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|Format||Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dubbed, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled|
|Language||English, French, Spanish, Portuguese|
|Runtime||2 hours and 2 minutes|
The heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War, GLORY stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Broderick and Elwes are the idealistic young Bostonians who lead the regiment; Freeman is the inspirational sergeant who unites the troops; and Denzel Washington, in an Oscar(r) - winning performance (1989, Best Supporting Actor), is the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Language : English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Product dimensions : 17.15 x 13.34 x 0.89 cm; 87.88 Grams
- Item Model Number : 2289023
- Media Format : Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dubbed, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : 2 June 2009
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000KX0ISQ
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 30,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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122 minutes, Region a,b & c
Video - colour, aspect ratio - 1.85:1, 4k disc- 2160p HDR10, Blu-ray disc - 1080p.
Audio - 7.1 Dolby Atmos (4k), 5.1 Dolby True HD (BD)
4k disc - video commentary & theatrical trailer.
Blu-ray disc - Director audio commentary, deleted scenes, virtual civil war battlefield, The making of Glory featurette, Voices of Glory documentary, The true story of Glory continues documentary.
BBFC certificate - 15
Contains violence in battle scenes, injury detail, infrequent strong language & discriminatory language (in historical context).
The UK cinema, VHS and Dvd releases had a shot of a horse falling in a battle sequence removed. This edition contains the full uncut version on both the BD & 4k UHD.
Unfortunately I don't have a printer so I cannot send the item back. In fact the best place for this Blu-Ray disc in in the Recycle Bin. Very disappointed!
While there are significantly less battle scenes when compared to other Civil War films such as Gettysburg, the film focuses very much on character development. The four principal black soldiers have to accept each other’s different walks in life while Colonel Shaw learns to respect the abilities of his men as well as confronting injustice when it rears its ugly head. Your emotions for the characters throughout the story will often vary, while you may be congratulating Shaw one minute for taking up the leadership of the 54th, you will feel anger when he looks at Private Trip in the eye (who had already suffered at the hands of his former master) as he is flogged upon the wheel. The battle scenes though few and far between are excellent examples of great cinematography and required many reenactors to pull them off. When the inevitable arrives and Colonel Shaw leads his men on the suicidal charge of Fort Wagner, you can only watch in horror as the characters you knew and loved are gunned down. The film actually ends on a somewhat positive note, although this can be hard to see as the young Colonel and his men are buried in a pit. This great sacrifice of Shaw and his brave black men ultimately paved the way for black enlistment which in the long term, would help the Union to triumph over the Confederates.
There are a few nitpicks which I have to mention, the first and most glaring one is how quickly Captain Shaw takes to accept the 54th’s leadership when in reality he refused at first, pondering whether or not he should take part in a task that would most likely result in his demise. Ironically Cary Elwes’ character, who is partly based on Edward Needles Hallowell, a dedicated abolitionist is the one displaying the most reluctance here. Also the film implies that the whole regiment was wiped out at Fort Wagner when in reality the 54th, now led by Colonel Hallowell would fight again in many future battles such as Olustee. The Fort contrary to what was stated in the film was taken soon after the battle (the rebels abandoned the area when the decomposing bodies of the 54th contaminated the water supplies). Finally the 54th is depicted as consisting of mostly slaves when most of its members were actually freemen of the North, although I think the film made it this way so all black regiments would be represented.
Overall this film is a gem, and any enthusiast of the Civil War or of black history should definitely have this on their shelf. Despite Glory being just a little more accurate than Braveheart the film depicts likeable characters and the struggles they have to face, spectacular battle scenes and an unforgettable soundtrack which helps to create tension and atmosphere throughout the story. Although some may understandably have problems with this film, the impact at the time of it's release and how we rethought the role of the black race in the Civil War cannot be denied.
The blu ray is a good looking transfer, the colours don't knock you out like some modern releases, things are more muted with lots of dark blues, browns and sandy colours, it does give a natural realistic feel though.
The soundtrack is suitably dramatic. Morgan Freeman gives a performance of his usual high standard playing another wise steady character he's so well known for, The film touches on themes of Idealism v reality, discrimination, friendship and overcoming limitations. It's also rather slow paced, I'm still not quite sure about Matthew Broderick though, unsure he was suited to military roles.