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  • Actors: Claire Foy, Christian Cooke, Itay Tiran, Perdita Weeks, Yvonne Catterfeld
  • Directors: Peter Kosminsky
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 354.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IK8F6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,066 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Blu-ray Extras
• Behind the scenes
• Filming in Israel 1940s
• Filming in Israel 2005
• Meet the 1940's cast
• Meet the cast 2005
• Casting the actors
• Visual effects 
• Audio commentary with director Peter Kosminsky (episode one & deleted scenes)
• Deleted scenes

Synopsis

Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) and Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction) lead an international cast, including Itay Tiran (Lebanon), Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor), Ali Sulaiman (Paradise Now) and Perdita Weeks (Lost in Austen), in Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama serial.

Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin (Foy) sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza (Weeks), she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len (Cooke). Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine.

Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life--for both Jews and Arabs--in this troubled land. And as Len's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed in the 1940s.

Retracing Len's steps in modern-day Israel, Erin sets out on a heart-breaking journey in an effort to understand and fulfil a promise made by her grandfather over 60 years ago.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kapener on 26 May 2012
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Gripping drama, great acting, and nuanced treatment of a charged topic. This treatment has supporters of Israel's creation myth up in arms (just look at the 1-star comments), but that is to be expected when Palestinians are portrayed as human.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John E. Mace on 18 Aug. 2011
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Must be seen. True facts inserted into an excellent story line. Four hours of first class Film/DVD. I was convalscent at Natanya Military Hospital when the two 'Para sergeants were found hanged and booby trapped, so it has always stayed fresh in my mind.
614 AOD Haifa.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver W. Holmes on 4 Mar. 2012
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"The promise" is an amazing mini-serie contemplating 60 years, multiple actors, and multiple viewpoints in one of the most crisis-prone areas of the planet. The level of quality of this production is quite incredible, and its end leaves many viewers in an intense thinking mode (which most probably was the objective of the director Peter Kosminsky). The script, divided between two periods separated by 60 years, is extremely sophisticated (there are a few slight coincidences but this does not flash during the viewing, and life has coincidences too). Very efficient cutting. The photography is absolutely remarkable. The commentary indicates that everything (including the few British scenes) was filmed in Israel. It shows in the photography. The beauty of the light, the greens, the stones is everywhere, generating the kind of contrast that was striking in "The thin red line". The actors are brilliant, especially Christian Cooke and Claire Foy. The latter succeeds particulary in the description of a very complex character (egoistic in some ways, chaotic, contradictory, not always rational and though all this sympathetic). The soundtrack (Debbie Wiseman) is also outstanding. This is simply the kind of production that shows very clearly that some of most brilliant movies do not come any more in the movie theaters. Nothing is simple in the Israel/Palestine question. This is still visible at the dawn of 2012, with the threats and rumors of possible Israeli bombings in Iran. One can but hope that some people will find one day the moral strength of making the same kind of peace that the Europeans finally made after so many wars. In this perspective, we could hardly find a better accessible, subtile, striking, human, balanced introductory reflection than "The promise".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 4 Mar. 2011
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Having read various reviews and opinions on this wonderful series, and feeling saddened by some of the comments I would like to add this.

I didn't find the programme biased as many did. For me it showed very strongly that people are people, and to divide each other with hate and fear is a sad truth which has blighted humanity for eons. It showed the human anger and fear of both sides of the conflict, and the sad truth of man's cruelty to our fellow man, which can happen everywhere given the opportunity. It made us think, and this is never a bad thing. It took courage to venture into such a tragic situation, and showed rights and wrongs on both sides.

I found the final episode so thought provoking that it will be a long time before I can stop thinking about it. We see these events taking place on the news and make comments on a subject we know little of. Perhaps those of us watching this will allow our thoughts to be more open, not to one side or the other, but to the tragedy of both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IMFutureTrends on 7 Nov. 2012
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I ordered from Amazon.co.uk because this is not available in Canada. Most Blu-rays from Europe tend to work in my Sony PS3 here in Canada. This is a great mini-series/movie. But I had to watch the Blu-ray in my portable Panasonic DMP-B100 because the discs would freeze right after the starting logos when I tried to play the Blu-ray in my Sony PS3 (slim).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Cantle on 29 Jan. 2012
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I congratulate the writer/director Peter Kosminsky for this brilliant series, which was filmed entirely in Israel. I guess most folk, like me missed its original transmission on channel 4, as there was probably Downtown Abbey or some such on the other side(s). So this dvd set in Blu-ray is a must-have, especially now that it's less than a tenner.

The series is superbly and clearly shot with lots of dramatic action in both timelines. The narrative moves thru' so many locations and these are expertly chosen, or re-created for the 1940s events.

In fact the dual timeline, never easy really, worked perfectly for me, never over-staying with either of the two main characters, Erin and her grandfather.

The story is told thru' these two people, and the casting of these key roles, so critical, was expertly achieved; Claire Foy as the grand-daughter - brilliant as 'Little Dorritt' - shows she can also be a convincing modern-day miss, and Christian Cooke as her grandfather never puts a foot wrong as an honest British Tommy who's let down by everyone, including his own family subsequently.

It's a moving story that requires plenty of Kleenex. You've been warned
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A brilliant film! Carefully crafted - shows the Israelis for what they are - a hate filled regime bent on the total destruction of Palestine. While the monsters in Israel continually protest at terrorism, it shows what the moral pygmies is Israel really are - a bunch of racists, always supported by American money. Israel is NOT a democracy - it is a bunch of State Terrorists - always supported by another bunch of cretins - America! Neither the USA nor Israel belong to the ICC but America wants to block Palestine - what a bunch of cretins America has become and what a bunch of moral pygmies 99% of Jews have become. They are a hate-filled religion and even the pathetic Mark Regev can't address Israeli hate crimes!
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