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The Thin Red Line [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 18713538
  • Release Date: 09/28/2010
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 29)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentary by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer John Toll
    • Audio commentary by Toll, production designer Jack Fish, and producer Grant Hill
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Interviews with several of the film's actors, including Kirk Acevedo, Jim Caviezel, Thomas Jane, Ehas Koreas, Dash Mihok, and Sean Penn, composer Hans Zimmer, editors Billy Weber, Leslie Jones and Saar Kelin, and writer James Jone's daughter Kaylie Jones
    • New interview with casting director Dianne Crittenden, featuring archival audition footage
    • Fourteen minutes of outtakes
    • WWII newsreels from Guadaleanal and the Solomon Islands
    • Melanesian chants

    Synopsis


    The Thin Red Line
    The return of director Terrence Malick to feature filmmaking after a twenty year sabbatical, this World War II drama is an elegiac rumination on man's destruction of nature and himself, based on James Jones' semi-autobiographical novel, his follow-up to From Here to Eternity. James Caviezel stars as Private Witt, a deserter living in peace and harmony with the natives of a Pacific island paradise. Captured by the Navy, Witt is debriefed by a senior officer (Sean Penn) and returned to an active duty unit preparing for what will be the Battle of Guadalcanal. As Witt goes ashore in the company of his fellow soldiers, they meet diverse fates. Sergeant Keck (Woody Harrelson) is killed by an exploding grenade. Captain John Gaff (John Cusack) is an intelligent, sober leader facing the destruction of his command because his commanding officer Colonel Tall (Nick Nolte) is bucking for a general's star. Sergeant McCron (John Savage) loses his mind. Private Bell (Ben Chaplin) gets a "Dear John" letter from his beloved wife. However, as the U.S. troops advance up grassy slopes toward entrenched Japanese positions, it is Witt's voiced-over ruminations on life, death, and nature that are the real heart and soul of The Thin Red Line (1998). Adrien Brody appears as Private Fife, the major character of Jones' novel and the author's alter-ego, although Fife has been relegated to a minor supporting role by Malick's filmed adaptation. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sean Penn
      Sean Penn - First Sgt. Edward Welsh
    • Adrien Brody
      Adrien Brody - Cpl. Fife
    • James Caviezel
      James Caviezel - Pvt. Witt
    • Ben Chaplin
      Ben Chaplin - Pvt. Bell
    • George Clooney
      George Clooney - Capt. Charles Bosche



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Visceral Masterpiece

      Posted
      COOLJ21
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      The fact that people call this film pretentious and boring blows my mind. I have watched it several times and every time it plays I am glued to the screen. This movie grips me. It grips my soul and my being. It is so beautiful yet so painful. Malick does a superb of conveying that these men are not only fighting a physical war, they are also fighting a mental and emotional war. I love the scenes of Caviezel interacting and frolicking with the locals. I love the scenes of Chaplin reminiscing about his wife. I love the stills of the grass blowing in the wind. It may seem insignificant to some viewers but showing it after specific acts meant so much. This movie is perfect. I honestly did not know it was almost 3 hours long. Even if it were 6 hours I would still be glued to the screen each time it played. A great piece of art work. Oh and the musical score is also one of the best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The other war film of 1998

      Posted
      Film619

      This will always be associated but should never be compared to as the other war film from 1998, the other being the visceral "Saving Private Ryan". When viewed together, one can actually experience two important battles in WWII. The battles in "The Thin Red Line" exist mostly in the minds and imaginations of the characters. The action is at times startling, yet lacks the punch of the Spielberg, which I think there are fans on both sides. The approach and mastery of Malick is not to be missed as he assembles an impressive array of characters to illuminate the horror of war. Always beautiful and moving much like his previous efforts (20 years earlier!). Criterion releases the canon in great cinematic art and this film certainly belongs there.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is a great ww2 movie

      Posted
      Benny12345

      The thin red line, is not for the average movie viewer. Most people wont get anything out of it. This is a highly philosophical film and focuses on whatt war does to men and nature rather than man to man. Several men lose their minds while others cant bare to see friends die. This is one of the only movies i have seen that actually shows the japanese as living people and not just savages. Terrence Malick shows several shots of nature in the middle of battle to show that birds have been injured, plants are full of bullet holes and animals are captured. It also shows the peacefullness of the native tribes, and once the "white man" arrives, they begin to fight, and are hit by diseases. Overalll this is a great film

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best WWII movie of 1998

      Posted
      ajl123
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      In my title I state that The Thin Red Line is the best World War II movie that was released in 1998. In a way, that may sound like an understatement, since The Thin Red Line is one of the best films ever made about WWII. But, in 1998, another film taking place during WWII was released - Saving Private Ryan. SPR received much more attention from the media and the public than TTRL (most likely due to Steven Spielberg's involvement with SPR). But, TTRL is a far superior film to SPR. As can be expected with a Criterion release, the sound and video on this blu-ray is amazing. The extras are very good as well. The only thing that would have made this release even better would have been the inclusion of the director's original, 6-hour cut of the film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the most underrated movie!

      Posted
      JesseC11
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      With one of the greatest cast of actors ever assembled, this war movie went unnoticed because of another amazing war movie "Saving Private Ryan". But don't sleep on this one, its an amazing war movie and deals with the physiological war of being in war. I definitely recommend this movie. Get it!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie and Cast

      Posted
      Evie421
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      Movie shows the different ways war affects the men. Loved that the men on both sides were portrayed the same, as frightened young men. Among the chaos of war were peaceful moments in beautiful sceneries.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best WWII movies ever!!

      Posted
      blackboxBLUE

      This is by far one of the best WWII movies ever. It's been overlooked by many since Saving Private Ryan came out at the same time. Director Terrence Malick is a master artist and storyteller, and this is his crowning achievement. The bluray version looks absolutely spectacular!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best Blu-ray releases out there

      Posted
      superspecialboy
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      This is probably my favorite Blu-ray I own and I have hundreds. It just looks phenomenal on the screen. The sound is fantastic. The cinematography is gorgeous. And last but not least, the movie is amazing. This is a must have for any Blu-ray fan.

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