Poor disc - Unwatchable if you do not speak Serbo Croat!
- The Battle of Neretva review by KL
The disc says English - it's not.
The disc says No Sub-titles - there are English sub-titles but they are partially obscured.
Picture quality is very poor.
Unwatchable if you do not speak Serbo Croat!
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A war film which shows the human cost
- The Battle of Neretva review by LR
The film deals with an important campaign in the Balkans in WW2. The Germans, with their allies the Italians and Chetniks, invaded Yugoslavia and were determined to eradicate all resistance. They had superior equipment and more soldiers, but the Partisans were fighting for their country and won several battles against the odds. The film recreates the scenes of battle very effectively, showing the desperate struggle of the Partisans with their backs to the wall. What distinguishes the film, however, is the way it keeps the human cost in full view. We see the long lines of refugees, thousands of them, forced to flee by the invading armies. We see the children, the ill and the elderly, homeless and displaced, limping onwards to whatever shelter they can find. The scale of the devastation brought by war is made clear. At times the film is overly emotional when old friends or family are killed, but those are momentary excesses in what is otherwise a compelling account of historical events.
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