Passchendaele

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Import Blu-Ray/Region A pressing. The motion picture Passchendaele, an epic set amidst the horror of war, was shot in Alberta from August 20th to October 23rd 2007, directed and written by Paul Gross. The film represents a lifelong dream of Gross s, who learned of this extraordinary period in Canadian history from his grandfather, Michael Joseph Dunne. The Battle of Passchendaele represents a story of determination, commitment and triumph, and this defining chapter … More >>

Passchendaele

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  1. As an American fan of actor Paul Gross, I hmmed and hawed over buying this movie on BluRay. The price was what really held me back, so I tacked it onto my Christmas list and thought if someone gets it for me, great, if not, I’ll wait for the price to drop. Well, I received the BluRay as an Xmas gift this year and I’m so glad I did. This is an excellent movie. I’m not a fan of wartime movies at all (hated Pearl Harbor and couldn’t stomach Saving Private Ryan) and also not into the gore. Though a very violent movie, I thought Passchendaele was tastefully done. It portrays the horrors of WWI without overusing graphic violence. The trench scenes are amazing and really make you think about how horrible it must have been. About half the movie takes place elsewhere, which gives it a nice pace. It starts on the battlefield and ends on the battlefield, but in between we get to see the lead character go home, and see how home is dealing with the war.

    American viewers will probably feel a change in style. This is a Canadian-made movie about a Canadian story and it just feels a bit different from American movies. I feel that this is a plus. Paul Gross, who plays the lead, wrote and directed the movie. Parts of it are based on stories he heard from his Grandfather, who fought at Passchendaele, and you can feel how personal a story this is to him. He really puts his heart and soul into it and that comes through on screen. The love story is a bit hokey but enjoyable. The end a bit predictable but still heart-rending. Fans of Paul Gross, fans of war movies, and fans of just plain well-made and entertaining movies should enjoy this. I would advise to look elsewhere until the price drops on Amazon (currently $43.99). We got it for less. Also, I certainly would not allow young children to watch this movie as, in addition to the violence, there are also a couple of sex scenes.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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