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Glory [Blu-ray] [1989]

  • SKU: 8188178
  • Release Date: 06/02/2009
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (167 out of 168)

    Special Features


    • Virtual Civil War battlefield
    • Interactive map
    • "The Voices of Glory"
    • "The True Story Continues" documentary
    • The making of Glory
    • Director's commentary
    • Deleted scenes

    Synopsis


    Glory
    Glory is a celebration of a little-known act of mass courage during the Civil War. Simply put, the heroes involved have been ignored by history due to racism. Those heroes were the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the son of an influential abolitionist (played by an uncredited Jane Alexander). Despite the fact that the Civil War is ostensibly being fought on their behalf, the black soldiers are denied virtually every privilege and amenity that is matter of course for their white counterparts; as in armies past and future, they are given the most menial and demeaning of tasks. Still, none of the soldiers quit the regiment when given the chance. The unofficial leaders of the group are gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) and fugitive slave Trip (Denzel Washington), respectively representing the brains and heart of the organization. The 54th acquit themselves valiantly at Fort Wagner, SC, charging a fortification manned by some 1,000 Confederates. Glory was based on Lincoln Kirstein's Lay This Laurel and Peter Burchard's One Gallant Rush; the latter book was founded on the letters of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, the real-life character played by Matthew Broderick. The film won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for co-star Denzel Washington, and additional statuettes for Best Cinematography (Freddie Francis) and Sound Recording. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Matthew Broderick
      Matthew Broderick - Col. Robert Gould Shaw
    • Denzel Washington
      Denzel Washington - Trip
    • Morgan Freeman
      Morgan Freeman - John Rawlins
    • Cary Elwes
      Cary Elwes - Cabot Forbes
    • Cliff De Young
      Cliff De Young - Col. Montgomery



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 168 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Civil War unseen

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      SuatiKruge
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      Glory is a story of a minor regiment that had a profound impact on the future of blacks in the Union Army. One can still see the prejudice that is held by many of the North and how the race is view as a whole, but it also give the view of what they had to endure amongst themselves. As for actors selected, I found Matthew Brokerick and Cary Elwes harder to believe in thier roles of Col Shaw and Major Forbes, but that may just be I had seen them star in comedies before and this was the first major drama that I saw them in. As for the black actors, they did very will and were very believable in thier roles. Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman are dramatic actors and fit thier roles like a silk glove on a lady's hand. For those that are historian buffs that do not mind the added elements that Hollywood adds for story, then this is one that should be considered as a part of any Civil War buff's collection.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An all time favorite.

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      bigdad257
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      If you like magnificent acting, history, cinematography and let me say it again acting. This cast is made for this film like a tailored suit. The emotions you get from these performances are nothing short of amazing. It is a roller coaster ride. The writing takes you all through an historical setting and time in the Cival War that is loaded with increditable emotions and factual realism. You will be captured from the minute the movie starts to the end. If you do not find yourself emotionally choked up at the beginning of the last sequence to the final end of the movie than I must have missed something. I am not one who believes in giving the story away but I can say Denzel Washington' s protrayal and execution of character growth within the setting of this movie, of his part, is nothing short of brilliant. It is one of the greatest assemble cast work I have seen, I could not notice one actor who stole from the assemble. Rent it, watch it and I will give you odds it will be in your collection if you do collect within no time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great film and in-depth special features

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      TimD
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      I've always loved Glory, but ended up buying this Blu-Ray because my son watched a scene in his grade 8 history class and wanted to see the whole film. It's an important story that needed to be told, but the film also has some great cinematic photography and musical score. I've heard sections of James Horner's score from Glory used in so many trailers for other films that it has become that epic score that everyone recognizes, but can't identify. What really impressed me about this disc is the depth of mini-documentaries about the real people involved in the events surrounding the film. I highly recommend.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must for any civil war or black historian to see

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      whoamI1
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      Based on the writings of the regiments young commanding officer to his family, the story tracks the formation of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts, the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War, from their formation as a rag tag crew with no discipline or uniforms to their transformation into well disciplined fighting regiment that volunteered for an impossible mission. Half the regiment, including their CO, died that fateful day. President Lincoln was made aware of their valor on that fateful day and the rules were changed with many more Black Regiments being formed in the Union Army. Some academic's attribute these regimental formations as the reason the North won the Civil War.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic film of an overlooked story

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      JNJNJN
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      Saw this movie many years ago in school and it opened my eyes to an aspect of the Civil War I'd never considered before: black soldiers helping to free themselves and their enslaved race. The movie is based on the true story of one of the early colored regiments in the Union army and illuminates the issues of discrimination that they faced in terms of pay, supplies, and capability even among their fellow (white) soldiers and from their army superiors. The actors chosen do a wonderful job of bringing this story to life and expressing the diversity of backgrounds among the soldiers. Good film and special features.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A film worthy of your time and attention.

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      Narukami
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      When I first encountered this film at the cinema, years ago, I knew I wanted to add it to my video collection. Now that it is available in HD on Blu-ray I have finally done so and glad I did. This film tells a little known story from American History that deserves wide recognition -- an important reminder of the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy today. Beyond that though, this is also an entertaining film that features excellent performance from a most talented cast. This is a worthy addition to your video collection and a film you will watch again.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A moving story from America's bitter history

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      Arandur
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      Even though it is a bit dramatized, Glory is one of the first films to highlight the courage of both free black men and aristocratic white men in Northern States during the 19th century American Civil War. While there are examples of black men fighting in earlier American wars, this film makes a fairly successful attempt to illustrate how the collision of general prejudice and progressive political ideals of the time compel a regiment of men to serve with distinguished honor and courage against military, social, and even self-perpetuated enemies. A good film to watch!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Educational and Moving!

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      Joylu
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      I was too young the first time I viewed this, about 10yrs old and all meaning and significance was lost on me. Later In high school I remember watching and discussing it in my classes for black history month. And since that time I have really come to appreciate the film and it is my favorite war movie. It has all star cast, Denzel Washington's Oscar winning performance, and I absolutely adore James Horner's moving score (also worth purchasing if you can find it)! Definitely a worthy addition to any movie collection!

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