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The Battle for Marjah (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2011)

Ben Anderson , Anthony Wonke  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Ben Anderson, Anthony Wonke
  • Writers: Ben Anderson
  • Producers: Ben Anderson, Guy Davies, Nancy Abraham, Sheila Nevins
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055T3RBA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Battle for Marjah (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

Special Features

12-page Viewer’s Guide
Chronology of the Afghan War and an Explanation of IEDs

Editorial Reviews

“A tremendous film that everyone … should watch. A+—Newsday

Follow Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines into the heart of the war in Afghanistan. Their target: the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold. Their tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces. Embedded with the troops, award-winning London Times Journalist Ben Anderson provides an intimate, sobering look at the realities of counterinsurgency warfare and combat on the ground.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marjah Marine Mom November 16, 2011
My two sons are featured in this documentary. Cpl. George Godwin provides his personal perspective as a new father engaging the Taliban in an effort to take control of Marjah in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. These are not actors. These are young men being helicoptered into a war zone (at night) armed only with what they can carry. This is real and the footage is raw. Regardless of personal opinion about war and middle eastern issues, Americans owe these men a debt of gratitude. They are America's finest, American heroes.

LCpl. Gus Haas and Cpl. George Godwin's proud mom, Pollyanna Haas
1/6 Bravo Company
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Afgan War--Another 'NAM? July 17, 2011
IN YOUR FACE WAR COMBAT. Not a glitzy documentary of a battle, but camera within the troops as they attempt to change the are in Afghanistan, specifically the Marjah Taliban stronghold town. Expect war and all it entails. Language, death, injury and frustration. If you have never been in combat, here is an opportunity to witness it first-hand, almost. The British reporter, Ben Anderson, goes in alongside Bravo Company with his camera. Anderson is producer, writer, and film photographer of this event to show the WHO-HOW-WHAT-WHERE of an actual offensive began on February 13, 2010. The WHY is left open for the viewer to answer. Who gains? You may have a problem with your own answer after seeing this feature-length footage that covers one US Marine unit that was supposedly a part of a coalition force. Ha!

These are real Marines, tough in action and language, and the action is real. Even the cameraman risks life as shown in the footage. Throughout the footage of events there is occasional text notes added to explain what is happening, or why. All of the filmed warfare, foxhole interviews, etc comes with SUBTITLES. Adult due to very strong language, disturbing images, war violence, and war graphic scenes. It's the REAL McCoy!

Not a wise choice for ladies with children stationed in Afghanistan. Hopefully this DVD will get some comments/reviews from former Afghanistan deployed American soldiers. What you see is an ongoing result of 9/11. Will it ever end? This is a difficult DVD set to rank. It is top notch in presenting truth without bias worthy of 5-stars. But the constant grind of disturbing footage and events can't really be called entertaining. Enlightening-perhaps! Compelling-YES! FACT: war documentary footage is no "Mary Poppins.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece September 4, 2011
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This is an amazing piece of work. I can't believe someone had the balls to film this. It's honest, shot really well. A great documentary with material as live and raw as you can get.
Really worth watching!
If you have watched generation kill it's the really life version !
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money December 31, 2011
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Where to begin... having seen much better documentaries on Afghanistan (e.g. "Armadillo") I suppose I am somewhat biased (and FYI I'm deployed in Afghanistan right now), but expected much more from HBO. The main thing that annoyed me about this film was that it was too fast paced for the length of the film and the amount of info it was trying to cover. The editing is very shotty throughout and the director seems like he doesn't really have a message he's trying to convey, other than America is screwing up Afghanistan merely by it's presence- which is BS because the country has only made progress since we began our mission there.

There are many more negatives than positives in the film (even the occasional music is dreary), especially when it comes to US casualties vs Taliban killed. The director does not attempt to follow up on any of the battles but just moves on, focusing on American and civilian casualties. The translation scenes and long shots of locals attempt to make the viewer feel like we are just messing everything up, everyone is always repulsed, angry, frowning, etc. They didn't put in any shots of the kids joking and playing around, or any grateful locals... just the bad stuff. I know first hand many locals are happy to see us and work with us. I see kids playing around the base and adults playing soccer all the time. The point is this is just another negative outlook on the war in Afghanistan and it's nothing you can't read for yourself from a Liberal news source.

Definitely no need for Blue-Ray quality as there's nothing noteworthy for style, imagery, or action in this film. Just a jumbled compilation that doesn't give nearly enough details of a 6+month long Marine operation. This was definitely a one-timer and I will be giving it away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, profound and extremely well-done October 20, 2011
Ben Anderson truly captures the hearts and minds of the Marines he embedded with in Afghanistan. It is an outstanding first-hand account of U.S. Marine operations in early 2010 during the Afghan conflict. His inarguable footage of Operation Moshtarak illustrates the largest offensive push since the beginning of the war and his insightful and touching interviews with Capt. Ryan Sparks and his Marines are a rare and genuine portrayal of their experiences. This operation changed the strategy and conduct of the Afghan war, and future operations from this point forward would always be compared to it.

Anderson's interviews with the local Afghan population are not be missed, as they demonstrate the lives and emotions of the citizens directly impacted and the complicated relationships they have with the forces working for their cause. Anderson's interviews humanize aspects of the war that are generally told in statistics and shocking headlines, and prompt viewers to question their own understanding of the war in Afghanistan.

Veterans of Operation Moshtarak look back on their time in Marjah as their "D-Day", and the direct coverage allowed for the media during this operation is a testament to the lengths we can go to in order to help the public better understand what deployed men and women are faced with, and the intricacies of the Afghan conflict faced by all of the countries involved.

Ben Anderson's professionalism and intuition truly helped make this documentary what it was. It is obvious that he was trusted so well in order to form the relationships that he did with these men, and to serve alongside them in such a way to document their emotions and experiences to such an extent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good flick
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Factual, Informative and very professionally made. This film should become a matter of study in our history classes.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Gates
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Blue ray movie! perfect condition.
Published 3 months ago by DBM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie
Published 3 months ago by Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great one!
Watched this on cable when it came out originally and it was,and is very hard to turn off even if you don't care for the subject matter. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel A. Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars 1/6 Marjah Marines
I did the push with 1/6 B Co 2nd Plt 2nd Sqd 3RD team leader. This movie is as real as it gets. I was there Feb 13, 2010 when we inserted and I got combat wounded June 8 2010. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Melissa Childress
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Battle
Great prespective of the troops on the ground first that were involved in this battle.Great documentary and worth the watch.
Published 16 months ago by Chris Peterson
3.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more
This was a good DVD but the extra content was really lacking. Just a couple of bios. Probably should have rented this one.
Published 18 months ago by Rosey
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult To Rate Low
... But its the *score* that causes one to do so.

Real life documentaries, told from this immediate perspective, should do without the emotional prods of a musical... Read more
Published 19 months ago by S.H.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK portrayal, but possible bias?
As the story of B Company, 1/6 Marines, "The Battle for Marjah" does a reasonable job of showing what the soldiers went through. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Anthony Prudori
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