Paths of Glory (1957) DVD9 and Blu-Ray Criterion Collection
The blind insanity of war can be summed up in 'Paths of Glory' by one statement made by Kirk Douglas: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel". The result of extreme patriotism leads to the execution of three innocent men in the French army in 1916 during World War I.

A lawyer in civilian life, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) accepts orders to take an enemy position called The Anthill. The utterly unprincipled General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders the incompetent, arrogant General Mireau (George Macready) to take The Anthill at all costs. The attack fails, after many of Colonel Dax's men are killed in a pointless frontal assault. Seeing that some soldiers never left the trenches, Mireau directs his own artillery to fire on them, but his orders are refused. To save face and "teach his men a lesson", the petulant Mireau demands that executions be carried out. The number of men to be shot is narrowed to just three, to be chosen by the trench officers. One victim is selected by lot and another is singled out because he's unpopular. The third has witnessed cowardice of his commander.

Colonel Dax defends the three in the court-martial, despite the fact that the outcome is a foregone conclusion. General Mireau has equated his personal pride with the honor of the army. General Broulard sees the entire issue in political terms, and coldly assumes that Dax's spirited defense is a maneuver for personal advancement. But Broulard also lays a trap for Mireau ... as Dax has documented the General's attempt to fire on his own troops.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, War

• New audio commentary featuring critic Gary Giddins
• Excerpt from a 1966 audio interview with director Stanley Kubrick (2:17)
• Television interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas (29:27)
• New video interviews with Kubrick's longtime executive producer Jan Harlan (9:08), Paths of Glory producer James B. Harris (21:09), and actress Christiane Kubrick (6:58)
• French television piece about a real-life World War I execution that partly inspired the film (3:10)
• Theatrical trailer

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:28:16 | 7.86 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:28:21 | 40 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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