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Korengal [DVD] [2014]

  • SKU: 25376557
  • Release Date: 09/09/2014
  • Rating: R

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Sebastian Junger TED talk - "Why veterans miss war"
    • Commentary by Sebastian Junger
    • Closed Captioned


    Korengal, director Sebastian Junger's follow-up to his documentary Restrepo, shows how the combat depicted in the first movie has left its mark on soldiers. The filmmakers contrast how some veterans still take pride in their lethal activities, others mourn the friends they've lost, and still others wrestle with profound guilt for having killed fellow humans. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Dan Kearney
      Dan Kearney
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      Lamonta Caldwell
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      Joshua A. McDonough
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      Miguel Cortez
    • Misha C. Pemble-Belkin
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    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loved it

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      According to “Korengal’s” press kit, the documentary picks up “where ‘Restrepo’ left off.” Yet the new film — a flawed but intriguing companion piece to the 2011 Oscar nominated documentary profiling a group of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan — is more retread than sequel. Not only does it redeploy interviews with the very same soldiers seen in the first film, but it also features field footage from the same period (a 15-month tour of duty in 2007 and 2008) and from the same location (a remote and dangerous outpost nicknamed “Restrepo,” after slain Army medic Juan “Doc” Restrepo). “Korengal,” in other words, feels more like outtakes from “Restrepo” than an update to it. That said, “Korengal” director Sebastian Junger — whose “Restrepo” co-director, photojournalist Tim Hetherington, was killed while covering the 2011 Libyan civil war — doesn’t go over the exact same ground that the filmmakers covered in the first film. As suggested by the new film’s title, which refers to the valley where Outpost Restrepo was located, “Korengal” zooms out from the first film’s granular focus on the day-to-day life of the modern warrior, taking a broader, bigger-picture approach to life during wartime. If “Restrepo” was interested in the conduct of battle — both its boredom and its bloodshed — “Korengal” is interested in such larger questions as the nature of morality and bravery. One soldier wonders aloud whether God might be angry with him for some of the things he has done. There is, of course, some overlap between the two films, leading to a sense, at times, that “Korengal” is a making-of movie. If any “Restrepo” viewers were curious about how soldiers stationed on an Afghan mountaintop powered laptops, hand-held gaming devices and other electronics, “Korengal” shows the delivery, via army helicopter, of a giant generator.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent follow up to Restrepo

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      Superb documentary. This is the same guy that filmed Restrepo with most of the same soldiers in this film. No film can bring the true feeling of war or combat to the view, but this one and Restrepo both give you an insight to the struggles the soldiers have with the war and their situation on that post. Excellent film for those of us who want to know what our soldiers go thru.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Five Stars War Movie

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      Forsaking narrative structure for pure visceral power, Restrepo plunges viewers into the experiences of soldiers on the front lines of the Afghan War.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie +++++++++++++++

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      The best movie. i like it lots. A lot of action and drama.

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