This three part doco takes
us deep into the heart of what makes three groups of special forces tick. It
deals with the Army Special Forces, Airborne and Rescue Medics.
I found this to be riveting
viewing and something that held my attention from start to finish. The level
of training that we were lucky enough to witness was second to none and some
of the footage from helmet cameras was absolutely amazing.
The documentaries go behind
the scenes in showing the way that these groups train, their mentality and
fascinating glimpses of real life events retold by the men who were directly
involved. Throw in some historians and authors of books on the subjects of
special forces and you know that you are in for a compelling view.
The commandos segment was
interesting to me when all of a sudden we got views from helmet cameras being
worn as they looked exactly like some of the first person shooter games out
there for PC and console. I would have liked to see a lot more of this
viewpoint as it felt as though you were really there taking part in the
activity. This camera view was also used during jump training during
The enthusiasm that everyone
involved in this project had is infectious and the gung ho attitude of the
soldiers admirable, especially in the case of the Night Riders, medics who are
flown in to rescue downed pilots. There are some incredible rescues done by
the team over the years and the doco tells us the story of Bat 21, a pilot who
was shot down over Vietnam and came down in the middle of a Viet Cong
encampment. The lengths that the US went to save this man were incredible and
the fact that he knew they'd be looking for him probably saved his life.
and highly recommended!
Full frame presentation with no errors that
make watching unpleasant. This is a very clear, made for television,
Serviceable stereo mix. Audio is very clear
and easy to hear and understand.