We Were Soldiers
Lt. Col. Moore gets the task to set up, train and command a so called “air-cavalary” regiment of some 400 men to ultimatly lead them to war in Vietnam. After training, the regiment is led to battle in the Ia Drang Valley which American forces later on renamed: The Valley of Death. It depicts the first full head-to-head encounter between the American Forces and the regular North Vietnamese Army. The American soldiers unexpectedly find themselves surrounded by some 2000 highly organised and trained soldiers. The following battle becomes one of the most savage in the whole of the Vietnam War with both sides losing a lot of men…
Sound and Vision:
We get superb image and sound quality on this Blu-ray but that shouldn’t come as a surprise as also the DVD was shining in that aspect. The amount of detail is high, the contrast and shadow detail is great and there’s nothing to complain actually.
The soundtrack really makes good use of the surround speakers and subwoofer, making bullets fly around your head and you almost want to duck to evade from explosions. Nice!
“We Were Soldiers” is not the best Vietnam movie out there, but what makes this title worth owning is the way the director depicts an awful event in history. He keeps you glued to your seat for more than 2 hours. If you can look beyond the obvious American patriotic elements and Gibson’s fascination with God, you’ll see a gruesome warstory through the eyes of normal men… and it turn you into a pacifist or at least a moderate man
This Blu-ray release doesn’t offer much more than slightly improved image and sound quality over the DVD release but seeing that the UK DVD release was packed with extras we wouldn’t have mind to find some here as well. On the other hand, RCV doesn’t charge much for their Blu-ray discs so I guess it’s up to you to decide whether you want to get this one or wait, hoping on a special edition later on.