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    Allied (UHD Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    Oscar® winners Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as Max Vatan and Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II. But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable.

    My Thoughts
    After seeing the trailer for this, it was definitely a movie I wanted to watch, but wow, talk about false advertising! What I thought was going to be a taut thriller turned out to be a snoozefest through all of the first and most of the second act. Fortunately, things pick up towards the end of the movie and redeem it somewhat, but it’s still not something I’d ever watch again. Pitt has virtually no emotion throughout the film but at least Cotillard is easy on the eyes.

    4K Video 9/10 (HEVC)

    Blu-ray Video (4.5/5)

    Audio 9/10 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)


    Special Features:
    · Story of Allied
    · From Stages to the Sahara: The Production Design of Allied
    · Through the Lens: Directing with Robert Zemeckis
    · A Stitch in Time: The Costumes of Allied
    · ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne
    · Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast
    · Lights, Pixels, ACTION! The Visual Effects of Allied
    · Behind the Wheel: The Vehicles of Allied
    · Locked and Loaded: The Weapons of Allied
    · That Swingin’ Sound: The Music of Allied
    · Blu-ray + UV Digital Copy





    Conclusion
    This film certainly didn’t meet my expectations because it turned out to be more of a love story/drama than thriller, which isn’t what I wanted to watch. On the plus side, the music is excellent, the sets and costumes first rate, and it certainly does a good job of setting up the time period well. The A/V quality is stellar though, which made the experience somewhat worthwhile, but I’d definitely rent this one first if you’re thinking of adding it to your collection.
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    It does look to be an interesting story but you don't use the word snoozefest often.

    As for Pitt having virtually no emotion throughout the film, isn't that typical of most of his performances?
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    I'll wait for HBO, thanks again David!
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    From another viewpoint, my wife and daughter liked the movie. Maybe a gender gap?
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    You're right. This was a nice production but ultimately unfulfilling. Cotillard is beautiful and appealing but Brad Pitt was somewhere else. Maybe it was his family problems. I gave it a Meh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrich View Post
    From another viewpoint, my wife and daughter liked the movie. Maybe a gender gap?
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    Maybe my expectations were too high, but I definitely was looking for something more action oriented, that's for sure!
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    Usually fall in with daves views on most films, except the ones gratuitous violence and language.

    But man, I really enjoyed allied. Top notch production. I felt the pace was good. Yes, Pitt was rather reserved in his performance, but Cotillard always kept things interesting. I thought it was rather a pleasant change to have the female spy take the lead.
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