June 20, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

It was, as CNN producer Robert Wiener (Michael Keaton) says, ”the journalistic equivalent of walking on the moon.” And so, when the U.S. went to war with Saddam Hussein in 1991 and the other networks skipped town, Ted Turner’s fledgling 24-hour news outfit was the only network broadcasting live, thanks in great part to the passion, tenacity, and ingenuity of Wiener and his field crew. Not only does Live From Baghdad offer a masterful look at professionals trying to keep it together in a nation that’s falling apart, but it also manages a rare feat indeed: conveying the energizing fear that the correspondents, doing what they were born to do, must have felt as Iraq began to explode outside their hotel window.

EXTRAS The disc’s a bare-bones affair, with nothing of interest but a mildly diverting commentary by director Mick Jackson.

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