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A large amount of footage in One Day in September springs from documentary material filmed in 1972, so it contains the expected high level of grain and defects. This is usually not distracting, although due to the poor picture quality, a few scenes are difficult to comprehend. The modern-day interviews and footage appear fairly clear with only a little grain and virtually no blemishes. The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer lacks the clarity of the most pristine transfers, but succeeds for the most part. ...
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Ankie Spitzer, Gad Zahari, Jamal Al Gashey, Michael Douglas April 24, 2001 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 92 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1. Originally ... released: 1999. Read more Show Less

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A large amount of footage in One Day in September springs from documentary material filmed in 1972, so it contains the expected high level of grain and defects. This is usually not distracting, although due to the poor picture quality, a few scenes are difficult to comprehend. The modern-day interviews and footage appear fairly clear with only a little grain and virtually no blemishes. The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer lacks the clarity of the most pristine transfers, but succeeds for the most part. Although this material is fairly quiet and concentrates primarily on dialogue, the 2.0-channel Dolby Surround is impressive. The diverse musical soundtrack plays nicely through the two speakers, and the roars of the crowd during the Olympic scenes bring the events to life. When gunshots fire through the extremely clear transfer, the full force of this violent reality jumps off the screen. The sounds and music in this documentary are very well done, and this excellent audio transfer supports their success. The lack of significant extra features on this disc is not surprising due to the nature of this documentary. But it would have been nice to see an interview with director Kevin Macdonald or producer Arthur Cohn about their reasons for doing the film. This disc does include brief talent files for Macdonald, Cohn, and narrator Michael Douglas. It also has bonus trailers for Anne Frank Remembered, Central Station, and Savior. All three are presented in decent transfers, although only the preview for the documentary (Anne Frank Remembered) comes in a widescreen format.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English/German 2-channel (Dolby Surround); Bonus trailers; Talent files; Subtitles: English; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections; Direct link to the Simon Wiesenthal Center website
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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
This recounting of the worst 24 hours in the history of the Olympics makes it clear how naïve much of the world was in 1972 when it came to dealing with the brand of ruthless terrorism that has haunted Americans since their own September tragedy 29 years later. Much of the blame for the Olympics disaster, the film makes clear, should fall on German officials. Happy to host an Olympiad, the first in their country since the infamous 1936 Berlin Games, they discouraged tight security at the Olympic Village, allowing the terrorists to walk in unchallenged with a group of athletes returning from a night of carousing. At the air force base where the hostages were to be rescued, a disorganized assault led to their deaths, and the government subsequently dealt away the three terrorists it did manage to capture in a hijacking hostage swap. The film is an exciting blend of pertinent TV news coverage and contemporary interviews, all of which add a sense of perspective; none more so than the one with the lone surviving terrorist, whose two companions have been assassinated by Israeli intelligence commandos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • UPC: 043396063587
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Deutsche
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Voice Only
Jamal Al Gashey
Gad Zahari
Ankie Spitzer
Technical Credits
Kevin Macdonald Director
John Battsek Producer
Lillian Birnbaum Executive Producer, Producer
Amir Boverman Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Cohn Producer
Neve Cunningham Cinematographer
Raymond Depardon Cinematographer
Alex Heffes Score Composer
Alwin Küchler Cinematographer
Justine Wright Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:05]
2. Ankie Spitzer [1:14]
3. Jamal Al Gashey [3:49]
4. 1972 Israeli Olympic Squad [2:45]
5. Jacov Springer [8:51]
6. September 5: 4:42 A.M. [2:07]
7. Gad Zabari [2:45]
8. The Olympics Of Terror [2:10]
9. Manfred Schreiber [:33]
10. The Communique [2:05]
11. The Hostages [1:20]
12. General Ulrich K. Wegener [2:51]
13. Magdi Gohary [2:39]
14. The Second Victim [3:51]
15. Wrong & Selfish [4:06]
16. German Initiative [4:44]
17. "The Last Time I Saw Him." [1:19]
18. A Terrible Impression [1:29]
19. Volunteer Squad [5:42]
20. A New Demand [1:37]
21. The Police Plan [4:10]
22. Bus To Helicopter Transfer [2:35]
23. Esther Roth [3:25]
24. "We Voted To Abandon." [2:09]
25. All Hell Breaks Loose [5:42]
26. Too Optimistic [1:58]
27. Very Bad News [5:30]
28. Aftermath [7:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
   Special Features
      Talent Files
         Kevin Macdonald
         Arthur Cohn
         Michael Douglas
      Bonus Trailers
         Anne Frank Remembered
         Central Station
         Savior
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Day

    A day that will truly live in infamy for its brutality and horrid results in incompetence by the West German Police in not helping the Israeli team. Shows much of the games as peaceful and even that Tuesday as a peaceful even tranquil day before the hostages were terrorized on live television by Black September. Reminds me of the September 11th tragedy in the courage of the victims and the ineffectiveness of the bureaucrats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic documentary

    This is the film that "Munich" wanted to be. It's a powerful,moving,no-holds-barred look at one of the most shocking events in history.It really brings back memories of that horrible day.Beautifully done in every way,and remarkably even-handed(you get to see both sides of the story,and the filmmakers are sensitive and unbiased).This is a remarkable documentary that must be seen.

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