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In the Land of Blood and Honey (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2011)

Rade Serbedzija , Angelina Jolie  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Rade Serbedzija
  • Directors: Angelina Jolie
  • Writers: Angelina Jolie
  • Producers: Angelina Jolie
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: FilmDistrict
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OB3JVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In the Land of Blood and Honey (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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In Angelina Jolie's first film as a writer-director, she unfolds a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War. In a land where people of different cultures long lived in peace, there was a brief moment when love blossomed between Ajla, a Muslim artist, and Danijel, a Serb police officer. Then violence tore through the nation, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Now, Ajla has been taken prisoner -- saved from the darkest horrors of war only by her captor, Danijel. As circumstances place them on opposite sides of the conflict, their relationship is ravaged by questions of loyalty and betrayal.

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89 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive film directed by Angelina Jolie December 23, 2011
Format:DVD
I was invited to see this film back in July. At the time it was a secret screening. They wouldn't tell us the name of the movie, let alone who directed it. When I find out later it was directed by Angelina Jolie , I was impressed.

She did a great job capturing the atrocities of war and the lowest depths of humanity here. The movie basically shows us the events leading to, during, and after the Bosnian war from the perspective of a Serb and a Bosnian who as it so happens are lovers.

The lovers are Ajla and Danijel both excellently played by Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic . At first Danijel is very hesitant about carrying his orders as a Serb soldier. At first, but this doesn't last long.
He either carries out or orders other members of his team to carry some barbaric actions on the Bosnian civilians they find from either rape, torture, to eventual death.

When you see what happens you are going instantly think back to the Nazi's and what they did to Jews in the name of ethnic cleansing.

Eventually, we see through Danijel's lead, genocide being committed at every turn. Ajla is captured, but she is treated like royalty (again at first) with no one else being able to touch or come near here except Danijel.

This love story though has no happy ending as Ajla sees Danijel for what he is, not an unwilling participant in the war, but an active and willing agitator in one of the most chronicled bloodbaths recorded in Europe.

"In the land of Blood and Honey" is a superb war movie showing the type of atrocities that the Serbs were accused off while the United Nations and United States did nothing to stop it until the end.

Angelina Jolie's second directorial debut is impressive.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Dark and Controversial Movie February 25, 2012
Format:DVD
THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY is stirring a lot of controversy, both bad and good. This is actress Angelina Jolie's first outing as writer/director of a film and for many reasons she deserves applause for tackling such a subject as the Balkan War from 1992 - 1995. Unless the viewer has studied the conditions in the once Yugoslavia, a bit of history may help the view to understand the conflict. `In 1992, conflict engulfed Bosnia and Herzegovina. The war was predominantly a territorial conflict between local Bosniaks and Croats backed by Zagreb, and Serbs backed by the Yugoslav People's Army and Serbia. The Yugoslav armed forces had disintegrated into a largely Serb-dominated military force. Opposed to the Bosnian-majority led government's agenda for independence, and along with other armed nationalist Serb militant forces, the JNA attempted to prevent Bosnian citizens from voting in the 1992 referendum on independence. This did not succeed in persuading people not to vote and instead the intimidating atmosphere combined with a Serb boycott of the vote resulted in a resounding 99% vote in support for independence. On 19 June 1992, the war in Bosnia broke out. The conflict, typified by the siege of Sarajevo and Srebrenica, was by far the bloodiest and most widely covered of the Yugoslav wars. Bosnia's Serb faction led by ultra-nationalist Radovan Karadzi' promised independence for all Serb areas of Bosnia from the majority-Bosniak government of Bosnia. To link the disjointed parts of territories populated by Serbs and areas claimed by Serbs, Karadzic pursued an agenda of systematic ethnic cleansing primarily against Bosnians through genocide and forced removal of Bosniak populations. Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Directorial Debut March 16, 2012
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An amazing writing/directorial debut by angelina jolie. The actor's were phenomenal(great choice in using local actors) and I applaud angelina on actually doing research and using facts in a situation which is so sensitive and which she got a lot of heat for. I applaud her for not backing down and the effects speak for themselves. A very real war movie, it doesn't baby you, if you're looking for a movie to baby you look elsewhere. It shows what these women have gone through and believe it or not I felt for both sides the muslims and the serbs maybe because I can step back and look at it objectively for what it was. The ending did shock me but I loved that it wasn't a hollywood ending, after all there are no hollywood endings in war and angelina jolie understands that. I look forward to her next directorial/writing effort, she's got the talent and we need more women in that field.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Intentioned But Too Melodramatic August 20, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Written, directed and co-produced by Angelina Jolie, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" is a romance set against the Bosnian War. Her directorial debut deals with such serious issues as sexual violence during the war, a topic addressed also in films like "Grbavica: the Land of My Dreams" in 2006, but somehow Jolie as filmmaker decided that the film needs a love story.

The film's love story centers on Danijel (Goran Kostic), a son of a strict Serbian general, and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic), a Muslim painter. The war begins and the ex-lovers meet each other again at a prisoner camp, one as commander, the other as prisoner.

I am no expert on weaponry and artillery, so I have nothing to say about the accuracies or inaccuracies of the uniforms and weapons. Some may take issue on the film's political leanings, which I will not discuss here, either.

My main complaint is about the uneven narrative style that wavers uncomfortably between grim and sentimental. While Jolie and photographer Dean Semler ("Dances with Wolves") successfully creates the oppressive atmosphere of the war-torn country, the serious message of the film is underdmined by the thin and underdeveloped love story.

Though clearly made with all good intention, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" needs more credible character developments and skilled storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 23 days ago by Robert Schnare
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's Ok
Published 29 days ago by A'Yuh
3.0 out of 5 stars Time to Decloak
I had no idea what someone meant when they said Yugoslavs collaborated with the Nazis in WW2. I only knew of Croaitians from my small corner of New York and from a Serbian... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dwight
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie was a great look into the strife of the Slavic community, I found it difficult to watch at times, my disappointment was it had English subtitles. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelina Jolie kinda hit the ground running with this one.
I see my fair share of films and maybe play to many video games and it has been a while since I saw a story unfold with this level of conflict. It felt so real and terrifying. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Theodor Black
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie.............
This movie captured the essence of what it is like to be involved in conflict in a country, where humans are torn - forced to be part of something that is cruel, yet supported by a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelina Jolie as director
This is not an easy movie to watch, but Miss Jolie tells a story that really happened and, thus, needs to be told--to certain audiences. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Reggae Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars i did not particuarly like this movie
it was too violent. ni know that goes on in a lot of countries but i do not like to see it acted out..
Published 7 months ago by judy shumake
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie
The movie was excellent and I am very happy with it. I would happily recommend it. The film was impeccable.
Published 8 months ago by Marina
3.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Scary
Should be PG rated. This movie shows the violence of a war. Romance during war makes it a very different emotion to show and to incorporate surroundings of the movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LaraS
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