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Format: DVD
Sku: 202938065
UPC: 043396163652
UPC 14: 00043396163652
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An award-winning, intense, political, docu-drama about the tipton three, a trio of british muslims who were held in guantanamo bay for two years until they were released without charge.

"A tough, compelling, must-see movie.  Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"...this is the most important movie of the year.  Phil Hall, Film Threat

Editor's Note
The post-9/11 climate found the U.S. government resorting to many unorthodox methods to quash the perceived threat from further terrorist attacks. None was more controversial or more headline-grabbing than the detainment camp set up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which was constructed to imprison and interrogate Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives captured by U.S. soldiers. Prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (9 SONGS) turns his cameras on the camp with this true story of three innocent British 20-something Muslims who were captured and held at Guantanamo for two years. Winterbottom cleverly marries extensive interview footage with the three men--Asif Iqbal, Ruhel Ahmed, and Shafiq Rasifknown, collectively known as the Tipton Three--with nerve-jarring reconstructive footage of what happened to them.

After traveling to Pakistan for a wedding, the three men set out on an intrepid exploration of Afghanistan, only to find themselves captured by U.S. forces who mistook them for members of the Taliban/Al-Qaeda. The footage of the capture is intense and terrifying, with Winterbottom pulling some fearsome acting from his leads. But even that pales next to the reconstruction of their period in Guantanamo, where the men are stripped of their humanity and treated to brutal inquisition and torture methods, many of which seem untested and experimental in nature. Sometimes it's difficult to believe that one human being could treat another this way, until Winterbottom neatly intersperses more timely reminders from his interviews with the men themselves, adding further revelations to the shocking scenes the cast reenacts. Winterbottom mostly shoots on digital video throughout, and the gloomy, grainy texture of the film is perfectly used as a mirror of the personal hell these three men went through. Possibly Winterbottom's best film yet, THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO is must-see cinema that is likely to leave its audience shaking with rage and despair.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/27/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 16365
Video UPC UPC: 00043396163652
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Afran Usman
Video Cast Info Farhad Harun
Video Cast Info Riz Ahmed
Video Cast Info Waqar Siddiqui
Video Cast Info Andrew Eaton, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Harry Escott, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Marcel Zyskind - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mat Whitecross, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Michael Winterbottom, et. al. - Director

Professional Reviews

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith touching talking heads from the real-life prisoners. They come across as ordinary lads who've had an extraordinary experience..." 06/01/2006 p.121

New York Times
"[A] wrenching and dismaying account of cruelty and bureaucratic indifference, a graphic tour of a place many citizens of Western democracies would prefer not to think about." 06/30/2006 p.E10

Entertainment Weekly
"Codirector Michael Winterbottom whips up a lot of handheld sound and fury as he weaves in interviews with the three actual former prisoners..." 07/14/2006 p.62

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"The film achieves an extraordinary sense of authenticity and immediacy..." 07/01/2006 p.103

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "The immensely talented and versatile Winterbottom has taken a page from his 2003 film IN THIS WORLD, mixing political concerns, documentary-style filmmaking and an enveloping sense of place..." 08/01/2006 p.42

FilmCritic.com 7 of 10
The search-for-Al-Qaeda exposes hit a strange turn with Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross The Road to Guantanamo. A mockumentary that is supposed to be taken dead seriously, we are thrown into a small hell of assumption and horror that often reaches for, but never really matches, the sneaked Guantanamo footage or any of the thousand torture videos produced by either side in the lengthy war campaign. It's a stinger, but it has the taste and smell of plastic. - Chris Cabin

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