Welcome to Sarajevo

Welcome to Sarajevo

Director: Michael Winterbottom Cast: Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei

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Seen by few in theaters, this film about the atrocities of the Bosnian war, as seen through the eyes of war reporters, has a far better chance to gain a wider audience now. Not a flashy disc by any means, the simple presentation is still noteworthy. The 2.35:1 picture, enhanced for widescreen televisions, is a mix of dramatic footage, both fictional and documented, from the actual conflict. Scenes shot for the movie are very sharp and clear, while the actual recordings from the horrific war zone are often grainy, based on the televised medium. Together, they combine to give an immediacy to the surroundings, and are entirely effective on this disc. The sound, using a two-channel surround track, is more active than would be expected. Dialogue is generally clear and understood, and there are even selected moments where the audio field widens, helping accentuate the environment. What is lacking on the disc is a significant number of supplements. Fortunately, the 21-minute documentary about war correspondents, featuring interviews with the cast, crew, and actual reporters who have covered a number of recent wars, is well worth the watch. This piece highlights not only the tragic consequences of the conflict, but the difficult job in delivering this information to the public. Welcome to Sarajevo presents a human face to dreadful circumstances, and the results, both with the film and the DVD, are very satisfactory.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
UPC: 0786936144567
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Locked & Loaded" documentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Dillane Henderson
Woody Harrelson Flynn
Marisa Tomei Nina
Emira Nusevic Emira
Kerry Fox Jane Carson
Goran Visnjic Risto
James Nesbitt Gregg
Emily Lloyd Annie McGee
Igor Dzambazov Jacket
Gordana Gadzic Mrs. Savic
Juliet Aubrey Helen Henderson
Drazen Sivak Zeljko
Vesna Orel Munira
Davor Janjic Dragon

Technical Credits
Michael Winterbottom Director
Frank Cottrell Boyce Screenwriter
Graham Broadbent Producer
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Daf Hobson Cinematographer
Simone Ireland Casting
Adrian Johnston Score Composer
Damian Jones Producer
David Minty Art Director
Vanessa Pereira Casting
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Martin Trevis Sound/Sound Designer
Trevor Waite Editor
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Main Titles [7:10]
2. Journalisitc Integrity [4:48]
3. Eggs and a New Driver [6:08]
4. Carnage in the Street [5:41]
5. "We Are Dying" [4:51]
6. "Big Guns, Little Children, Evil Men...It's Great Television" [4:18]
7. "Special Occasion, Special Book" [4:01]
8. The Story Develops [4:13]
9. Sorting Out the Problem? [4:48]
10. Arranging an Exodus [4:31]
11. A Bus to Freedom [8:54]
12. "I'm Bringing Someone Home" [9:30]
13. They Want Her Back [2:49]
14. Innocence Lost [3:01]
15. "Is There a God?" [3:45]
16. An Untimely Demise [5:23]
17. "She Will Sign" [5:26]
18. End Credits [8:51]

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Welcome to Sarajevo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie makes me so sad that nothing was done sooner to help the people of this war-torn country...I have been there and seen the destruction that still lingers. If you know little to nothing about this terrible war, please watch this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago