Archive for: WWII

A First Look at ‘Fury’

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Director David Ayer appeared at the Wargaming​.net World of Tanks panel at E3 to premiere footage from Fury. The upcoming World War II tank movie stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood and takes place near the end of the war in April 1945. Check out the video below. +Continue Reading

‘D-Day 360′ Brings a New Perspective

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PBS retells the story of June 6th, 1944 with D-Day 360, a new documentary that employs LiDAR light detection and ranging technology to create animations that show the battle from all kinds of new angles. The show premieres on May 27th, but make sure you check you local listings for the exact time and date. +Continue Reading

‘Stalingrad’ 3D Comes to Home Video

  • May 20, 2014
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Stalingrad is out now on Blu-ray (both 3D and 2D versions in the same package), DVD and Digital. We reviewed it when the 3D IMAX version was in theaters and described the movie’s Doctor-Zhivago–meets–Call-of-Duty sensibility. +Continue Reading

Watch This Exclusive Clip From ‘The Monuments Men’ Blu-ray

  • May 20, 2014
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The Monuments Men is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. George Clooney has made an unapologetically old-fashioned Hollywood picture about the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives soldiers who attempted to preserve cultural landmarks and recover art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. +Continue Reading

‘The Monuments Men’ Comes to Blu-ray

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The Monuments Men, director George Clooney’s tribute to the Allied Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section and their efforts to rescue and preserve art and European culture during World War II, comes to Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital on May 20th.

The action thriller stars Clooney alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville in a screenplay inspired by and adapted from Robert Edsel and Bret Witter’s history of the men and women who fought to preserve Europe’s monuments and recover and return thousands of pieces of  art stolen by the Nazis. +Continue Reading

WWII Dinosaurs in ‘Chronos Commandos’

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Stuart Jennett wants us to imagine an alternate history of World War II, one where time travel would allow the Nazis to procure a few dinosaurs to turn the tide and win the war. His five-issue comic series has been collected into a new hardback graphic novel Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol available now from Titan Comics.

Jennett was a comic book artist in the early ‘90s who became a concept artist for video game companies. He’s both the writer and the artist here and his striking images were created digitally instead of with paper and ink. There’s a ton of gore: the dinosaurs freely dismember both Allied and Nazi troops and the machine gun-wielding lead scientist looks a lot like Albert Einstein.

The whole think reads like a tribute to low-budget war movies and even more low-budget sci-fi movies from the ‘50s and ‘60s, but the gore level is straight out of ‘70s-era drive-in horror movies. Check out an excerpt  in our slideshow below:  +Continue Reading

Nazi Spies from the Archives

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Fox is digging deep into their vaults with the Cinema Archives series, reissuing titles that either haven’t been widely seen in years. There are quite a few espionage and war movies in the catalog and two World War II-era titles, 5 Fingers and Margin for Error have just been released on DVD. +Continue Reading

War Movies & The Oscar

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By Brig. Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., USA-Ret., Executive Director, The Army Historical Foundation

Rick Atkinson, the brilliant Pulitzer-winning author of The Liberation Trilogy on the U.S. Army in World War II, says that war reveals character.  And revealing character is what most movies are all about, so it should come as no surprise that there have been a lot of war movies made over the years.

What astounds me, however, is finding out that 23 movies about war or which use war as an important backdrop have won the best picture Oscar, and that doesn’t count all the other very good war movies that were nominated or won the Oscar for best director, actor, cinematography, writing, etc. Here are those 23:

Saving Private Ryan (WWII), Patton (WWII), The Deer Hunter (Vietnam), Platoon (Vietnam), Mrs. Miniver (British family survives bombings  and other exigencies), Lawrence of Arabia (WWI), Casablanca (1942—WWII is backdrop), The Best Years of Our Lives (WWII returning veterans), All Quiet On the Western Front (WWI), Wings (WW I), Gone With the Wind (Civil War), From Here to Eternity (WWII), The Bridge On the River Kwai (WWII), Ben-Hur (sea battle is key plot element; primary antagonist, Messala, is a Roman Tribune/Commander), Dances With Wolves (Civil War and Indian Wars), Schindler’s List (WWII as backdrop to the Holocaust—Schindler is war profiteer who has a conscience), Forest Gump (Vietnam), The Last Emperor (WWII, Chinese Civil War), Braveheart (Scottish War of Independence), The English Patient (WWII), Gladiator (opens with huge battle scene, the gladiator is also a Roman General), The Hurt Locker (Iraq, an explosive ordnance disposal unit) and The King’s Speech (World War II is key plot element).

Despite the greatness of those 23 winners, my Top Ten list includes some others as well as a few of the above, so here goes (in no particular order): +Continue Reading

‘Stalingrad’ Just Wants Some Respect for Russia

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Stalingrad is the highest grossing movie in Russian history and its Doctor-Zhivago–meets–Call-of-Duty 3D sensibility arrives in U.S. IMAX theaters this weekend. +Continue Reading

A First Look at ‘Unbroken’

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Louie Zamperini competed for the USA in the 1936 Olympics and later served as an Air Force Lieutenant during World War II. After his plane was shot down over the Pacific, Zamperini survived 47 days at sea before spending three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. His incredible story was chronicled in Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller Unbroken and that book is now the basis for a new movie directed by Angelia Jolie and written by Joel and Ethan Coen. +Continue Reading