Hell and Back Again

Overview

A soldier dealing with the painful consequences of war finds coming home isn't much of a consolation in this documentary. Filmmaker Danfung Dennis was embedded with a Marine platoon fighting in Afghanistan in 2009, where violence and street skirmishes could break out at any time. One of the soldiers Dennis followed was Nathan Harris, who was shot in the hip shortly before he was due to return home. Recuperating from a badly injured leg, Nathan soon found himself at home, being looked after by his wife, Ashley ...
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Overview

A soldier dealing with the painful consequences of war finds coming home isn't much of a consolation in this documentary. Filmmaker Danfung Dennis was embedded with a Marine platoon fighting in Afghanistan in 2009, where violence and street skirmishes could break out at any time. One of the soldiers Dennis followed was Nathan Harris, who was shot in the hip shortly before he was due to return home. Recuperating from a badly injured leg, Nathan soon found himself at home, being looked after by his wife, Ashley Harris, and struggling with boredom and feelings of powerlessness after months on edge. As his marriage begins to buckle and he becomes increasingly reliant on pain medication, Nathan is subject to severe mood swings and openly states he wishes he were back in Afghanistan, where at the very least he was in control of his circumstances and not dependent on others. Director Dennis offers a telling portrait of the horrors of the battlefield as well as the uncomfortable quiet of the home front. Hell and Back Again was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Danfung Dennis and editor Fiona Otway; Technical gear demo: How Hell and Back Again was filmed; Willie
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • UPC: 767685261903
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 68,146

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nathan Harris Participant
Ashley Harris Participant
Christian Cabaniss Participant
Eric Meador Participant
Edward Hubbard Participant
Terry Roberts Participant
Doug Webb Participant
Robert Gaines Participant
Matthew Swibe Participant
Chris MacDonald Participant
Technical Credits
Danfung Dennis Director
Thomas Brunner Executive Producer
Dan Cogan Executive Producer
Maxyne Franklin Executive Producer
Martin Herring Producer
Mike Lerner Producer
Karol Martesko-Fenster Executive Producer
Fiona Otway Editor
J. Ralph Score Composer, Songwriter, Sound/Sound Designer
Gernot Schaffler Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hell and Back Again
1. Summer of Decision [3:29]
2. Pushing [5:41]
3. Hell and Back Again [7:34]
4. Call of Duty [5:04]
5. Meds [11:18]
6. Heavy Guns [7:14]
7. Trapped in the Middle [10:51]
8. Unbroken Circle [6:07]
9. Security [8:14]
10. Boiling Point [10:15]
11. My Soul to Keep [6:06]
12. Breathe [2:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hell and Back Again
   Play Film
   Scenes
   Bonus
      Play All
      Technical Gear Demo
      Willie Nelson's "Hell and Back"
      Did You Kill Anyone?
      Invisible Wounds
      Collateral Damage
      Blue Star Families PSA
   Set up
      Audio Commentary With the Director and Editor: On
      Audio Commentary With the Director and Editor: Off
      5.1 Surround Sound
      2.0 Stereo
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