007ís Gadgets Are No Match For The Power Of Courage In Defiance

By Perri Nemiroff 2009-05-18 09:52:32
Do you enjoy watching Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber beat people up? Odds are, you do. Even though their most recent hits, Quantum of Solace and Wolverine, didnít get the highest marks from the critics, moviegoers still flocked to the theaters to see them take out some bad guys. On June 2nd, you can see them fight side-by-side when Paramount Home Entertainment releases Defiance on DVD and Blu-ray.

The film is based on the true story of the Bielski brothers in Eastern Europe in the 1940ís. Tuvia (Craig), Zus (Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell) and Aron (George MacKay) are determined to avenge their parentsí death. While tracking down their murderers they meet other Jewish escapees whom they place under their protection. Tuvia finally finds and kills the officer responsible for his parentís death but revenge turns out not to be as sweet as heíd imagined and is still burdened by his inability to protect everyone from the Nazis, worsening conditions as winter approaches and his ongoing rivalry with his brother Zus.

Defiance is a typical war film. Each brother plays a stereotypical role and the film culminates with an epic battle. While it may sound as though Iím going to suggest you pass on purchasing this film, Iím always willing to spend money on a film that is guaranteed to provide me with a particular type of satisfaction. Itís like going to a restaurant and taking a risk ordering a new dish when you know youíre guaranteed to enjoy the one you order on a regular basis. Sometimes you just feel like playing it safe. (Keep in mind I said sometimes. There are many hidden gems out there and itís possible to find the best films by closing your eyes and picking a random box off the shelf.)

The bonus features include the typical assortment. Both versions include commentary by director Edward Zwick, a featurette about the production process, a photo gallery of images taken by Zwick including behind-the-scenes images and surviving members from the Bielski Otriad, ďChildren of the Otriad: The Families SpeakĒ in which descendants of the Bielski family tour the film's set and relate the story of the real-life partisans along with efforts to preserve the brothers' legacy, James Newton Howard and violinist Joshua Bellís discussion of the filmís score and theatrical trailers. I would have liked to see a bit more on the actual Bielski brothers. Iím hoping ďChildren of the OtriadĒ focuses more on history and less on the descendantsí visit to the set.

Defiance will cost you $19.99 on DVD or $29.99 on Blu-ray.
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