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Miracle at St Anna [Blu-ray] (2008)

Derek Luke , Michael Ealy , Spike Lee  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Pierfrancesco Favino
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LLH8S4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Miracle at St Anna [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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DESCRIPTION: From award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee comes Miracle At St. Anna, the story of four black American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all-black 92nd Buffalo Soldier division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during WWII. They experience the tragedy and triumph of war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy. Praised as The best war movie since Saving Private Ryan (Pat Collins, WWOR TV) and One of the year s best (Ben Lyons, E!), and filled with epic battle sequences and action, the film explore deeply inspiring, powerful story drawn from true history, that transcends national boundaries, race and class to touch the goodness within us all. Now even more revealing with exclusive Blu-ray bonus features that bring you even deeper into the world of these unsung heroes.

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142 of 193 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars High hopes for St. Anna February 11, 2009
By zx2781
I had wanted to like this movie so much. As much as I wanted to like Windtalkers. Both had potential to be really great but were unable to rise above an absolutely juvenile and cheesy script. I am an avid WWII buff and I give alot of license to war movies and don't pick them apart for their accuracy or lack there of but this one not only insults the viewer but the legacy of the 92nd/Buffalo.

The Good : Absolutely beautiful cinematography. If you could mute the sound (dialogue) one might think they were watching a pretty decent WWII era movie. Battle scenes were shot well. Uniforms were pretty dead on accurate and the weapons were accurate although Thompson SMGs and 1911 .45 caliber HGs did not have 100 round clips......

The Bad : Awful and embarrassing dialogue embellished with overacting which made it almost comical. Obligatory nudity. Soldiers using language and phrases that would be used only today. A German louspeaker that blares Axis Sally's propaganda for several square miles over the battlefield and is audible to all. Fragmented story with a total lack of cohesion (like this review). My favorite is the commanding white officer (Nokes?) stating that the Germans were going to cause a race riot by piping in the propaganda. I think that those valiant soldiers were more interested in staying alive and protecting their comrades than starting a race riot in Italy under fire. But then again this shows the mentality of Spike Lee and the writer.

The Ugly : All white officers and soldiers portrayed as bigoted haters. In one instance the commanding officer refuses to believe members of the 92nd crossed the river so does not send supporting artillery strikes. His reasoning for this is "He is lying".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly Wonderful January 27, 2014
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As some others have said about the 1-star reviews, I don't know what movie they watched because it wasn't the one I watched.

But we see two major errors in the negative reviews. So let's deal with them.

1) "all the white people are racist"
This is so wrong it's amazing that anyone could claim it. The entire film revolves around the caring, even loving, relationships between white and black characters. Yes, there are some white racists. It's the 1940s.
But let's go group by group.

US Military Officers: we have roughly 3.

First, there is the idiot racist junior officer who is immediately in charge of the main characters. He's the kind of man who refuses to believe what the troops on the ground say because they don't fit his mental understanding of what "has to be the truth". He also refuses to let there be any response to his orders. Yes, he's white and he's doing this to black troops. But this type of character exists in hundreds of war movies, and sends people to their deaths through their idiocy regardless of color, what war, what time in history.
Because these people exist, and untold thousands of men have died because of their mental defects.

Second, there is the brief appearance by a high-ranking officer who understands the situation and treats the black characters with respect. This character appears in countless films as well.

Third, the MPs in the flashback to basic training in Mississippi. They attempt to prevent the conflict between the black soldiers and white shop-owner from escalating to violence. Let's call them neutral.

Second, Nazis: we have a Nazi officer who commits atrocities and those who follow the orders to do so.
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70 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A gawdawful mess, compounded with racist stereotypes February 20, 2009
The bloated, convoluted WWII flick makes no sense whatsoever. Nothing that is happening ever makes sense militarily or tactically, and the plot is silly nonsense.

For none of the above reasons, however, would I bother to review this dreck. What greatly troubles me is how Spike Lee, a black man, depicts the black soldiers in this movie: cowardly, undisciplined, mutinous, hypersexual, superstitious, ignorant, contentious, sloppy, etc. What gives? If a white man had made this movie and drawn the black characters this way, he would be widely derided as a racist, and rightly so. Why in the world would Spike Lee perpetuate these sorts of racist stereoptypes about soldiers of his own race???

This garbage deserves swift oblivion, and Spike Lee needs to do some serious soul-searching.
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32 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed & Insulted March 23, 2009
(1.) ???
(1.) Disjointed storytelling with poorly constructed flashbacks (everyone's currently popular cinematographic technique to showoff cleverness).
(2.) Stereotypic characterizations with sophomoric scripting.
(3.) Cheaply constructed military & war effects e.g. military uniforms that look as if they were cleanly pulled out of museum storage each day; cigarettes & munitions that last forever despite long term isolation from supply support.
(4.) Worst of all was that the important story of black WWII infantry was turned into preachy propaganda & simplistic absolutes that do not permit the audience to be thoughtfully educated but instead to be insulted as if they were moronic simpletons.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much on par from what we've come to expect ...
Pretty much on par from what we've come to expect from Spike Lee. Good/great technical detail and outstanding cinematography builds up the experience. Read more
Published 10 days ago by DJF007
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, movie night tonight.
Published 28 days ago by B. J. James
5.0 out of 5 stars teriffic war story with heart
true story--absolutely fabulous story---touching
Published 1 month ago by Neil L. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
five star
Published 1 month ago by gerard laliberte
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by pal
5.0 out of 5 stars a very excellent movie good quality and condition receive very good...
a very excellent movie good quality and condition receive very good time of delivery war movie very very interesting look forward to doing business in the future with more movies... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth j smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance of Spike Lee
An excellent film that touches my heart each time I've watched it. I am happy to add it to my collection. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Annonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent movie. I believe this is Spikespecially Lee's...
This is an excellent movie. I believe this is Spikespecially Lee's greatest film.
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Lee
The price was just right. I love Spike Lee. This is one i wanted for my DVD Libary
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Nells
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
una de las mejores peliculas que e visto
Published 2 months ago by samuraa
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is there any english subtitles
The standard DVD comes with French, Spanish, and hearing-impaired English. I would think the Blu-ray does, also.
Jun 12, 2010 by C. G. M. |  See all 2 posts
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