Delayed almost two years because of the box office implications
of a movie depicting the army in a negative way (not that the last
two years of reality haven’t done so), Miramax decided to
slip “Buffalo Soldiers” into theaters under the radar.
Unfortunately, it worked. This quality film in the same vein as
“M.A.S.H.” went relatively unseen, and its DVD release
will probably do the same.

Mira Levitan
Mmmmmm … buffalo wings. (Courtesy of Buena Vista)

“Soldiers” details a peacetime army base in 1989
Germany where restless American G.I.s conquer their boredom through
black-market drug and weapons trading. Darkly satirical and
contemporarily apropos, great acting and a better script only
falter in the sometimes-dragging plot.

The DVD has little to offer other than the movie. A basic and
uneventful commentary track is available, but only director Gregor
Jordan participates. “Beyond The Iron Curtain” could
have been an excellent features, but it’s only five minutes
long. Really, the only extra worth noting is the Anatomy of a Scene
piece composed by the Sundance channel, not even created for the
purposes of the DVD.

 

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Picture/Sound: 4 out of 5 stars.

Features: 2 out of 5 stars.

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