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Restrepo

4.6 out of 5 stars 466 customer reviews

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Product Description

RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.

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"This is hard, hard duty. A 15-month tour. Our admiration for these men grows. Their jobs seem beyond conceiving. I cannot imagine a civilian thinking he could perform them." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"What we see is explosive, deeply moving and impossible to shake." --Peter Travers Rolling Stone

"It's the best thing I've seen in a long time." --Michael Phillips At the Movies

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Interviews with filmmakers and soldiers, outtakes, and more are included.

Product Details

  • Directors: Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042KZJIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Restrepo" on IMDb

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By Michael A. Duvernois VINE VOICE on October 28, 2010
Format: DVD
Ninety minutes of the Afghan Korengal Valley, with no talking heads, no interviews, just the soldiers there in the valley. Named after an output named after a medic killed in the line of duty. This ties in rather strongly with WAR (Junger's War) which is also coverage of the same area of Afghanistan. It's an emotional film that tells the story of the soldiers posted there but leaves any and all interpretations to the viewer. It's one small, but very dangerous, piece of the war and needs no additional plot, or subplots, other than the daily life in the field.

I left the movie saying, "oh my, fifteen months." It's nearly inconceivable to me, fifteen months in such a place. A place few Americans could find on a map, and far fewer could explain the importance of. It's a must-see movie regardless of your politics.
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I finally managed to receive my restrepo copy in France because by the way, it was not in theater in France.
First, I was very surprised by the length of the deployment. 18 months ! It's eternity. French soldiers deployments length is between 4 or 6 moths. Such a long time in a country at war, constantly under enemy fire is probably very hard for the mind.
The documentary is really interesting and shows everything about thoses soldiers life, missions and mind. You can share their pain when they lost one of them, you can also share their "happiness" sometimes.
In France, we have no such documentaries about our soldiers in Afghanistan, because most of them are from the foreign legion or from some elite troops so they don't like to be filmed and because of this lack of images, french people can't really understand why our troops are dying in Afghanistan. In the meantime, when american people see Restrepo, they feel admiration for their troops and they support them more. In France, it would be the opposite, french people would be shocked to see french soldiers dying in front of the camera or constantly under fire, and they would immediatly ask to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan.

What I regret about this documentary is that : we don't see the return to their families, we don't see what their families feel while their sons are in Afghanistan and also we don't know what these soldiers did after the deployment. Did they come back in Afghanistan, did they leave the army ?

But anyway, this documentary was very interesting and to some extent, it's like the danish documentary "armadillo" with danish troops inf Afghanistan.

P.S : Apologies for the grammary if I did any mistake.
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If you want to see a non-partisan film about the OEF experience. This is it.... there isn't a script. What you are seeing is real. The conclusion the viewer forms is his own based on the raw footage and his/her value system. I lived it and it helps explain my experience to my wife and family.

Sky Soldiers

Sgt. "Doc" Wilson
Veteran of OEF and the 173rd Airborne Brigade & 82 Airborne Division.
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By Novanglus on October 20, 2010
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I saw this documentary in theater in New York, and was impressed with it. It's raw, and real. You see these brave men in uniforms, tough and heroic. Then in the next scene they have their armor off and you realize how young the men are that battle for freedom on a daily basis.

You also get a strong understanding of brotherhood...the level of dedication that these men show to each other to kill the enemy, regardless of political influences, as it's just them, the bad guys, and the valley.

There's no plot, no storyline, no climax. Just an experience of what still exists right now on the other side of the world as you read this.

A must watch. You owe to yourself and to them to see and know what goes on.
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Amazing soldier's eye view of the 173d Airborne in Kunar province Afghanistan. Every American should see this film and experience what it is we ask of our Heroes. So proud of them!
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I was fortunate to be able to see this film at this year's Sundance Film Festival. I didn't really know what to expect, for the title doesn't really tell you much. It is difficult to put into words the impact that this film had upon me. It is too sparse to say that Restrepo is powerful for you will be thinking about this film long after the closing credits roll by.

This film is unscripted and raw in its approach to taking you to what these soldiers experienced in the 15 months that they were deployed in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan. The film moves back and forth between footage that was captured as events unfolded and the soldiers telling their stories after their deployment was complete. You see through their eyes, up close and personal, how living through this deeply affected these men.

It is no suprise to me that this film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Everyone that I spoke with at the festival had a similar experience as mine. The film was moving, powerful, uplifting, and sobering. This is truly a must see.

I'm thrilled to see that the film will be released on DVD and it will definitely have a place in my library.
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By ROYMAC on October 25, 2010
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i am ordering the movie pre-release because I am confident that it will be every bit as good as the book by Sebastian Junger. Both book (War) and movie were done simultaneously while Junger was embedded with the military at a small mountain outpost in Afghanistan. I read the book a few months ago and have been eagerly awaiting the release of the movie which is mentioned in the book. The book is a magnificent tribute to our military at war...not to the generals and Pentagon gurus who supposedly mastermind the conflict but to the grunts who are the actual "boots on the ground" slugging it out every day with an enemy that is as elusive as they are fanatical.
If you haven't read Junger's book "War" read it first...... then get the movie and see it unfold before your own eyes.
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