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.
Glory is possibly the greatest movie of all time. Every time you see this movie. Its like seeing it for the first time. This true 4k disc is superior to the 4k masterd version which came out a few years ago. Both smoke the 2009 bluray. Of course there is some natural film grain. Never has a music soundtrack matched a movie in a union of perfection!
Glory is a phenomenally well done historical drama about the first unit of black Northern soldiers who fought in battle against Southern white troops during the American Civil war. The story and the the narration in the film are based upon the treasure trove of actual letters sent home to his mother by Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of this very first black combat unit. Everything from the excellent script to the superlative directing by Edward Zwick shine brightly in this movie. Numerous actors received academy award nominations--and deservedly so. If you are a history buff, or just a fan of extremely good films, this movie comes most highly recommended. The 4K Ultra High Definition bluray looks good, but ,unfortunately, films from this era exhibit a fair amount of film grain and this movie is no exception. The presentation otherwise looks good and the sound (including an exceptional music score) comes through magnificently. One critic called Glory "One of the best historical dramas ever filmed", and I can't dispute him on that. This is a beautifully made movie and a truly moving cinematic experience. Do yourself a favor and don't miss it.
Glory is based on the true story of the Union Army's first all black company to see action in the Civil War. All of the performances are outstanding and, of course, Denzel Washington won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The last Blu-ray release of Glory was excellent but this new 4K HDR10 release ups the ante in all of the technical aspects. The HDR image is superb with tons of detail, beautiful colors and very deep black levels. The new Atmos soundtrack is detailed and wonderfully immersive. If you have any of the prior Blu-ray releases and now have a 4K TV, upgrading to this new version is a must.
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.