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Title: Talvisota / Unknown Soldier
Post by: AVSCraig on April 19, 2019, 03:18:35 PM
Talvisota / Unknown Soldier - Finnish WWII double feature



Talvisota ( The Winter War - 1989) 3 hours 31 minutes - Finnish, with English subtitles.

Picture - 8.75
Sound - 7
Movie - 8.5


This is a very good film about a part of WWII history I knew nothing about.  In 1939, after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September, Russia attacked Finland intending to occupy it. The film follows Finnish farmers called up as reservists to defend Finland from the Soviet invasion. This 1989 film has had a good 4K restoration and looks great. Audio is good, but being from the 1980's, don't expect a modern Atmos soundtrack. Still, all my guests thought it was quite good.

Trivia - the tanks used are original Soviet T-26, captured by the Finns during the Continuation War of 1941-44 and then used as the backbone of the Finnish tank forces. Several are in driving conditions in Finnish museums.

Unknown Soldier - 2017 ( 3 hours ) Finnish, with English subtitles.

Picture - 9.5
Sound - 9.5
Movie - 9.5



This film takes place during the Finnish Continuation War, when Finland attempted to regain territory lost to the Soviet Union in the Winter War. I found this film to be very realistic, gritty, with an excellent picture and a pretty aggressive soundtrack. Good bass effects. One of the better war movies I've seen, and an interesting bit of history I knew nothing about. Do some reading / research before watching these films, and it will give you a greater understanding of what poor little Finland went through during WWII. 
Title: Re: Talvisota / Unknown Soldier
Post by: tripplej on April 19, 2019, 08:23:15 PM
Thanks for the review. I enjoy war movies so will keep an eye out for it.

My favorite is the very old "All quiet on the western front (https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Western-Front-Richard-Thomas/dp/B07C6JY5W3/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=All+quiet+on+the+western+front+movie&link_code=qs&qid=1555730527&s=gateway&sourceid=Mozilla-search&sr=8-1)", black and white world war I movie.. It is based on the book  (https://www.amazon.com/All-Quiet-Western-Front-Paperback/dp/B002BNBAI0/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=All+quiet+on+the+western+front+book&qid=1555730563&s=instant-video&sr=1-2-catcorr)of the same name, excellent book as well.

Title: Re: Talvisota / Unknown Soldier
Post by: David Vaughn on April 22, 2019, 11:08:46 AM
3 hours...wow...that's a long movie :)
Title: Re: Talvisota / Unknown Soldier
Post by: AVSCraig on April 22, 2019, 12:13:11 PM
3 hours...wow...that's a long movie :)
Not as long as actually fighting the Soviets would have seemed at the time. Neither movie drags - I've had 90 minute movies that seemed a lot longer !