Recaps & Reviews

1917 Looks Gorgeous On Bluray

1917 was one of those films that came out of nowhere. It had very little advertising, and the trailers weren’t playing ad nauseam. For fans of director Sam Mendes, and of war films, they knew it was coming of course, but for the average movie going audience it just showed up one day on their now playing lists. Then before anyone knew what was happening, it started getting buzz and winning awards, and suddenly it was an Oscar contender. While the film didn’t win any of the top awards, it still took home three Oscars (Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) and is considered one of the best films of 2019.

1917 follows the story of two soldiers who are assigned the duty of travelling through enemy territory to deliver a message that will save 1,600 men from walking into a trap. It stars Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) and George MacKay (True History of the Kelly Gang), and like most war films there is an extensive group of cameo appearances by some of Hollywood’s top stars including Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch. 

The film is simply put is gorgeous to watch. It’s no wonder it won the Oscar for cinematography because as the soldiers travel through the landscape you can’t help but admire how beautiful the countryside is. The film loses none of its brilliance on bluray either, and looks absolutely amazing. It’s great to watch the making-of special features on the disc too, because you get a real sense of all the work that was put into making this film. From the building of sets, to making sure the actors are actually going somewhere as they talk and walk, this film really doesn’t try to trick you into believing things as you watch it. The sets are real, the places are real, and the actors make you believe their characters are real. Very little CGI is used in the making of this film. The plot is pretty basic, as are most war films, but it’s the emotions you feel as you watch the perils of war that matter. You learn in the special features that Sam Mendes based the story on stories his grandfather told him about the war, and the film plays out like a love story to his relative.

1917 is a masterpiece in all ways that matter, and even though it didn’t win the major Oscar earlier this year, it deserves a place in your Bluray collection. It’s a can’t miss for any serious fan of film.

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