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The Thin Red Line

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Thin Red Line


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In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the Pacific. Based on James Jones' novel, this is the story of Charlie Company's landing and battle experience there in 1942. The story concentrates on how the battle affects, and is effected by, Commanding officer Lt. Col. Gordon Tall, Captain James Staros, Sgt. Edward Welsh, and two privates, Witt and Bell. Charlie Company is attacking a seemingly impregnable position, and the terror and chaos of war are well illustrated, as scared men stare death in the face--a death that waits concealed in the beauty of a grassy hill. There are great deeds, and valor, but these men don't feel like heroes--they're simply doing what's necessary to survive. In typical Malick fashion, the film boasts exquisite nature photography, and a soundtrack layered with sounds of the rain forest, essential ingredients of this beautiful tone poem on the banality of combat and the troubled relationship between man and nature.
Title: The thin red line
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] :, Criterion Collection,, c2010.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (171 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (36 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Notes: Based upon the novel by James Jones.
Contents: Disc one, the Film: AWOL
Brig
Fear
Charlie company
Arrival
March in
Tall's order
Combat begins
Keck's mistake
Property
Staros's refusal
"The key to the ridge"
"What is it worth?"
Gaff leads the charge
Momentum
"This great evil"
Change in command
What remains
Bell
Witt
Reconnaissance
"The glory"
"All things shine"
Color bars (1998) (171 min.); Special features: Commentary [audio feature]; Trailer (3 min.).
Disc two, the Supplements: Actors [featurette] (34 min.)
Casting [featurette] (18 min.)
Editors [featurette] (27 min.)
Music [featurette] (17 min.)
Outtakes [featurette] (14 min.)
Kaylie Jones [featurette] (19 min.)
Guadalcanal in newsreels [featurette] (15 min.)
Melanesian chants [audio feature with slide show] (7 min.); Booklet includes the essays "This Side of Paradise" by David Sterritt and "Phony War Films" by James Jones.
Summary: In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the Pacific. Based on James Jones' novel, this is the story of Charlie Company's landing and battle experience there in 1942. The story concentrates on how the battle affects, and is effected by, Commanding officer Lt. Col. Gordon Tall, Captain James Staros, Sgt. Edward Welsh, and two privates, Witt and Bell. Charlie Company is attacking a seemingly impregnable position, and the terror and chaos of war are well illustrated, as scared men stare death in the face--a death that waits concealed in the beauty of a grassy hill. There are great deeds, and valor, but these men don't feel like heroes--they're simply doing what's necessary to survive. In typical Malick fashion, the film boasts exquisite nature photography, and a soundtrack layered with sounds of the rain forest, essential ingredients of this beautiful tone poem on the banality of combat and the troubled relationship between man and nature.
Audience: MPAA Rating Rated R.
Local Note: 15 53 61 79 112 118 198 231
ISBN: 1604653191
9781604653199
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Report This Feb 13, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I’ve seen most of the Pacific TV series about the various WWII battles where America fought to take the islands from the Japanese. The death, famine, and disease among the American troops were incredible as the Japanese knew that if they lost the islands, they would lose the wars so they resisted, often to the last man. This film portrays just a few weeks of the battle for control of Guadacanal. It is somewhat of a dreamy, sometime surrealistic, smoking vision of death just around the next corner. Life was just tossed away and nobody really thought it was a good idea, but it had to be done. This film should be viewed by all those that are gung-ho for starting new wars. Directed by Terrence Malick, it was his third masterpiece after a twenty year absence from film making. Any film by Malick is food for thought.

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  • autumnwindstudios rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite a majestic piece of cerebral work from Terence Malick, one of Hollywood's most reclusive directors. There is action galore-a large part of it involving the taking of a well-secured hill. The "fog scene" is one of the most intense fighting sequences ever put to film. The story is very deep and lyrical. Call it the "thinking man's Apocalypse Now". Superbly filmed with beautiful locations in the Pacific.

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  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one.

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  • btmslt rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A far too long film which looses it's audience when there is little new going on in the film for long periods of time.

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