captivity (and indeed was), but was unprepared for the impact the scenes back home would make. The message comes over loud and clear. Prisoners of war are not just those held captive, but those who so desperately want them back.

10 episodes. English subtitles. No extras.

"Homeland" was the American reworking. It aimed to be a thriller. This original series comes more from the heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the Knight on 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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