A Good Day To Die- Hoka Hey DVD Review

GDTD2The extraordinary life of conflict photographer Jason P Howe is explored in this documentary. Howe has been to Columbia during the FARC civil war. While there he met a female assassin. Hes travelled to Iraq and covered the conflict on the ground, seeing the hole Saddam called home for his final days, then he went to Afghanistan. Seeing the reality the British army faced first hand…

GDTD1Sometimes you worry about the story in such a work. Will it be embellished, sensationalised or even censored? This might seem a naive starting point but experience has shown me how this can happen. Here we have the tale told directly. Talking heads fill detail and pad out events but Howe is the focal point and the primary source. Monfils deserves great credit here for doing this. Why? well here is why…

GDTD3With such a story it would have been easy to make it the drive. Make it the focal point. Howe has lived an extraordinary life and no doubt. Monfils however still maintains the man among the myriad events. He connects us to the human over the historical. This is a very hard thing to do right. Monfils does it so right and it makes the experience pay dividends. The use of Howe commentating over the images and walking us through them adds texture and dampens the events enough to still matter but to not become the only thing we take away from this work. It is a skilled piece and one that marks both Howe and Monfils talent.

GDTDHEADThe DVD had some great extras that all add to the textures of the film. My favourite three are the Rat F*cking feature, The deleted scenes and the Other World feature. All three make the films content feel more. Feel more real that is…

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