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Land Of Mine (2015/Sony DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Film: B+

During the end days of WWII, the Danish Army took groups of young German POW boys and forced them to work clearing the 2 Million land mines that were planted along the Danish Coast. Young boys were given bare minimal training to do what no one else would do or thank them for. For the soldier and men, the war it was over, but for the boys it was far from it. Treated more like animals than a man, they were forced to make reparations at the risk of their own lives for a country that hated them.

Based on a true story, Martin Zandvliet's Land Of Mine (2015) bravely tells the story of young German boys who were taken after the end of WWII to find and dispose of active mines that the German armies left behind. As prisoners of war, they were tortured, starved and treat as scapegoats for the German prisoners of war. They suffered from PTSD, were hated and despised and given false promises to return home (if they survive) after clearing the fields. Treated without respect or dignity, the corporal who were in charge of them begins to understand even though the war was over and they won, it gives them no right to disrespect to those who had survived the war, no matter what the side.

This film proves there are no true victors in war. It's not the machines, weapons or WMDs that makes wars so terrible, they only symptoms of the true cause, the human heart and it's potential hate another man. War is the ultimate result of that hate and of those without humanity. All the militaries around the world are designed to rid the humanity out their soldiers in order for them to kill, it turns good men into evil men... That no matter the reasons, causes, the country or people it is simply just justification of legal murder. Roland Moller, Louis Hofmann and Joel Basman lead the cast.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 DVD is about as good as it can be for the format, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix (with Danish, German and English) is dialogue-based often and not bad. Too bad this was not lossy. Extras include a conversation with the director and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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