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Thursday, September 02, 2010

9th Company Blu-Ray Review

9th Company Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Based on real-life events, 9th COMPANY recounts a year in the shared lives of a group of young soldiers drafted to serve in Afghanistan during the final year of the Soviet conflict. It is a poignant story of the unit s dedication to each other during their valiant defense of Height 3234...a futile battle that ravaged their forgotten company, who fought on, unaware that the war had ended.

Reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket and The Big Red One, 9th COMPANY is credited as being the first real post-Soviet era war film.

The highest grossing film in Russia in 2005 at $27 million, 9th COMPANY also won a NIKA Award for Best Film and marks the feature directorial debut of Fyodor Bondarchuk, son of renowned director Sergei Bondarchuk War and Peace, 1968.

Review: The 9th Company is a war epic focused around the Soviet Afghan War in Afghanistan during the late 1980s.  The film takes us through the lives of the Russian soldiers as they go through intense and brutal training to prepare for war.  Then, its revealed that they were allowed to volunteer to go to fight in the war.  Thats a great practice that all civilized countries should employ!  

Next, we get into the battles!  The war scenes are chaotic and violent.  This film really captures the realities of warfare and military life.  It can be compared to films like Full Metal Jacket and even Patton, at times.  There is no glorified combat here, just real and moving film.  The fact that these are Russian troops quickly fades away and we see clearly how connected we all are.

This film was moving and action-packed.  Its the total package and its not to be missed on blu-ray.  High-definition is the ONLY way to watch these battle scenes!

Interest Range: Action/Adventure, War