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Directed by Norman Jewison
USA 1984

 

The murder of a black sergeant on a segregated army base in Louisiana in 1944 is investigated by a black soldier and lawyer, revealing deep-seated racism in the Deep South. Adapted from Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Adolph Caesar), and Best Adapted Screenplay (by Fuller himself).

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Tensions flare in this gripping film about a murder on a black army base near the end of World War II. Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.), a proud black army attorney, is sent to Fort Neal, Louisiana, to investigate the ruthless shooting death of Sergeant Waters (Adolph Caesar). Through interviews with Sarge's men, Davenport learns that he was a vicious man who served the white world and despised his own roots. Was the killer a bigoted white officer? Or could he have been a black soldier embittered by Waters' constant race baiting? Directed by Norman Jewison from Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize- winning play, A Soldier's Story is both a spellbinding mystery and a superb drama that transcends race.

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Theatrical Release: September 13th, 1984 (Toronto Films Festival)

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Runtime 1:40:54.048         1:40:53.046 
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,783,255,536 bytes

Feature: 20,396,580,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.92 Mbps

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Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), Spanish, none English (SDH), None
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Studio: Image Entertainment

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,783,255,536 bytes

Feature: 20,396,580,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Blu-ray Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case 
Chapters: 16

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Studio:
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,936,860,791 bytes

Feature: 29,755,825,728 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with director Norman Jewison (1999)
Archival Interview with Norman Jewison (2010): the filmmaker in conversation with film historian David Poland (1:08:37)
March to Freedom (1999): documentary on the experiences of African American soldiers during World War II, narrated by Paul Winfield (15:03)
Original theatrical trailer (1:17)
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Molefi Asante, an archival interview with Norman Jewison, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 14th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (December 2020): Indicator have transferred Norman Jewison's A Soldier's Story to Blu-ray. There was a single-layered, bare-bones Blu-ray from Image Entertainment back in 2012. The new Indicator has a 50% higher bitrate. The differences are most notable in-motion and the Indicator looks strong showing texture and occasional depth. It looks flawless, if not dynamic.  

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and score by credited score by Herbie Hancock (Death Wish, Blow-Up) - also notable are Patti LaBelle (Pourin' Whiskey Blues, Low Down Dirty Shame) and Larry Riley (Bright Red Zoot Suit, C.J.'s Lament), sounding very pleasing via the uncompressed track. Indicator offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray has an audio commentary with director Norman Jewison from 1999. It was on the Sony DVD and remains relevant to ascertain his style, he talks about The Soldier's Story as a 'Who-Done-It' and 'racial' mystery. He discusses all the actors in the film and how many achieved significant later fame (Denzel Washington etc.), filming in southern Arkansas etc. There is also an hour-8-minute long archival interview with Norman Jewison from 2010 with the esteemed filmmaker in conversation with film historian David Poland part of a DP/30 series. Indicator include March to Freedom - a 1999 documentary on the experiences of African American soldiers during World War II, narrated by Paul Winfield. It runs 15-minutes. Lastly, is an original theatrical trailer and an image gallery of promotional and publicity materials. The package contains a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Molefi Asante, an archival interview with Norman Jewison, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Norman Jewison (Rollerball, Moonstruck, In the Heat Of The Night, The Cincinnati Kid, ...And Justice For All) has been making great films for as long as I've been alive. The UK Blu-ray is typical of Indicator's stellar quality - max'ed out a/v, great extras including a commentary - and The Soldier's Story is an above-average crime-thriller with racial overtones. A keeper. It's a very enjoyable viewing experience - making for an easy recommendation for the Indicator Blu-ray that carries significant value. 

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