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The Way Back [Blu-ray + DVD]


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: May 17 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RA7YE4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,771 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brenda McCreight on Nov. 5 2011
Format: DVD
This movie is based on a true story about the 1940's escape of several inmates from one of Stalin's infamous Siberian prisons. The men have been almost de-humanized in the camps and even though their sojourn, on foot, from Siberia to India is marked by death, starvation, fear, cold and heat, the journey allows their humanity to re-emerge. The movie focuses more on the group's survival instincts than on the individuals which, I think, is a reflection of their experience. The ending is nicely done, understated, and allows the acting, rather than wordy dialogue, to portray what the motive for survival was about.

The actors, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, and the rest of the cast, are excellent. There are no moments of drama just for drama, and the actors rose above most of what I have seen them do in previous movies. Ed Harris is outstanding, as always, and sets a tone of quiet desperation mixed with sorrow and determination. I'm sure making the movie was a once in a lifetime experience for them as they must have endured very dangerous and unpleasant settings in the mountains and deserts in which the film takes place. Saorise Ronan brings a positive and vulnerable energy to the group in her role as the orphan who follows, and then joins the group.

I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys movies that are historical and based on true events, or anyone who likes good acting and great film THE WAY BACKmaking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken in Sask on Jan. 25 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The book was better even though the movie is very well done. It is sometimes difficult for a movie to mirror the book, and in this case the movie left out some important parts of the book such as the camp commandant's wife helping the escapees to prepare for their breakout and the great aid that the firearm provided that they took from the old Tatar hunter.
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By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 10 2013
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This is not a true story, but is based on and inspired by real events. The movie takes us from a Siberian gulag in 1940, where human beings have been reduced to survival at any cost, to the escape of seven prisoners, to an incredible journey by foot across formidable winter wilderness, to freedom. We witness the depths of depravity than man can fall to, and the heights of sacrifice than man can make to help another. The filming of this movie was an adventure in itself, I'm sure. The survivors travel through seasons and climate zones, experiencing hardship and tragedy that without this movie we couldn't imagine. I recommend this story to those of us who benefit from being encouraged by the human spirit's ability to persevere through severe suffering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 16 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The Way Back (drama, history, adventure)
Directed by Peter Weir
Starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan

Image Entertainment | 2010 | 133 min | Rated PG-13 | Released Apr 22, 2011

Video:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles:
English SDH, Spanish

Disc:
Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc

The Way Back is the story of an epic journey and the determination of the human spirit. Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society) directs and gives us an inspirational tale of hardship, perseverance, and what it means to be free.

I wouldn't normally suggest this, but it's a good idea to skip the first chapter of the film. Those first two minutes and 15 seconds contain two things: a list of credits explaining which studios were responsible for making the film and a brief text-only prologue. The prologue reveals too much of the story. It explains how many people survive the journey, their gender and where they walk to. The film still works, but I think it's better to view it without knowing those details. It was presumably done to pay tribute to those who made the historical journey. You won't miss a single frame of the film if you skip it.

The story opens with an interrogation sequence in which a Polish woman is made to inform on her husband, Janusz (Sturgess). He's sent to a Siberian prison camp as a result. The year is 1940; a time when Stalin and Hitler were trying to conquer various parts of Europe.

Janusz meets a variety of prisoners, but we aren't told much about their origins. Because of this lack of exposition, it's difficult to tell one prisoner from the other at the start of the film.
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