5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I'll admit that I was determined not to like this before watching it, due to:
- Hollywood's willingness to play fast and loose with history where the English are concerned, either diminishing heroism (U-571) or exaggerating villainy (Braveheart).
- my utter detestation of the vile Mel Gibson. Someone who denigrates both the English and Jews is never going to be a friend of mine.
- one horrible incident that I'd heard about in this film (see later).
And yet....I'd have to recommend this, largely for the gorgeous cinematography (by the great Caleb Deschanel), wonderful production design and stirring John Williams score.
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I'm with Michael Brennan on this one. I've never seen a more shoddy Blu-Ray transfer. It's actually unwatchable in places; I also have no idea why the amount of grain should vary so much from scene to scene.
Is this specifically a mid-80s thing? I also found the amount of grain in parts of Ghostbusters really offputting. The 60s films that I have look much better than this.
(I had to 'cleanse my palate' with True Romance - now THAT's a good-quality disc. Well done Warners, yet again).
1 star for the transfer, 3 for the film, which is as much of a trash classic as it's always been.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Did you actually watch this film or just turn it off after you got to your precious little sample?
This is a magnificent early example of the social conscience picture, with a startlingly modern performance from Paul Muni and vigorously directed by Mervyn LeRoy. If you like some of Lang's early impassioned Hollywood efforts like 'Fury' or 'You Only Live Once', as well as later classics like Dassin's 'Brute Force', then you'll like this a lot.