In The Land Of Blood And Honey

Featured In Issue 166, April 2012

WSR Score5
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Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, In The Land Of Blood And Honey tells the story of Danijel (Kostic) and Ajla (Marjanovic), two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 10:24), a Q&A with Writer/Director Angelina Jolie and Actress Vanessa Glodjo (HD 62:03), 11 deleted scenes (HD 16:32), up-front previews, and BD-Live functionality.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a purposely gritty look to convey the atrocities of cultural war. The imagery appears absolutely authentic. The color palette is subdued, yet naturally hued. Fleshtones are reasonably natural under differing situations. Contrast is also reasonably well balanced, with decent blacks and shadow delineation. Resolution is generally softly focused, with close-ups exhibiting fine detail. Overall, the picture visually documents the stark realities and atrocities of war in a haunting and upsetting manner. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful with its softly executed orchestral music score. The music is dimensional throughout the soundfield, with an enveloping presence in the surrounds. Dialogue sounds absolutely natural and nicely integrated spatially. Atmospherics and sound effects are appropriately integrated into the storytelling with sudden blasts of gunfire and explosions enhanced with deep .1 LFE energy. The soundtrack is a perfect complement to this emotionally charged war story. (Gary Reber)