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Making Marines [VHS] (2002)

Lindsey Genereaux , Alex Braverman  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Lindsey Genereaux
  • Directors: Alex Braverman
  • Producers: Alex Braverman, Charles Braverman, Richard Dowlearn
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • VHS Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784015082
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My 18 year old daughter saw this documentary on TV, and immediately wanted to become a Marine. She has extensive experience as a musician--and successfully auditioned for the Marine band--but even the bandies in the Marines must complete boot camp and combat training.

This series helped to prepare her for boot camp, but after she actually completed boot camp, she realized that some of the segments in the series appear 'dated.' That's the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

But, this documentary was filmed prior to and during the events surrounding September 11th. The Marine recruits in this series enlisted during a 'non-wartime' America, and graduated boot camp with the prospect of war looming. All of our lives, and of course, military life is VERY different NOW, so naturally, much of the series will feel 'dated.'

But, that aside, I decided to buy this series for my daughter so she can now show friends and family 'what it was like' to experience Marine boot camp. She simply expounds 'around' the parts that are a little different now with Marine boot camp, but otherwise it's a fairly accurate account of recruit life at Parris Island.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Marines April 10, 2009
Format:DVD
My youngest son is at Marine boot camp now. After he left I wanted to see anything that I thought could help me to connect with him . This DVD is great. It was filmed at Parris Island,SC-where my son is- it gave us a little explanation of some of the training he is getting. I recommend it for all families with son's or daughters going to boot camp
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to go! August 4, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a three-hour trip through a three-month process of turning young men and women into US Marines. The Discovery Channel got unprecedented access to the recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. From the pre-arrival interviews with soon-to-be recruits to the moments of the yelling-off-the-bus and standing on the yellow footprints, we are introduced to several would-be marines in honest and frank ways. These interviews are spliced together with the opening scenes of recruit experience -- getting the haircut, getting the uniform, learning very basic things (making the bed, wearing the cover, etc.). However, this is not yet official recruit training, even though it is very much part of the overall experience. The recruit training really begins when the series commander introduces the Drill Instructors (DIs) for each platoon -- these are the permanent men and women in charge of the training. Men only train with men; women only train with women.

There are about 600 Drill Instructor and training personnel on Parris Island; there are many platoons training simultaneously, with graduations taking place each week, as well as intakes. Minimum requirements of fitness are first determined by the Initial Strength Test (IST); those who do not make the first cut get 'recycled' into the Physical Conditioning Platoon (PCP). From these beginnings, the recruits are followed through their initial drills, Basic Warrior Training, swim training, rifle qualifications, and the Crucible, followed by graduation.

All that takes place here is real. This is not play-acting for the cameras -- indeed, it is commonly held that Marines love cameras, and love to show off their stuff. They aren't 'the proud' for nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit "PC" but .... November 19, 2011
Format:DVD
Background: My son's a Lance Corporal in the Corps, graduated Parris Island December 2010, currently stationed @ Camp Pendleton & deploying to Afghanistan next spring.

The documentary attempts to explain boot camp through a "human interest" lens, following a number of recruits, male and female, through the process. For my tastes, a bit too much time was spent with the female recruits, but that's just me - it was my son going through, not my daughter, so I was naturally more interested in what the guys were doing.

Other reviewers have reacted negatively to the female recruits emotionalism ("whining" being the term used most frequently). I understand the criticism, especially when it comes from former Marines. IMO, that sort of thing was encouraged by the documentary makers - first, because it amplifies the 'human interest' angle and, second, when these women complete boot and receive their Eagle, Globe & Anchor, the viewer gets to see just how far they've come.

In the end, though, we all have to understand this is just a glimpse into boot camp @ Parris Island. There's simply no way those of us who have not done it - and I haven't - can ever truly appreciate what our sons & daughters have endured to become Marines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good but could have been better... January 21, 2011
By Jadnils
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I too bought this when my son went to Parris Is. to get an idea of what he was going through. I think this movie does that to a point. Too many whining recruit women were shown, in my opinion and not enough focus on training and the mental brainwashing that really goes on. My son watched it when he got home and just laughed and shook his head. At least you get to see Parris Is. and get an idea of what the recruits do but I think they could have done a better job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Robin
Format:DVD
This is a very good documentary to show to your son or daughter if they are considering the Marine Corps. The young men and women who are energized by it, are the right ones for the job. The documentary is not a sales job and it doesn't make the challenges look easy.

This is also an excellent DVD if your son or daughter is signing up and you are being drafted as a Marine Corps parent. (No one tells parents of Marine recruits that they have just been drafted but, ah, welcome to our world.) You might want to show it to Grandma and Grandpa too. The Corps, for all its traditions, has changed quite a bit since the 1960s.

I was impressed that the Marines allowed this documentary to be made, but that just shows how much I had to learn about the Corps, and how different they are from the other services. Kids who are going to get through this are the ones who are excited by what they see here.

Boot camp is a psychological test and it weeds out those who won't be right for the Corps. But in addition to stress this documentary shows humor (those Drill Instructors can be hilarious--though a smart recruit will not crack a smile) comraderie and the enormous value that the Corp places on teamwork.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Once a Marine, Always a Marine.
So this book is essential to offer to your children and grand-children (plus some others) so they will understand what you are talking about.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in this documentary
I was one of the recruits in this filmed documentary. I remember seeing the boom guy with the large furry thing chasing the camera guys around. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miko
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was There!
My drill instructors are featured in this documentary. I graduated right in front of this series. It is great to re-live boot camp and to actually have my drill instructors on... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amber Craft
5.0 out of 5 stars WIN!
I ordered a few movies to try to better understand the experience a loved one was going through at Parris Island and none of the others compared to this one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for a gift
I bought this for a gift to someone interested in going into bootcamp. It was good. He got an understanding of a little bit of what to exspect.
Published 12 months ago by Cookie Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate portrayal
This is a very sobering and proud look at what goes into becoming a US Marine. It is earned- never given. Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by Pele
1.0 out of 5 stars Making PC Marines
I bought this DVD thinking I would show parts of it to my high school classes. There was so much whining going on with the female marine recruits that I had to shut it off before... Read more
Published on October 8, 2009 by R. Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Video
When my son went to boot camp I wanted to know as much as possible about what he would be experiencing. Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by fourthdaymom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative!!
I really liked this documentary!!! It was very helpful in gaining some knowledge of what goes on in PI for Marine Corp Recruits. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by William Gelo
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