I like movies about Soviet Russia.  I’m not saying I liked Leninism or even Communism.  But it’s nice to see a movie about the Russian people during Soviet times that doesn’t attack them for not being Americans.  Odd as it may sound, one of Ayn Rand’s early novels, We The Living, does this, but mainly because she hadn’t developed the nonsensical vitriol that drenched such later works as Atlas Shrugged.  Now you can see one of the best movies about Soviet Russia during World War II in a brand new format.

Starting this May 19th, now available on Blu-ray Disc from Mandalay Pictures and Paramount Studios Home Entertainment comes the high-definition story of a man who fought for honor, who fought for love and who ultimately fought to stay alive.  Enemy At The Gates – Blu-ray Disc is ready to creep right out of your television screen and light up your whole living room with this story of friendship, love and dedication to your country in a time of war.  Bring home this magnificent war movie today!

It’s World War II on the Eastern Front.  The Nazis have swarmed across Russia and stand at the gates of Stalingrad.  With Kruschev organizing the city for resistance, it is the exploits of the sniper Vassili Zaitsev which truly motivate the people.  He has been made famous by the propaganda officer and his best friend, Danilov.  But Danilov and Vassili fall in love with same Soviet beauty and so Danilov deserts him.  As if that wasn’t enough trouble, the Nazis have sent their own special sniper, Major Konig, to try and kill Vassili.  With the city crumbling around them, the two snipers set out on a game of hide and seek with deadly consequences. This movie stars Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bob Hoskins and Rachel Weisz and was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

The special features included in this Blu-ray Disc are a look at the history behind this movie, a featurette about the making of this film, a selection of deleted scenes and the original theatrical trailer.

This is a wonderfully delightfully film.  It is gritty and completely realistic and introduces us to an aspect of World War II which we seldom think about.  This is the best war movie to come out since Saving Private Ryan, high praise indeed but certainly praise which is well deserved.  It is a little strange to see Jude Law in this role, particularly because he is so much of a pretty boy and always plays those roles.  Regardless, he does a good job as the Soviet sniper.  Ed Harris, as I’m sure you can imagine, is delightfully evil as the German sniper and the two create a wonderful sense of competition in this film.  Rachel Weisz is gorgeous and a complete treat to see on screen.  But it’s the story, the true story of this sniper duel that creates a movie experience you should not miss, especially not when it’s finally in high definition.

The only Enemy you need to worry about is not having this film!

This Blu-ray Disc is available at Amazon.com.

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