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Criterion Collection: Paths of Glory [Blu-ray] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham, Humphrey Cobb, Jim Thompson
  • Producers: Kirk Douglas, Stanley Kubrick, James B. Harris
  • Format: Black & White, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WKL6YO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,885 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The pity of war has been a much-favoured film topic; the treachery of war much less so, though never more persuasively than in Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick's breakthrough feature from 1957. Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest screen performances as Colonel Dax, the idealistic First World War soldier appalled by the arbitrary court-marshal meted out to three of his men after an impossible attempt to storm German lines goes disastrously wrong. George Macready is an utterly believable Gerneral Mireau, obsessed with his own honour and standing, whom Adolphe Majou complements tellingly as the urbane and cynical General Bruler. Those who know Kubrick from his later sprawling epics will be surprised at the tautness and concision shown here, even though the screenplay--which he co-wrote--has a certain theatrical stiffness.

On the DVD: Paths of Glory on disc reproduces well in full-screen format, and Gerald Fried's bitingly ironic score comes through powerfully. There are five dubbed and six subtitled languages. The original trailer is a masterpiece of gritty reportage, well worth reviving. Along with Dr Strangelove and 2001, this is Kubrick's most focussed and durable film. --Richard Whitehouse

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
It has been almost 50 years since this anti-war film appeared, one which was banned in France until 1970. It is based on Humphrey Cobb's novel. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas who also produced it, the film examines a fictional (but nonetheless wholly believable) situation during World War One when French troops are ordered to achieve an impossible military objective: Climb and secure the "Ant Hill," a heavily-fortified German position. Of course the troops are decimated. Whom to blame? General Broulard (Adolph Menjou) who gave the order? The troops' general, General Mireau (George MacReady), whose career ambitions overcame his doubts about the order? The officer (Colonel Dax) who led the attack? General Broulard gives a second order: Select three of the survivors, charge them with cowardice, give them a perfunctory military trial, and then execute them. Their commanding officer is Colonel Dax (Douglas) who had been an attorney in civilian life. He is ordered to be the defense counsel. After the inevitable verdict, the three representatives are executed by a firing squad.
Kubrick presents all this on film as if it were a documentary of actual events. Appropriately, he filmed it in black-and-white, in part to dramatize the obvious juxtapositions of right and wrong, good and evil, justice and injustice, etc. The battlefield carnage is extensive but not gratuitous. For me, the insensitivity, indeed inhumanity of the two generals -- far removed from combat in luxurious comfort -- is far more upsetting than the assault on the "Ant Hill." The men who followed orders and lost their lives or their limbs may have died in vain but at least died with honor, if not glory. Kubrick leaves absolutely no doubt about the generals who sent them into battle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 Black and White “Paths Of Glory”. And the ‘BLU RAY’ of it is available in the States and other European territories. But which issue do you buy if you live in Blighty?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the European (with foreign language all over the rear of the box) is REGION B - so that will play the English language film on UK machines. There are other Euro Double Packs but I’m not sure if they use the cleaned up print Criterion achieved.

Check you’re player’s region coding acceptability if you want the pricier Criterion release (which is said to have a stunning transfer)...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 Black and White “Paths Of Glory”. And the ‘BLU RAY’ of it is available in the States and other European territories. But which issue do you buy if you live in Blighty?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the European (with foreign language all over the rear of the box) is REGION B - so that will play the English language film on UK machines. There are other Euro Double Packs but I’m not sure if they use the cleaned up print Criterion achieved.

Check you’re player’s region coding acceptability if you want the pricier Criterion release (which is said to have a stunning transfer)...
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. E. C. Norman on 25 May 2006
Format: DVD
Exciting, enthralling, action-packed and moving, this is one of Kubrick's finest, and a brilliant war film to rankle alongside and even surpass the likes of 'A Bridge Too Far' and 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. The story of an ill-fated French attack on an invulnerable German position during the First World War, where the ordinary soldier is blamed instead of the blundering general may be a cliche by now, but it is so beautifully shot, written and told that it is a timeless classic.

The script and story is excellent, and particularly well delivered by the likes of Douglas, Macready and Meeker, who all fill in excellently. But the star of the show is undoubtably Kubrick, whose direction of the attack with a panning camera following Douglas and his men with shells exploding all around is a just a treat for the eyes. In turn, shots of the trenches, following the general from the front as he marches through the trenches with the military drumbeats in the background as he inspects the weary men, or the close ups of gritty, fearing soldiers are just excellent. If you like Kubrick, or even if you just like great films, then you'll love Paths of Glory.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 18 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
Superlative anti-war film on a par with Renoir's "La Grande Illusion" and Milestone's "All Quiet On the Western Front" sees Kirk Douglas(in one of his best performances) as a captain defending three soldiers on charges of cowardice after they are made scapegoats for a suicidal mission that fails.Shattering critique on the insanity of war is incredibly moving especially in that final scene,one of the greatest in cinema history.This was Kubrick at his greatest before he followed David Lean into bloated epics.
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