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This Is War [DVD]

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  • Directors: Kristian Fraga
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZDO0M8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kristian Fraga directs this feature-length documentary following US Marine Mike Scotti as he fights on the frontline of the Iraq war. In July 2002 First Lieutenant Scotti volunteered to extend his service with the American Marine Corps. Six months later he was sent to the frontline of one of the most controversial military campaigns of our time: Operation Iraqi Freedom. This film gives an unflinching first-hand account of his experiences.

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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2011
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War documentaries simply don't get much more realistic or gritty. This is the real deal. US Marine Lt Mike Scotti used his personal mini DV-camera to film his experiences during Operation Iraqui freedom in 2002. The camera does not spare us close up shots of bloody and mutilated corpses. We even watch one man run from a burning bus only to seek shelter in a shed where he is killed by heavy Marine fire. There is no hiding place from Scotti's invasive camera. Be warned this is very disturbing for those of a sensitive disposition. Perhaps most disturbing of all was the 'collateral damage' to the civilian population, a tragic feature of all wars. The death of a young girl in all its gory detail graphically illustrates this. Scotti also captures the cameraderie of Marine life, and the colourful language so beloved by young soldiers of every nation.

Perhaps saddest of all was some of the soldiers attitudes at that time. Scotti makes no secret of the fact that revenge for 9/11 is a motivating factor for many of the men. One particular scene still haunts me when the soldiers witness artillery raising an Iraqui city to the ground, they say "F**k em, let em burn. This is payback". It is soon clear that Saddam's ragtag army is incapable of putting up any meaningful resistence against such military might. It is also interesting to see how attitudes have changed in light of the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found. This knowledge would certainly have made a difference to the soldiers attitude. At the end of the film Scotti talks about this briefly, to set the record straight. The film simply shows us war through the soldiers eye, in the same way that the documentary "Restrepo" also did recently, but in this case in a more visceral manner. It is like a film, but with real blood.
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I Brought this film on the off chance, as it looked ok and had never heard of it before.

The film/documentary is a great piece of work. It gives you a real insight to what these soliders go through every single day and the horrors they have to endure, both mentally and pyhisical.

One of the best war films/documentarys I have seen for a long time!
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I bought this after being enthralled by the amazing HBO drama series - "Generation Kill" (Go buy that now if you've not seen it), and it was in a roughly similar vein, but sadly, reality was not as exciting as fiction... The story of the second Iraq war, told through an amateur cameraman's lens was surreal, brutal, funny, sad, emotional, and more. But... It is limited by being only a limited view of a large and complex conflict, which has been told and retold of in many ways, including, as I mentioned brilliant drama like Generation Kill. If you really must see genuine war footage on DVD, then check this out, but you can find more stuff for free on youtube.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2015
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This DVD represents hours of helmetcam and hand-held film shot by a USMC officer - Mike Scotti. This includes a lot of waiting and then moments of kinetic action and high and low comedy. The heap of material has been splendidly woven together by Kristian Fraga to tell a story. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Scotti looks for a phone to call home, and upon finally finding one gets the answerphone.
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I have seen the war films Green Zone, Hurtlocker, Mark of Cain and Jarhead (first Iraq war)very recently and they are all solid films, but this is the real McCoy. Grant that the camera work is 'Blair Witch-esque' at times but what do you expect from a standard camcorder in the middle of a battle zone. I think this is well worth of view. Aside of Restrepo (Afghanistan war) this film is the first 'real life' account of the US Marines in the Iraq war. It only costs a couple of quid and its worth it.
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There seems to be a lot of 'venting of spleen' films out at the moment or maybe good war films are thin on the ground.
To be honest it's probably wrong of me to call this a war film. It's kind of a pseudo documentary. There is a running thread throughout the whole film which follows a FOO (Forward Observation Officer) and his cam-corder throughout 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' however, weaved into the film are news footage and also other personal camera footage from other individuals.
It was okay but almost falls between the cracks of a film and a documentary missing out the best bits of both genres.
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This is a very different view point to the Iraq war, told and filmed by one of the US soldiers. It's a great illustration of how these young men and women are put in stupid locations to fight stupid wars by the most stupid politicians. All was going fine until we suddenly realised that removing a countries army, police, and local govenors, leaves a very big hole, and one that a conquering army can not fill. Have we learnt nothing from history, the Romans were succesful because the left a country's infrastructure intact so that it causes less problems, so what did we do in Iraq? Like I said before, stupid politicians.

Very good film, well worthy of your time.
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If you are looking for an all out blow-by-blow account of active battles in the iraq conflict, this is not going to be the dvd for you.

It is based in the more grounded and realistic daily grind of being a soldier. It portrays the day to day operations and often boredom of the US troop during the war. Sadly, this doesn't translate well into a documentary. The boredom that is being displayed on screen just becomes boredom for the viewer.
I realise this is no fault of the makers or indeed the soldier who recorded all the footage, but if you are looking for entertainment or a thought provoking film-this fails you on every level.

It is patched together with diary entries and letters home from the soldier. (his name escapes me, sorry)
I imagine this would mean a lot to a soldier, but to someone who has no connection with the situation- it just makes it difficult to watch.

It was a difficult undertaking. Taking 60 hours of raw footage and trying to put it into some narative that makes sense and keeps you interested.

Probably only going to be suitable for the hardcore military enthusiast.
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