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Top class war film,
This review is from: The Longest Day [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
At nearly three hours long this legendary film reminds us that before Spielberg and CGI came along there was a film that truly portrayed what our grandfathers went through to liberate France in 1944. No it doesn't have the gore and sensationalism of 'Saving Private Ryan' but what it does do is shows the British, French and Americans as allies equally sharing the burden of this great day. From the heroic attacks of the French Resistance to the dreadful losses suffered by the Americans on Omaha beach this film covers every aspect of D Day down to some minute and almost forgotten details like the dropping of dummy paratroops called 'Ruperts' to confuse the enemy. The transfer to blu-ray is pin sharp to the point where at the beginning where the German chiefs of staff are filmed in front of a projection it becomes very obvious. My son found it quite weird watching black and white in high definition but rest assured it works. The DTS-HD master soundtrack doesn't really exercise your sound system in the way that a modern film would but you won't really care as you watch some heroes of cinema pay homage to some real heroes. This film is a must for any war film buff's collection and well worth the extra expense of blu-ray.