The Thin Red Line 1998

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Director Terrence Malicks adaptation of James Jones autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Starring:
Sean Penn, Adrien Brody
Runtime:
2 hours 50 minutes

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The Thin Red Line

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Terrence Malick
Starring Sean Penn, Adrien Brody
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is by no means a conventional war film but it is, nonetheless, one of the finest portrayals of war that you are ever likely to see. The film was not on my radar and I discovered it more by accident than design. It was first released in 1998 and was somewhat eclipsed by `Saving Private Ryan' which was released slightly earlier. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards this film failed to get a single Oscar. The more that I learn about the way these award systems operate and the complexities of the whole film distribution system, the less confidence I have of their value. In many ways `the Thin Red Line' is superior to Spielberg's war epic.

Directed by the reclusive Terrence Malick, the film is an adaptation of a World War II novel by James Jones (From Here to Eternity) about the battle for Guadalcanal. American soldiers land on the island hoping to secure it from the Japanese. This film does not follow the usual path taken by other war stories and unlike `Ryan' - which begins explosively, this film takes about 40 minutes before a single shot is fired! This long prologue is used to good effect as an introduction to the main characters and some carefully selected flashbacks to their lives pre-war. The tension to the film is slowly uncoiled as the troopships approach Guadalcanal Island. This is done quietly and thoughtfully and gives the viewer a good idea of the stresses and anxieties of the soldiers as they approach this life-changing situation.

The story is told through the eyes of 5 men of C Company and the visual images are simply amazing. This is where Malick excels. He has produced a film that is a cinematographer's dream where almost every shot is carefully composed as if it was to be entered in a photographic exhibition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Terrence Malick’s beautifully filmed and emotionally engaging World War II epic “The Thin Red Line” is available on ‘BLU RAY’ in several regions – and has been for some time now. But which issue do you buy if you live in Blighty?

Unfortunately the sought-after American 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 UK version is REGION B - so the movie will play on all UK machines.

So check your player’s region coding acceptability if you want the pricier Criterion release…or opt for the local release that weighs in at a far cheaper price…
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Statham on 1 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
This film shatters the standard convetions for a war film and gently replaces them with an intrinsic, poetic and beautifully rendered piece of film making. From start to finish the quality of the photography is fantastic and the director's faultless talent to depict vivid environments is wonderfully illustrated with seamless editing.
A scene depicting two soldiers getting shot while approaching a bunker is superbly complimented by the sun peaking out from the clouds just after they have fallen and disappeared into the tall grass. The absolute tension and thick air of the pre-dawn build-up to the attack with Nick Nolte and John Travolta is one of the greatest scenes of tension I have witnessed.
Personal narratives and agendas throughout the film flood the viewer with emotions and feelings that you wouldn't normally associate with a war film. The soundtrack here is also one of the film's strong points and effortlessly entwines itself into the path of the edits. Engrossing, beautiful and an absolute pleasure to immerse yourself into.
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Format: DVD
Terence Malick eh? What to make of him. He certainly does divide opinion and I can understand why some people don't like his films. The slowness, the refusal to clearly delineate his characters - are they 'good', 'bad', 'heroic', 'cowardly'? No they just are what they are.

I have to say in my opinion the guy may be a genius (a much abused word these days - apparently Simon Cowell/Madonna/Ant and Dec are all geniuses too...)I think 'The New World' is the best film of the 2000's and I think this was the best film of the 1990's.

He reminds me in some way of Kubrick - but Kubrick with a soul. The film is beautiful, scary, uplifting, depressing - all usually within the space of 5 minutes. The scene where the U.S. troops storm through a Japanese camp in the early morning fog is far scarier than any horror film.

It concerns the American assault on Guadalcanal in the Second World War but you get the feeling Malick doesn't really care about the rights and wrongs of the war - it's a film about young men who's lives may end at any second and how precious each life is (no matter what side they're on). Why are they here? Why are they suffering such degradation? `War don`t ennoble men. Turns them into dogs. Poisons the soul`. He doesn't have answers - he's just asking you to look. And all the time life goes on, as best it can, around the war - birds fly, fish swim, the local people laugh, cry, argue - live.

Everything about the film works - the photography, the score, the acting - at times it's quite hard to tell one soldier from another and I get the feeling that's deliberate - they're all one under the skin.

Utterly brilliant.
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