The Thin Red Line (The Criterion Collection)
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One of those incidents--the hand-to-hand killing of a Japanese soldier--was cut from the film but is included in the 15 minutes of outtakes here. Only 15 minutes? There must be hours more, but these few glimpses (including a scene with George Clooney and one abrupt moment with Mickey Rourke) will have to suffice for now. An audio commentary, with cinematographer John Toll, producer Grant Hill, and production designer Jack Fisk, is free-flowing and informative. Taken together, the special features paint a vivid portrait of Malick's searching approach, which depends on improvisation and chance as much as planning. --Robert Horton
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For my money, however, "Private Ryan" is what most people look for in a war film. "Thin Red Line" certainly conveys the inner personal anguish, doubt, fear, and even savagery of its combatants, but it doesn't show the real, external face of war.
But please, folks, don't delude the readers with the idea that one of these two films is "better" than the other. They both have their respectful place in moviemaking about war.
Spanning a running time of just short of three hours, we're taken on a journey to Guadalcanal, where American troops are landing on the sandy beaches only to encounter a foe that, for a while, seems unbeatable. Their mission: to take over an airstrip and give America an advantage in the Pacific War. It is here that the characters are established: First Sergeant Welsh (Sean Penn), whose only wish is to lose all feeling for the events he experiences; Lt. Colonel Tall (Nick Nolte), obsessed more with his image than with actual victory; Private Witt (Jim Caviezel), a quiet, almost spiritual soldier with a soft yet firm heart; and Private Bell (Ben Chaplin), whose memories of his wife are what fuel his drive to fulfill his mission so he may return home.
Like "Ryan," this film has intense images of graphic violence associated with war and battle. While Malick does not use the same technique as Speilberg, whose film is gritty and never without unsteady camera shots, his slow-motion captures, cut to the powerful score of Hans Zimmer, are just as moving and powerful.Read more ›
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This is the most powerful piece of filmmaking I have ever seen. I say this as a massive fan of the Coen Brothers and PT Anderson-- this film eclipses even masterpieces like No... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Trevor Wedge
My Favorite War Movie. Reminds me so much of the feelings that I experience in Vietnam.Published 12 days ago by Larry L. Bailey
Wow this movie was so good best movie maybe ever made. The emotion and drama . Very important film . Glad it was made . Bravo to the directorPublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the worst movies ever made. Had no business being nominated for awards back when it came out. Complete disaster.Published 2 months ago by snowman