We Were Soldiers is based on the book
We Were Soldiers Once…And Young written by Lieutenant Colonel Harold
Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, the only journalist willing to go into
the front lines to capture a first hand account of the war.
Mel Gibson plays Harold Moore, a
down-to-earth officer who is responsible for leading a group of
innocent, naive young men into the area of Vietnam known as “The
Valley of Death.”
But not soon after Lt. Col. Moore and
his troops touch down, their position is compromised and they find
themselves outnumbered almost 5 to 1 as one of the world's most
historic battle begins.
While at war, we’re introduced to journalist Joe Galloway (Barry
Pepper) and despite the strong military background of his family,
Galloway wants to capture the war through images and writings so
that people back in America can understand what happens on the front
lines. During the height of the battle, Command Sergeant Major Basil
Plumley (Sam Elliott) instructs Galloway to trade his camera for a
gun. Though Galloway takes to battle like the others and even
carries a soldier’s charred body to a rescue chopper, he eventually
throws his gun down and returns to taking pictures.
The cinematography is very striking and has a journalistic feel, as
if we are on the front lines looking in on the action as told
through the lens of Galloway’s camera. As soldiers are shot and
wounded, their blood splatters on the lens. Many of the battle
scenes are shown in slow motion, using quick edits that are
choreographed to moving scores and songs meant to evoke emotion.
Quite a moving war movie that will leave most viewers questioning
this turbulent time and the amazing characters that they followed.
With great video and audio quality, We Were Soldiers is an
impressive movie and match that with some interesting special
features and this DVD could be recommended to a variety of people
and considering that father's day is coming up soon, what better
gift for those war mad fathers. Gripping... and engaging.
Deluxe Slipcase Packaging
Commentary by Director Randall Wallace
Scenes with Optional Commentary
'Getting It Right' - The Making of We
- TV &
& Theatrical Trailers