Miracle At St Anna (Blu-ray)

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From Touchstone Pictures and A Spike Lee Joint comes the powerful and uplifting World War II epic Miracle at St. Anna, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee (The Inside Man). Stationed in Tuscany, Italy, four members of the U.S. Army's all-black 92nd Infantry Division, the Buffalo Soldiers, are trapped behind enemy lines after one of them risks his life to save a traumatized Italian boy. Separated from their unit, they find themselves in a remote Tuscan village where they experience the tragedy and the triumph of war. Based on the highly praised novel by James McBride, and filled with exceptional battle scenes and action, it's a gripping and inspiring story drawn from a real incident that will touch the goodness within us all and never let go.

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 210453504
UPC 786936786729
UPC 14 00786936786729
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
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Widescreen  2.40:1
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Miracle at St. Anna is historical fiction based on the novel by James McBride (who wrote the screenplay). It follows four members of the 92nd Infantry Buffalo Soldiers caught behind enemy lines in a small village in Tuscany during the waning days of the war...Lee emphasizes the prejudice experienced by black soldiers during the second World War in ways both subtle and obvious...The film's acting is better than adequate and, as is often desirable in ensemble pictures, no one actor hogs the spotlight...Those expecting battle scenes will be disappointed. This is a war move with a minimum of fighting. The total of on-screen shooting tops out around 10 or 15 minutes - well under what one might expect from a film of this length about this subject...Miracle at St. Anna is overlong and poorly focused. It tends to meander, the military context is not well established, and too much time is spent on interaction with underdeveloped secondary characters. On the other hand, there are three exceptionally powerful sequences: an event early in the proceedings during which members of the 92nd must face a verbal barrage from propagandist "Axis Sally" as they approach an engagement, a German massacre at a church, and the final battle against improbable odds. There's enough energy in those scenes to indicate what Miracle at St. Anna could have been. Because of the subject matter, it's impossible not to admire what Lee has wrought here, and the evident passion with which it has been brought to the screen. However, the realization is flawed, and those flaws make this 160-minute epic feel a little too much like an ordeal.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Spike Lee's latest joint disappoints. It opens in the late 1980s with a literal bang, as aging bank teller Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) puts a bullet in the chest of a random customer. The senior police officer on the scene (John Turturro) points a cub reporter (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) toward Negron's Harlem apartment, where clues to the man's identity only deepen the mystery behind the crime...There's a lot to process in James McBride's screenplay, which he adapts from his own novel. Yet even at a bloated 155 minutes, Lee's picture seems to aimlessly tread water during its middle section...Despite noble intentions, Miracle at St. Anna is a poorly constructed film. Its foundation rests on shaky coincidences, not the least of which is the opening confrontation at the former Buffalo Soldier's window...Lee finds ways to address racism with most of his films, and St. Anna continues the tradition. He includes a lengthy flashback of the soldiers on leave staring down Southern bigots who don't want them sitting at an ice cream counter. It garners sympathy but doesn't advance the main story. Back on Italian soil, Stamps and his men are disgruntled for having to fight "a white man's war." Lee even suggests the Buffalo Soldiers faced a racial divide in their own division, as white commanders order improper military support or simply abandon the black soldiers behind enemy lines...Miracle at St. Anna tries on several hats--war drama, history lesson, vengeance play, spiritual psalm, true-crime thriller--but can't make one fit. It willingly enters into thought-provoking discussions on race, politics, combat, and religion. What's frustrating is the film's lack of answers--or even clear positions.
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Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun ...a grown-up movie with an adult sense of loss and an adult sense of hope.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...there is so much here that is powerful that it should be seen no matter its imperfections.
Stina Chyn, Film Threat ...possesses a European texture in the vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Jean Pierre-Jeunet. Imaginative, thought-provoking, and intense.

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