• Henry V
    Henry V
    ★★★★
    "He ruled a massive empire...and fought a mighty war! Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson, and Judi Dench star in this heroic, action-packed epic based on the timeless play by William Shakespeare. 'Magnificent, passionate and steeped in powerful emotion,' Henry V is a stunning Oscar-nominated adventure that takes its place amongst the greatest war films of all time.
    Having recently been crowned King of England, Henry commands a massive invasion to assert what he believes is his legal right to the throne of France. But a mighty army stands in his way...and the young monarch must rely on untested reserves of courage and cunning as he personally leads his outnumbered forces into a desperate battle for the honor and glory of the British Empire."
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  • Grave of the Fireflies (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
    Grave of the Fireflies (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
    Isao Takahata
    ★★★★★
    "In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children's lives are as breathtakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. Grave of the Fireflies is a tale of true tragedy of war and innocence lost, not only of hte abandoned young, but of an entire nation."
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  • Tae Guk Gi - The Brotherhood of War
    Tae Guk Gi - The Brotherhood of War
    Je-gyu Kang
    ☆☆☆☆☆
    "In the powerful tradition of Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers comes this box-office hit from Korea. From the director of Shiri comes the epic tale of two brothers. Jin-tae, a shoemaker, has worked tirelessly to provide money for the younger Jin-seok to go to college. But each of their hopes and dreams are shattered when both are forced to join the army against their will. Torn away from home and family, Jin-tae vows to protect Jin-seok despite the dangers--and the cost. In the searing crucible of battle, fate intervenes, forcing their bonds of faith, love and trust to be tested tim and again in this suspense-filled, action-packed war drama."
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  • Triumph of the Will (Special Edition)
    Triumph of the Will (Special Edition)
    Leni Riefenstahl
    ☆☆☆☆☆
    "Leni Riefenstahl's classic piece of historical filmmaking, filmed during the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremburg, Germany is considered by many to be one of the most important and controversial films ever made.
    The film, realized by Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, was created to influence all of Germany to support the "power" of the Nazi Party. All during World War II in every theatre in Germany, either part or all of Triumph of the Will was shown.
    Funded entirely by the NSDAP (the Nazi Party), Hitler hired the young actress/director Leni Riefenstahl to direct. Money was unlimited, so Riefenstahl was eating and sleeping in the editing room with hundreds of thousands of feet of film for several months. All of the shots in Triumph are carefully constructed. Sets were specially built to accommodate cameras and Hitler was filmed separately from the crowds so Riefenstahl could edit together a film that would manipulate imagery and seduce the mind.
    An historically significant and, at times, horrifying manipulative exercise in propaganda for the Nazi regime, Triumph of the Will continues to be controversial over sixty years after its original release. This historical document has been unavailable in Germany for many decades and Leni Riefenstahl has since come under fire for her personal relationship with Adolph Hitler. spending her life in the shadow of collaborating with the Nazi Party."
    a dvd added by caritas5's avatar caritas5 on Jun 23, 2007 | 2 users.
  • Night and Fog - Criterion Collection
    Night and Fog - Criterion Collection
    Alain Resnais
    ★★★★★
    "Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) contrast the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man's violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again."
    a dvd added by caritas5's avatar caritas5 on Jun 23, 2007 | 1 user.
  • The Pianist 3 Disc Limited Soundtrack Edition
    The Pianist 3 Disc Limited Soundtrack Edition
    Roman Polanski
    ☆☆☆☆☆
    "Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrian Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II . This powerful, ultimately triumphant film follows Szpilman's heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help from a sympathetic German officer. A truly unforgettable epic, testifying to both the power of hope and the resiliency of the human spirit, The Pianist is a miraculous tale of survival masterfully brought to life by visionary filmmaker Roman Polanski in his most personal movie ever."
    a dvd added by caritas5's avatar caritas5 on May 9, 2007 | 1 user.
  • M*A*S*H (Widescreen Edition)
    M*A*S*H (Widescreen Edition)
    Robert Altman
    ★★★★
    "One of the world's most acclaimed comedies, M*A*S*H focuses on three Korean War Army surgeons brilliantly brought to life by Donals Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, and Eliott Gould. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they adapt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and in the process infuriate Army beaurocrats. Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff, and Sally Kellerman co-star as a sanctimonious Major, an other-worldly Corporal, and a self-righteous lusty nurse."
    a dvd added by caritas5's avatar caritas5 on May 4, 2007 | 2 users.
  • Platoon (Special Edition)
    Platoon (Special Edition)
    ★★★☆☆
    "Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture and based on the firs-hand experiences of Oscar winning director Oliver Stone, Platoon is powerful, intense and starkly brutal. 'Harrowwingly realistic and completely convincing,' it is 'a dark, unforgettable memorial' to every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.
    Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who, upn his arrival in Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him. While his two commanding officers draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other, the conflict, the chaos and hatred to permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man's highest value...life."
    a dvd added by caritas5's avatar caritas5 on Apr 30, 2007 | 4 users.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Lewis Milestone
    ☆☆☆☆☆
    "Unlike most 'message' films which date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key unpolished and deeply felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in contries mobilizing for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer declares, 'We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed--that's all.' All Quit is an anthology of now famous scenes: Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being moved down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for a fatal butterfly."
    a dvd added by caritas5's avatar caritas5 on Apr 30, 2007 | 1 user.
  • Fahrenheit 9/11
    Fahrenheit 9/11
    ★★★★★
    "In the most provocative film of the year, Academy Award-winner Michael Moore presents a searing examination of the role played by money and oil in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11. Moore blends captivating and thought-provoking footage with revealing interviews, while blancing it all with his own brand of humor and satire."
    a dvd added by caritas5's avatar caritas5 on Apr 30, 2007 | 11 users.
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