Columbia Tristar/1989/122m

     Glory is one of the great war movies of all-time. The moving saga of the 54th Army Regiment of the Union Army, the first Civil War regiment formed of black soldiers, Glory glimpses history through a perceptive lens.
     Edward Zwick does a brilliant job in mustering the best from his actors. There are many stand-outs in the ensemble cast led by Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Shaw, commander of the 54th. Denzel Washington seethes with passion as Trick, a black soldier who has seen the lash and provides a unique insight into the futility of war in a special scene with Broderick after the 54th has tasted battle.
     This is James Horner's best score, worthy of comparison with some of the classic scores of vintage Hollywood. Horner's music soars with the spirit of the 54th without resorting to banal manipulation. The recurring theme which integrates into many of the musical passages is fine and worthy of the repetition.

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Denzel is fire and ice in Glory. ©Columbia Tristar

     Glory is a spectacular DVD. Everything you could expect from the medium is delivered in this impeccable Columbia Tristar presentation. The color is a brilliant explosion of red white and blue. The many images of the flag are saturated perfectly. Images are very sharp and film-like. The anamorphic transfer preserves maximum information for widescreen televisions and projectors. The new Dolby Digital 5:1 mix is simply spectacular. Battle explosions are dynamic and directional. Canon blasts soar over your head perfectly. Glory is reference material all the way.



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