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Release Date: March 24th, 2020
Movie Release Year: 2019
MPAA Rating: Restricted
Release Country: United States
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1917

Review Date March 26th, 2020 by
Overview -

1917 tells a simple story against a large canvas that's beautifully captured by Roger Deakins. The story may not be a new one, but how it's presented, the war in question and the incredible execution makes 1917 one of the finest entries in the War Film genre - and an incredible piece of filmmaking. Universal delivers a spectacular 1080p Blu-ray experience that offers one of the best 1080p visual experiences available with an intensely immersive Dolby Atmos mix. Bonus features are decent enough but a larger comprehensive package would've been welcome. All the same, if you haven't upgraded to 4K yet, 1917 on Blu-ray will test the mettle of your home theater setup. Highly Recommended.   

We also reviewed 1917 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

OVERALL
Highly Recommended
  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Length:119
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.39:1
    English Descriptive Audio: English: Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, French Canadian, LA Spanish
    Special Features:
    • The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes – Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1.
    • Allied Forces: Making 1917 - Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award® winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes' vision to life.
    • The Music of 1917 - Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award®-nominated score.
    • In The Trenches - Go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917.
    • Recreating History - Filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War.
    • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Sam Mendes
    • Feature Commentary with Director of Photography Roger Deakins.
    Movie Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    Release Date: March 24th, 2020

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

5 Stars out of 5

Read our thoughts about the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 1917 for a full review.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Universal Releases 1917 to Blu-ray in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital set. The discs are housed in a standard two-disc case with identical cardboard slipcover artwork. The disc loads to trailers for other Universal releases before arriving at an animated main menu with standard navigation options.

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Blu-ray + DVD + Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Length:119
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English: Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French Canadian, LA Spanish
    Special Features:

    • The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes – Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1.
    • Allied Forces: Making 1917 - Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award® winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes' vision to life.
    • The Music of 1917 - Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award®-nominated score.
    • In The Trenches - Go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917.
    • Recreating History - Filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War.
    • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Sam Mendes
    • Feature Commentary with Director of Photography Roger Deakins.
    Movie Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    Release Date: March 24th, 2020

Video Review

5 Stars out of 5

1917 pushes 1080p Blu-ray to the limits with a picture-perfect 1080p 2.39:1 transfer. If 4K didn't exist, this would be the demo disc of the ages to show off your home theater rig. If you are 4K UHD ready - that is absolutely the release to own. If you're not on that wagon train yet - there should be nothing beyond some social distancing to keep you from buying this disc. 1917 is a stunning visual presentation. Details, colors, black levels - everything is picture-perfect for this format. The only thing holding it back is the fact that it's not in native 4K with HDR. That's it. Facial details are impressive with costuming and scenery getting equal attention. Black levels are spot on without any crush issues. Colors are vivid with amazing primary presence. Again, if you're rigged for it or plan to be - 4K is the way to go. If you have no intention to upgrade anytime soon, this 1080p Blu-ray succeeds at every step.

Audio Review

5 Stars out of 5

Both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the 1080p SDR Blu-ray release enjoy an Atmos audio mix that is an auditory marvel. For a war film, it's not all guns and explosions - most of the film is actually very quiet as two men make their way through trenches, bunkers, across rivers - it's not about the action sound effect you're expecting to hear, it's about the subtleties you don't hear! 

This mix offers up pin-point perfect vertical, side, and rear sound effect placement. The vertical channels give plenty of space through open fields but then come crushing in when our heroes enter an abandoned enemy bunker. Likewise, when soldiers leave the trenches and the bombs start falling around them the channel movement and impact provide this beautiful cacophony of imaging and LFE. That airplane sequence is a highlight moment.

For the standard marks of dialog clarity, scoring, and surround effects - everything is an A+ effort. The mix is perfection from start to finish. You never once lose a line of dialog against a background of Thomas Newman's exceptional score and warfare. Levels are spot on without any need to ever adjust things. I simply say turn up the volume and let the movie suck you in. 

Special Features

3.5 Stars out of 5
  • Audio Commentary featuring Sam Mendes
  • Audio Commentary featuring Roger Deakins/
  • The Weight of the World (UHD 4:29)
  • Allied Forces: the Making of 1917 (UHD 12:01)
  • The Score of 1917 (UHD 3:53)
  • In The Trenches (UHD 6:59)
  • Recreating History (UHD 10:25)

Final Thoughts

2019 saw a terrific number of amazing movies take theaters and streaming services by storm. Not all of them could stand on stage come award time and the case can be made that 1917 deserved a few more than it got. Visually stunning, this arresting war film is a simple story about the bonds of wartime friendship told by a master director in peak form with camera work by one of the best shooters in the business. 

Universal Studios delivers an impressive 1080p Blu-ray release that is only upstaged by its 4K counterpart. If you haven't upgraded, this disc sports a tremendous video transfer with a fully immersive Atmos audio mix to match. Bonus features offer two great commentary tracks with some decent supplementary material. If you love war movies or just love great filmmaking, turn out the lights and roll 1917 - it's a Highly Recommended Blu-ray release. 

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Blu-ray + DVD + Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Length:119
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English: Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French Canadian, LA Spanish
    Special Features:

    • The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes – Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1.
    • Allied Forces: Making 1917 - Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award® winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes' vision to life.
    • The Music of 1917 - Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award®-nominated score.
    • In The Trenches - Go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917.
    • Recreating History - Filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War.
    • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Sam Mendes
    • Feature Commentary with Director of Photography Roger Deakins.
    Movie Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    Release Date: March 24th, 2020

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