War Room is the latest of the growing faith-based films and although they’re not really my thing, those of faith probably will get something out of it and maybe find it entertaining. For myself, the acting is so-so (at best) and the writing isn’t the best.
Sony | PG – 120 min. – $34.99 | December 22, 2015
Date Published: 12/28/15 | Author: The Movieman
|War Room is a faith drama filled with humor and heart. Tony (T.C. STALLINGS) and Elizabeth (PRISCILLA SHIRER) Jordan have it all — great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their drama house. But appearances can be deceiving. Their world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness.
Their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (KAREN ABERCROMBIE), and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to fight. Tony must decide if he will make amends with his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
This release comes with a slip cover and inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD Copy.
Audio Commentary – Director Alex Kendrick and Producer Stephen Kendrick
Deleted Scenes (10:50; HD) – We get a few scenes that were removed or trimmed for one reason or another, though probably due to pacing issues.
Bloopers & Outtakes (6:00; HD) has your usual flubbed lines and on-set/location antics. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
War Room in 60 Seconds (1:14; HD) – So these are rushed scenes from the movie…
The Heart of War Room (6:06; HD) is a featurette on the message of the movie with on-location interviews with the cast and crew talking.
The Making of War Room (11:12; HD) – This is a behind-the-scenes featurette with more interview sound bites with members of the cast and crew.
From Auditioning to Acting (8:19; HD) is just about, via interviews, from the actors talking about playing their various roles and includes some audition footage.
The Art of Jumping Rope (2:33; HD) – Um, this is footage of extras jumping rope and its various styles, or something. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
A Pastor’s Call to Prayer (2:31; HD) is about the power of prayer.
Behind the Scenes: Color Grading (4:12; HD) looks at how the film was changed in post to give it the right look. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
The Church on Its Knees (7:52; HD) is another featurette on the subject of faith.
Molly Bruno: Modern Day Miss Clara (7:50; HD) is a profile on a 91-year-old woman who is steeped in faith.
Investing in the Next Generation (3:10; HD) – This looks at the filmmakers hiring others to be trained for the next generation of faith-based filmmakers.
Music Video (4:34; HD) for “Warrior” is included. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
VIDEO – 4.0/5
|War Room is presented in its original 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part the film looks fine with bright, cheery colors, decent to good detail and no major issues with artifacts or aliasing.|
AUDIO – 4.0/5
|The movie comes with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track which provides for clear and crisp dialogue levels, well rounded depth making use of most of the channels especially in regards to the soundtrack and score. It’s nothing overly noteworthy but serviceable for a drama.|
OVERALL – 2.5/5
|Overall, War Room is the latest of the growing faith-based films and although they’re not really my thing, those of faith probably will get something out of it and maybe find it entertaining. For myself, the acting is so-so (at best) and the writing isn’t the best. The Blu-ray released by Sony offers good video/audio transfers and a fair number of bonus features.|
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