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The Promise [DVD]

Claire Foy , Christian Cooke , Peter Kosminsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claire Foy, Christian Cooke, Yvonne Catterfeld
  • Directors: Peter Kosminsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 354 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G5YVC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

DVD Extras
  • Filming in Israel 1940s and 2005
  • Audio commentary with director Peter Kosminsky and producer Hal Vogel (Episode one and deleted scenes)
  • Behind the scenes featurettes

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, 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... ...The Promise - Season 1 - 2-DVD Set ( The Promise - Season One ) ( Homeland )

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE 28 April 2011
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Brilliant, superbly acted, a very important film.
My quibbles pale in comparison to the film's virtues, but they are:
1. It is not explained how the main character and her Palestinian friend got into Gaza -- the impression is that they go through a tunnel from Israel, but of course there are no tunnels between Israel and Gaza. They obviously went to Egypt in order to get through a tunnel to the Gaza Strip, but this is not explained.
2. The reality of the situation is Gaza is quite understated -- that section could have been stronger.
3. Some reference to pre-1945 Zionist terrorism would have placed the situation at the end of the Mandate in better context. The film's starting point (the liberation of the Nazi death camps) might lead some viewers to think that such terrorism in Palestine only began after the Second World War.
4. One other little glitch is when the Palestinian man, standing on a rooftop in Abu Dis, refers to Palestine lying on one side of the Wall, Israel on the other, when of course both sides there are Abu Dis. The Wall does not follow the Green Line there.
Alas I see no plans -- yet -- for the film to be shown in the US, the place where it most needs to be disseminated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an epic 31 Oct 2012
By gilbert
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The Promise [DVD]The Promise is two stories in one. In 2005 an 18-year-old Londoner, Erin, agrees to accompany her best friend, Eliza, to Israel, where she has to do her National Service. Eliza's parents live there in some luxury, and so far as Erin's concerned, it's just a great holiday. For a couple of months, she'll give Eliza moral support while she completes her basic training. Eliza will only be home at weekends, so the rest of the time Erin will chill out by the family swimming pool. When we first see her, she seems quite a moody and superficial girl - her main interests appear to be shopping and clubbing - and she certainly doesn't have a political brain cell in her head.
The other story starts in 1945 and is about Erin's grandfather Len, a sergeant in the Parachute Regiment. He has come through the Second World War where his last task was to liberate Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The experience is worse than anything he has witnessed in the war; not only are there piles of emaciated bodies, but people are still dying in large numbers because they are too weak to be saved. As a career soldier, he is then posted to Palestine, occupied by the British at that time, where he is shocked to find that he has to intern Jewish holocaust survivors, who are flooding into the country, behind wire fences. The authorities fear that allowing unrestricted immigration will spark an Arab revolt.
Erin hardly knows her grandfather, who is in hospital with a stroke, but she finds a diary of his from the time and takes it with her to Israel.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic drama, with alot of unknown history. 22 April 2011
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I saw the series on TV and bought this DVD as a gift for my mother. It's a thoroughly exciting drama steeped with history, intrigue and romance. It gives an insight into the start of modern Israel post WW2 and the relationship of todays peoples in the country today.
Well worth a watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise 14 May 2012
By Tamara
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I have not yet had the time to see the dvd but ever since seeing The Promise on tv I promised myself that I would have to own this. It is a wonderful story. Very interesting, exciting and amazing but also very thought provoking taking the unknowing of us into a life that most could not imagine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 27 July 2011
By Mel
Format:DVD
Moving, intelligent, very well researched drama. Cleverly weaves through 2 complex stories with deft timing and gripping event sequences. Great unbiased work by a Jewish director, shedding light on a conflict that can only be understood in the context of the detail of the historical events. Highly recommended viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise Fulfilled 5 Jan 2012
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The Promise is a powerful drama of the Palestine/Israel tragedy that fulfils the standards of historic truth within its fictional frame. The perspective of the Nakba ( catastrophe)taken from the diaries of a British soldier , Len, serving in Palestine under the British Mandate is brilliant as is the perspective of the present illegal Israeli occupation viewed by his granddaughter, Erin, is likewise brilliant for, in Palestine, the past and the present are in a symbiotic clasp of death and violence.

Every enacted or alluded to historic event can be verified...the Zionist Irgun terrorists and their attacks on the British forces and their massacre of the villagers of Deir Yassin, their forced expulsion of Palestinians (from over 500 villages) who still have no right of return, the suicide bombings by Palestinians, the Israeli refuseniks, the daily harassment of Palestinians by extremist colonists, the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israeli Occupation forces, the inhumane siege of Gaza, the solidarity of Palestinian and Israeli peace activists..by history books found at Amazon such as Ilan Pappe's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Adel Safty's Might over Right as well as Amnesty International.

In The Promise, we see the reality of Palestine past and present through the eyes of the young . The naivety and steep learning curves of both Erin and Len are beautifully and powerfully portrayed by Claire Foy and Christian Cooke. We share their journey from ignorance, through confusion, horror to a courageous compassion and humane justice that hopefully ignites within the viewer.
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I enjoyed watching this, it was something different, well acted, a topic I knew little about.

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