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The Hornet's Nest Blu-ray

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The Hornet's Nest is a groundbreaking and immersive feature film, using unprecedented real footage to tell the story of an elite group of U.S. troops sent on a dangerous mission deep inside one of Afghanistan s most hostile valleys. The film culminates with what was planned as a single day strike turning into nine intense days of harrowing combat against an invisible, hostile enemy in the country s complex terrain where no foreign troops have ever dared to go before. Two embedded journalists, a father and son, bravely followed the troops through the fiercest and most blood-soaked battlegrounds of the conflict. What resulted is an intensely raw feature film experience that will give audiences a deeply emotional and authentic view of the heroism at the center of this gripping story.

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  • Actors: Mike Boettcher, Carlos Boettcher
  • Directors: Christian Turead, David Salzberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: High Road
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,404 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00L1TML1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
This movie came to our small town theatre after the community came together to pre-sell 500 tickets. I do not care for war movies or documentaries and I have mixed feelings about the war, but some friends wanted to go so I went. WOW - talk about an eye-opener! This movie shows the good and the bad - the love of country, the dedication of our soldiers, the conditions we take for granted, the sadness, the laughter. It is real - no Hollywood spin, no scripts. (And there's no blood so those with weak stomachs don't have to worry about that.) There was not a dry eye in the place! Every person in the theatre stayed to watch the credits...and when the credits were over, every person in the theatre sat in silence to let it all soak in. I will own this on DVD, I will recommend it to every person I meet, I will buy it as a gift. I can only assume it will be shown in history classes. The perspective this movie gives is, well, WOW!
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"The Hornet's Nest" (2014 release; 97 min.) is a documentary about fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. As the documentary opens, we are reminded that it is "Kunar, Northeastern Afghanistan, March 29, 2011" where serious fighting with the Taliban is taking place. We then go back to a year earlier and are introduced to Mike Boettcher, a veteran of war reporting. Mike is about to return to be embedded in Afghanistan. But this time his son Carlos is also going, "to understand why you chose work over us for so long", wow. Mike and Carlos are embedded with the 101st Airborne, and we see them on various missions, such as "track Taliban snipers", "search and clear compound", etc. The last 30-35 minutes of the movie lead up to "the hornet's nest" that was Mission Strong Eagle III in March, 2011. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this documentary is outstanding on so many levels, I hardly know where to begin. First, this is the best documentary that I have seen that truly gives you an idea about what things were/are like for our troops fighting the Taliban. The embedded journalists literally put their lives on the line as well, so as to bring us this incredible footage. Second, the documentary also gives us a glimpse into the utter absurdity of life in a war zone.
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Huge Heart and action packed. This says it better then I can....From a Soldier in the film: "VALOR"
Shawn Matthew (NO SLACK)
Did you know you the term Valor does not have its own definition in the dictionary? The dictionary defines Valor as the same thing as bravery and courage. However I disagree. Bravery is pretty common and could be just enlisting during a time of war. It takes a brave person to do something like that knowing they will likely face the enemy. Courage is when you get overseas, get to the front line of the fight, see the people that have been injured or killed and after confronted with the reality that you are at war, shout into the enemies valley, “I come here representing America! Behind me lies freedom, and behind you lies desolation. I’m going to find you and we are going to fight till one of us dies so the victors beliefs may spread” That’s pretty courageous. However it is not Valor.

Valor is when you are actually pinned down in a firefight, and something happens, someone is hit, a vehicle is disabled, or another machine gun opens up and you realize you’re flanked. A quiet moment hits you, where you realize something. That you have a duty to go out and help that person, move that vehicle, maneuver to shoot back but by doing your duty you are accepting that you are most likely going to die. The bullets are there and you know that your death or serious disability will be the result of going out in it. You are suddenly confronted with the serious definition of death. That death means your family will cry, you’ll never know what its like to see your kids grow up, you’ll get your name carved in a rock and no one outside your poor family, friends and brothers in arms will ever know. It won’t even make the news that you were killed doing this.
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I'm giving this movie three stars just for the heroes on the ground and the impressive 101st Airborne. However, Mike Boettcher takes up WAY too much of this film. The entire first half is crowded with the story of his relationship with his son and how he's trying to bond. We hear all about his career up to this point, his Emmy award, etc. It's distracting and has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Kunar Province and the U.S. Army. His relationship with his family should have been an entirely separate film. Never crowd your main plot line.

The second half is more about the battles and a little more back to the point, but here I was shocked again by him cutting in to talk about HIMSELF and how much danger he's in. He was even turning the camera around to show HIS face during the battle! All the battle information should have been relayed by interviews with soldiers. I would have loved to get to know them on an individual level. It would have greatly benefitted the film.

His ego ruined this movie for me.
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