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Warriors  [Dutch Import] [DVD]
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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 )
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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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.
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!!
Why does the BBC not re-release it on DVD?
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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One of the most powerful films ever made. You will cry , get angry and ask why the EU sat on its hands whilst all this terror was inflicted on the people of Bosnia.Published 2 months ago by wangfujing
Have been looking for it on DVDs for a while and was delighted to source itPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
For those that served in Bosnia during the conflict this may bring back a lot of emotions. I saw it on T.V. Read morePublished 10 months ago by pb
Brilliant but gritty. Accurate and not for the faint hearted at times. Poignant and well made.Published 15 months ago by Mathew Brown
Excellent in bringing all the tension and conflicts, emotional and military, into your home. Shocking as it portrays the realities of deep seated racial/ religious hatred and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clipper 314