During World War I, also known as, “The War to End All Wars,” the year 1917 was a harsh as it could get. Following the Christian Genocide of 1915 where 3.5 million indigenous Armenians, Assyrians and Greek was massacred by the Ottoman Empire, and the rise of Communism in with the Russian Revolution as Tsar Nicholas II and his family was slaughtered, Sam Mendes was able to pick a moment in time during “The Great War” that took place in Western Europe in 1917.
Nominated for three Academy Awards, 1917 follows two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) who are given a seemingly impossible mission, that was initially perceived to be a no brainer task. The two Lance Corporals’ only choice is to cross enemy terrain and deliver a message to Colonel Mackenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch) that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother being one of them.
Co-written with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Mendes brings his visual styling to a film that captures a moment of time that saved the lives of hundreds in a war that lost roughly 40 million lives. I am happy to have watched the film, but I felt that this film would have been far more powerful if there was less dialogue. The strength of this film is in its visual presentation, not the words expressed on the screen. For that reason, I cannot consider this one of the best overall films of the 2019, but definitely one of the best visual films make in the last decade.
1917 is available now on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD with bonus content showcasing the incredible craft and artistry behind the immersive feature, including a detailed look into the production design, how the film engineered a one shot, 360-degree format and interviews with the cast and crew.
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:
- The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes – Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1.
- Allied Forces: Making 1917 – Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award® winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes’ vision to life.
- The Music of 1917 – Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award®-nominated score.
- In The Trenches – Go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917.
- Recreating History – Filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War.
- Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Sam Mendes.
- Feature Commentary with Director of Photography Roger Deakins.
1917 will be available on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, & Digital Code.
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1917 is a gorgeous film, visually and would have been far more powerful with far less dialogue.