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Redacted [DVD]

Brian De Palma    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017VRGEO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,929 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Director Brian De Palma revisits similar terrain that he covered in his 1989 film, 'Casualties of War', in this 'fictional documentary' loosely based on a real-life gang rape and multiple murder perpetrated by US soldiers in Iraq in 2006. Centred around a small army group stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, the film alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these inexperienced young men with those of the western media and local Iraqi people. Utilising an array of different filmic styles, from video diaries and surveillance footage, to produced documentaries and news coverage, De Palma forces the viewer to question how 'truth' is reported and asks difficult questions about the brutalising effects of war on all those involved.

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Inspired by true events REDACTED follows a group of soldiers who are stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq. Angel Salazar is an aspiring filmmaker who is intent on capturing his experience on videotape. His fellow soldiers seem to be surprisingly well-adjusted at first but it isn't long before their true colours come through. When Reno decides to get drunk and harass an Iraqi family the situation devolves into rape and murder putting an incredible strain on Lawyer who wants to expose Reno but doesn't want to rat out a fellow soldier.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Am I Missing Something? 8 Sep 2011
Format:DVD
I like to think of myself as a fair judge of any film, but now I'm beginning to doubt myself in a big way!

It's suprising to me that most reviewers seemed to hate, in fact loath 'Redacted' with venom and passion. All I'd say is that for me this is a bold, brave and evocative piece of cinema that needs to be watched. It might not be popular, it might not be action packed and it might not 'tow the line' in terms of the points it makes; but it certainly captivated me and made me have a good think about it's messages for some time afterwards.

Too many films don't 'say' anything and are instantly forgettable. Not 'Redacted'.

I say 'Well Done' to the creators for tackling the issues raised; in particular the 'why are we here anyway' undertones. I'm not pro or anti war, so don't think I have an agenda here. I'm just a regular guy who had a lump in the throat as the credits rolled. I can't say that for many films.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Movie That Will Shake Your Inner Conscience 15 Nov 2012
By Supaman
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The good: story, cinematography
The bad: pace of the film could have been faster

There is no getting away from the fact that you will either watch this movie, and feel moved, or you will throw away the DVD in disgust. Mind you, you will do that on the basis of your preconceived notions about the role our/American soldiers played in Iraq, and whether these roles were justified. A film's aesthetic value cannot be separated from it's message, but in this film, the message is so overwhelming, so engulfing, that one finds it hard to separate emotions from objectivity.

The film is loosely based on a relatively lesser known incident that was dubbed '2006 Mahmudiyah killings'. A group of American soldiers, perhaps brutalised by the experience of war, went out and killed the family of a 14 year old girl, and then raped, killed and burnt her body. The crime takes a whole new dimension when one considers the setting: in the heartland of conservative Iraq, where a woman's 'honour' is intricately linked with the family and the wider society's reputation. And rape is the ultimate shaming of the family, society and the national pride.

The film is 86 minutes long, but one must have patience, as I found the film to be on the slow side. However, the cinematography is superb, the setting is authentic (it was filmed in Jordan), and the story telling arresting. If you are willing to watch the film with an open mind, who knows? it might change your views on life.
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21 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tough 6 Jun 2008
By RD VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is definitely a must see movie. I have never felt so utterly moved, horrified and helpless by watching a war movie before.

Brian De Palma does a fantastic job in filming this and there were times when I felt I was actually watching a real life broadcast from Iraq. He uses different mediums brilliantly to tell the story in a manner I've never come across before. You get the 'home made' video footage of one of the soldiers in Iraq who's documenting his time there. Other bits of the story come via insurgent videos, security tapes of the soldiers conversations on base, youtube posts etc. It sounds very bitty but it comes together perfectly.

One of the many things I liked about the movie was the realism. It demonstrates the mundane car and body searches at checkpoints and the hours soldiers have to kill on base. However, it isn't all easy going as we know and that aspect is also covered.

At the end of the day though the movie focuses on one thing - the loss of innocent lives in Iraq at the hands of the (US) military. It gives you facts and figures with images which make you question 'why?' A movie that moves you to that point can't possibly be bad. (although I doubt any pro-war people will support it....esp those with friends/family in the armed forces. All I can ask is you keep an open mind)
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appalling 9 Dec 2009
By Mike L
Format:DVD
After watching and being impressed by The Hurt Locker I decided to see other films about the Iraq conflict. Foolishly, I had guessed that Brian De Palma's "Redacted" would be a film about the rendition (illegal extradition) of an Iraqi terrorist. How wrong I was.

The film is a pseudo-documentary about the rape and murder in 2006 of a fourteen year old Iraqi girl, and the murder of her mother, grandfather, and little sister, by US soldiers: an event which actually took place in Mahmudiyah on March 12th, 2006. Without revealing too much: two redneck soldiers are the driving force behind the atrocity. A third acts as a voyeur, and allows himself to be drawn in. A fourth stands aside from the events but does not stop them. Both, in different ways, pay a high price for their complicity.

The final sequence is a series of real still photographs from Iraq. For legal reasons, all have the faces blacked out; all except the final frame, which will stay with you for a long time.

I spent most of this film with my hands over my mouth. This is great film-making, and a terrifying and appalling film.

Looking at the reviews on amazon, you will see that they split between very high and very low ratings. Reading the negative reviews is an interesting exercise. They criticise the fact that the actors are unknowns (as they are in The Hurt Locker); or the fact that the film received a 15 certificate; or the fact that the film is not a real documentary (!).

This film does not purport to examine the totality of the Iraq conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I like that , that's exactly what i was looking for , Thank you very much , have a nice time.
Published 3 months ago by DANIEL KENNEDY
3.0 out of 5 stars SOME SOLDIERS ARN'T HEROES
HIGHLY DISTURBING,be prepared to witness scum in this movie,people trying to justify rape and needless killing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by BAZ316
5.0 out of 5 stars REDACTED
Good film ive seen it before but still a good film worth a watch , if it isnt in your collection it should be !!
Published 16 months ago by BOOTS N BRACES 80
2.0 out of 5 stars DePalma's Flaw Movie
Brian DePalma has never been a subtle director, with Redacted he hasn't become any more refined. This being said his movies are generally very watchable despite being over the top. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. D. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was a very good take of what goas on there
This movie is about war crime and I have seen videos on the internet in which soldiers are seen hurting dogs, beating up children, shooting at people to scare them and this movie... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carolyn Black
5.0 out of 5 stars REDACTED
I recently watched this production and you know what I couldn't care what any other person with negative comments on this film, this really did hit me Brian De Palma has done an... Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Dylan
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably bad
This is the only film that I've bought, which I have not finished watching. It is so bad that I am actually considering throwing it away in case someone sees it on my DVD... Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by Mr. S. Hanvy
5.0 out of 5 stars Either you get it or you don't
I think the director did a good job with this, combining amateur footage along with webcasts and news reports to tell a gritty story about the Iraq war. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Hector Gussett
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
As stated at the beginning of the film, this is not meant to accurately portray everything that happened in real life, but to give an insight into events. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by geneva
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film ****
Worth a watch, it's pretty brutal towards the end. A good account to the wild yeeehaaah attitude of U.S rampant imperialism, the MTV generation at war. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by soley
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