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Generation Kill [Blu-ray] (2009)

Rudy Reyes , David Barrera  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,025 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rudy Reyes, David Barrera, Langley Kirkwood, Kyle Siebert, Alexander Skarsgard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,025 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IFZL50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Generation Kill [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Military glossary

Chain of command chart

Mission maps

Generation Kill: A conversation with 1st Recon Marines

Making Generation Kill

Eric Ladin's Video Diaries

Deleted dialogues

Audio commentaries


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138 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Series March 1, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This series is an accurate and engrossing depiction of combat in Iraq. The Marines are presented realistically, as neither heroes nor villains, but men doing their jobs. There are stoic idealists like Sgt. Colbert and borderline psychotics like Cpt. America, and everything in between. This is just like any military unit, or any group of people for that matter. Instead of idealizing war, Generation Kill simply gives viewers a glimpse of what it is really like. And by the same token, the series does not condemn warfare, as many documentaries and films are so tempted to do lately.

War is frustrating for the individual soldier. Not just the Iraq War, but any war. Generation Kill does an excellent job of capturing this frustration. The Sergeant Major's obsession with the grooming standard is a perfect example of how military units often lose track of what their priorities should be. But in the Sergeant Major's defense, standards are set for a reason. And if you stop enforcing some, others will usually follow. In combat, small standards and procedures often determine whether people live or die.

On a more technical note, the acting and writing in Generation Kill were very well done. Realistically portraying a soldier or marine is probably one of the most difficult roles for an actor. There are so many subtle nuances of being a soldier or marine, that without actually being one, it is hard to understand them. Generation Kill did a great job of training the actors to look and sound believable.

I was in Iraq for 27 months, in 2005 and in 2007/2008, and I can attest that this series is about as accurate as you can get in a film. I am in the Army, but I worked pretty extensively with Marines during both of my tours, so I have a pretty decent knowledge of how they work.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this series March 1, 2009
Format:DVD
I am an active duty Soldier and have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to see the truth and "experience" the reality we all face, watch this series. There is none of the normal Hollywood left wing/right wing garbage anywhere in this series. It has no agenda except to show America the raw truth. The attention to detail in this series is unmatched. Down to having grid coordinates written on the inside of the Humvee windshields on the Vehicle Commander's (front passenger) side. Which is something we all do. This is a 7 part series and it took me over two weeks to finish it. There were several times I had to just stop watching. That's not insulting it, that just shows how real it is. It shows the boredom, humor, horror and absolute heartbreak of combat. It pulls no punches. There is no shortage of regrettable civilian casualties, which sadly, is so often the case when facing an enemy with no uniform. It goes to great lengths to show the all too common incompetence of senior leaders who see combat tours and body bags as a means to quick promotions, and will take completely uncalculated risks to achieve that next rank, always at their men's expense. America, I can't say enough about this series. It's something everyone should see.

Michael A. Sampsell
SFC, USA
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116 of 138 people found the following review helpful
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This HBO series is unbelievable. It captured the true meaning of being in the military. The political internal battle is captured with great affects. The series reflects the bond soldiers build with each other that no civilian can EVER experience. This is way we bond for a lifetime and fight for our country. This is the military and a warrior in action on every level.

The writers, producers and actors did an outstanding performance in capturing the truth.

Michael Basedow
CW2, USA (Ret)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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I read through the "1 Star Reviews" and was unimpressed, such individuals obviously lost the point of this series completely. After buying and watching the entire series three times, truth is; this series is great; its dead honest. It doesn't glamorize war, killing, or the lifestyle of the Marine 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. If you want a left or right wing slanted view of the war, look elsewhere. If you want a real look at the initial invasion of Iraq, the command level military bravado/arrogance, lack of communication, lack of proper planning/equipment, amazing officers and grunts, as well as the totally incompetent and incapable officers and grunts, and the real feel of the fog of war and how individual personalities "fit" into all of this, this is a great series to watch. I will also add that the "characters" represented here are in-part "played" by the real marines which this story is about. The screenplay was written by the embedded reporter of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, and "lived" with "B-Company" for about 9 weeks. This embed Reporter was advised on the creation this series by the "real" same Marines whom this story is about. It is as accurate as you are going to get for a "mass media" related film, the only closer you can get, is actual footage.

Many complain about the "civilian killing" and "dedicating / urination" content, but to be honest; its accurate. Its no 5 Star hotel nor is it something to be overlooked if you want to be complete and honest. Truth is in war -especially this war, you can never be sure of whom your shooting at until your being shot at, so you do your best to make the right decisions; this series underlines that and the struggle to do this while following -at times, insane orders.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Audio is a little poor and the show seems to just lack good content
Published 19 hours ago by Eric
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Liberal view of soldiers who are very professional.
Published 1 day ago by Diane Mosher
3.0 out of 5 stars I find the many of the driving scenes with no action boring. I do like...
Either needs more back story on each soldier, so I can feel invested or more action. I find the many of the driving scenes with no action boring. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Diana Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome series
Published 2 days ago by Zane Cooperider
5.0 out of 5 stars so good. Can't wait to watch more
So far, so good. Can't wait to watch more.
Published 3 days ago by GREGORY S HETRICK
4.0 out of 5 stars The real deal isn't so glorious!
Great show with real-life emotion & DEEP LIFE LESSONS on the truly fragile nature of the male ego, the hard outer-shell that once broken may not be repaired (humpty-dumpy... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kurt R Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to
Interesting look at our modern military. Fun to watch
Published 3 days ago by Eric Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting this Series
Gritty, fun, interesting characters.
Published 3 days ago by Mark S. Everett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was awesome.
Published 3 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real View
Realistic insight into the troops and leaders of "Shock and Awe" of Iraq. Quite different than the one painted by the media.
Published 3 days ago by Robert Tucker
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