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Generation Kill [Blu-ray] (2009)

Rudy Reyes , David Barrera  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rudy Reyes, David Barrera, Langley Kirkwood, Kyle Siebert, Alexander Skarsgard
  • Format: 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: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IFZL50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,281 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


Editorial Reviews

Based on the national best-selling book by Evan Wright, Generation Kill is an authentic and vividly detailed 7 part HBO mini-series event that presents a uniquely epic and intimate portrait of the first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines of the First Recon Battalion – a new breed of American soldiers.

The mini-series tells the story of these young Marines physical and emotional journey into the heart of Baghdad in those initial weeks, and how the war reveals to be much more complicated, problematic and tragic than anyone had contemplated. Many of the complications and problems that arise are due to the unwieldy military bureaucracy which the Marines confront in the midst of the war, the challenges of over-zealous and incompetent commanding officers, ever-changing rules of engagement, a non-existent strategy, severe deficiencies in necessary armor and supplies, and an enemy they don’t understand.

Generation Kill is a humorous and frightening first hand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the brutality, camaraderie and bureaucracy of a new American war. It is a profoundly insightful and realistic look at the risk, costs and ultimately, the failures of the war.

Written and produced by Emmy-award winner David Simon (the Wire), and also produced by the award-winning George Faber (Elizabeth I).

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69 of 70 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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39 of 41 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
Cavalryman
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98 of 117 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty & Genuine. The Best War TV Show Ever Created August 25, 2008
Format:DVD
When I first heard about Generation Kill, I expected it to simply be a glamorised version of the Iraq War where it shows everything working smoothly. What I didn't expect was a gritty and true story of the 1st Recon Marines during the first wave of the American invasion of Iraq. It didn't hold back, and honestly I would have hated it if they did. I later found out that this was based on the book written by journalist Evan Wright who followed this company during the initial invasion. I haven't read the book, but from the other stuff I've read I'm lead to believe it keeps true to the novel.

The show focuses around the 1st Recon Marines company as a part of the initial invasion of Iraq that eventually overthrew Sadaam Hussein. It shows the true struggles that the marines went through during this invasion as they struggled with supply shortages and conditions. They are joined by Rolling Stones reporter Evan Wright (Book Author) who's there to see what really goes on in the Marine Corps. It's not about Wright or is it even about one particular Marine, it's rather a show about the entire company and their particular personalities.

This is the more interesting and disturbing nature of the show. A lot of the soldiers displayed appear to have some real mental problems when it comes to their enthusiasm to kill anything in sight, or just their general views of the Iraqi people. It touches upon the civilian killings and how some order were actually made by the higher ups to kill any Iraqi whether they had weapons displayed or not. On one hand I would say it's wrong to have people with such mental problems i.e. a bit too enthusiastic to kill. On the other hand, if you didn't have these particular individuals then would we even have an army capable enough to fight such a war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at reality in war zones
Went to the first Gulf War. Was out of the Corps by the time this came around. It looks like "same stuff, different day" or Semper Gumby to me (always flexible). Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
I really loved the DVD's and only wish it could have gone on longer. Was bummed when I finished because it was like losing a friend. :)
Published 7 days ago by Gunny D
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I am a combat veteran, and the realistic depiction of how the men act and the grit of combat are portrayed well. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jacob Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HBO Mini-Series
Watched this on HBO during its original airing and knew I had to get the DVD. If you like great dialogue, nuanced acting performances and overall awesomeness this military drama is... Read more
Published 19 days ago by J Doug
3.0 out of 5 stars No band of brothers
I was expecting a lot more from this. You end up not liking many of the characters. Looks awesome but doesn't deliver.
Published 21 days ago by Zac
5.0 out of 5 stars Generation Kill
Very well done, and truly shows a difference of our soldiers against Band of Brothers, and The Pacific. BOTH are amazing on showing the American soldier. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dan O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great series, my little brother and I have watched it several times now :) It's good for any war buffs with a sense of humour
Published 1 month ago by Samantha Kittles
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a veterian...it is a must DVD to purchase
It was easy to get "hooked' into the scrip and the characters. I hope they plan to do a follow up to this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Richard E. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary!
Just like life in the Marines...moments of intense, adrenalin fueled excitement, followed by the mundane, daily life; PM'ing your gear and equipment, winning hearts and minds,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the most underrated shows that HBO has made
No one that I know has watched this... but when I show it to them they are totally blown away. This is a show that will probably appeal mostly to guys but it has great content. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Hentschel
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