“Miracle at St. Anna”

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Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee presents an explosive look at the lives of four African American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines during World War II in Miracle at St. Anna coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on Feb. 10 from Touchstone Home Entertainment. An epic tale depicting the indomitable human spirit in the face of shocking devastation, this stirring story is even more revealing with exclusive Blu-ray bonus features that take viewers deeper into the world of these unsung heroes with a fascinating documentary featuring WWII vets and Spike Lee that illuminate the untold story of America’s Buffalo Soldiers, the U.S. Army’s all-black regiment.

Directed by award winning Lee (Do the Right Thing, 4 Little Girls), and based on the highly acclaimed novel by James McBride, Miracle at St. Anna is a powerful story of faith, courage and sacrifice. Critics give this film high marks, calling Miracle at St. Anna ╥One of Spike Lee╒s best and most important films. Honest, powerful, and inspiring, Miracle at St. Anna is one of the best films of 2008. (Ben Lyon, E!).

Miracle at St. Anna comes from the true story of four African American soldiers stationed in German-occupied Italy during World War II. Separated from their unit and trapped behind Nazi lines, ranking officer Aubrey Stamps (Derek Luke), hot-headed Bishop Cummings (Michael Ealy), radioman Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) and gentle giant Sam Train (Omar Benson Miller) survive a shocking massacre, rescuing a young Italian boy in the process. The five make their way to the nearest village, where they join forces with the local opposition, risking their lives and gathering intelligence for a nation that considers them second-class citizensa nation that considers them second-class citizens.

An inspirational look at the heroic exploits of the all-black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division of the U.S. Army, Miracle at St. Anna boasts a superb cast headlined by Derek Luke (Definitely, Maybe, Lions for Lambs), Michael Ealy (Barbershop 2: Back in Business, 2 Fast, 2 Furious), Laz Alonso (Stomp the

Yard, This Christmas) and Omar Benson Miller (Things We Lost in the Fire, 8 Mile). The film also stars John Turturro (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Lookout), John Leguizamo (Righteous Kill, The Happening), Kerry Washington (Ray, The Last King of Scotland) and D.B. Sweeney (Jericho, Stiletto).

Blu-ray Bonus Features

In addition to footage and sound that are spectacular in hi-def, the Blu-ray disc contains the following exclusive bonus features:

 

  • Deeds Not Words-Pull up a chair with Director Spike Lee and World War II veterans at the historic Harlem Veterans╒ Club as they share their intimate experiences from the Great War and discuss how their service to their country is remembered and immortalized in the annals of history and in the films of Hollywood.
  • The Buffalo Soldier Experience-Trace the history of the Buffalo Soldier with historians, Director Spike Lee and the cast, and hear rare firsthand accounts of the deep personal bond that was forged between the soldiers and the Italian citizens during World War II.
  • Deleted Scenes 

 

 

 

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