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Review by Yvonne Tresnan | posted April 26, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie:
Glory is the story of the first black regiment to fight in the Civil War. The movie is based on the diaries of Colonel Robert Shaw (Mathhew Broderick), a wealthy Bostonian who is promoted and asked to lead the regiment after surviving a grisly battle. The movie follows the development of this unlikely group of soldiers as they face prejudice within the Union army as well as the development of their young colonel. Denzel Washington, who won a well deserved Oscar, plays Trip, an escaped slave who joins the Union army burning with the desire to strike back at South for the suffering he endured during his captivity. Also along for the ride is Morgan Freeman who's performance rivals Denzel's. Often lauded as the best Civil War movie ever made, Glory is patriotic, rousing, and tragic.

Picture:
Columbia comes through again with a 16:9 enhanced transfer with no signs of film degradation despite being released in 1989. Glory won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Columbia comes through with a terrific transfer in support of it.

Sound:
Guess what other award the Academy saw fit to bestow on this movie?…That's right, Best Sound! This movie will justify having a sub-woofer in your living room. Play a battle scene and duck as bullets fly by and God help the neighbors when the cannons fire! Dialogue is also clear and clean and directional effects are used abundantly.

Extras:
All you get here is the theatrical trailer (unless you count foreign language tracks as extras). Obviously Glory would have greatly benefited from special edition treatment.

Final Thoughts
Glory is a great film and is worthy of being in your collection. I really wish a packed special edition of it was released, but you have to play with the had you're dealt. As such, I've got to highly recommend this for what it is. A great film on a DVD with a great transfer and great sound. Take it for what it is and it's Highly Recommended.

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