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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Macfadyen, Damian Lewis, Cal Macaninch, Darren Morfitt
  • Directors: Peter Kosminsky
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Import, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BBC
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan. 2004
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 9076818916
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,279 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: Two-part drama about a group of British soldiers sent to Bosnia in 1992 on a peacekeeping assignment. 1 of 2: The soldiers feel confident that the experience of war will not touch them; but from the moment they arrive they are immersed in circumstances of extreme emotion. ...Peacekeepers ( Warriors )

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If the conflict in Bosnia has become something of a forgotten war, it's not for the want of trying from the immensely powerful BBC film Warriors, the story of five young soldiers and their harrowing experiences in the region. Opening with an extended view of the five's home lives--all are on leave when called up to form part of the UN peacekeeping mission--Peter Kosminksy invites the viewer to experience the war at a strictly personal level. And while this leaves little scope for any general political overview of events (aside from the horror of war) this is a piece of drama and not a documentary. Once transported to Bosnia, the protagonists find that their role as peacekeepers leaves them largely sidelined and unable to intervene and save lives, often forced to stand by and watch mass slaughter. Not since M*A*S*H have the absurdities of "the rules of engagement" been so eloquently examined. It is the darkening spiral that the five are sent on by these events and the relationships they form throughout them that forms the crux of the film, never demonstrated more clearly than by the return to the friends and families who see them as heroes. Bloody and sickening in parts, Warriors is given extra poignancy by the fact that it is based on the real-life testimony of British soldiers. A million miles away from the Rambos of this world this is the war film coming of age. --Phil Udell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Serving 12 mnths in Bosnia myself with the UN as a soldier, I must truly say that watching this film brought me back. I watched in awe and it brought tears to my eyes to once again relive the months we spent there. The director manages to create the moods and feelings and frustrations that were so common for all of the soldiers serving with the UN. It also portrais the restlessness and feeling of unfinished buisiness that so many felt after returning home. This movie is truly one that most people who have former UN personell in their family or among friends should see. Maybe then they`ll understand. To the makers of this film: You have earned a soldiers respect.
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Warriors is a hard hitting drama from the BBC. I first watched it 4 years ago, and watching again recently still left me in awe. The soldiers are human and humane, but hamstrung by the UN regulations.
Unable to help people directly due to fears of 'ethnic cleansing' they leave people to die at the hands of monsters who used to be their neighbours.
The drama also shows the effects of the conflict on their lives when they return to Britain.
A number of outstanding performances lend realism to the production. None more so than Matthew MacFadyen, who plays the scouser Pvt James, who deals with what he experiences in a simple, humane way. He is left baffled by the authorities unwillingness or inability to do the right thing. His passage from a joker to a hurt human being is the pivot of the drama; he experiences the very worst of all the shocking (and graphic) misfortunes that befall the crew. The things that they see and cannot affect cause anguish to those at ground level.

You must watch this.
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WOW!!! What an amazing film. I first watched this when it was aired on the BBC a few years ago and I have been meaning to buy it for a long time.
I have not for many years seen a film that evokes such an emotive reaction, you will experience grief, anger, sympathy & guilt watching this highly emotive and accurate portrayal of our British troops as UN peace keepers in Bosnia.
Lets hope this film will remain a stark reminder of the horrific war crimes and ethnic cleansing that happened during that time and no doubt similar atrocities which still happen all over the world to this day. How easy it is to forget.
Congratulations to the beeb for portraying this difficult story with such humility as it deserves. A must, must, must buy!!
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Why this has not been released in the UK yet on DVD is a mystery to me. I have just a recording and this review is about the drama not the Dutch DVD. It is about one regiment (?) of British soldiers and their tour of duty in Bosnia as peacekeepers from beginning to end. There are three main characters whose lives back home we are shown before they leave and then return, affected by their experiences. Ioan Gruffydd (Hornblower) and Damien Lewis (Band of Brothers) are cast as two officers and Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks) as either a private or N.C.O. They witness a number of the most notorious incidents that occured. We see their frustration as they are not even allowed to move some civilians to safety as it would seem they are contributing to ethnic cleansing. I believe this was shown on BBC. It is a well acted, authentic looking drama. I hope it gets released over here.
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This is a drama that hits the spot every time. Largely filmed in the Czech Republic, i was there during filming and the locals still talk about it now. The plight of the victims is painfully illustrated here, not to mention the frustration and helplessness of the UN peacekeepers. It speaks volumes that many servicemen who witnessed it all in Bosnia write with such high regard of this faultless, painful drama.
Why does the BBC not re-release it on DVD?
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It seems that the BBC are not going to release this as a UK version on DVD. That is a shame as it is one of the best TV dramas of the last few years, equally as good Kosminsky's other works (Goverment Inspector etc.). Come on the Beeb sort it out!
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A phemononal story that had to be told. A drama about soldiers but not about them fighting, but being forced not to fight and sitting on the sidelines of a war they don't understand and cannot do anything about.

The reactions of the soldiers as they gradually slip into melancholy and depression shows the futility of "peacekeeping" when there is no peace to keep, and the limitations of the international community to influence complex local conflicts. There is no sense of black and white, just shades of grey.

Bizarre that this has never come out in the UK, but don't worry, the Dutch version is fine to watch.

A must see.
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With a cast of talented British actors, this film is a brilliant and realistic portrayal of the war in Bosnia. I've never had a movie affect me so deeply, as this puts faces to the suffering of those involved in such bloody warfare. As most British-made films do, this one removes the feeling of commercialized Hollywood movies, giving it more of something close to a documentary, which brings the viewer and the experience together for a few hours so that maybe we could all have a small idea of what the war was like. Incredible.
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