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Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq

4.8 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq (DVD)

Three-time Emmy winning actor James Gandolfini serves as Executive Producer of Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, a documentary which looks at the physical and emotional cost of war through soldiers' memories of their "alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. In a war that has left more than 25,000 wounded, Alive Day Memories looks at this new generation of veterans. For the first time in history, 90% of the wounded survive their injuries, but a greater percentage of these men and women are returning with amputations, traumatic brain injuries and severe post-traumatic stress. In Alive Day Memories, Gandolfini interviews ten soldiers who reveal their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to America.

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Both tragic and profoundly uplifting, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq is a series of interviews with ten Iraq war veterans who have lost limbs, been blinded, been brain-damaged, or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. This documentary is only an hour long, but in that hour it unveils a range of emotion that a four-hour fictional movie could only begin to explore. The interviews, conducted by James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), capture these soldiers' resolve, their humor, their regrets, their passion for life, and much, much more. In addition, video footage taken by soldiers (and some released by insurgent forces) reveals the terrifying unpredictability of combat. Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq is scrupulously nonpartisan; at no moment are there comments either for or against the war in Iraq. What this documentary does--and why it should be seen--is make the war, and its cost, undeniably real. Anyone who watches First Lt. Dawn Halfaker wonder if she will ever have children, and if they will love her as a full person if she does, will never forget it. This is an important document; you may hesitate to watch it, but after you have, you will be grateful you did. These are amazing human beings, whose voices you haven't heard and you need to. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UPGQIA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq" on IMDb

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By CBH on September 14, 2007
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Every American should see this film. What you think of the war you need to see this film. This is one of the most difficult films to watch, but you need to. In a heated political debate, Alive Day Memories shows one of the most important views of the war and its aftermath. Gandolfini is not the star, he is the audience, he is listening to the stories the same as you. There is no slant, no political agenda, this movie is about the soldiers, and helping those of us who have no idea, to understand just a little about them and what they are going through. While we leave with only a glimpse, it igives you a new apprecation for the sacrifice they have made for our country. They truly represent the best in us all.
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As the wife of a veteran who has served our country for more than 20 years I have seen and lived with the consequences of this war. My husband is about to leave his family again for another 18 month deployment. Whether you support the war or not you should support the soldiers that help to provide you with your every day freedom. This war is real and it has affected many people in many defferent ways. This movies helps to show that-it brought tears to my eyes. But it also made me proud to be an American and proud to be a part of a United States military family. Tastefully done but real. It makes you think twice about not sweating the small stuff......
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I have to admit that even though my husband fought in Desert Storm the impact of that war was nothing like the one our soldiers are fighting now. Interviewing soldiers that where permanently injured in the present Iraq war was sobering. I was so taken by the Marine who was brain damaged and all he could do was cuss and say simple phrases he remembered from being a Marine. He was completely paralyzed with the mind of a child. His "cheerleader" was his mother who honestly believed he would walk again and that his brain would heal itself. It was heartbreaking. I felt like I needed to hug the mother for her dedication not just to his care but for refusing to give up on her son. I also saw men and women who described how they lost their limbs, sight, or had Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. We all owe these men so much and still I do not think we give them enough. Mr. Gandolfini was wonderful and compassionate to these veterans. I do not think anyone could have done a better job interviewing.
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This film gives insight into the everyday struggles American military men and women must face after coming home, specifically coming home from combat with severe combat-related injuries. The story of each individual in the documentary gets inside of your heart in such a way that it hurts because you begin to care about them as you learn the depth of their struggles and achievements. You get to know them as people, not just statistics or a news story quickly reported and quickly forgotten. This is an educational film that everyone should see regardless of personal political views. Our military men and women deserve our respect.
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This piece is certainly memorable, and I think you would have to be less than human to not be touched by the stories these soldiers tell. They have all been profoundly affected by their experience, both physically and emotionally. They are living proof that war is hell, and a reminder of the tremendous sacrifice both they and their families make. I couldn't help but feel badly for these young people who have suffered such devastating physical and emotional wounds. Yet, their lives go on. I admire their courage and determination.
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My sister and brother-in-law our in this documentary! He was wounded in Iraq and is fortunate enough to share his story. I firmly believe that every American Citizen should watch this documentary. It is very graphic, but it is REAL. No made up bull! Two thumbs up on this one!
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This documentary avoids the politcal debate about the war in Iraq and concentrates on one of its most catastrophic results, not the death of young Americans as horrible as that is, but their maiming - loss of limbs, use of the brain because of injuries, sense of isolation - all in people so young. It is presented very effectively. I showed to young friends of mine and they were deeply affected.
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I just finished this video, and I must say it brought me to tears. These men and women have gone through so much, and deserve everything they want. This is not about whether Iraq was right or wrong, it is apolitical and I liked that. It's just about our service members surviving, and I wish them all the luck in the world. It's so sweet to see James Gandolfini be so gentle around them-he did a good job with this.
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