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Miracle At St Anna [DVD] [2008]

John Turturro , Laz Alonso , Spike Lee    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Turturro, Laz Alonso, John Leguizamo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kerry Washington
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9MV86
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,965 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA tells the story of four soldiers caught behind enemy lines. During their attempt to return to base, they befriend a traumatized young Italian boy and soon find themselves in a remote Tuscan village - with civilians who have never even seen other ethnicities before. Strong relationships soon develop between those who would never have met in ordinary life and who understand and help each other against the horror of war. They know the need to learn to overcome cultural and language barriers and form an allegiance for the terrifying oncoming Nazi attack. Directed by revered film-maker Spike Lee (DO THE RIGHT THING, MALCOLM X) featuring an all-star cast including John Turturro (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?), Laz Alonso (AVATAR), John Leguizamo (ROMEO AND JULIET, MOULIN ROUGE), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (INCEPTION) and Kerry Washington (RAY, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND), MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA pulls at the heart-strings and has left audiences world-wide with long-lasting impressions. Based on the novel by acclaimed writer James McBride, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA centres on the famous Buffalo Soldiers -the 92nd Infantry Division, consisting of 15,000 African-American soldiers serving in Italy during the Second World War.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Story Brought To Life 31 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
Spike Lee has done a fantastic job in re'creating what is still called in Italy 'The Massacre at Stazzema'. I know the real story as I am from the area ans was pleasantly suprised that Spike Lee showed both the human and evil aspects of what happened at St Anna's. This is a very important story for many in Tuscany and I am grateful to Spike Lee for allowing others to know about it. Yet another masterpiece on his part. If you arte interested in knowwing the 'truths' of WW2, the humanity, bravery and sacrifice of those involved you will be encaptured by this film. The Buffalo soldiers involved were heroes in this part of Tuscany.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed classic. 5 July 2011
By Bobby Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First of all, in reply to other reviewers, if you buy a Spike Lee film you know what you are going to get - some preaching, some history and some hard hitting scenes. The Miracle certainly manages all three of these, with the addition of a good plot and spectacular action scenes. Personally I thought the way he linked the central story from the start to the end of the film was ingenious, without wishing to give anything away.
The Italian partisan scenes were especially believable in this film and the central message - that all humans are capable of inflicting misery onto others and that, conversely, each are also capable of compassion - is rammed home with a vengeance; in this film, you have good Germans, bad Germans and downright Nazi Germans. If you like WW2 films with a touch of class then this is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! 4 Aug 2011
By Cath
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched this film because I have an interest in the region that it was set and some of the wartime stories are intruging and unbelievable. I also thought that the premise of following a Buffalo platoon was original and interesting. However, the film itself was a mess, with just random stories linked together by a rather dull, overlong journey that the soldiers take (the film is needlessly over 2 hours). The characters were cliched and boring and Spikes Lee's usual message about racism was too preachy and overtly obvious. However, what I disliked most about the film was although he is trying to beat racism, he then shoots himself in the foot by being sterotypical against the Italians and sexist - the lead Italian woman is gorgous and takes her top off in every scene for no particular reason - give me a break!!!

There is very little that is good about this film and I would advise everyone to avoid it. Maybe the end is excellent, but I wouldn't know because I didn't get that far.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing take on the war genre 16 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
I was intrigued by this film after seeing the trailer online - it was an interesting premise and I like Spike Lee as a director - he always has something to say beyond just entertaining you. The film kicks off in recent times with a very dramatic opening before moving to flashback where we join the infamously segregated Buffalo Soldiers division in Tuscany as they are being pummelled by Nazi infantry fire - in what can only be described as an epic battle scene to rival any you may have seen in any war film ever made. Some of the men are cut off from their division and end up in a mountain village where they befriend the initially wary villagers and rescue a traumatised young boy who has witnessed a massacre by the Nazi's - as a punishment for recent resistance activity. One of the men carries around with him a dismembered stone head that he rescued from a blitzed bridge - which he believes gives him special protective powers - which he uses to protect the boy....no ordinary war movie for sure - but a totally fresh perspective on a little told aspect of WWII.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Be aware that the ‘US Disney’ BLU RAY of "Miracle At St. Anna" is REGION-A LOCKED - 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.

Buy the standard UK issue instead - it's dirt cheap - and a looker on BLU RAY...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly flawed execution 31 Mar 2012
Format:Blu-ray
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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great World War II film by Spike Lee
Great film about a group of African American soldiers fighting in Italy, it is based on true events. The 92nd Division, 'Buffalo Soldiers' consisted of 15,000 men. Read more
Published 21 days ago by M A Pedder
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Very enjoyable well worth a watch its up there with the best of war movies will watch again a good night in
Published 24 days ago by jamesraider
3.0 out of 5 stars Miracle At St Anna
Havent watched the film yet, however bought a used copy from Zoverstocks - expected there to be slight cosmetic damage to dvd case however the case of the copy I received was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TN123
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Excellent Spike Lee film. This is offered at a fabulous price, so something of a no-brainer. It plays flawlessly, so is the Amazon route is a great way to add to a movie... Read more
Published 2 months ago by gulliver_62
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good film that I had never heard of.
This film caught my eye on Amazon so I bought it. Spike Lee has made some good films so I knew it wasn't going to be one of these low budget clunky WWII films. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beacon97
4.0 out of 5 stars A film to educate and inspire....
Not easy to say "Iike or love it".
Seems inappropriate due to the subject matter.
Well depicted, thought provoking, and great respect for my mother's generation... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Briony Holyoake
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant direction,script,photography,acting and period recreation! One of this director's most evocative and engrossing films exploring many themes of great relevance for our... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars st anna
A good deal better then I theart it was gawing to be not to bad atall this did not go in to the jumbual well not yet eny way jc
Published 11 months ago by J. Coleman
1.0 out of 5 stars I could have spent my money better
I think, this makes it only the second time that I have paid for a film, and failed to watch it until the end. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. A. Sugrue
5.0 out of 5 stars War Film
I'm not usually interested in War but my children and are interested to see the history behind the black american soildiers in World War II as this is not readily available in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Campbell
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