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  • Actors: Alan Bell, Phil Lancaster, Madelaine Drohan, Robert Young Pelton, Peter Singer
  • Directors: Jason Bourque, Nick Bicanic
  • Writers: Jason Bourque, Nick Bicanic
  • Producers: Nick Bicanic, Andrew Wanliss-Orlebar, Dominika Juillet, Les Lukacs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Purpose Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J55YLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shadow Company DVD special edition" on IMDb

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This year thousands of private soldiers will be deployed in conflicts worldwide. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare. But to those at home, their world and influence remain a mystery. - Who are

Customer Reviews

The most horrific details are recounted with no histrionics.
M. J. Ward
Shadow Company is an extremely insightful, educational, and entertaining look at a remarkable and very controversial event in contemporary politics and modern warfare.
Joe Arrigoni
Many of the soldiers that fought in most of the wars down through history were soldiers fighting for fortune or mercenaries.
Charles Ashbacher

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Ward on October 30, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a review of the DVD.

Shadow Company is a compelling film about men for hire who go into very

dangerous places in the world to act as security agents for companies;

to fight for governments; or whoever hires them. They are apolitical

and are seemingly very good at what they do. The film takes no sides,

doesn't pull any punches, shows us just how dangerous and bloody

fighting in todays troubled hot spots is.

Some graphic footage of burning bodies may be disturbing but it did

happen. There are about 20,000 mercenaries in Iraq at present. Others

are in African countries where there is civil war. Some are in

Afghanistan; or any place that is dangerous and there is need for

men-with-guns; i.e. security agents.

Film-makers Nick Bicanic and Jason Bourque were successful in getting

the complete cooperation and trust of the mercenaries, called private

security contractors, and through interviews and following along, we

have a look at their day. Two of them, (Slavko Itic & Corbus Claassens)

are articulate and matter-of-fact about the way things are in their

jobs. The most horrific details are recounted with no histrionics. It

is just the way it is. The extras are a great watch too. One long

interview with Claassens recounts a hilarious story about a blow up

doll. It's odd and a little scary. If the the guy in their company was

just kidding, it would be one thing. But it sounded like he actually

had conversations and 'fights' with his 'wife.' Yes, folks, he married

his 'doll.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tense L. Smith on October 30, 2006
Format: DVD
Shadow Company is an extremely well-made documentry film, which tells of the roles of these contract soldiers who are fighting along side our military Iraq and Sierra Leone. I had heard stories of contract soldiers, or mercenaries, but had no idea how important a role they played until this film. Nick Bicanic and all those involved in putting together this wonderful account, should be praised for their efforts in putting the truth of what is going on over there out, which is a far cry from what the media wants us to see. It's something every American should watch, as well as being shown in the schools. The interviews from some of the journalists, contract workers, and even Stephen J. Cannell, a Hollywood Producer, well known to American TV, are very informative. An added treat to the film is the voice-over reading of "letters to home" of one of the members of Shadow Company, James, by Scottish actor Gerard Butler, who adds a real touch of humanity and heart to the film. This is one documentry that holds your interest and doesn't waiver or let you down. I hightly recommend this DVD to every American who supports, or not, the efforts of our fighting men in the Middle East, with praises for these brave and wonderful non-Military contract soldiers, who are helping so wonderfully in the overall effort there.

Tense L Smith - Niceville, Florida
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RYP on October 30, 2006
Format: DVD
First I must say that I am in the film as an interview subject but I encourage anyone who wants to understand how warfare is shifting from the citizen soldier to the hired gun to watch this film.

Kudos to Nick and Jason on their first film and the professional look and feel of the project.

The documentary ties together the links between mercenaries, contractors and soldier and goes inside the minds and feelings of men who choose this way of life. And maybe more importantly, inside the hearts of people who are affected by this violent profession.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Arrigoni on October 31, 2006
Format: DVD
After Fahrenheit 9/11 and "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" I feared the political documentary genre was forever lost in liberal bias. Shadow Company restores this genre to its rightful place of respectability.

Far too often documentary film makers shape their films to fit their predetermined conclusions and present only the footage that backs up their premise. Shadow Company takes a fair and balanced approach that few filmmakers, or news outlets for that matter, have the courage and integrity to take.

Shadow Company is an extremely insightful, educational, and entertaining look at a remarkable and very controversial event in contemporary politics and modern warfare. Anyone hoping to have a well informed conversation about the war in Iraq needs to see this film. Conservatives and liberals alike will call it one of their favorite films of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Bicanic on April 16, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
It's one of the best documentaries ever made. On any subject.
But as it happens the subject is fascinating. I hear the director was asked to testify in front of the US senate. Btw see the real trailer on [...] - the trailer shown here is just a segment from the film.

Note. I am the director/writer ;)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin Black on January 28, 2007
Format: DVD
Every time I watch a documentary these days I can feel myself anticipating the moment when I really get the point the film makers are trying to Convince me of. It's like when I'm driving and I get that first little bit of road rage and suddenly I can feel myself looking for more reasons to get angrier and angrier. A lot of film makers play to your emotions, anger and fear being the best ones in my opinion, and I know I often get hooked in and by the end of the documentary I definitely have an opinion that was formed by the presentation of the info. It has made me biased.

SHADOW COMPANY is different. The info is presented in a way that plays to a person's intellect, not to their emotions. They carefully examine the information and allow you to make a decision for yourself.

The quality of the interviews is incredible. They are honest, heartfelt and true, not directed by the film makers to make a point. Having read some of Robert Pelton's books I can appreciate his knowledge and really enjoyed hearing his opinion.

The directing and editing is amazing. Early on I got a feeling of the vision that went into the creation of this film and felt how it carried through right through to the credits.

Overall this was a very well made film and I think that everyone should see it and recommend it to their friends. I really hope to see more from Purpose Films in the future.
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