I still don't know what to make of Spike Lee's Miracle At St Anna, the story of a squad of black soldiers stuck behind enemy lines in Italy. It was good in places, and I liked the basis of the story, but some of the execution was woeful in my opinion.
Firstly, the concrete head. The attention to detail is appalling, such that it all feels so fake. A concrete head not weighing (even a big guy) down? Bouncing when someone walks? It's so obviously plaster of paris and as this is a key symbol running throughout the movie, I thought it was poorly done.
Some of the characters I simply found annoying. Cliched, lacking dimension and with ill-placed attempts at humour, it just didn't work for me, and added to the completely mis-judged accompanying score and some horrific scenes of violence, you have a great idea that simply fails.
Picture quality was a real mixed bag, with some softness in many shots and a lack of absolute clean lines and detail which mark the best BluRay transfers, punctuated by moments of strong detail and resolution. Audio was ok, but nothing spectacular.
Worth watching? I'd pass given the opportunity again...
Film Quality - 5/10
Picture Quality - 6/10
Audio Quality - 7/10