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The U.S. Navy SEALs are members of one of the world's most elite, most successful military commando forces. They are a highly trained unit of tenacious, intelligent and fearless soldiers. What does it take to become the best of the best? Find out as you follow Class 234 in a rigorous six-month training course that will push the men to extreme physical and emotional limits. The punishment never ends from the first day to the course's end when only 17 of 83 men will succeed as they face the most demanding training of their lives.

Disc 1 Welcome to BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) - From "The Grinder" to "Surf Torture," the training begins with a punishing series of physical and mental tests that will push students to their limits. And this is just the first day. It Pays to Be a Winner - With a one-mile bay swim in frigid water, the best students rise to the top...and half the class drops out by the end of the first week.

Disc 2 Two Weeks and a Long Day - Week One is over, and the remaining students of Class 234 are battered, bruised and exhausted. See how poor teamwork results in one candidate's injury and how two team leaders cost their crews serious punishment. Hell Week - This is the eliminator. For 24 hours a day, six days straight, candidates are put through a brutal set of tests designed to bring each of them to his breaking point and challenge him to push beyond it.

Disc 3 The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday - Students must combat fear and panic underwater as they learn advanced scuba and breathing techniques. Those who make it must undergo a simulated combat dive that demands extreme levels of precision . The Home Stretch - This is the training's most dangerous phase. Using real explosives and live ammunition, candidates learn demolition tactics, land navigation and combat maneuvers. The final hurdle is a nighttime, live-fire mission on a simulated enemy base.


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QFAFS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am very satisfied with the video.
Robert Johnson
It is very inspiring too, one gets motivated to quit procrastinating & get things done in their own life!
DANDT
This documentary is very informative and gives you viewer an understand of how NAVY SEALS train.
A. Aladsani

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Scott on July 19, 2008
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Along with all the fascinating observations about elite military training, this documentary has to make anyone ask the question; why do some people simply refuse to quit?

Since BUDS is voluntary, a trainee can leave at anytime. How come out of 114, only 16 stay to the end?

Human being generally seem able to take anything when they have no choice. But these guys can go home anytime they want. What makes a select few refuse to even let the idea of quitting enter their mind no matter what the misery?

Perhaps even better than watching these boys push it past the limit of endurance is the simple and direct comments of the instructors on what is happening. These instructors could write a PhD dissertation on human nature and it would be better than most of the garbage that is out there.

It's 5 hours - and you won't be able to look away.

See it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Soltys on January 5, 2006
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I saw this 2 or 3 years ago on the Discovery Channel and found it interesting. It's sometimes thought Navy Seals are these more than human men; but this shows their real guys who go though rough training to become apart of the one of best fighting units in our armed forces. This is for anyone who likes documenteries or the discovery channel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan N. Klein on December 24, 2006
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This is an exceptional representation of Navy SEAL training. The video goes into extraordinary detail, and really makes you understand what these young men go through. Despite its length, I have watched it upwards of five times. Each time I find it educational, impressive, and inspiring. After seeing this film you understand why less than 20% of BUD/S trainees make it through, and why less than 0.5% of soldiers in the Navy are SEALs.

Also highly recommended for anyone considering applying to BUD/S. It certainly lets you know what you are getting into.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John on April 27, 2006
Format: DVD
Why do guys continue, why do they quit. That is the theme of this DVD series. And it doesn't just apply to SEALS, we all face it every day. Why does the one guy give up, whereas the next guy continues on ? Is it optimism, "guts", determination, pride, fear of failure ? This three-part series highlights this. I was really impressed at how good and professional our military is. They can create the best warriors without brutalizing them and dehumanizing them the way most countries do it. Great DVD.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By RJRo20 on October 15, 2007
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This 3-disc DVD set is an incredible documentation about military training in an elite force. It gives an insider's look into BUD/S class 234: of the students and of their no-nonsense, hard-core instructors.

BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training is the six months of basics, which includes PT phase, diving/water navigation, and weapons. Viewers get a glimps of what it takes to become a Navy SEAL. The cold, the endurance, the self-sacrifice, the will to win and succeed, and the dedication to the team.

My brother-in-law's father was a Navy SEAL, and after watching this documentary, I've gained greater appreciation and understanding of his experience. However, the DVD just shows a snippet of SEAL training. BUD/S is just the beginning!

For any potential SEAL-to-be, this DVD is a must! Also, for the extreme workout (or physical preparation) try: The Complete Guide to Navy Seal Fitness, Third Edition (Includes Free DVD): Updated for Today's Warrior Elite.

Other recommended Navy SEAL DVDs:

Navy SEALs Training - The Silent Option
Special Operations Force: The Secret Soldier
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cinquain on December 23, 2007
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This dvd suits anyone who is into learning more about U.S military, or for potential future Seals. It covers the 6 months training sailors must go through to become navy seals. Buds ( basic underwater demolition seal training) is considered the hardest military training in the world. This dvd shows you inside of Buds, and it is perfect for individuals who want to become Seals. I consider this to be one of the greatest documentary ever. Hooyah Navy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teach your Child on November 16, 2009
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This DVD set is great! I started watching it on the Military Channel and bought it!! My Son is in boot camp right now in Great Lakes, getting ready to start Pre-Buds training, all though he read several books on Navy Seals before joining, nothing beats the visuals from watching what it's like for these young men. You also get some insight as to how the instructors view the various personalities of the men. I'm sending it to my son today. I would highly recommend this to anyone considering becoming a Navy Seal as well as to the family and friends of anyone trying to become a Navy Seal. It really helps you get some insight to what these men will go through and the heart and determination they MUST possess to succeed!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer on October 8, 2009
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I loved this DVD set and am in awe of the young men who volunteer for the arduous SEAL training program.

This five hour DVD set gives us a snapshot of life in BUD/S training, the first hurdle sailors must clear to become Navy SEALs (BUD/S graduation is followed by SEAL Qualification Training [SQT]). There are three mentally and physically challenging phases in BUD/S training. The first two disks (four episodes) in this set focus on First Phase - physical training and teamwork development - which includes the infamous Hell Week. The third disk (two episodes) shows highlights from Second Phase diving instruction and Third Phase weapons training, underwater demolition, and land warfare tactics. Footage includes interviews with instructors and trainees during and between training evolutions.

I discovered this series after reading Dick Couch's The Warrior Elite: the Forging of SEAL Class 228. Couch is a former SEAL who served in Vietnam. He was given unprecedented access to instructors and trainees as he followed Class 228 through BUD/S. And many of the instructors seen in the DVD are also featured prominently in Couch's book. The result is a far more in-depth look at BUD/S training than you get from the video, but the DVD definitely gives you a sense of the agony these guys must go through; you can see the pain on their faces during the more tortuous evolutions. For those interested in the next round of SEAL training, check out Couch's follow-up book, The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident, which chronicles SEAL Qualification Training or SQT.

If you really want to know what it takes to be a Navy SEAL and what these young men must endure to achieve their goal, I would highly recommend you watch this DVD set (and read the two Dick Couch books as companions).
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