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The Thin Red Line (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection) R

Every man fights his own war.
The Thin Red Line (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 51 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 28, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New Audio Commentary by Toll, Production Designer Jack Fisk, and Producer Grant Hill
    • Interviews with several of the film's actors, including Kirk Acevedo, Jim Caviezel, Thomas Jane, Elias Koteas, Dash Mihok, and Sean Penn: Composer Hans Zimmer; Editors Billy Weber, Leslie Jones, and Saar Kelin; and Writer James Jones' Daughter Kaylie Jones
    • New Interview with Casting Director Dianne Crittenden, featuring archival audition footage
    • Fourteen Minutes of Outtakes from the Film
    • World War II newsreels from Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands
    • Melansian Chants
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an Essay by Film Critic David Sterritt and a 1963 reprint by James Jones
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh80%

Total Count: 99


User Ratings: 148,593
...[Malick's] intoxication with natural beauty, fused so palpably with the psychic sleepwalking of his human characters, remains exactly as it was....Here is a visceral reminder of all that made his past work so hauntingly majestic...
New York Times
Dec 23, 1998
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Intermittently brilliant!
New York Times
Jan 1, 2000
There has truly never been a film about modern war quite like this one: a kind of lyric epic poem about the way men are transformed for good by the experience of war, carefully balancing romanticism and dispassion, action and introspection. Full Review
Film Comment Magazine
Apr 10, 2018
Rating: A -- One of the most harrowing of anti-war statements, and the most beautiful too. Full Review
Movie Mezzanine
Feb 22, 2014
War is nothing to be celebrated or glorified here  --  it's nothing less than the rape of the natural world. Full Review
In Review Online
May 18, 2019
...Malick has retained his eye for crystalline images, and a facility for camera movement so fluid as to seem almost thought-activated...
Los Angeles Times
Dec 23, 1998
Rating: 3/4 -- A highly original piece of motion picture artistry! Full Review
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

Terrence Malick returns to Hollywood after a two-decade hiatus with this adaptation of the classic WWII novel by James Jones. The story follows the efforts of an army platoon to capture the Japanese-controlled island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific Ocean, which will have a major effect on the outcome of the war. The members of C-for-Charlie Company are all fighting for different reasons: some to achieve glory, some to fight for democracy, and some simply to remain alive. They spend the quieter moments reflecting upon their existence, searching for meaning amid the senselessness of war.

Malick's reputation as one of cinema's most brilliant directors, based on his masterworks BADLANDS and DAYS OF HEAVEN, enabled him to pull together one of the largest ensemble all-star casts in Hollywood history. The result is a sprawling epic that carries itself like a poem read in a dream, a feeling that is greatly enhanced by John Toll's floating camerawork and Hans Zimmer's haunting score. Rather than concentrating solely on the violence and destruction of war, Malick uses the situation to address philosophical questions such as man versus nature, war versus peace, and good versus evil. THE THIN RED LINE proves that after a 20-year layoff, Malick hasn't lost a step.

Plot Synopsis:

Terrence Malick's return to the director's chair after a 20-year absence is a challenging, philosophical, epic poem that already stands as a historic cinematic achievement. Continuing the blend of abstracted intellect and pure, honest emotion that he established with his previous 1970s classics, BADLANDS and DAYS OF HEAVEN, this adaptation of the James Jones novel feels like a nostalgic dream. Stellar contributions from John Toll and Hans Zimmer, along with the floating voice-overs of the characters, combine to create a thoughtful, sensitive reflection on the nature of man and the absurdity of war.


Production Notes:

  • Director Terrence Malick had a clause in his contract that no pictures could be taken of him at any point during production.
  • Actors that didn't make the film's final cut include Lukas Haas, Bill Pullman, Jason Patric, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Bob Thornton, and Martin Sheen.
  • In the script, the part of Cpl. Fife (Adrien Brody) was one of the meatiest, although he barely speaks a line in the finished film.

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  • UPC: 715515062411
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