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The Falklands War - A Military History [DVD]

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  • Actors: Alex Manning, Johnathon Booth
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Pegasus
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B963O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,424 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is over twenty years since Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Islands. Within three days, a British task force had been mobilised and was on its way to the South Atlantic on a mission to restore the islands to British control. Soon, harrowing images that demonstrated the terrible realities of war were being beamed back to the United Kingdom. This twentieth anniversary commemorative programme is a powerful record of a war that cost more than a thousand lives. It features remarkable archive footage of the fight for the Falkland Islands, atmospheric battle reconstructions and 3D animated graphics that provide a unique perspective on famous battles such as Goose Green, Tumbledown Mountain and Wireless Ridge. The Falklands War also features the memories and recollections of British and Argentine servicemen who went to war in the South Atlantic more than twenty years ago.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By the_bald_man on 16 Jan. 2005
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Enjoyable and informative, this well researched and presented DVD provides a good over view of the conflict. The tactics and strategies of the fighting are well explained, although I would like to have seen more about the fighting on the mountains around Stanley. The epic battle of Goose Green is well covered, although let down slightly by some dubious fuzzy focus reconstructions. There is much detail about the air war and naval actions. I had just read Middlebrooke's The Falklands War before I bought this DVD, and this is one occasion where the book beats the DVD.
Worth a purchase though.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lennart Torstensson on 23 May 2007
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This DVD covers the events that led to the war, how the war started, how diplomacy failed to stop it and finally how the war was conducted. I really like this documentary and of all war documentaries that I have this is one of few which I have watched several times which great amusement. The telling of the story is made by interviewing veterans, and others which adds a lot to the dry facts. The subjects chosen for interview are correct British officers and soldiers which can speak (as only British can) with near absence of emotions and exaggerations which gives a very human touch to the story. Also a few Argentine veterans are interviewed with translation from Spanish.
Good combat footage, as well as reconstructions are shown. Unfortunately most fighting took place in darkness.
Slow pace of telling the story, no rush at all. If you consider that many war documentraies cover the entire WWII in less than 93 minutes you realise that all aspects of this conflict are covered in depth. Not one stone is left unturned. For instance, the subjects tell us about their send off, with people gathered around the harbor cheering for them, and how importaint that was for morale - before going far away to fight.
Surley you cannot expect completely impartial information from a British documentary about a war between Britain and Argentine. However, I do think this is a fair presentation of the war, with a little tillt toward the British side.
I recommend this DVD to anyone interested or curious about the Falklands War. Feel free to check my other reviews, I do not just give away the highest grade, right and left.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2014
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I bought this some time ago to add to my collection of conflicts and documentary films. I'm surprised at some of the lower scores as I found the production to be very good overall, with a mix of archive footage, interviews and some excellent diagrams showing tactical strategy and troop movements. Some might find the pace a tad slow though (I'm fine with it we're all different)

Being a more recent production the graphical effects are up to par (clean and crisp) narration is good with Manning and Booth who both manage to hold viewers attention with well paced commentary on events on screen. At about 90 minutes this is about the right length for a documentary on the conflict, certainly it's not rushed in any way and does provide very in depth information about specific battles and the overall operation from all aspects land/sea/air.

With any documentary I'm looking for one that gives a good overview from both sides of the conflict, to be fair this is a native UK production so you would expect a slant on that direction, but I found the interviews with some Argentine servicemen did balance things out fairly well from the perspective of both sides so I don't feel it's particularly biased but rather factual and honest in it's portrayal of what really happened (which is never easy to do)

One of the difficulties of a documentary is that new viewers who have little knowledge of the conflict might be put off with a deep production, similarly well informed viewers don't want something that's too lightweight and doesn't provide the details they want.
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Having served in the Parachute Regiment pre Falklands I related with the Para's who served in the Falklands and with
their fighting spirit; the Royal Marines were good competition.
DVD well produced.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. AZMITIA on 28 Dec. 2012
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A great video over the Falklands War with many details and things that I did not know. It is great because it helps you learn this War.
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By M.Wolf on 9 Mar. 2015
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good dvd, informative, fast shipping, ok price
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