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Victory Blu-ray Review

Victory

“Victory” entertains.

In 1981’s “Victory,” the WWII set story revolves around a group of Allied forces at a German POW camp. Upon visiting the camp, Nazi Major Steiner sees a group of POWs playing a game of soccer led by former footballer John Colby. To make a long story short, Steiner concocts a plan to play a friendly game between the German National Team and elite international POW players. Unbeknownst to the Germans, the game would also be used a means of escape for the POWs.

“Victory” is a film that has long been on my watch list. How can you not be intrigued by a John Huston directed POW soccer movie with Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow, Michael Caine and soccer/futbol legend Pelé? Despite it having an utterly ridiculous premise that also waters down the Nazis to a puzzling degree, the movie (which plays like a cross between “The Great Escape” and “The Longest Yard”) manages to be a tense and well paced piece of cinematic entertainment thanks to the skilled direction by veteran John Huston. Truth be told, it’s probably one of the more memorable soccer films. Granted, there aren’t a lot of quality ones out there, but this one at least captures the spirit of the sport despite the WWII plot around it. 

As mentioned above, the cast has a number of big names including Stallone, Caine, von Sydow and Pelé. As a futbol fan, it was fun to see Pelé in a movie. It was even more surprising that he manages to do a fine job. One would think his part would primarily see him on the field, but he has a fair amount of scenes off of it. Of course, his grand moment is on the pitch though. Stallone seems an odd choice and, indeed, he feels out of place here (especially with him playing a futbol trainer and eventual goalkeeper). He doesn’t give a bad performance, he’s just miscast. I have to imagine he was cast for star power. Caine is Caine. He turns in a predictably solid performance. The same goes with Max von Sydow who plays a Nazi Major that has a heart.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.4:1 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer is clean and crisp. Fans will no doubt be pleased by the results.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the rousing Bill Conti score to the futbol match, the audio track delivers.

The lone extra is a “Victory” trailer.

February 29, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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