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Prisoners Of War: Season 1

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After 17 years in captivity, three Israeli soldiers are finally returned to their families: one of them in a coffin. The first season of this award-winning and controversial series follows the former captives and their families as they try to reconnect with each other. But the adjustment is painful, and when secrets of the years gone by begin coming to light, betrayal, resentment and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives all over again.


This deeply moving, intense and thrilling series was adapted into the acclaimed drama Homeland.

Special Features

  • An Open Wound: Making Prisoners Of War Including Interviews With Cast & Crew
  • Episode Commentaries With Creator Gideon Raff & Director Of Photography Itai Neeman

Product Details

  • Actors: Gal Zaid, Yael Eitan
  • Directors: Gideon Raff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JJOY44G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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To those of you who are Homeland fans and trying to figure out how to watch this Prisoners of War original series--I did a bit of checking around and discovered that this series is available for download on Hulu Plus!
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Obviously I purchased this because I was a fan of "Homeland" and I was curious about the inspiring miniseries; I was not disappointed. "Prisoners of War" is something quite different from "Homeland", more emotional and to me more affecting. I am pleased with my purchase.

Of course, this particular DVD set is region 2. This wasn't a problem for me because I used the French solution to put it on my iPad, but it might be a small problem in the US if you intend to play it on a local DVD player.
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By Sidney M on October 21, 2012
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Invites comparison with Homeland, for obvious reasons (Gideon Raff created both series). Much more humanly complex than its American cousin, and the Israeli characters have a sense of humor (Yael Eitan is terrific as the daughter of one of the returnees), sadly absent from the American script. Non-Israelis probably miss a lot of the cultural references (I know I did) but reading about the lead-up to the release of Gilad Shalit can supply some context. (The background music is wonderfully bad, which suggests more missed cultural references).

Probably only available in non-USA format to avoid competition with Homeland. Definitely worth the investment, though.
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"Prisoners of War (original title in Hebrew: חטופים Translit.: Hatufim Translated: "Abductees") is an Israeli television drama series made by Keshet and originally aired from March to May 2010. The series was created by Israeli director, screenwriter and producer Gideon Raff."" Wikipedia

The series, set in 2008, portrays three Israeli soldiers who were captured seventeen years ago while on a secret mission with their unit in Lebanon. The story begins with their return home. Nimrod Klein and Uri Zach return alive, while their friend Amiel Ben-Horin comes back in a coffin. The actors playing Nimrod and Uri are superb, and they have won awards. The series shows Nimrod and Uri trying to fit into society. Israel has made them national heroes, but they have secrets and terrible trauma to overcome. They are also working through the PTSD of being held captive and tortured. They must deal with their families, some who waited patiently and some who did not. We are also introduced to the sister of the dead returned soldier. She has bizarre dreams, and is a little off center.

Nimrod and Uri have to undergo psychiatric evaluations and debriefings. The military psychologist finds some strange mysteries in their stories, and is convinced that they have something to hide. I have to say the psychologist used nefarious means to talk with the returnees, and acted in an unethical manner. At no time was serious psychological assistance offered to them.

Each episode was gripping and went back to the days of their capture, and we see glimpses of the torture they underwent. This is really a remarkable series, and one that is not easy to forget. The US bought rights to the story, and we now have 'Homeland', a take-off of the original Israeli series.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 01-21-13
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Far superior in every way to its "global" version, Homeland, to the point that it's difficult to imagine that it was written by the same screenwriter. Also hard to imagine that this was filmed non-linearly (scenes shot at the same location grouped together), and on an extremely low budget, according to Gideon Raff.
This is about as good as TV gets.
First season is available with English subtitles on Hulu, second on Maco VOD in an ongoing release, Hebrew only for now.
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By Conan on December 19, 2014
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Brilliant T.V. Just observing the subtle variations in plot and theme between this and it's remake, Homeland, is worth the time. But in its own right this show is much better, much grittier and much more informative. This is probably the only Israeli T.V. show I have ever seen and it is fully informative about the state of consciousness "on the ground" in that country. The people, the difficulties, the way of life seem to be beautifully shown. Very informative, moving and altogether spellbinding. The second season, in which I'm now in the middle of, is even better. A+++
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One of the best television series. Homeland which I love is based on this Israeli series. Prisoner Of War has excellent acting, directing, and writing.
Each episode leaves you with wanting more and more. It's different from Homeland but just as high quality of a series. After each episode there is a commentary by the director which I would highly recommend. It's easy to miss things because of the subtitles. This really helps to fill in any missing pieces. The commentary also helps you have a better understanding of life in Israel and how connected everybody is to the military. If you are looking for and intelligent TV thriller that you can't stop watching then this series is for you.
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Riveting, written by the author of TV's Homeland series. This is even better. But be aware, it is in Hebrew with English sub-titles.
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