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The Long Way Home (Documentary)


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



Morgan Freeman narrates a powerful new documentary that does not hold back on the intensity of anti-Semitism immediately as the Nazi concentration camps are being discovered by the allies, to Jews of the world being hugely discriminated against before the opening up of Israel after its founding in 1948 in The Long Way Home (1997), one of the most key of the hundreds of documentaries on the Holocaust and it is immediate after effects.


First, Allied soldiers find the camps, and from the words of one of the prisoner/victims, they could not handle the sight they saw.  Both the horror of what they immediately comprehended and the inability to deal with in psychologically struck the soldiers in profound ways.  A breakdown in order follows, with the soldiers and prisoner taking turns going after Nazi soldiers.  Then came the problem of how to get the refugees back to some sort of health and find where they can go.


It reminds us of why Jewish people needed and deserved a home of their own, like any other people.  From this show, even non-Jews can understand the necessity and entitlement to a State of Israel from the history of the matter.  This is not a propaganda film, but a well-researched work that spells out how ugly things were not that long ago for a faith-based group that was being exterminated systematically with the help and ignorance of more of the world than anyone wants to think or admit to.  It is a powerful, fact-filled journey that gets to a deeper truth and will remain on a short-list of must-see works on the subject for decades to come.  At less than two hours, it actually was not long enough.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is good, with film clips and new interviews nicely edited together.  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 In Search Of Peace - Volume One trailer, which cannot be skipped, but is worth seeing.  See our review of that title elsewhere on this site.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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