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Secret KGB JFK Assassination Files [1998] [DVD]

Roger Moore , Fidel Castro , David McKenzie    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Fidel Castro, Carl Day, Vincent DiMaio, Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Directors: David McKenzie
  • Writers: Angela Smith, Dan Goldman, David Doyle, John R. Peterson, Richard L. Samuels
  • Producers: Angela Smith, Brad O'Leary
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Hho
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0001CVAZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,857 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On November 22nd 1963, the world was shocked when President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and mystery has surrounded his death ever since. This documentary uses recently de-classified information, photographs, film and details on what former top-ranking officials have to say about the assassination.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Bond tackles the JFK assassination. 19 Jun 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This examination of Lee Oswald and his time in the USSR would be a very useful addition to anyone's overall understanding of the accused assassin and his no-longer mysterious sojourn behind the iron curtain.

Made after the fall of communism this presentation is able to include a host of documentary and witness material that was not available before.

The narrative is well put together and it affords the viewer a much clearer insight into Oswald's life and interactions as he sought in vain to assimilate himself into a society that he thought might want and value him.

The inclusion of interviews with soviet officials who encountered the troubled young man - both in the USSR and Soviet embassy in Mexico City - offers a revealing insight into how he was viewed by those who he desperately tried to impress.

The Soviet viewpoint as to whether Oswald did/didn't/could/couldn't have carried out the murder seems to swing wildly depending on who is doing the talking.
Some of the re-enactments that the KGB performed in Moscow seem quite good and the results seem to have convinced the majority of participants that Oswald most definitely could have discharged three shots in six seconds. (It can now be said with confidence that Oswald's shooting probably spanned as much as eight seconds).

Toward the end of the presentation the scene shifts to Dealey Plaza for - yet another - shooting re-enactment. The experts who gamely try to re-create a thirty-five year-old unique moment in time and space are joined by Robert 'Mr. Conspiracy' Groden, for whom the experience appears to have been very frustrating and, perhaps, even a little embarrassing, too.

All-in-all, this is pretty good stuff, unless you're a conspiracy buff, that is.

Barry
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore is a wonderful host and narrator. 3 Feb 2002
By Brent P. Lyons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
No other JFK assassination documentary has film footage like this DVD has. Gives a behind the sceens look into the KGB and the Soviet Union's investigation into the JFK assassination. This DVD gives the big picture of the crime of the century. It is a must for all historians and first time students.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Hype 12 Feb 2013
By Rudy - Published on Amazon.com
Lots of hype but very little content. In the end, they side with the Warren Commission Report, which is now falling apart
as time passes and more info emerges. This program kept baiting you with the promise of "more to come", but it never
delivers.
39 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New or Revealing 20 Jan 2003
By Blahblahblah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
What you do not get on this DVD is any new information based upon KGB investigations into the JFK assassination. Instead, here's what's actually on this DVD:
1. There's about 10 minutes of the history of why the KGB investigated JFK's death which is the only interesting part of the DVD, but which sheds absolutely no light on the whole matter.
2. There are about 10 minutes about Oswald's trip to the USSR which researchers have already known about for a long time. What the DVD completely fails to mention is such interesting evidence as, e.g., the training Oswald received from the Marines in speaking Russian prior to this trip, suggesting, albeitly inconclusively, that this trip may have been part of a military intelligence operation.
3. The rest of the video having anything to do with Russia (about another 10 minutes) merely shows that based upon information everyone else in the world already knew, the KGB concluded that JFK was killed as part of a conspiracy and not by a lone gunman, but they still debate amongst themselves just as much as anyone else who did it and for what motive.
Particularly fishy on this DVD is a scene, captured on "hidden camera", of someone supposedly purchasing secret KGB files from Russian blackmarketers. Several items calling this scene into doubt are: i) the buyer is originally quoted a sum of only $5000, which is extremely little for stealing any KGB files, let alone those regarding the JFK assassination, ii) the blackmarketers appear to have american accents (the sound quality isn't very good so I can't say with absolute certainty), iii) the blackmarketers have perfect american speech patterns, iv) the blackmarketers, now demanding an undisclosed extra amount of money, hand over the documents to the buyer to examine before getting the additional amount now required, v) the blackmarketers are unarmed and don't bother pursuing the buyer as he then "escapes" up the stairs and into an empty parking lot. If this really happened, Russian blackmarketers do not deserve their scary reputation.
And all that these secret files supposedly reveal is that the KGB suspected possible Vietnamese involvement in the assassination, which is completely inconsistent with a subsequent coverup by the US government. The US would blare such information everywhere in order to support their "police action".
4. The rest of the film, as noted by others, has nothing to do with KGB files, but instead reports evidence about the assassination in an extremely selective manner in order to avoid making Warren Commission apologists like Posner, whom they give a forum, look completely foolish. Posner suggests, against all evidence, that Oswald was a lone anarchist gunman who killed JFK and lied about being a Marxist in order to get on the news. Based upon evidence proven to be false (completely discounted forensic reports contradicting all physical and photographic evidence, and apparently the altered Zapruder film) a couple of Russian forensic experts conclude JFK was shot from behind with a magic bullet. A team of U.S. forensic experts, OPERATING UPON THE ASSUMPTION THAT JFK WAS SHOT FROM BEHIND, set up a test to determine where the shot came from using lasers. Their first several tests show that if he was shot from behind, that it came from the second floor of the Bell-Tex building and not the 6th floor of the book depository, so the "experts" unscientifically keep altering the positioning of their dummies and the car until they get the result they want. These experts also ignore, e.g., the fact that a tree used to block the view from the depository. One guy proves he can, after repeated practice, while lying down at ground level and with no visual obstructions and without the need to adjust for aim, shoot accurately at three completely stationary ground level targets in only 6 seconds while using the same kind of rifle as Oswald supposedly used (without fully duplicating the wear and tear to the rifle found at the depository), thus proving absolutely nothing. All of these "tests" are reported uncritically by the filmmakers. In an attempt to show they're balanced, the filmmakers provide a few minor soundbites from people like Mark Lane.
Of course it's impossible to summarize all the evidence regarding JFK in 90 minutes, but this film manages to avoid reporting even any of the most important and uncontroversial evidence while giving a forum to people conducting experiments based upon unscientific assumptions contradicting such evidence. I don't pretend to know the answers to the JFK assassination, but this DVD is absolute nonsense.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but nothing great. 12 Aug 2000
By Chris Caughron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have always been interested in the JFK assassination, so this was a definite buy. It was very interesting, but if you have watched other progams regarding the subject, it offers nothing new. Very educational though, for people not as familiar to the JFK assassination.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching! 3 Dec 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a dvd worth watching to see different views and its also interesting to see how the public is still being kept confused and given MISinformation to avoid the truth.
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