The Fog of War

The Fog of War

Director: Errol Morris Cast: Robert S. McNamara



Arguably the best film yet by the award-winning documentarian Errol Morris, The Fog of War, a look at the life of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, gets a deftly handled expanded treatment upon its release to DVD. The film is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese subtitles are accessible. The bonus materials feature two-dozen additional scenes created by Morris from the copious amount of footage he took during his lengthy interview sessions with McNamara. These scenes add more information and depth to a film already overflowing with historical perspective and analysis. Television promotional spots for the film round out this excellent release from Columbia/TriStar.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
UPC: 0043396019164
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:47:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 24 additional scenes; Robert S. McNamara's 10 Lessons from his life in politics; TV spots; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert S. McNamara Participant

Technical Credits
Errol Morris Director,Producer
Doug Abel Editor
Julie Bilson Ahlberg Producer
Ted Bafaloukos Production Designer
Steve Bores Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Chappell Cinematographer
Peter Donahue Cinematographer
Robert Fernandez Executive Producer
Philip Glass Score Composer
Steve Hardy Production Designer
John Kamen Executive Producer
Jon Kamen Executive Producer
Chyld King Editor
Adam Kosberg Associate Producer
John Kusiak Score Composer
Jack Lechner Executive Producer
Robert May Executive Producer
Zachary Morong Animator
Evan Olson Animator,Special Effects
Tom Paul Sound/Sound Designer
Ann Petrone Associate Producer
Frank Scherma Executive Producer
Karen Schmeer Editor
John Sloss Executive Producer
Michael Williams Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Robert S. McNamara
3. The Cuban Missile Crisis
4. Lesson 1
5. Tommy Thompson
6. Lesson 2
7. 1992
8. 1918
9. Lesson 3
10. Statistical Control
11. Lesson 4
12. The Firebombing of Tokyo
13. Lesson 5
14. The Vietnam Picture
15. The Ford Motor Company
16. Lesson 6
17. President Kennedy
18. Lesson 7
19. Rolling Thunder
20. 1995
21. Lesson 8
22. Agent Orange
23. Lesson 9
24. The March on the Pentagon
25. Lesson 10
26. The Medal of Freedom
27. Lesson 11
28. Epilogue

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The Fog of War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most interesting politically based documentaries I have ever viewed. It is one of compassion, guilt, sorrow, regret and hope. I recommend this to everyone who experienced the 60's and 70's as well as those who did not. We need to remember and never forget. Peace, there is hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a history teacher I can honestly say this documentary is vital when teaching about the last half of the twentieth century and describing the world today. To have such an important primary source on video reflecting about his mistakes and accomplishments during his tenure as Secretary of Defense is priceless. The most significant aspect of the documentary is his warnings about the future of the world and warfare. Because of the changes in the strategy of war since 9/11 and the prospect of once again living in a dual superpower world, the Fog of War is truly the Clausewitz of our time. How we use McNamara's lessons may decide our future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert McNamara, one of the most controversial and fascinating men in US history, sits down for the first time and lays bear his tortured soul. Many people have indentified and correctly so, as the architect of the Vienam War. People on the Left and Right have derided him and McNamara stayed silent... until now. Errol Morris's interview with McNamara is incredible. McNamara reveals regret and possibly remorse for that horrible tragedy known as Vietnam. However, McNamara doesn't have any words of contrition. Although, we can fault this man for what he has done, he must be respected for having guts to discuss an embarrassing period in an otherwise successful career for Ford Motor Co., World War II (where he admits he and LeMay were war criminals) and also the Cuban Missile Crisis. I think that this brilliant but flawed man also had alterior motives for this documentary. He never outright talks about Iraq, but he clearly gives the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam as examples that are far from the stratosphere of happening. Substitute the words "Cuban" and "Vietnam" with the words "Iranian" and "Iraq" and you got the same situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert McNamara provides 20th Century lessons he's learned from his decades of service in the public and private sectors. He was a gifted and ambitious college professor with a talent to assess phenomena with detailed exactitude. WWII provided a venue to where he garnered the attention of key movers and shakers of mid-20th Century American leaders. This documentary provides an forum for an unapoligetic summary of thumbnail guides to assess leaders and their performance in leading human affairs, both national and international. His conclusions are provocative, compelling, and, at times, shocking, but based on hard experience. A must review for concerned citizens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Was a wonderfully made documentary. It had smooth and experimental editing. Face to face interview with Rob McNAmara that is quite chilling and enlightening. There are a lot of issues talked about in this documentary that are not approached anywhere else (to my knowledge).
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