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Power of Two (2011)

Ana Stenzel , Isabel Stenzel Byrnes , Marc Smolowitz  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ana Stenzel, Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, Hatsuko Stenzel
  • Directors: Marc Smolowitz
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passion River
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089DKN7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspired by their 2007 memoir, "The Power Of Two" offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the CF and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles - and overlooked joys - of chronic illness.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly inspiring story September 20, 2012
Format:DVD
This documentary really stuck with me. I've been fortunate enough to have spent 22 healthy years on earth and no one close close to me has ever been really been significantly ill. Seeing Ana and Isa tell their story about living with cystic fibrosis really opened my eyes to the reality of living with a life threatening disease. Of course I knew about the sadness that might come with being so ill but what really surprised me and inspired me is the joy, optimism and gratitude these twins possess in spite of (or perhaps because of) their disease.

Their commitment to give back after receiving their life-giving lung transplants should be an inspiration to us all. Like I said, I'm perfectly healthy but I have yet to accomplish anything as great as what the Stenzel twins have in their transplant advocacy.

So many of us (myself included) take good health for granted. But as they say in the film, without good health it's really impossible to accomplish anything. After seeing "The Power of Two" I'm going to commit myself to gratitude everyday. I will not take my good health for granted any longer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The subject of transplantation is one that is near to my heart. I know in some circles it might still be considered controversial, but I feel that it constitutes the ultimate gift that one individual can give another. After my death (or brain death), I welcome the opportunity to have my body given to medicine where I might make a substantial difference in the lives of others. Of course, at this rate, I will likely be too unhealthy and decrepit to make much impact! But isn't it the thought that counts? Marc Smolowitz's stirring documentary "The Power of Two" tells the tale of twin sisters born with cystic fibrosis. At a young age, Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes inadvertently became a popular human interest news story by writing and illustrating a children's book about their time in and out of hospitals. This unexpected focus brought the half-Japanese sisters a new purpose. Over the next twenty plus years, they have endured transplants, medical setbacks, and personal triumphs to become active advocates of the transplantation process.

More than anything, "The Power of Two" is a lovely tribute to everyone involved in this medical miracle. From donors to recipients to those on waiting lists to the families involved to the caregivers and doctors, this film is all inclusive in its respect and attention. And the Stenzel sisters embody this respect greatly. Told in a relatively matter-of-fact way, I appreciate how grounded this film stays. Yes, it's an emotional subject but I never felt like anyone was trying to manipulate my emotions. The interviews are from the heart, touching, and many make you smile with genuine affection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Two October 16, 2012
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This video was incredibly well done. Having been the spouse of a person with CF for 37 years, I cried throughout the video remembering what we went through. My husband survived 7 years with his transplanted lungs. I recommend this video to everyone as a tool to learn about CF and what these amazing people go through to live. I continue to pray for a cure. Diane Detmer, widow.Power of Two
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational September 25, 2012
By Snowman
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This is an inspirational story very well told. You will learn a lot about organ donation, Cystic Fibrosis and they way other governments and cultures treat those in need of organ transplants. Save lives, be an organ donor! Sign up is easy, go to [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Strength January 13, 2013
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This documentary was well done. I was familiar with cystic fibrosis but this DVD provided further education. I was not aware of the cultural differences regarding transplants in Japan before watching this DVD. Balanced was achieved with: education, cultural boundaries, depicting the suffering but providing hope, sadness, laughter, and progress. There were times that I cried and laughed. I appreciated the stories shared by the spouse and his raw feelings. I was surprised by the number of medications CF patients take too. My heart goes out to those suffering with CF and their families. They are strong people but this DVD portrays that their lives are greatly improved by the loving support of family and skilled medical professionals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POWER-FILLED MOVIE! December 1, 2012
By Lynn
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My daughter is in the end stage of the terrible disease of cystic fibrosis. She saw THE POWER OF TWO at a special showing and reception attended by one of the twins. Their story gave her and our son-in-law much reason for optimism in her own case, while also providing much useful and inspiring information. It's an excellent documentary and has helped me to better understand what my daughter will be experiencing upon being accepted as a double-lung transplant recipient.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly Moving Documentary November 22, 2012
By Kathryn
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The Power of Two is an amazing movie about the triumphant journey of Ana and Isa Stenzel, who have documented their journey through the difficult medical maze of life with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants and generously dedicated their lives to raising organ donation awareness in both the U.S. and Japan. The two most difficult moments in the movie (the realization of lack of medical care for CF patients in Japan and Isa's husband's anguish when she nearly dies before she is rescued by a life-saving lung transplant)are intense and heart-rending. Bravo to all involved in the making of this documentary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!
Very powerful documentary. I read the book and this DVD just reinforces the amazing story of the Stenzel twins. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Awarness
I am a father of an 18 year old with cystic fibrosis. My beloved daughter is likely to need a lung transplant sometimes down the line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by aron knopfler
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a Breath at a Time
It was well done and you could follow the story line perfectly. Even though the subject is a difficult one, the depiction was done with life as the center focus and worth every... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story of 2 couragous and inspiring women
My 3 year old nephew has CF, and I do what I can to learn more about the disease and ways that we can find a cure. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars "Change takes stories..."
"The Power of Two" is an immensely inspirational documentary about two half-Japanese twins, Isa Stenzel Byrnes and Ana Stenzel, that were born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and ended... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Stout
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very, Very Somber Conversation About Organ Donation. The POWER OF...
This is a very, very somber look at Cystic Fibrosis and the issue of organ donation, first and foremost. It's also a biography of twin sisters, Anabel and Isabel Stenzel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andre Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Two
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Anabel Stenzel & Isabel Stenzel Byrnes are twin sister, and they were both born with cystic fibrosis (CF). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bedjam El Patron
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare documentary that manages to be as emotionally resonant as it is...
The Power of Two is a rare documentary that manages to be as emotionally resonant as it is informative. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr. Pat B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and touching story
The Power of Two is such an amazing story that touched on so many facets of human experience. Not only did the story give you a very personal account of organ transplantation, but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ETmed1
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravery and Inspiration
Ana & Isa have truly enhanced the use of transplantation across the world, with their sweet personalities, their struggles with CF, and double lung transplantation. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Judith A. Regnier
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