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Bridge of Spies (Blu-ray)

Bridge of Spies

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A
Running Time: 
141 minutes

Bridge of Spies is a tense war thriller that hinges on the subtlety of its performances, primarily from Tom Hanks as lawyer turned hostage negotiator James B. Donovan and from Mark Rylance as his Russian spy client Rudolf Abel. It’s strong film from Steven Spielberg and one that gets better with each repeat viewing, making it an excellent choice to own on Blu-ray.

 

QUALITY:
The film does a good job at capturing the look of New York and East Berlin in the late 1950’s. There’s a purposeful grainy texture to the picture that ages it to give it more of a classic look. The sets are absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray and really tie the whole thing together. I was impressed with the scene where the U-2 spy plane being piloted by Francis Gary Powers is shot down in particular.

 

BONUS FEATURES:

  • A Case Of The Cold War: Bridge of Spies
  • U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base
  • Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act
  • Berlin 1961: Recreating the Divide

The Blu-ray features four lengthy featurettes that go into great detail about the true life events that inspired the film. It’s half behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew and half history lesson. They’re all rather informative and are more interesting than your stereotypical extra features.

 

The Bridge of Spies Blu-ray is the perfect addition to any history buff’s collection. It goes beyond just being entertaining as it documents a pivotal moment of the United States’ past. If you have yet to see this Oscar-nominated film, I highly suggest picking up the Blu-ray. It’s well worth it.

Matt Rodriguez
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