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82






Studio and Year: Tristar - 1989
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 122 Minutes
Genre: War/Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English/French/Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English SDG, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Denzel Washington , Morgan Freeman, Matthew Borderick, Cary Elwes, Andre Braugher, John Finn
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Music by: James Horner
Written by: Kevin Jarre
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 2, 2009







"Men who fought for freedom and found glory"



Film Synopsis:

The heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War, GLORY stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Broderick and Elwes are the idealistic young Bostonians who lead the regiment; Freeman is the inspirational sergeant who unites the troops; and Denzel Washington, in an Oscar winning performance (1989, Best Supporting Actor), is the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts.



My Take:

As an African American I often find myself reflecting when I watch films or read story's like those depicted in Glory. I wonder what it must have been like for them and if I had lived during those times, could I have withstood the experiences these men went through? The Civil War itself was bad enough but having to endure the racial injustice that prevailed at the time must have added whole new dimension to it. I think that the film touches upon these to varying degrees and offers some level of insight into what it might have been like for all involved. This ranges from Colonel Shaw all the way down to Pvt. Jupiter Sharts. This period in our history was such a tumultuous one and Glory captures a snapshot that derives enough to encapsulate the strife that plagued our great nation. Character development is strong as we are given an intimate portrayal of the internal struggles experienced by both the black and white soldiers within and outside of regiment. Robert's personal thoughts are derived from his letters as his perspective is related in some detail. I saw Glory when it was released back in 1989 and have been a fan ever since. The casting, performances (Denzel Washington earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) and direction are simply marvelous. The story of the 54th Massachusetts, the first black infantry regiment during the Civil War is not only compelling but poignant. These men, one and all, epitomized the unconquerable spirit of bravery, hope, dedication, and the belief that all men deserve freedom and the right to fight for what they believe in. A must see film.



Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence and thematic material.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


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Audio: 80



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Video: 84


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Glory comes to Blu-ray Disc from Tristar pictures featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 1.5 mbps.

This high definition presentation of Glory looks great on Blu-ray Disc. This isn't an overly bright film in terms of color but those used appear vivid and naturally rendered. Resolution is excellent as images are well delineated with above average depth. Sharpness and the perception of fine detail can be scene/camera angle dependent however this is innate and attributable to the locations/settings and photographic style of the film. Grain is apparent and ranges from moderate to more prominent depending on the lighting and background. Blacks are crisp and deep while detail in darker scenes is good but not definitive. Bright sequences tend to look best as detail, dimension and colors provide a broader visual perspective that is discerning. The Dolby TrueHD lossless audio builds upon this excellent soundtrack as it breathes a bit more life into the beautiful music score, and adds dimension to the multi-layered sounds/effects that comprise it. James Horner's music sweeps through the room as its succulent, massed strings, timbered brass, and steady snare drum tempo are wistfully engaging. The track is dynamically solid with punchy low end response that lends weight to the battlefield sequences. The quality of the bass fluctuates sometimes and sounds a bit tubby and lacking in tight extension but it wasn't something that I found overly distracting. Dialogue is intonated, clear and always intelligible. The sounds of battle are spread throughout the listening area and establish an open, well integrated soundscape that contains discrete panning effects and discernible ambient background detail. As a whole this Blu-ray presentation easily bests either of the DVD versions.



Bonus Features:


  • Directors commentary

  • Virtual Civil War battlefield - Interactive map

  • The voices of Glory - 11 minute feature offering personal letters from members of the 54th as read by three guest celebrities

  • The true story continues - 45 minute documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman

  • Original theatrical making of featurette - 7 minutes

  • 2 Deleted scenes with optional Director Commentary

  • BD-Live enabled
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Final Thoughts:

Glory is truly a must see film experience. It tells an important story that takes place during one of the darkest periods in our nation's history, the Civil War. The struggles undertaken to ensure the freedom and rights of all is not something that was taken lightly, at that time, nor by those who were part of this film. It is one of my favorites and I am so glad that it has come to Blu-ray Disc. Its high definition presentation is a good one and the bonus supplements are equally as strong. This is a solid package that deserves a place in your collection. Recommended.









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I love this movie, and didn't know it was coming out on Blu. Thanks for the review!

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great movie im on this one. thanks Big R
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I love this movie, and didn't know it was coming out on Blu. Thanks for the review!

Same here! Terrific add to my collection. [IMG]http://www.entertainment-place.info/smile/img/2659/*************************[/IMG] Thanks for the review.
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Wow, this is a most own and a classic.

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Richard,

I love your use of, and your the descriptive and eloquent command of the English language.

"James Horner's music sweeps through the room as its succulent, massed strings, timbered brass, and steady snare drum tempo are wistfully engaging. The track is dynamically solid with punchy low end response that lends weight to the battlefield sequences."

Simply beautiful.
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Thanks for your review Ralph, although I knew I was getting this on Blu-ray when it became available. I've always been so impressed by the history of this regiment and the movie that when I first visited Boston in 2000 one of the first things I did was visit the beautiful monument designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens on the Boston Common.



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Richard,

I love your use of, and your the descriptive and eloquent command of the English language.

"James Horner’s music sweeps through the room as its succulent, massed strings, timbered brass, and steady snare drum tempo are wistfully engaging. The track is dynamically solid with punchy low end response that lends weight to the battlefield sequences."

Simply beautiful.

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Ralph, are you a fan of Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil? Very similar subject matter and historical commentary...
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I'll definitely be adding this film to my collection. It's been several years since I last saw it, but I'll never forget the scene where Denzel Washington's character receives his punishment (I'm being intentionally vauge for those who have yet to see the film). It's one of the most powerful scenes I've ever witnessed.

FYI: If you're into large scale orchestral works or just want good demo material, I highly recommend the soundtrack from this film on CD. Beyond simply being a wonderful score in its own right, it's also proven effective for testing my sound system's dynamics, soundstage, and bass extension.

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Absolutely love this movie and will be grabbing it by the weekend.

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Saw this movie on DVD. great stuff, definitely one of a must-have in my blu-ray collection.. [IMG]http://www.*********************/blog/dtv.gif[/IMG]
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Nice review for this great film,will pick one.
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Great movie. The scene where Denzel gets whipped is hard to watch, very emotional.

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Great film, Horner's score is one of the top handful ever made. Love the assault on Ft. Wagner, once they go over the top, movies don't get more heartpounding. Love the cast in this as well, Morgan, Denzel, Braugher in an exceptional role. God, and that Irish sergeant...

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Are you mad 82 this should easily get 100 without a moments thought LOL.

I like the artwork cover design over the region 2 DVD.

I might think about saving up for bluray player, just based on the artwork look its smart and on the money.

From the look of the back cover those extras look the same as the first region 2 DVD edition released several years ago.

Good rundown on the specifications Ralph

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Are you mad 82 this should easily get 100 without a moments thought LOL.

I like the artwork cover design over the region 2 DVD.

I might think about saving up for bluray player, just based on the artwork look its smart and on the money.

From the look of the back cover those extras look the same as the first region 2 DVD edition released several years ago.

Good rundown on the specifications Ralph

Oscar wins 1989

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You DO know that the 82 represents the technical rating for the audio/video and not the film itself, right?

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You DO know that the 82 represents the technical rating for the audio/video and not the film itself, right?

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Ralph, just a suggestion but maybe you could lump them together. So if the movie is a 5 out of 5 but the a/v is an 82, the final score would be like 94.

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Ralph, just a suggestion but maybe you could lump them together. So if the movie is a 5 out of 5 but the a/v is an 82, the final score would be like 94.

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Actually I do it this way so that the technical merits good or bad aren't effected by the quality of the film itself.


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Ralph, just a suggestion but maybe you could lump them together. So if the movie is a 5 out of 5 but the a/v is an 82, the final score would be like 94.

I don't care for this idea, I like the way Ralph currently structures his reviews. You have a desisive movie score and then the tech score. I don't think an average is needed and this works wonderful. A lot of people, myself included to a degree, aren't terribly concerned with the movie review. I tend to read the reviews to see the opinion of the reviewer, but it doesn't effect my purchase most of the time. The a/v review is what is most important to a lot of people so the number score reflecting that is more helpful than incorporating the movie score as well. Just my opinion of course.
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Greetings,

You DO know that the 82 represents the technical rating for the audio/video and not the film itself, right?

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Evening Ralph

Yeah sure I do. View it again you might have had something else on your mind at the time?

I must have seen Glory well over hundred times since its VHS PAL rental release around early 1990. I later brought a PAL laserdisc that I was less impressed with. The image I mean it was milky looking, it was only a bit sharper over the VHS tape it could have been better.

The sound was slightly less than punchy in some portions of the Dolby mix as if it had frequency response lowered on purpose?

The DVD region 2 better in image all the way right down to the six-track Dolby stereo mix.

If I could lay my hands on first edition VHS rental granted it might be slightly worn I’d do a few frequency waterfalls to against PAL laserdisc to DVD thou its pity I sold the laserdisc years ago now, damn!

But I know what I was feeling and hearing in the early release and that is almost 20 years.

I remember seeing the cardboard stands that was standing in the lobby area of the UCI that I worked at once, presented in Dolby stereo SR which is the finest analogue sound around even to this day still, its still wildly used as a back-up or in the event Dolby digital should fail it switches over.

Glory is an awesome mix and surprised me over the other sound contenders that I heard in the cinema that year. I’d like to have seen it in 70mm Dolby stereo SR in THX cinema for gut wrenching chest pounding of the cannons to muskets! Damn those muskets have heavy weight on them when firing simulatiously from both sides the grey coats and blue coats during the assault on Fort Wagner.

Who didn’t cry a little bit when Trip got shot and fell on his colonel as the James Horner scores sound out loudly with the choir voices of (Boys Choir of Harlem) wicked sound!

http://www.filmtracks.com/titles/glory.html

Does the blu come with isolated score like that found on the DVD 5.0?

Oh, hats off to Shawn Murphy for music score mixing the gay has good ear for balance.

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Greetings,

Actually I do it this way so that the technical merits good or bad aren't effected by the quality of the film itself.


Regards,

I guess you haven’t seen an TV broadcasts of it yes, no?

I’ve seen it televised in the past and noticed the difference in colours brightness and contrast straight away without even looking at the VHS widescreen version or was it the PAL rental I brought or laserdisc?? Its been televised several times thou I don’t watch TV no more. I haven’t watched TV now in just over 5 years.

Its strictly laserdisc DVD and CD now, maybe blu soon…?

A little bit more on the TV showing was it did in some way justice to the image and sound when listening in (NICAM 725) digital the sound was somewhat different, same soundtrack just different texture over the VHS PAL which is plagued with noise on the Hi-Fi track now and then.

TV sometimes crops the image for scope films thou why they even bother to frame 1.85:1 at a near correct aspect ratio is still beyond me to this day?

What you really need is a 70mm print and bluray of "Glory" playing side by side each other for true evaluation. I mean it’s the only way to be sure, right?

Or gather all the different generation copies produced since VHS laserdisc to various VHS widescreen to TV broadcast to DVD and now bluray to gather a thorough tougher feedback on what has transpired over the past 20 years with this film.

Just did a quick search and I’m rather disappointed that Xylon hasn’t done his IMAX over sized screen capture comparison test on this. What is the world coming too?

I’ll have to check around the internet for some screen captures, like looking for needle in haystack.

Ralph, do you think you can add future screen captures, yes I know it takes extra time LOL.

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If you insist! I'm picking this one for sure anyhow, seems worth the punt.
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Ive been looking forward to picking this up for a long. It was on my short list of titles I would love to be released on Blu Ray.
Any fan of this movie and sountrack should pick up the 24bit/96kh version of the soundtrack. its awesome!
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JBL, Ralph reviews BluRays..maybe you should try one,


Movie has been in my entertainment center since 2sday (Netflix)..problem is my Panny plasma is down and power supplies are hard to come by so NO GLORY HERE!!

The sequence of the 54th marching towards the beach and the guy saying,"Give `em hell, 54!" is one of the best scenes EVER in a movie...I choke up EVER time I see that scene.
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The sequence of the 54th marching towards the beach and the guy saying,"Give `em hell, 54!" is one of the best scenes EVER in a movie...I choke up EVER time I see that scene.

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SbWillie, I have to agree with you on this as that scene gets to me also. Hope your display is up and running soon.


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thx....not trying to get off subject but BB told us we bought our tv prior to their `loaner' tv program started. We'll get it sooner or later...the FInals in SD is pure torture!

Not trying to knock Denzel but it blows my mind that Denzel won the SA and Broderick didn't really get any accolades (sp?) for his role...I though MB was brilliant in this film.
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I have not seen the BD version of this film but Glory is one of my favorites of all time. I have probably watched the DVD version at least 15-20 times.

This one is probably worth me double dipping. Outstanding film!

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[IMG]http://***************/9/P/i.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://***************/9/F/i.jpg[/IMG]I have not seen the BD version of this film but Glory is one of my favorites of all time. I have probably watched the DVD version at least 15-20 times.

This one is probably worth me double dipping. Outstanding film!

Mike T

lol same with me..i watched the DVD many times so it would be wrong not to pick it up
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One can note an individual's collection and ascertain curious/questionable purchases. This ain't one of those!!!!

This is a must own for folks that like this movie. After watching the BD, there shouldn't be anything to stop one from owning it REGARDLESS of the price!
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On Blu-Ray -- FINALLY!!!! One of my favorite and most emotionally gripping motion picture experiences of my life. Glorious performances by the entire cast and a haunting score. I just ordered my copy.

Even today, I can vividly remember walking out of the theater upon the conclusion of "Glory" almost 20 years ago. I was struck by how most everyone in the packed house STAYED in their seats until the credits ended. The lights came on, then we all got up and filed out -- slowly and quietly -- it reminded me of a funeral procession. Almost everyone, Black AND White, young and old, had tears in their eyes. No one said a word. It was surreal.
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