directed by William Gazecki
USA 1997


There is some crazy s*it that goes on in the world in the name of justice. Waco: The Rules of Engagement documents the horrific story of government intervention with seemingly no organization, justification or responsibility. The events that transpired in Waco Texas April 1993 against a sectarian group of 7th Day Adventists (Branch Davidians) is another prime example of bureaucracy attempting to whitewash their fateful errors. It essentially amounts to a home invasion by trigger-happy government agents resulting in the burning-alive deaths of innocent women and children. The film is a very thorough examination leading through the House of Senate inquiry following the tragedy. Unfortunately the valuable evidence is only seen in this film. FLIR photography directly refutes much of the government official testimony - hence it was overlooked. Bravo to director Gazecki and all who helped bring this travesty to be exposed, if only it were more widely disseminated. Another US event in which the history books will paint a less-than-factual portrait.out of   

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: September 19th, 1997

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DVD Review: New Yorker -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker Video -  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:15:56
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.18 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Character Updates
• Additional FLIR footage
• Extended 911 Call
• True Stories Promo Clips

DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003

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Chapters: 12


The video quality of this DVD was taken from a variety of sources including Home video - so it is not the best picture one might have been expecting. It is, regardless, not a deterrent to the story line at all. Please don't let the screen captures below deter you from buying this DVD. It is akin to a good television documentary. The audio quality is actually better. The Extras are also keen. I liked this DVD - and will be one I will lend out to many friends and family. My only complaint is I like subtitles for hearing when the baby in my arms is screaming about something - and there are none. Still, well worth  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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