Lebanon (Blu Ray)

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Studio Sony
SKU 218395845
UPC 043396368989
UPC 14 00043396368989
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Israel/State Of Israel
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note A handful of soldiers take a claustrophobic journey into the heart of war in this drama from Israeli writer and director Samuel Maoz. It's June 1982, and Israel is launching an invasion of Lebanon. Four men assigned to take part in the first strike are put on the same tank detail -- Assi (Itay Tiran) is the commanding officer, Shmulik (Yoav Donat) is a gunner new to the outfit, Hertzel (Oshri Cohen) keeps the weapons loaded, and Yigal (Michael Moshonov) drives the machine. After being given their orders by Jamil (Zohar Strauss), the men set out toward the Lebanese border, recognizing little of what goes on outside beyond what can be seen through Yigal's tiny window; they occasionally stop to help fellow Israelis hurt in battle, but for the most part, they roll relentlessly onward, occasionally arguing amongst themselves, until they arrive at their destination, a town already bombed into rubble by the Israeli Air Force. Few of their allies remain in the city, putting the soldiers in a perilous situation when a band of Syrian resistance fighters lays siege to the tank. LEVANONE (aka LEBANON) was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "This is as action-packed as any run-and-gun Hollywood vision -- more white-knuckled than a thousand GREEN ZONES....It's spectacularly good." 09/01/2010
New York Times "LEBANON is meticulous, nearly clinical in its attention to what happens in war...but it is also a palpably and intensely personal film." 08/05/2010
Uncut "Boldly for an anti-war film, LEBANON invites -- and wins -- sympathy for those doing the killing, acknowledging that they do it largely to avoid being killed themselves." 08/01/2010
A.V. Club "LEBANON is a tank of a movie, a forceful, bruising experience that's good at conveying shell-fire mercilessness..." 08/05/2010
Hollywood Reporter "LEBANON takes a very different, existential approach to describe the sheer horror of warfare....The action is set entirely within the claustrophobic confines of an armored tank..." 09/08/2009
Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Moaz's] savage film shows us in no uncertain terms how war destroys everything and everyone it touches, the victorious living no less than the vanquished dead." 08/13/2010
Wall Street Journal "[A] shattering film....LEBANON clanks true. It goes beyond the fog of war into functional blindness."[S] 08/13/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n immersive war-movie experience like THE HURT LOCKER, but turned inside out." 08/25/2010
Washington Post "[LEBANON] reinstates the terrible intimacy of battle, giving a zoomed-in view of combat through the plight of four inexperienced soldiers during the start of the first Lebanon war in 1982." 08/27/2010
Oshri Cohen
Itay Tiran
Michael Moshonov
Reymonde Amsallem
Cast & Crew
Oshri Cohen - Star
Itay Tiran - Star
Michael Moshonov - Star
Reymonde Amsallem - Star
Ashraf Barhom - Star
Yoav Donat - Star
Dudu Tassa - Co-Star
Zohar Strauss - Co-Star
Pini Klavir - Special Effects
Nicolas Becker - Composer
Giora Bejach - Director of Photography
Alex Claude - Sound
Avichay Henig - Assistant Director
Shir Shoshani - Assistant Director
Samuel Maoz - Screenwriter
Benoit Delbecq - Music Performer
Orly Ronen - Makeup
Dima Osmolovski - Stunt Coordinator
Samuel Maoz - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00043396368989
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...Lebanon is meticulous, nearly clinical in its attention to what happens in war -- specifically what happened in the first days of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 -- but it is also a palpably and intensely personal film...
Reviewer A.O. Scott
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Empire
Review ...With luck The Hurt Locker's recent awards haul should draw audiences to this equally intense and actually more brilliant depiction of war. It marks the arrival of a sensational new talent behind the camera and is a debut that deserves to be seen...
Reviewer Mark Dinning
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Philadelphia Inquirer
Review ...Offers a view of war that is anything but epic. Instead of sweeping battles and swooping fighter planes, in Lebanon we are brought into the impossibly claustrophobic world of a lone tank crew...
Reviewer Steven Rea
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...disturbing, visceral, personal film...
Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune ...one of the greatest war films I have ever seen...

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