During the First World War, Lance Corporal Shofield (George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), two young men in the British army, must venture deep behind enemy lines to deliver a critical message that could prevent the massacre of a British battalion in a trap laid by the enemy. At the bidding of their superior officers (Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch), the young privates put their own lives on the line, as it could mean the difference between life and death for 1,600 of their brothers in arms, including Blake's own brother (Richard Madden). Directed by Sam Mendes.~Maggie Sadler
I wont knock this because my pre order showed up several days after promised. I could have just gone down the street to best buy and grabbed it on release day. No biggie with that whole pandemic thing going on. I'll let an extra 3 to 4 days slide, but I learned my lesson. If i want a disc to feature on release day, I'll just grab it from the store myself.
The movie is a real looker on 4k. Details galore here. I would not say that it is Dunkirk/The Shallows level of picture quality, but it definitely comes close. The HDR doesnt do a whole lot for the feature, which is mainly due to the color palette, but there are some chapters that will really pop more than others. The audio on this disc is a beast and can be used to show off your display and hopefully drop a few panties here and there.
As usual these Best Buy steel books are solid. Steel spine, and the discs are held firmly in place yet easily accessible and removable.
Also as usual, comes with a code for adding to your digital libraries such as Vudu, Amazon, Google, etc. Also came with a redemption code that gives you an option to download a free movie from Universal Pictures or to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card. The movie selections weren't very interesting so I opted for the drawing. All based on agreeing to receive promotional emails. No biggie.
Rated only 4 stars because the marketing and/or design people (or whoever) really missed an opportunity when designing this steel book. The character Lance Corporal Schofield carried with him a tin cigar canister he used to hold pictures. It's just about the size of a steel book case, and they really should have designed this steel book to resemble that tin canister.
The film looks and sounds excellent, of course. Haven't gotten around to any of the special features yet, but there are several, including two separate commentary tracks.
This should have received the Oscar for best picture. Absolutely fantastic movie. Great story, and the cinematography was amazing. Picture and sound quality were exceptional on the 4K disc. Beautiful SteelBook as well.
This movie was AMAZING and I feel so lucky I was able to see this on the big screen when it was out. The 4k is Beautiful and the steelbook is GORGEOUS. DEFINITELY my pick for best picture (that went to PARASITE which was also AMAZING) And the fact that the director made this from his grandfather's memoirs on the war is just amazing in itself. ❤
This movie it’s excellent from star to end. With a great cast and visually entertaining; a story that will move you. Got the Steelbook cause was the only exclusive offer around for the movie is nice and embossed and pictured inside. Glad the film won some nominations but it deserve it the best picture which it didn’t won.
"1917" is a hard-hitting film about two British soldiers sent on a dangerous mission to save 1600 men from certain doom. It's a huge technical achievement, yet a fully immersive WWI epic. There are also some great performances at the center of the film. McKay and Chapman disappear into their roles, absolutely pulling us into the story. Speaking of story, there isn't much of a narrative. I basically described the entire story in the first line of this review, nevertheless "1917" is fully cinematic. The film definitely has an impact as well. General Sherman (of the Union army during the Civil War) has been quoted as saying, "war is hell" and Mendes does not ever diminish this message. It truly offers a vision of what it would be like for young soldiers wandering their way through war.
Cinematographer Roger Deakins shoots a visually impressive picture that feels like it's moving seamlessly as one piece. The shots and visuals have a propulsive energy that will delight viewers. The logistics of the camera give everything a raw and startling immediacy. The effect of this camera gives us a great sense of the day-to-day of WWI. Thomas Newman's score is definitely just as gripping and an impressive achievement as the cinematography. Some viewers might be exhausted by this experience and find it impersonal, but if you give yourself to the rhythm of director Sam Mendes' direction you will be rewarded with a rich work of art that also feels like Mendes' grandfather is sitting down with us and telling us a story of his days in the War.
The 4K disc itself is filled with immensely clarity. The presentation is resplendent. The color grading is vital and full. This is definitely a high grade 4K release and a must own.
"1917" was one of last year's most honored films and topped numerous "Best of" lists and carried off a number of awards from the Golden Globes and Oscars. Directed with great visual flair and attention to detail by Sam Mendes (whose accomplishments include "American Beauty" and "Skyfall"), the story takes us literally into the middle of the carnage that was World War I. Two young British soldiers are given an order to deliver a crucial message to frontline forces preparing to launch an attack. The film, shot so as to appear as one continuous take, follows them on their treacherous path through trenches and mine fields and bombed-out homesteads in their attempt to carry out their mission. It's a harrowing journey that vividly underscores the madness and mayhem of war. First rate!