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Testament Of Youth (2014/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: A Extras: B Film: B+

James Kent's Testament of Youth (Remembrance for a Lost Generation) is based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain, which expresses a very interesting story. It gives us a World War One drama from the perspective of a woman, which we rarely see. The story focuses on Vera Brittain, played by the Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander. Vera (Vikander) decides to become a nurse so she can, in some way, be close to her fiancé Roland Leighton, played by Kit Harington, who along with Vera's brother Edward, played by Taron Egerton from Kingsman: The Secret Service, quickly enlists for service in the war.

One thing you must not be expecting when you watch Testament of Youth is a lot of fighting/action scenes of violence, because that is not exactly what this movie is about. The movie wants to take you to the other side of war, which is about the loss of different family members and friends, the tragedy of an era stuck in war where losing a leg or being sent home blinded will have you be considered one of the lucky ones, and yes, there is of course the young romance story that Vera Brittain (Vikander) experiences while juggling being a nurse during WWI.

The movie is very well done from a directing and cinematography standpoint. Each scene fits in and does not seem out of place for this WWI period piece of young romance and tragedy. There is a stellar cast of newly rising stars, and if you have not seen these young actors yet I suspect you will.

This romantic war period piece is brought to you in 1080p Blu-ray high definition with a 2.39:1 widescreen presentation. Every scene looks spectacular and properly conveys the harsh environment times, with the muddy battlefields and the beautiful English countryside. You are able to get a sense of what it looked like during that time and the cinematographer gives the proper touch of color correcting to set the mood/tone of each scene. The audio comes through flawlessly with its lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix.

The bonus features on the disc for Testament of Youth include Deleted Scenes, Commentary with Kit Harington and Director James Kent, Testament of Youth Behind the Scenes, and the Theatrical Trailer.

- Jordan Whiteko


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