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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hymn to Him and Her set against the winds of war.

    'Battle Hymn' is the story of a minister, Col. Dean Hess (Rock Hudson) who returns to the fray of battle and train Korean soldiers to fight after he feels he has lost his spiritual calling. Of course Hess finds redemption and his true faith when he becomes involved with a group of Korean orphans and a young Korean/Indian woman, En Soon Yang (Anna Kashfi) who cares for them. Despite several brilliantly staged action sequences this film is not so much a war saga as it is a tale of introspection and finding the courage within one¿s self to carry on. The logic behind the treacle is easily explained; the film's director is Douglas Sirk - known for his soppy, sloppy and gushy melodramas that ooze sentiment over substance. The blend of both adventure and drama is seamless enough, but the intrusion of love among the ruins is a bit awkward in spots. Nevertheless, 'Battle Hymn' is a reasonably intelligently-crafted and inspiring movie without being stoic or preachy. Overall the picture quality is nicely rendered but the ravages of time have not been kind in a few spots. Age related artifacts are present throughout - sometimes glaringly so. Black levels are often weak and fine detail is lost in the darkest scenes. Digital anomalies are not an issue for a generally smooth visual presentation. The audio is nicely presented - if somewhat dated. 'Battle Hymn' is finely wrought melodrama tinged with the prerequisite of combat that all war films have in common. The DVD is admirably realized but is not reference quality. Still, it's definitely worth a look.

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