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A Marine Story [Blu-ray] (2011)

Dreya Weber , Paris Pickard , Ned Farr  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Dreya Weber, Paris Pickard
  • Directors: Ned Farr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FW9A9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A strong, character-driven riposte to Don t Ask, Don t Tell . . .Weber is first-rate. Variety Weber anchors the movie with a gritty, honest performance that has the same to-the-bone quality as Melissa Leo s in Frozen River. There s not a false note or inflection. Stephen Holden, New York Times A lesbian amalgam of Walking Tall and Billy Jack. Village Voice Dreya Weber is compelling and utterly convincing . . . The film is powerful. Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times This film does not go where you might think it will go because it s so credibly written, acted and directed. Don t ask, don t tell? How about: Don t miss this film. San Francisco Chronicle --Wolfe

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Highly decorated film has won 17 Awards so far! The remarkably hard-bodied actress/aerialist Dreya Weber (The Gymnast) stars as Alex, a decorated Marine officer who is unexpectedly discharged from her wartime duty. Returning to her conservative home town she agrees to coach and counsel the precocious teen rebel Saffron (Paris Pickard). Alex is the no-nonsense role model and authority figure that Saffron needs, and in true Karate Kid style she inspires the young woman s transition from slacker to boot camp-ready Marine recruit. But as Saffron is finally finding the strength to grow up, Alex must find new courage to face her own demons.

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very well done November 22, 2010
By sophie
Format:DVD
I saw this at the Rehoboth Beach film festival this year and it was really very well done. It took a serious, timely topic - that of getting discharged under the DADT policy - and gave it a face. Both women were superb and the supporting staff was quite good as well.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WALKING TALL May 22, 2011
Format:DVD
A woman is discharged from the Marines for being a lesbian right before retirement. She returns to her small home town where she quickly loses herself in a bottle of tequila. She tries to keep her reason for discharge a secret while battling old demons, courting an old lover, battling small minds, and meth heads...all the while attempting to help a troubled teen girl.

Brief behind shower nudity, women kissing, occasional f-bomb. Good acting, although for a straight male the drama and action is difficult to relate to.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely, thought provoking film February 22, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
"A Marine Story" was one of my favorite feature films at the Beaufort International Film Festival last week. The story line about Alexandra, a Marine who is nearing retirement age, gives the audience a view of a strong, determined and brave woman who also has some personal issues. Still, she agrees to help a resistant, troubled young woman from her hometown buck up and straighten out by training her as though she's already in boot camp.
Alexandra puts aside her own personal and professional issues to mentor someone else, giving her an opportunity to get her life on the right track. In the meantime, Alexandra is trying to do the same, but without much support from anyone else. Her struggles are her own to bear, but she's a Marine. She knows what to do.
The ending was satisfying and timely. You care about Alexandra and her future, wanting a happy ending for her. The film delivers.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesbian-themed movie that isn't a romance November 28, 2011
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I really liked this movie. So far, the only bad things I've read in these reviews had to do with the gay theme or the storyline itself. If you don't like gay people or if you read the summary of the movie and don't find it interesting...don't watch it.

For not being a lesbian herself, Dreya Weber does a wonderful job at making the experience come to life. In this movie, her character was drummed out of the military on suspicion of being gay. So, for the first time in her life, she is learning how to live honestly with who and what she is. One way she comes to terms with herself is by training a troubled and lost teenager who has been court ordered to do jail time or join the military. The teenager is straight, so this isn't a romance. Though there is a lot of chemistry between these two actors. The town she comes back to is one that is in trouble. Being a female ex-marine, she is pulled into some fights that she would rather not be a part of. For anyone who has dealt with coming out or knows someone who has, this story will hit home. It was beautifully told, if a bit slow in the telling. Personally, I like slow movies that require you to sit back and soak it all up. This is more a character movie than an action flick, though the fight scenes are very good. It's fun to watch a strong woman kick a jerk's butt. Again, I stress that this is not a romance. It's difficult for our American minds to come to terms with this as we are used to romance being involved in everything. She does find love, of course, but it is a very small part of the movie. And the point of involving the other woman seems to be more about showing how difficult it can be for these soldiers who have lived in fear of being found out for so long to free themselves. The real story here is about the pain that Don't Ask Don't Tell and the narrow-minded views of homophobic people have caused in this country. However, it is not preachy. It's real.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I saw this film at The Beaufort International Film Festival, where it won Best Feature Film. Acting, directing, and editing were all superb. Very realistic portrayal of the many dilemmas brought to the fore by the DADT policy in the military. A tight, well-crafted work by all involved.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE! ! ! ! May 7, 2011
By Annie
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At first glance, I thought the movie was about a woman Marine. I thought "How cool!" since I'm a female vet. Watching the story unfold in this movie, I was awe-struck at how well this was done. This is a really great, great story. And probably as real as it gets! I am impressed at the actors. The military scenes had me do a de ja vue. I hated the military since I was released with "behavior unsuitable for the military", meaning I was lesbian. What was unsuitable was the way I was treated as a human being.
Regardless of my past, this movie is spiracular. A definate MUST SEE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I found this movie while surfing around the free selections in Amazon Prime. I recognized Dreya Weber from her appearance in the P90X DVDs, and I wasn't expecting much from her as an actress--you know, here we go with a female Jean Claude Van Damme or Dolph Lundgren. Man, was I wrong! Weber carried off this role with intelligence, sensitivity, compassion and (of course!) an amazing physical presence. The story line is interesting and well crafted; the cinematography is California Inland Empire beautiful; and I especially liked Weber's rendition of the closing song. The supporting cast was outstanding as well. Some people may find the theme of don't ask don't tell in the military, and homosexuality in general offputting. Well, folks, that's real life, and it's time to get used to it. I have my own questions about the topic as well, but this movie proves yet again that there are no easy answers, either for the gays or the straights. Come to this film with an open mind and you will be richly rewarded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie.
Published 5 hours ago by Carlos Dominguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story. Relevant and I'm glad to see we ...
Good Story. Relevant and I'm glad to see we can finally get over the bias, especially for men and women serving our country.
Published 8 hours ago by Bert R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Military injustice
Cool movie about military injustice.
DOMA is dead!
Published 1 day ago by CLo
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
Better than expected. Didn't expect much from it, but was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. My husband also liked it.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not good.
Published 2 days ago by David Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a wonderful movie, and I will recommend anybody to watch ...
The movie shows a reality that it is hard to come out as who you are as a person. In her case, she is a lesbian. This movie say that it is alright to be yourself. Read more
Published 3 days ago by William R Johnson Jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A bit too much violent.
Published 7 days ago by Zhaan8
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!
An easy to follow movie well acted along with the study of the military's acceptance/reluctance to Lesbian situations in the service.
Published 11 days ago by bobo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great acting
Dreya Weber is absolutely perfect in this role portraying a tough as nails Marine forced out of the Corps. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ron Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars A Review: A Marine Story
First off, one of the major gripe I have about his movie is giving a message to everyone who are not in the military that the United States Air Force, United States Army, and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by thomascgty
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