Check out our review of this gritty war drama written and directed by David Ayer. April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Sony Pictures - 2014
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/English Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, Spanish
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal
Written & Directed by:
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
January 27, 2015
"Best job I ever had…"
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Films that depict the horrors of war can sometimes have a way of sticking with you long after seeing them. This is especially true in the case of World War II which left so many soldiers and civilians dead in its wake. Fury
doesn’t attempt to tell a broad story of the war but instead focuses on the members of a Sherman Tank crew in Germany in 1945. Battle hardened and battle weary this group has managed to survive and remain together. As with most of the men that fought for our country they came from different backgrounds and parts of the country. The glue that has holds them together is their leader Sgt. Collier, a man who says what he means and means what he says. His crew abides by his lead whatever the cost. When not on the lines of battle his subordinates share an eyebrow raising esprit de corps.
Writer/director David Ayer sidesteps early character development in favor of opening with the grim and visceral realties of war. People die. At well over two hours Ayer ensures that the mayhem is reinforced while slowly dissecting the essence of his five primary characters four of whom, frankly, aren’t very likeable. Rather than an opus like Saving Private Ryan Fury
is a snapshot with a simple theme that revolves around loss of innocence in the face of tragedy during one of our country’s worst conflicts. I saw Fury
with my wife in the theater and while we liked it we didn’t love it.
The lack of a connection to these men was difficult especially given the nature of how they were drawn. Young Norman, the clerk typist with 8 weeks in the Army, was set as the identifying figure whose soul was still intact. This seemed to pervade with only mere glimmers that exposed the humanity of Norman’s new cohorts. I think that part of the reason the film didn’t resonate quite so deeply was that perhaps we were expecting a bit more Saving Private Ryan. Yeah, war is hell but these guys have endured through meaningful kinship born out of making the best of an imaginable situation.
for the second time I gleaned a bit more from its series of a smaller moments that emphasized the unspoken bond shared by Sgt. Collier, “Bible”, “Gordo” and “Coon-ass”. This wasn’t born out of typically portrayed comradeship but remained just below the surface, revealed out of necessity as dictated by an event or moment. THIS is where the film shines. Watching as Norman comes to understand this under the direst of conditions is what elevates the story.
The depiction of war is as graphic and bleak as I have seen. There is an earthy and incidental quality to the dialogue which enriches the proceedings. The performances across the board are excellent and aptly coincide with the film’s portrait of the rigors of war and the men who lived and died defending our freedom. Fury
isn’t a perfect film but there is a tangibility to it that extends beyond its scope. My initial feeling was that this isn’t a film that would hold up under repeat viewings. My opinion has changed. I look forward to sitting down with it again if not only to revel in the wonderful performances and visceral reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.
The rating is for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout.
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.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Fury comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.3 Mbps.
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- Color Reproduction:
This film has an intentionally stylized visual design that utilizes a muted color scheme that works aesthetically well for the film’s theme and setting. The color range is limited to shades of green and black with splashes of crimson and muted sepia tones. Warm primary accents are used to break up the film’s monochromatic essence. Fleshtones hold up nicely against the de-saturated chroma and don’t appear unnatural. Uneven light and shading are prevalent. Contrast is spot on which empowers whites and grays without washing away detail. Whites are punchy and grays are multi-staged and deep. I find the quality of the video to be high. It isn’t always razor sharp but it’s cleanly rendered with plenty of subtle refinement and delineation that enhances depth and reveals fine detail in objects, clothing, and physical features.
Blacks aren’t inky in depth but are gradationally revealing which combines with excellent detail in low light and shadowy backgrounds to provide a strong sense of dimension. It is important to note that proper adjustment of your display’s brightness setting is crucial to the ability to discern shadow detail. Many of the sequences take place in tank’s darkened interior. Improper adjustment of brightness can result in crushing effect. This presentation essentially mirrored what I saw in the theater.
The high resolution DTS-HD MA surround mix delivers the soundtrack’s elements with aplomb. The higher fidelity inherent in this lossless sound mix is readily apparent. Dynamic range is noteworthy which renders the film’s war/action based sequences with defining impact and energy. Dialogue is presented with crystal clear intonation, full bodied texture, and deep room penetration. Steven Price’s music score is airy, clear and warm. Imaging across the soundstage is spot on as sounds are integrated with precision. This is an involving surround mix that intelligently utilizes the entire system where appropriate.
There are three set pieces involving battle, the first beginning in chapter 4, the second in chapter 10 and the last during the finale. During the battle sequences the listening position is actively engaged by a mixture of spatial and discretely placed sound effects that place the listener in the heart of the action as machine gun fire, tank guns and flying shells revolve, shake and whiz around the room. There is lots of subtle nuance as well. As Sgt. Collier discusses battle strategy with the commanding officer inside a barn, planes and mortar shells can be heard flying overhead and hitting their marks at various points in the soundfield.
Low frequency detail is clean, well-articulated and deep as points of contact resonate with palpable impact. I love the growl of the Sherman Tanks engine at the beginning of the battle segment in chapter four. This isn’t a bombastic or overly aggressive soundtrack but it’s blend of intricate detail and room filling dynamics make for a first rate home theater experience.
- (HD) *Exclusive* 16 deleted/extended scenes
- (HD) *Exclusive* Photo Gallery
- (HD) *Exclusive* Director’s Combat Journal – 17 minute featurette
- (HD) *Exclusive* Armored Warriors: The real men inside the Shermans – 12 minute featurette
- (HD) *Exclusive* Taming the beast: How to drive, fire, & shoot inside a 30 ton tank – 12 minute featurette
- (HD) Blood Brothers – 11 minute featurette
Digital HD Copy
Written and Directed by David Ayer Fury
is a gritty and unflinching war drama that features powerful performances, apt direction and solid production elements. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring faithful high definition video, top notch DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and a decent supplemental package that contains format exclusives. Fury
may require more than one viewing to completely digest but I found it to well worth the experience. Give it a spin on Blu-ray.
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