Glory 1989 CC

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Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Starring:
Matthew Broderick,Denzel Washington
Runtime:
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Edward Zwick
Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington
Supporting actors Cary Elwes
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
Based around the actual letters sent by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw to his parents, this Civil War picture tells the story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first black regiment to fight under the American flag. Led by their white leader (Shaw), they must overcome bigotry, in fighting and the war itself, just to feel like men of honour.

The most striking thing about Glory is that it is never over sentimental, with the subject at hand it would have been easy for the makers to over egg the pudding and rely solely on a racialist stance for impact. What we do get is actually a candidate for one of the most politically correct war films to have ever been made, harsh and at times heart tugging it may be, but the narrative never veers from the core essence of men wanting to be just that....men. Director Edward Zwick has many critics in the industry, but here his attention to detail should be roundly applauded, he perfectly captures the period whilst molding a tightly plotted piece of work. Zwick also needs a pat on the back for hiring cinematographer Freddie Francis (Academy Award Winner), who weaves his magic to bring the brutality of the surroundings vividly to life, while James Horner provides a wonderful swirling emotive score (fans of his work on Braveheart should definitely check out this earlier composition). Tho the film is essentially a multi ensemble piece, there are tremendous performances from the principal actors: Matthew Broderick (Shaw), Denzel Washington (Trip) {Academy Award Winner Best Supporting Actor}, Morgan Freeman (John Rawlins) and Andre Braugher (Searles).

We follow this regiment from its initial formation, ill equipped and never taken seriously, it appears that this army is not even worthy of being canon fodder.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First things first - I don't own a 4K TV - nor do I own the Sony BDPS6200 BLU RAY player with built in 4K upscaling. So I suppose this review of "Glory Mastered In 4K" is compromised on 2 fronts. However I have what I suspect most film lovers have - a good Plasma TV and a half-decent BLU RAY player. But even with machines as lowly as these - I'm compelled to review...

Is Mastered In 4K a gimmick? No it's not. The new format on BLU RAY is in its infancy for sure as far as releases and market interest is concerned - but judging on what I'm seeing on my television - that isn't going to last long. Once you set your eyes on the quality of the picture and what can be done - immediate upgrades on all your favourites is going to make you very excited - and your bank manager very nervous.

"Glory" has had a convoluted and patchy history with regard to reissue - most notorious of all was the DVD - slammed as being awful - with its BLU RAY follow up not a whole lot better. And this powerful 1989 Edward Zwick movie about the 54th Massachusettes regiment in the American Civil War (the first Black military unit and their extraordinary bravery) means a lot to many. So Sony seem to have gone to some lengths to change this with their new format baby because "Glory" is being hailed as a sort of flagship release to show what can be achieved - even with older and sometimes degraded elements.

It's defaulted to 1.85:1 aspect ratio so it naturally fills the full screen and has a huge impact for doing so. The picture isn't perfect by any means or stretch of the imagination - and there are shocking 'grain' spikes at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 29 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
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Easily the best Civil War movie ever produced, and among the front rank of all war movies. Filled with memorable and moving scenes - the look of sheer defiance on Trip's (Denzel Washington) face as his already scarred back is whipped, the men of the 54th telling their stories around the campfire on the eve of battle, Shaw (Matthew Broderick) turning loose his horse on the beach before Ft. Wagner. History is brought to life more vividly in this film than in any big-budget all-star cast epic I can recall. Most often , those films only succeed in collapsing under their own weight and leaving audiences more turned off about history. Glory brings the issues of the time - slavery, freedom and sacrifice - down to human scale. We can understand why the men of the 54th were willing to take up arms, and how tragic it was that they had to sacrifice their lives in order to be considered men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DGNB on 6 April 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I liked this film very much. It showed how a young man is thrown into the tribulations of becoming an Army officer to satisfy political ends. His problems rise with him rising in rank and it is plain to other fellow officers in his Brigade that his soldiers are becoming an effective and efficient unit. His soldiers are ready for war and expect to become front line troops. He has to deal with his unit exclusion from the Regular Army role and seniority issues within his own Brigade. In addition, he has to deal with bigoted and biased officers, their and other units' disrespect for his coloured troops. His lads prove themselves at their first engagement with the enemy after which he and his soldiers gain the respect of their peers. An impossible mission comes up and he volunteers his unit for the Glory of the first engagement. He and his brave men fight on to the end and their mission fails with a loss of almost all of his unit. History records their bravery. A good film to watch.
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