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02-12-2017, 10:58 AM #1
Hacksaw Ridge (UHD Blu-ray) review
The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, was wounded by a grenade, and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor
Mel’s back and it looks like he’s been forgiven by Hollywood for his past behavior he delivers a winner here. I’m not a huge fan of Garfield, but he shines playing Desmond Doss, the man who volunteered for the Army, yet refused to carry a gun! The first act does a good job setting what transpired to make Doss the man he became, and has a cute love story aspect of how he met his future wife. Once he goes to basic training things really pick up and I was shocked to see Vince Vaughn as the drill sergeant—but he pulls it off brilliantly!
The third act is horrifying and Gibson does an Oscar-worthy job of showing that war certainly is hell, especially fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. For those out there that are revisionist history people, after watching this—and other WWII films about the Pacific Theater—you’ll see exactly why Truman chose to drop the Atomic bombs on the Japanese mainland. It saved tens of thousands of lives on both sides.
4K Video 9/10 (HEVC)
Blu-ray Video (4.5/5)
Audio 10/10 (Dolby Atmos)
· “The Soul of War: Making Hacksaw Ridge”
· Veterans Day Greeting with Mel Gibson
· Deleted Scenes
· Blu-ray + UV Digital Copy
I’ve seen over half the Best Picture nominees for this year and have found this to be the best film from 2016—and yes, I’ve seen the overhyped, yet enjoyable La La Land. Gibson has woven a fantastic story into a well-paced two hours and fifteen minutes about heroism unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The presentation is absolutely fantastic and definitely put this one on your “must see” list. Highly recommended.David Vaughn
Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
Sound and Vision Magazine
02-12-2017, 05:06 PM #2
Thanks for the review. Will check it out.Main:
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02-15-2017, 06:28 AM #3
Should be at the Box next week. Will check it out. Always been a Gibson, the director, fan. Might be a nut job, but i am always entertained by his films.
02-15-2017, 10:28 PM #4
02-16-2017, 07:36 AM #5
I'll give Red Box $2 for this one. It seems like an interesting story and given my grandfather's involvement in WWII, I like most anything involving that period in U.S. history.
02-16-2017, 09:00 AM #6
My father in law was a purple heart vet of WWII, so will have to see this one for sure.
02-16-2017, 10:18 AM #7
"Mel’s back and it looks like he’s been forgiven by Hollywood" If the movie made a lot of money he's forgiven.Barry
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02-16-2017, 10:30 AM #8
02-16-2017, 10:30 AM #9