DVD REVIEW – "Defiance"

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
June 1, 2009

I had the opportunity to watch an awesome movie called “Defiance.” It was an incredible movie and had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next! Filled with action, drama, and real life events, this is definitely a movie to watch! On June 2nd, 2009, Paramount Home Entertainment will release “Defiance” on DVD and Blu-ray. Defiance is directed by Academy Award winner Edward Zwick and stars Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace), Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Jamie Bell (Flags of Our Fathers).
“Defiance” is based on a true story! It’s about brothers, who are simple farmers (and Jewish) and become outnumbered and outgunned by the German Nazi soldiers. These simple men turn a group of war refugees into powerful freedom fighters and build a community they can survive in and rely on. “Defiance” has been described as “gripping” (Larry King), “a must see” (Steve Oldfield, FOX TV), and “complex, engrossing, and worth celebrating” (Richard Corliss, Time). The film received an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.

The DEFIANCE DVD and Blu-ray presentations include commentary by director Edward Zwick, an in-depth look at the making of the film called “Defiance: Return to the Forest”, interviews with the real-life descendants of the Bielski family and photographs taken by the director during the production. Additionally, the Blu-ray includes “Scoring Defiance”, a discussion with composer James Newton Howard and violinist Joshua Bell about the much-lauded score.


The DEFIANCE DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The discs include the following special features in high definition as noted:

• Commentary by director Edward Zwick
• Defiance: Return to the Forest (HD)—Explores all aspects of production from the early stages of pre-production to shooting on location in Lithuania. Edward Zwick and his creative team discuss some of the challenges and also the rewards of adapting this well-documented historical event into a feature film.
• Bielski Partisan Survivors (HD)—Photo gallery of images taken by Edward Zwick including behind-the-scenes images and surviving members from the Bielski Otriad.
• Children of the Otriad: The Families Speak (HD)—Descendents of the Bielski family tour the film’s set and relate the story of the real-life partisans along with efforts to preserve the brothers’ legacy.
• Scoring Defiance (HD) —Blu-ray only —Academy Award® nominated composer James Newton Howard and violinist Joshua Bell discuss the incredible film score for Defiance.
• Theatrical trailers (HD)

Release Date: June 2, 2009
Pricing: $19.99 U.S./$21.99 Canada (DVD)
$29.99 U.S./$39.99 Canada (Blu-ray)
Runtime: 136 minutes
U.S. Rating: R for violence and language
Canadian Rating: 14A for violence, disturbing content and coarse language

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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