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We Were Soldiers Blu-ray

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Paramount Pictures | 2002 | 138 min | Rated R | Jan 23, 2007

We Were Soldiers (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-2 (26.89 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-ES 6.1 (24-bit, 1509 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Video 3.7 of 53.7
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
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We Were Soldiers

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We Were Soldiers Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

The year is 1965 and the U.S. is at War with North Vietnam. Commanding the air cavalry is Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Gibson), a born leader committed to his troops. His target: the La Drang Valley, called "The Valley of Death." As Moore prepares for one of the most violent battles in U.S. history, he delivers a stirring promise to his soldiers and their families: "I will leave no man behind…dead or alive. We will all come home together."

For more about We Were Soldiers and the We Were Soldiers Blu-ray release, see We Were Soldiers Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell
Director: Randall Wallace

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We Were Soldiers Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

We Were Soldiers returns to the front lines of Blu-ray in a 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 framed transfer. This is a transfer sure to be as divisive amongst Blu-ray fans as the movie itself. We Were Soldiers sports an intentionally rough look to it that lends a gritty, almost documentary-like feel to the movie. Heavy grain permeates many frames which adds a raw feel to the movie that befits the unforgiving war films of recent vintage. Much of the movie is just the slightest bit soft and lacking in ultimate detail. Colors appear a bit dull on occasion, but they look striking most of the time, as the green fatigues of the soldiers, the green paint on the helicopters, and dense foliage of the battlefield manage to stand out well one against the other. Black levels are very solid, though they appear a bit gray and washed out in places, and skin tones appear naturally pleasant. Detail is generally fine, though not jaw-droppingly good as mentioned above. However, some shots allow us to see the dew on the early morning grass, the fine lines and stitching in uniforms, patches, and the like, the wear and tear on helmets and weapons, and fine lines in faces. The film's more violent sequences and the major injuries of war are more apparent on this disc. This was my second viewing of We Were Soldiers on Blu-ray and in fine detail it surpasses the DVD by leaps and bounds, leaving me shocked by a few images I saw here but never noticed before. There are a few black speckles on the print, though I didn't notice them until 90 minutes into the movie. Taking into account that director Randall Wallace chose for this film a nasty, grisly look, what we see on this disc is well-representative of that vision.


We Were Soldiers Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Unfortunately, Paramount has left We Were Soldiers behind in the audio department, providing listeners with no lossless audio option, easily the biggest fault to be found on the disc, but rest assured that both the DTS 6.1 track as well as the Dolby Digital 5.1 EX track are excellent lossy mixes. For the purpose of this review, I watched the film in its entirety with the DTS soundtrack. Explosions, of which there are many, rattle and reverberate with a might that truly places the viewer in the middle of combat. Heavy machine gun fire also thumps with a powerful, no-nonsense feel. Helicopters played a key role in Vietnam, and they are crucial to this film as well, and every time they are on-screen, flying by, we feel the rotors reverberating through the room. Dialogue reproduction is good, but the volume seems just a bit disproportionately low to the action, even in calmer, pre-war scenes. Sound directionality is excellent; helicopters fly by outside of a hangar in chapter two from left to right with a seamless ease. In that same hangar, where we would expect to hear a bit more reverberations and echoes, Moore's speech is instead noticeably muted, with little to no rear-channel presence, although a subsequent speech in chapter six heard partially over outdoor loudspeakers has a more apparent rear presence. The first military engagement of the film, found in chapter eight, features a robust, immersive sound experience. You'll feel almost every expended round pound your seat. Every battle scene from there on out is dramatic and intense, a fine sonic experience that is effective and frightening. This is a soundtrack that could have greatly benefitted from a lossless or uncompressed mix. As it is, it is solid and both entertaining and frightening to listen to. Make no mistake, this is one of the finest lossy mixes available on Blu-ray, right up there with Face/Off, but as per my norm, I must subtract a full point for the studio failing to provide a high definition soundtrack on the high definition Blu-ray format.


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