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The thin red line

Author: Terrence MalickGeorge Stevens, Jr.Robert Michael GeislerJohn RoberdeauGrant HillAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2010]
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 536.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Director-approved two-DVD special edView all editions and formats
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In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the Pacific. Based on James Jones' novel, this is the story of Charlie Company's landing and battle experience there in 1942. The story concentrates on how the battle affects, and is effected by, Commanding officer Lt. Col. Gordon Tall, Captain James Staros, Sgt. Edward Welsh, and two privates, Witt and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
War films
Action and adventure films
Film adaptations
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Named Person: James Jones
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Terrence Malick; George Stevens, Jr.; Robert Michael Geisler; John Roberdeau; Grant Hill; Sean Penn; Adrien Brody; Jim Caviezel; Ben Chaplin; George Clooney; John Cusack; Woody Harrelson; Elias Koteas; Jared Leto; Dash Mihok; Tim Blake Nelson; Nick Nolte; John C Reilly; Larry Romano; John Savage; John Travolta; Arie Verveen; John Toll, (Cinematographer); Billy Weber; Leslie Jones; Saar Klein; Hans Zimmer; James Jones; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.; Phoenix Pictures.; Fox 2000 Pictures.; Geisler-Roberdeau Productions (Firm); Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 1604653191 9781604653199
OCLC Number: 664736779
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles in English for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Based upon the novel by James Jones.
Credits: Director of photography, John Toll ; editors, Billy Weber, Leslie Jones, Saar Klein ; music, Hans Zimmer ; production designer, Jack Fisk ; costume designer, Margot Wilson.
Cast: Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto, Dash Mihok, Tim Blake Nelson, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly, Larry Romano, John Savage, John Travolta, Arie Verveen.
Event notes: Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1998.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Rated R.
Description: 2 videodiscs (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital 5.1, widescreen presentation preserving the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for 16:9 televisions.
Contents: Disc one, the Film: AWOL --
Brig --
Fear --
Charlie company --
Arrival --
March in --
Tall's order --
Combat begins --
Keck's mistake --
Property --
Staros's refusal --
"The key to the ridge" --
"What is it worth?" --
Gaff leads the charge --
Momentum --
"This great evil" --
Change in command --
What remains --
Bell --
Witt --
Reconnaissance --
"The glory" --
"All things shine" --
Color bars (1998) (171 min.); Special features: Commentary [audio feature]; Trailer (3 min.). Disc two, the Supplements: Actors [featurette] (34 min.) --
Casting [featurette] (18 min.) --
Editors [featurette] (27 min.) --
Music [featurette] (17 min.) --
Outtakes [featurette] (14 min.) --
Kaylie Jones [featurette] (19 min.) --
Guadalcanal in newsreels [featurette] (15 min.) --
Melanesian chants [audio feature with slide show] (7 min.); Booklet includes the essays "This Side of Paradise" by David Sterritt and "Phony War Films" by James Jones.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 536.
Responsibility: 20th Century Fox ; Phoenix Pictures ; Fox 2000 Pictures presents ; from Phoenix Pictures in association with George Stevens, Jr., a Geisler-Roberdeau production ; produced by Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill ; screenplay by Terrence Malick ; directed by Terrence Malick.

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In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the Pacific. Based on James Jones' novel, this is the story of Charlie Company's landing and battle experience there in 1942. The story concentrates on how the battle affects, and is effected by, Commanding officer Lt. Col. Gordon Tall, Captain James Staros, Sgt. Edward Welsh, and two privates, Witt and Bell. Charlie Company is attacking a seemingly impregnable position, and the terror and chaos of war are well illustrated, as scared men stare death in the face--a death that waits concealed in the beauty of a grassy hill. There are great deeds, and valor, but these men don't feel like heroes--they're simply doing what's necessary to survive. In typical Malick fashion, the film boasts exquisite nature photography, and a soundtrack layered with sounds of the rain forest, essential ingredients of this beautiful tone poem on the banality of combat and the troubled relationship between man and nature.

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