Review by Library Journal Review
Kubrick's brilliant Paths of Glory (1957) bitingly traces the court-martial of three French soldiers during World War I on charges of cowardice for failing to follow suicidal orders. Kirk Douglas is magnificent in his outrage as the determined colonel tasked with defending men whose fates have been preordained. Twenty years after his sublime Days of Heaven, Malick returned to directing with The Thin Red Line (1998), a lyrical rumination on the natural world, humankind, and armed conflict set during the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and other familiar faces share the screen with promising newcomer Jim Caviezel, whose meditative character epitomizes the loss of innocence. The extras on both discs serve to enhance appreciation for the films, while the high-definition presentations make the case for libraries to upgrade their collections. Two rereleases whose appeal transcends the war-film genre.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.