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In Search Of Peace – Part One: 1948 – 1967


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: B



Michael Douglas narrates a terrific program about the founding of Israel called In Search Of Peace – Part One: 1948 – 1967, in which the plight of Jewish refugees is followed form the liberation of Nazi death camps to the necessary founding of Israel.  It deals with anti-Semitism all over the world and how brave men and women fought tooth and nail to make a new home for themselves.  The Jewish people who fought to have an independent Israel and place in the world and the future earned it as much as anyone ever had.  Everyone deserves a homeland.


Iraqi Jews, people whose existence seems inconceivable now, are shown as this thorough documentary that uncovers so many little-known facts, items and rare footage of them to show a side of the story of Jews in the 20th Century that is overdue to be told.  For all the repetition of the obvious, plus the many (and dangerously) repetitious films on the Holocaust, this is often revelatory.


The program runs nearly two hours, but is so engrossing that you loose track of time, a very good sign of its richness.  With the “sudden” increase of anti-Semitism (we would argue that it was always there just waiting to come back out of its closet and crawl out of the hole it has been hiding in), the timing of this program could not be better on DVD.


The letterboxed 1.85 X 1 image is good for such a documentary, though with the plethora of film clips, anamorphic enhancement might have made the images clearer a bit.  The sound has been issued in a weak Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and better Dolby 5.1 remix that is relatively more engaging, though this is not intended to be very sonic.  Surrounds are limited either way.  The only extras are a stills gallery, trailer, bios and the DVD starts with The Long Way Home trailer, which cannot be skipped, but is worth seeing.  We’ll look at that film when we return.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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