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"Miracle at St. Anna" (Blu-ray)

movie-february-2009-miracle-at-st-anna.jpgSynopsis

In 1983, in New York City, when a Post Office clerk named Hektor Negron (Alonso) shoots a man at his counter window point blank with a German Luger pistol and is arrested, a reporter, Tim Boyle (Gordon-Levitt), interviews him in jail about what happened. He recounts a story of WW-II in which he was a member of the Buffalo Soldiers (all African Americans) in Italy.

It was winter, 1944, and Hektor was a member of George Company, crossing a river in Tuscany, Italy. German fire was heavy, and Hektor was one of four who escaped into the hills where they met a small boy, Angelo (Sciabordi), who leads them into his local village.

The villagers aid the soldiers while Italian partisans and the Germans are fighting nearby. When the partisans find the Americans in their village, there is a great deal of tension and suspicion.

Finally, however, the Americans and Italian partisans work together to deal with the attacking German forces.

 

 

Specifications

  • Touchstone Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 40 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Pierfrancesco Favino, Matteo Sciabordi, John Turturro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Directed by Spike Lee
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The story is as much about personal relationships and the prejudice against the black soldiers as it is about war. It's very well done, and a great war movie that hits home.

Technical

The image is a bit soft here and there. There is pretty good use of the surround channels.

Extras

Just a few extras here, including Deeds not Words (interviews with WW-II veterans), The Buffalo Soldier Experience (first hand accounts), and Deleted Scenes.