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We Were Soldiers (Blu-ray) R

400 U.S paratroopers. 4,000 Vietnamese soldiers. 12,000 miles away from home. 1 man led them into battle.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 29, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region A

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 203,151
...The movie, anchored by Mr. Gibson's modest disciplined performance, has a feeling of calm stoicism...
New York Times
Mar 1, 2002
Rating: C -- I was impressed by Wallace's emphasis of Moore's faith, but the violence struck me as excessive, taking valuable time that could have been used to develop characters. Full Review
Looking Closer
Dec 6, 2004
...[Kinnear] does that thing he does better and better with each role he takes, siphoning humor into a serious situation....[Gibson] discharges his duties maturely and successfully...
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 8, 2002
...This is a true story that brings home the real horror of war, presenting a balanced, thought-provoking record of men who fought...
Total Film
Apr 1, 2002
Rating: B- -- The war genre, vigorously energized with Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, takes several steps backward with this old-fashioned moralistic saga, a tribute not only to the soldiers in combat in Vietnam but also to the homefront. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Dec 22, 2006
...[The battle] is brilliantly designed and shot....The film's major contribution to the Vietnam War movie is its willingness to view the enemy as human beings...
Hollywood Reporter
Feb 25, 2002
Gibson wears a rictus of distaste which seems more suggestive of dodgy on-set catering than the horrors of combat.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Oct 19, 2003

Product Description:

In 1965, 400 American troops faced an ambush by 2,000 enemy troops in the Ia Drang Valley (also known as the Valley of Death), in one of the most gruesome fights of the Vietnam War. WE WERE SOLDIERS is a detailed recreation of this true story: of the strategies, obstacles, and human cost faced by the troops that participated. The story focuses on the lieutenant colonel that led the attack, Hal Moore (Mel Gibson), and a civilian reporter who accompanied them, Joseph Galloway (Barry Pepper), as well as a number of other soldiers who were involved.

This is an unusual Vietnam film in that it also shows the North Vietnamese perspective on the battle; their leader Lieutenant General Nguyen Huu An (Don Duong) is depicted as a brave soldier and smart commander. And in addition to the many gory battlefield sequences--which seem to have been influenced by SAVING PRIVATE RYAN--we also see how the carnage of war affects those left behind, the soldiers' wives and children. Ultimately this is a moving anti-war film, which, by sticking close to the true stories of real soldiers, very effectively brings home the overwhelming horror of war.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: MARCH 1, 2002

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  • Sales Rank: 54,821
  • UPC: 032429258588
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