One Day In September Studio: Sony Classics Year: 1999 Rated: R Film Length: 97 minutes Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1) Subtitles: English Place me amongst the individuals that don't enjoy the theatrical experience. One will rarely see me at the local cinemaplex, that is unless there's a new film by my favorite director, Steven Spielberg. Over the next few weeks I plan on seeing Spielberg's latest feature, Munich, a fictional movie about Israeli agents who hunted down the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the slaughter of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. I realized, however, that I knew very little about the historic incident the film is partly based upon. What I did know was that a documentary was made about the terrorist attack and a quick search of the Internet led me to One Day In September. This outstanding 1999 Academy Award-winning documentary gives a very chilling account of the event that shocked the world in the early morning of September 5th 1972 as eight Arab terrorists climbed over the fence of the Olympic Village and took 11 Israelis hostage. The operation was carried out by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) who called themselves Black September. The terrorists demanded the immediate release of 234 Arab prisoners in Israeli jails and Germany before an initial noon deadline. If the demands were not to be met, the hostages would be shot. Narrated by Michael Douglas, One Day In September is just as chilling to watch today as it was 33 years ago. The seemingly endless amount of footage is presented in a relentless timeline, complete with a ticking clock that adds to the tense situation. The footage is intertwined with two primary interviews. The first is with the one surviving member of the Black September terrorist squad, Jamal Al Gashey. The other is with the wife of Andre Spitzer, the Israeli team fencing coach, who recounts the ordeal through her eyes. What makes watching One Day In September such a remarkable viewing experience is that the entire event unfolds before your very eyes. It's no wonder -- with television cameras so omnipresent, everything that went on during those 24 hours was captured for a world-wide audience. In fact, one would say that the overexposure caused a lot of embarrassment for the German government as viewers watched LIVE, police officers strolling into the Village disguised as athletes, readying a surprise assault on the terrorists. Little did the police know that the terrorists were also watching this action unfold on television. There are also other numerous bumbled attempts by the German police to resolve the situation. Overall presentation of this DVD is very good, mostly for the fact that the filmed footage is in excellent condition. Having bought this DVD blindly and knowing very little about what I was to watch, I found One Day In September to be a highly rewarding viewing experience. There is no mistake that this film won an Academy Award. The story is craftily told through its use of interviews, graphic footage and computer generated models highlighted by a '70s soundtrack that takes you back to the day. This is an absolute "must-see" documentary!