If there’s one thing director Sam Mendes knows, it’s how to make armed conflict look beautiful. Helming a couple of big budget 007 productions, Skyfall and Spectre, he most recently turned his attention towards a period piece in the critically acclaimed 2017.
Releasing on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow on March 24, Mendes’ unique depiction of World War I won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing at this year’s 90thAcademy Awards, which should give new viewers an idea of what’s in store.
Taking place, unsurprisingly, in 1917 during the height of WWI, the story revolves around two British soldiers tasked with a difficult mission. Schofield (played by George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) must cross enemy lines to deliver a message that could potentially stop a deadly attack on 1,600 of their fellow soldiers, one of them being Blake’s brother.
The project also stars heavy hitters including Colin Firth (Love Actually), Richard Madden (Rocketman), Mark Strong (Shazam!) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), who plays Colonel Mackenzie of the Second Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, whom Schofield and Blake must reach before time runs out.
All versions of the home video are jam packed with bonus features like “Allied Forces: Making 1917,” examining the one shot, 360-degree format making the movie appear to have been captured in a single take; “In The Trenches,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of 1917; “Recreating History,” diving into the production design challenges of recreating the First World War, and much more.
Pre-orders are available now at e-retailers such as Amazon.ca. Can’t wait until Tuesday? The film is already available digitally for watching on the go on any compatible mobile device. For more information, visit www.uphe.com/movies/1917.