Home Entertainment Release of the Week: 1917
One of the most groundbreaking war film ever is now available for your home viewing. 1917 swept up awards for its monumental filmmaking. Director Sam Mendes delivers a cinematic spectacle.
The action takes place at the peak of the First World War. Two young British soldiers, Choefield (George Mackay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are tasked with a dangerous mission of delivering a vital message that will stop a deadly attack and save thousands of soldiers. In order to deliver these news the boys must cross enemy territory and risk their lives in the process.
This film is intense. Gory and visually startling. It’s an up-close and in-your-face look at the horrors of war. The lead actors Mackay and Chapman are fairly unknown actors, but they do steller work in this film. Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch star in supporting roles.
The acting is terrific, the story is compelling, but what ultimately makes this movie special are the visual effects and filmmaking style. It’s filmed in one continuous shot. That’s a filmmaking novelty in many regards, something that hasn’t really been done before.
1917 combines bold filmmaking with a grand human emotional experience that makes an impact. It’s a must-see for all these reasons.
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL:
- The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes – Academy Award winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1.
- Allied Forces: Making 1917 – Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes’ vision to life.
- The Music of 1917 – Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award–nominated score.
- In The Trenches – Go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917.
- Recreating History – Filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War.
- Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Sam Mendes.
- Feature Commentary with Director of Photography Roger Deakins.