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Soldier Blue [DVD] [1970]

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  • Actors: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson, Jorge Rivero
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Producers: Gabriel Katzka, Harold Loeb
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AOHPT4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,538 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Violent anti-racist Western, based on events during the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. A naive cavalry officer (Peter Strauss) and a resourceful young woman (Candice Bergen) survive a Native American attack and have to make their way home through the wilderness. As they face the hardships of the journey, the couple fall in love, only to witness a horrific bloodbath as the U.S. Cavalry takes revenge upon their enemy, in a battle that became notorious for its brutality.

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Candice Bergen once said that Soldier Blue was her worst film. No doubt this was said in reponse to its controversial nature and by no means exemplifies the worst of Ms Bergen's acting talents. Candice Bergen made another horrifically tasteless violent western the following year- The Hunting Party. Ms Bergen was one of many detractors who would come to chorus what is now the usually held opinion of this under rated semi-classic. Based on and differing wildly from Theodore V. Olsen's book 'Arrow in the Sun' it is not surprising, given the era of its production, that the film should climax with a bloody massacre and present the horrors in unflinching detail. But, criticised as it is, Soldier Blue effectively weaves from adventure to romance to horror without ever losing the power to entertain, to shock, to make you feel and to leave you thinking. This notoriously violent 'western' comes to DVD at last in a beautiful 2.35:1 presentation but lamentably (and strangely - considering the now emphasis on film restoration) is still missing the 'rape scene' in which an Indian woman has her breast cut off (included in the original Magnetic Video VHS release). A trailer is the only extra.
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Soldier Blue was made as a biting allegory of the Vietnam war. It divided critics at the time of its release and indeed, continues to do so. It is extremely brutal but not gratuitously so. The appalling acts depicted are shown from the point of view that this actually happened, as opposed to well lets give the audience some gore. People seeing the film tend to be shocked from the former point of view as opposed to the latter.
The film opens deceptively with a Cheyenne massacre of a US Cavalry troop guarding a pay chest. The survivors of the massacre are one naive boy soldier and a savvy, young frontier woman, played superbly by Peter Strauss, and Candice Bergen respectively. Their adventures and subsequent romance are then chronicled. Along the way they encounter Donald Pleasance's superbly sinister arms smuggler. The film's climax is a savage massacre of a Cheyenne village by the US Army - based on the real life events at Sand Creek, Colorado. In an orgy of blood lust, women and children are slaughtered and body parts are taken as trophies. By this time the film has swung 180 degrees from its opening, and has established the root cause of the suffering which is the white man's treatment of the native american. During all this, Strauss' character has changed from naive volunteer soldier to conscientious objector while the character of Candice Bergen remains the hope of reconciliation and co-existence.
The film is brutally honest and makes its point more effectively than other bigger budget films of the same genre eg. Dances With Wolves. Sadly the film is not readily available in the USA. I would strongly urge MGM who now own the rights to re release the film on dvd, preferably in its' completely uncut version (The film is available on vhs only here in the UK but it is the cut version).
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Soldier Blue was made as a biting allegory of the Vietnam war. It divided critics at the time of its release and indeed, continues to do so. It is extremely brutal but not gratuitously so. The appalling acts depicted are shown from the point of view that this actually happened, as opposed to well lets give the audience some gore. People seeing the film tend to be shocked from the former point of view as opposed to the latter.

The film opens deceptively with a Cheyenne massacre of a US Cavalry troop guarding a pay chest. The survivors of the massacre are one naive boy soldier and a savvy, young frontier woman, played superbly by Peter Strauss, and Candice Bergen respectively. Their adventures and subsequent romance are then chronicled. Along the way they encounter Donald Pleasance's superbly sinister arms smuggler. The film's climax is a savage massacre of a Cheyenne village by the US Army - based on the real life events at Sand Creek, Colorado. In an orgy of blood lust, women and children are slaughtered and body parts are taken as trophies. By this time the film has swung 180 degrees from its opening, and has established the root cause of the suffering which is the White Man's treatment of the Native American. During all this, Strauss' character has changed from naive volunteer soldier to conscientious objector while the character of Candice Bergen remains the hope of reconciliation and co-existence.

The film is brutally honest and makes its point more effectively than other bigger budget films of the same genre eg. Dances With Wolves. Sadly the film is not readily available in the USA.
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Saw the film on television in the late 1970's. Have been trying to get hold of a DVD version and eventually followed a previous reviewer's advice to buy from Germany. Glad I did.

Fantastic sound / picture quality for a film this old. THe completely uncut version does contain scenes that some will find distateful, but the impact of the film is the stronger for it. Very moving. Peter Strauss and Candice Bergen are superb throughout.
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