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Welcome to Sarajevo (2011)

Woody Harrelson , Marisa Tomei  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Stephen Dillane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YCKJP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,375 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Woody Harrelson (2012), Academy Award® winner Marisa Tomei (Best Supporting Actress, My Cousin Vinny, 1993) and Stephen Dillane (The Hours) team up and deliver powerhouse performances in this courageous true story.
Living on the edge amid the constant threat of attack, an offbeat band of TV journalists, led by hotshot Jimmy Flynn (Harrelson), report from a devastated war-torn country. The action intensifies when one of the journalists crosses the line and risks his life in a bold attempt to smuggle an orphaned girl to safety. Filling the screen with a jarring mix of passion and danger, Welcome to Sarajevo is a gritty, behind-the-scenes look at covering a war...head-on and on the run.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary reel life November 16, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
As a journalist familiar with Yugoslavia and the tragedies of its breakway states, I was prepared to dislike this movie about foreign journalists working during the siege of Sarajevo. I thought, here goes Hollywood exploiting an abomination of the 20th Century. What I saw, in fact, humbled me and moved me to many tears. Director Michael Winterbottom takes an unflinching, docudrama approach, integrating real news footage of atrocities with his no frills production. There is no exploitation of suffering here. Winterbottom has an unabashed agenda: to shock, inform, educate and enlighten. It is hardly entertainment. The result, devoid of sentimentality, glamour and a neatly-packaged denoument, is refreshingly un-Hollywood. The characters played by Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei in a small role, Kerry Fox, Stephen Dillane and the fine Croatian actor Goran Visnjic, examine dilemmas journalists habitually face in war zones or not: how to remain objective, whether compassion is appropriate and whether or not to become involved with a story. The journalists, part of a profession where bravado, gallow humour and stamina for drink and adrenalin go with the territory, bring these characteristics to the fore in their perilous bunker, Sarajevo's infamous Holiday Inn. The film is based partly on the true story of Michael Henderson's (played by Dillane) experience in war-torn Bosnia. Henderson, then others, cross the line of objectivity in their promise to help some of the traumatised children of the bombarded city. There are no easy answers in war. I read ... how the film moved a physician to serve in Bosnia and has been used to educate students in modern history. Who needs an Oscar with real life affirmations such as these?
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Balkan Tragedy February 7, 2004
In the spring of 1992, news correspondents from around the world descended upon Bosnia to document the most horrific conflict Europe had seen since World War II. WELCOME TO SARAJEVO is the story of those correspondents and the surreal world they entered when they checked into their rooms at the Holiday Inn (which, as fate would have it, was located right on the infamous boulevard known as Sniper Alley; they couldn't have found a better place to view the action if they tried).
One of those correspondents, Michael Henderson (Stephen Dillane), has very little patience with colleagues like Jordan Flynn (Woody Harrelson) who always find ways of involving themselves in the stories they're covering. "We're not here to help - we're here to report," he says. But Henderson finds it increasingly difficult to remain detached from the carnage around him, especially when Serb artillery and Serb snipers start targeting Sarajevo's children. Frustrated by networks (who would rather lead with stories about the Duchess of York's marital problems) and world leaders (who condemn the killing while allowing it to continue), Henderson finally decides to act; if he can't stop the war, then he can at least save the life of a child.
WELCOME TO SARAJEVO is based on "Natasha's Story," the 1993 memoir of ITN correspondent Michael Nicholson. Director Michael Winterbottom has fashioned a remarkable film by taking the events in Nicholson's book and interweaving them with actual footage of the siege of Sarajevo.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie January 4, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
As many have said, this movie is perhaps not the best film of all time. But let's get realistic, this movie took the atrocities of the Balkan wars and presented it in such a way that normal viewers could feel outraged without feeling numb (like CNN made us feel during the siege of Sarajevo.) After watching this film I volunteered my services as a physician in Bosnia. After returning to America and watching it again I cried. I finally understood (1%) of what they went through. I recommend this movie to all, but watch to be informed not necessarily for cinematic excellence.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, compelling and worthwhile. February 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am very tender-hearted and rarely see films with carnage and bombs in them, so I was nervous about this one, based on the reviews. On the other hand I was curious about the location and film action/real video footage technique, and my husband wanted to see it. I found it very compelling and not too hard to watch. The film recorded real devastation--a real city reduced to rubble, real faces, real hunger, real maiming, real death--which I unexpectedly found much easier to watch than Hollywood's usual wallowing in pretend gore. The director and actors let the story speak for itself, and that helped. The narrative felt genuine, not manipulated, and my attention was focused on the Sarajevan people and their experience. It was impossible not to be touched by the details of life under siege, but I'm very grateful that this film was made. I am planning to watch it again to get a fuller sense of all that went on--it's a very complex, rich piece of work. The film has moral integrity and is an excellent choice for thinking, compassionate people, even tenderhearted ones who usually avoid violent films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gut-wrenching
I didn't know if I could watch this movie because I had been told that it was true and very disturbing. I watched and am glad that I did. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JayCee
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased.
Very excellent movie. In good condition. Thank you. Shocking. Very sad. Tothink in our age there could be such a thing.
Published 7 months ago by lovessaints
4.0 out of 5 stars Bosnia, Croatia, and the country we all called Yugoslavia.
We just visited the "old" Yugoslavia about two months ago so it has been on our minds a lot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Palumbo
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that touches the deepest nerves
Thank god for the brave journalists who were willing to not only break the law but put their lives in danger to save a small handful of orphaned children who were the targets of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
3.0 out of 5 stars An incomplete rating
Movie is probably better than my rating, but I need subtitles to fully enjoy a movie, and my DVD had none. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lee Nagourney
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Sarajevo
I found this film to be bloody but accurate. And while I am a big fan of Stephen Dillane I found the acting superb even by the 'locals'.
Published 15 months ago by Ritta Rosenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars true story
from the person who know the time and place-yes is good -excellent way to said what was happening in there in that time-I love that movie
Published 15 months ago by Katerina
1.0 out of 5 stars Documentary Of Human Suffering
Absolute confusion, senseless violence & murder. Film depicts those with "good intentions" accomplishing nothing of value. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Philos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find
Love the movie I dis not expect to find it so easily but once again amazon came through. This is a gift for someone who saw the movie years ago and have been looking for it every... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Terry Kasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate portrayal of one of the worst genocides since WWII
I first saw "Welcome to Sarajevo" shortly after it was released. That's when I went on to find out everything I could about this conflict & why nobody stepped in to help (Clinton?? Read more
Published 23 months ago by Liz Coltrain
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