217 A Soldier's Story

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217 A Soldier's Story

#1 Post by MichaelB » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:42 am

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A SOLDIER'S STORY
(Norman Jewison, 1984)
Release date: 14 December 2020
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere)


The murder of a black sergeant on a segregated army base in Louisiana in 1944 is investigated by a black soldier and lawyer, revealing deep-seated racism in the Deep South. Adapted from Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Adolph Caesar), and Best Adapted Screenplay (by Fuller himself).

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES


• 2K restoration
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with director Norman Jewison (1999)
• Archival Interview with Norman Jewison (2010): ninety-minute, career-spanning discussion between the filmmaker and film historian David Poland
March to Freedom (1999): documentary on the experiences of African American soldiers during World War II, narrated by Paul Winfield
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Molefi Kete Asante, an archival interview with Norman Jewison, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited edition of 3,000 copies

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BBFC cert: 15
REGION B
EAN: 5060697921038

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Re: 217 A Soldier's Story

#2 Post by Ribs » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:15 am

This is a cool movie for Indicator to release - not really one I ever thought would be making the jump to BD. Leaves me hopeful the Columbia Best Picture nominee from the year prior, The Dresser, which seems extremely up Indicator’s alley, might be soon to follow.

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Re: 217 A Soldier's Story

#3 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:11 am

Excellent movie that is equal parts intriguing mystery and revealing systemic racial drama. Easily Jewison’s best work, and an early Denzel perf for the books.

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Re: 217 A Soldier's Story

#4 Post by domino harvey » Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:28 am

Ribs wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:15 am
This is a cool movie for Indicator to release - not really one I ever thought would be making the jump to BD.
Already out on Blu in the states. It is a great film though, a true tonic for bad medicine cinema with its thought provoking (and provoking in general) approach

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Re: 217 A Soldier's Story

#5 Post by rapta » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:09 pm

A first Jewison for Indicator...will we get And Justice For All next? Hard to imagine they'd skip a Pacino performance (and surely a better proposition than, say, Bobby Deerfield). Curious to see this one nevertheless.

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Re: 217 A Soldier's Story

#6 Post by knives » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:44 pm

therewillbeblus wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:11 am
Excellent movie that is equal parts intriguing mystery and revealing systemic racial drama. Easily Jewison’s best work, and an early Denzel perf for the books.
I'm tempted to agree, but in addition to all of the films I haven't seen by him Jesus Christ Superstar and FIST are real tempting to place as well. That's not even getting into nostalgic favorite Fiddler on the Roof.

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Re: 217 A Soldier's Story

#7 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:28 pm

I should be clear that I genuinely like a lot of Jewison’s work so “easily” may insinuate that it’s a one-off when that’s not the case. Still, he’s spent a sizable portion of his career trying to evoke emotions around (in)justice and (thwarted) belongingness within systems, and this feels like the best and purest embodiment of that drive.

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Re: 217 A Soldier's Story

#8 Post by knives » Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:50 pm

I definitely agree it’s his most engaging presentation of the why for civil rights.

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