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The Thin Red Line [1999] [DVD]

Sean Penn , Adrien Brody , Terrence Malick    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney
  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TBT2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One of the cinema's great disappearing acts came to a close with the release of The Thin Red Line in late 1998. Terrence Malick, the cryptic recluse who withdrew from Hollywood visibility after the release of his visually enthralling masterpiece Days of Heaven (1978), returned to the director's chair after a 20-year coffee break. Malick's comeback vehicle is a fascinating choice: a wide-ranging adaptation of a World War II novel (filmed once before, in 1964) by James Jones. The battle for Guadalcanal Island gives Malick an opportunity to explore nothing less than the nature of life, death, God, and courage. Let that be a warning to anyone expecting a conventional war flick; Malick proves himself quite capable of mounting an exciting action sequence, but he's just as likely to meander into pure philosophical noodling--or simply let the camera contemplate the first steps of a newly born tropical bird or the sinister skulk of a crocodile. This is not especially an actors' movie--some faces go by so quickly they barely register--but the standouts are bold: Nick Nolte as a career-minded colonel, Elias Koteas as a deeply spiritual captain who tries to protect his men, Ben Chaplin as a G.I. haunted by lyrical memories of his wife. The backbone of the film is the ongoing discussion between a wry sergeant (Sean Penn) and an ethereal, almost holy private newcomer (Jim Caviezel). The picture's sprawl may be a result of Malick's method of "finding" a film during shooting and editing, and in some ways The Thin Red Line seems vaguely, intriguingly incomplete. Yet it casts a spell like almost nothing else of its time, and Malick's visionary images are a challenge and a signpost to the rest of his filmmaking generation. --Robert Horton

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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cinematographer's dream - a visual poem! 19 May 2011
By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "In paradisum' from Faure's Requiem.. 5 Jun 2011
This Terreence Malick epic looks stunning on blue-ray. It is worth the extra cash for the purchase. I own the VHS, the dvd, both soundtracks and now this blue-Ray.

Malick is the last true Poet of maverick American Cinema. His movies follow no conventions or rules; his career follows no rules or conventions. Thin Red Line (nominated for seven Oscars) opens with a question:
"Why does nature contend with itself?"
It shows a crocodile- a killing machine. Moments later, we see men (soldiers) who prove more deadly than crocodiles; we see a dying bird- its wing shattered by gunfire, pulling itself along the ground. In a way the film is not about war at all, but simply about the way in which all living beings are founded on the necessity of killing one another.

After 20 years away from film-making, elusive director Terence Malick returned with this freeform WW2 movie based on the James Jones books ('Thin Red Line' and extracts from the classic 'From here to Eternity'), which floats around the WW2 battle for Guadalcanal, pondering the place of conflict and pondering our place on this planet and the eternal scheme of things. The films essence lies not with the famous actors, but in Malick's fusion of abstract voice-overs and stunning images over beautiful music (Hans Zimmer and Melanesian chanting). It's a richly textured, slowly paced, visually stunning epic of the effects of war that hypnotises the viewer with its tapestry of sights, sounds and colours.

"This great evil. Where does it come from? How'd it steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Who's doin' this? Who's killin' us? Robbing us of life and light. Mockin' us with the sight of what we might've known. Does our ruin benefit the earth? Does it help the grass to grow, the sun to shine?
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacifica 1 Sep 2005
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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst films I have watched.

The whole thing is pretentious and insulting (are you so thick you need the same message repeated 50 odd times with added 'voice-overs' or perhaps you just like... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lilypop
5.0 out of 5 stars war film
i liked the film very much but i had seen it before it must have been true to life and terrible for the troops involved.
Published 23 days ago by Mr. Anthony D. Piers
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite films
I love this film, I could watch it time and time again I find it beautiful and moving with some wonderful lines and glorious filming.
Published 1 month ago by luscious Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars The UK blu-ray release is region free
Just wanted to point out that this Fox release of The Thin Red Line is indeed REGION FREE.
It has stellar picture and audio quality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Denison
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A THOUGHT PROVOKING INSIGHT'
This another movie I haven't re-visited for some time (I bought the Import version
when released a while back) my previous viewing of the film was on the 'DVD'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a war movie. A cinematic poem.
Elegiac. Demanding. Frustrating. Powerful. Profound. Sublime. A soulful and epic search for grace, for truth, for sanity, for meaning in an insane world burning and hurting and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. Lines
4.0 out of 5 stars This Great Evil - Where's It Come From?
So questions Jim Cavaziel's Private Witt in Terence Malick's epic 1998 film, in the aftermath of his unit's attack on Japanese forces during the battle for the Pacific island of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars thin red line
what can i say about this film, one of the best war movies i have seen, great condition thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Anthony Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars ON BLU-RAY.........
If you're reading these reviews then the chances are you already know the movie and are looking for information on the quality of the various editions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Freddie Del Fuego
2.0 out of 5 stars Thin red line, or wrong side of the peace dividend?
A realistic and disturbing film, sure. Yet, I never liked it. Why choose the Battle of Guadalcanal to criticize war in general? The Allies were the good guys during World War II. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ashtar Command
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