911 Commemorative Box Set

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Commemorating 5 years since the horrific day in September, featuring three distinct DVDs depicting the lives of ordinary people that became heroes on 9/11.Brothers On Holy Ground presents now familiar newsreel footage of the planes crashing and the towers rumbling down, and follows the day from the perspective of New York firemen including interviews conducted before, along with follow ups with their widows.FDNY Dream Bike tells the story of one fireman's dream of restoring a motorcycle which came to symbolize his ladder company.Beyond The Ashes dramatizes the lives of people in lower Manhattan, and how they coped with the aftermath.System Requirements:Running Time: 230 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE


Studio Vanguard Cinema
SKU 202639888
UPC 658769630831
UPC 14 00658769630831
Format DVD
Release Date 8/29/2006
Cast & Crew
Giancarlo Esposito - [Beyond] Actor
Janeane Garofalo - [Beyond] Actor
Jim Hershleder - [Beyond] Director
Mike Lennon - [Brothers] Director
Mike Lennon - [Brothers] Writer
Nicole Hansen - [Beyond] Actor
Pete Hamill - [Brothers] Writer
Tony Spiridakis - [Beyond] Actor
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review [Brothers] This documentary was an act of catharsis for [Director Mike Lennon]. Lennon sat down with over a dozen firefighters, a dispatcher, a few Manhattan residents, and a handful of 9/11 widows. With utter simplicity, the piece unfurls in static shots as each of the participants telling his or her story, the tales carefully and artfully intercut. The connections between the stories of John McAleese and Tommy Casatelli, for instance, only come into focus late in the film because Lennon uses no artifice to ensure we understand from the outset that Brian and John were brothers. That fact only emerges as John's and Tommy's stories merge near the end, a seemingly simple feat achieved with rigorous and intelligent editing.
Reviewer Dan Mancini
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource DVDLaser.com
Review [Beyond] Though there are many problems with the film, the biggest is that the three stories really have nothing to do with one another, except for tenuous encounters and loose friendships. And while it's highly debatable that anyone wants to see another 9/11-oriented movie, if you do make a film about the aftermath of the bombings, your movie ought at least to have a little more to do with them. Liz's neurosis and the cab driver's psychosis are the only real connections to that fateful day, and even those are a stretch. There's also a car covered in dust and ash (hence the title), which hasn't moved in two years -- and which locals see miraculous faces in at sun-up. Woo hoo.
Reviewer Doug Pratt
ReviewRating 6
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Video Format DVD
Erik Childress, eFilmCritic.com [Beyond] ...a nice ensemble piece that takes on considerable more depth once all the dots take connection.

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