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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
John Wayne (True Grit, Red River) did a bunch of war movies, but he garnered a 1949 Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his iconic role as the battle-hardened leader of a squad of recruits in Allan Dwan’s classic war film Sands of Iwo Jima, which makes its Blu-ray debut from Olive Films.
Haunted by his personal demons, Marine Sgt. John Stryker (Wayne) is both hated and feared by his men, who see him as a cold-hearted sadist. But when their boots hit the beaches, they begin to understand the reason for Stryker’s rigid form of discipline, as he leads them into one of the most treacherous battles in the Pacific.
As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.
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30. Black Book (2006)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Conflict: World War II
In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »
- Joshua Gaul
Thn are big supporters of this charity, so we’re very happy to share the news that Universal Pictures (UK) are joining forces with The Royal British Legion, the nation’s largest Armed Forces charity, to promote a range of DVDs that will raise money for the charity, with 50p from each unit sold going to the Legion for one year.
To mark the announcement, ex-Serviceman gathered together outside The Cenotaph memorial in London in a range of Army uniforms to depict soldiers through the ages. Uniforms included First and Second World War infantry, alongside Raf and the Royal Navy and right through to current day combat attire. The ex-Serviceman depicted the scope of war that is represented throughout the range of Universal Pictures (UK) DVDs selected to raise money for the charity.
The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne said:
“The Royal British Legion was founded »
- Dan Bullock
Peter Berg's depiction of a botched Afghan war mission has upset critics left and right. But whatever its politics, there's no denying its impact
Boy, has the surprise-hit war movie Lone Survivor got 'em up in arms. On the left and on the right, it's the political football of the week. Salon's Andrew O'Hehir (I'm a fan) called it "a jingoistic, pornographic piece of war propaganda", while Amy Nicholson of La Weekly called it "a jingoistic snuff film". I found their remarks a little ripe, if mostly well argued, although Nicholson's characterisation of the characters' default mindset as "Brown people bad, American people good" rather misses the obvious retort: "They wanna kill me, I wanna live." But I felt a little differently after roly-poly multimillionaire Glenn Beck (and which branch of the military did he serve in?) started tearing strips off Nicholson in an egregiously bumptious and sexist fashion. »
- John Patterson
4 items from 2014
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