ISLAND AT WAR DVD
Format: DVDMultiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
List price: $59.99
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Island at War turns a little-known bit of history into an extraordinarily rich miniseries. During World War II, the Nazi forces occupied the Channel Islands, located between France and England. Island at War unfolds on the fictional island of St. Gregory, where a web of interconnected characters cope with the occupation--a politician struggles to maintain peaceful relations, for fear of brutal reprisals; an island policeman's anger at the occupation becomes complicated when he's forced to chauffeur the commanding Nazi officer and he discovers the position gives his family privilege; a shopkeeper, angry about her husband's death in an early bombing raid, finds herself sharing in profits with a Nazi official as they bring much-wanted food and supplies to the island; a girl hiding her Jewish identity becomes the object of a brutal lieutenant's sexual obsession. These four stories are only a hint of the series' fullness; the script, direction, and performances are superb, building an engrossing portrait of how human beings cope with extremity and how the smallest of interactions--from laying rocks on a wall to getting a photograph developed--can lead to profound and unexpected results. The economy and complexity of Stephen Mallatratt's script are remarkable. The forces of money, sex, prejudice, and love run deep through every story, juxtaposing private moments with historical scope. Island at War matches skill and talent with passion and insight. --Bret Fetzer
List Price: $59.99
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Acorn Media
Actors: Saskia Reeves Owen Teale Julia Ford Clare Holman James Wilby
Size: 7.7000" x 5.5000"
Weight: 0.6500 lbs.
Language: English, Spanish, English, English