Apr 262014
 

Home of the Brave is another forgotten film that gets a HD treatment courtesy of Olive Films. And while the picture and audio are hardly anything to brad about, it’s nice for this to get a release. That being said, the price on a title without features is extreme at $30 but if you can find a deal and are a fan, then it might be worth picking up.

 

 

Home of the Brave
(1949)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): War, Drama
Olive Films | NR – 86 min. – $29.95 | May 13, 2014

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Mark Robson
Writer(s): Arthur Laurents (play); Carl Foreman (screenplay)
Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick, James Edwards, Steve Brodie

DISC INFO:
Features:
None
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: None
Disc Size: 18.9 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 

 


THE MOVIE

Plot Outline (from the back cover): Based on a play by Arthur Laurents, Home of the Brave recounts the story of a young black soldier (JAMES EDWARDS) who has suffered a nervous breakdown and developed psychosomatic paralysis. Crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission combined with a lifetime of racial discrimination. He may be able to walk again, but only if he can overcome his anger and frustrations.

The film’s theme revolves around a diverse group of men subjected to the horror of war and their individual struggles. Directed by Mark Robson, Home of the Brave was one of Hollywood’s first bold statements regarding the issue of race.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5

No features were included.


VIDEO – 3.75/5

Olive Films releases Home of the Brave onto Blu-ray presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and in its original 1.33 full frame production. The picture, for something 60+ years old, isn’t bad though it’s apparent this merely went through basic processing as there are numerous instances of minor scratches and/or dust marks to go along with some flickering issues from time to time. Still, details aren’t bad and save for the minor flaws, it’s a decent transfer.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The movie comes with a DTS-HD MA Mono track which serves up the dialogue levels quite nicely to go along with the occasional ambient noises while the men hide from the Japanese. The track isn’t anything extraordinary but satisfying enough and certainly an upgrade for any other incarnations of this film.



OVERALL – 2.5/5

Home of the Brave is another forgotten film that gets a HD treatment courtesy of Olive Films. And while the picture and audio are hardly anything to brad about, it’s nice for this to get a release. That being said, the price on a title without features is extreme at $30 but if you can find a deal and are a fan, then it might be worth picking up.

Published: 02/26/2014

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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