'Severe Clear' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM PDT by

The 2009 documentary on the war in Iraq is planned for a Blu-ray release this October.

In an early announcement to retailers, Inception Media Group has revealed 'Severe Clear' will be available on Blu-ray on October 25.

Shot by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti on his Mini-DV camera, and told through his own journal entries, Kristian Fraga's 'Severe Clear' is more than a documentary. It is a first person account of the Marines who were on the front lines of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This is what they saw. In this digital age of embedded reporters and filmmakers directing their "war" pictures from the internet, 'Severe Clear' strips the barriers between audience and soldier, personalizing the fear, moral conundrum and sheer adrenaline rush of life on the battlefield. The personal story of Mike Scotti and the Marines in his unit is the backbone of this intimate, extreme and often times horrific tale. The story begins with Scotti on a 40-day voyage across the Arabian Sea, aboard the USS Boxer, where his days are filled with physical training, tactical study, and mental preparation. For the Marines, who have been in a constant state of war since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the political wrangling of world leaders and diplomatic debates over the merits of UN resolutions are nothing but a smoke screen for a war they all know is inevitable. So they train, blow off steam, and wait. The forces reach Kuwait, but there is more waiting to be done. That is, until President Bush addresses the nation and orders the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As they push onto Baghdad, patriotism and youthful enthusiasm gradually gives way to the real, brutal horrors of war. As the resistance to their presence escalates, Scotti and his fellow soldiers are forced to come to grips with the magnitude of the situation they find themselves in. 'Severe Clear' is a motion picture that captures the chaos and complexity of war.

Specs haven't been revealed yet, but supplements will include: Commentary with film critic Matt Zoller Seitz and Fraga, Deleted scenes, Script-to-screen comparison of the Kuwait airlift sequence, Featurette on the creation of the maps made for the documentary, and Interviews with Fraga and Scotti.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $26.98.

You can find the latest specs for 'Severe Clear' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under October 25.

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