DVD review – ’71 and Blu-ray Combo Pack giveaway!

71 movie posterGary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is a rookie soldier, fresh out of training in the British army. In 1971, Gary’s unit is sent to Belfast, Ireland during the Irish revolt against British rule. They’re put directly into action, forming a blockade in the streets.

Locals notice the unwelcome presence of the British soldiers and an angry mob begins to form. The mob begins verbally assaulting the soldiers – spitting on them and pelting them with rocks – inciting a riot, forcing the soldiers to panic and flee.

Gary and another soldier are separated from their unit during the commotion and after they’re cornered and surrounded, Gary escapes and is now alone, running for his life.

He tries to get back to his men, but they’ve abandoned him. Gary seeks refuge in an alley and goes unnoticed, except for a young boy who is working to help the British soldiers. He guides Gary to a local pub, where his uncle is a leader of a Loyalist group.

When a bomb goes off in the bar, Gary is once again on the run, not knowing who to trust.

’71 is a gripping action/drama that has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Inspired by true events, the movie gives a bold and honest glimpse into the situation that took place. Your heart will race in anticipation of what’s coming next.

Jack O’Connell delivers an inspiring performance that brings you in and engages you more and more as the film goes on. You’ll feel like you are on the streets with Gary, trying to fight for your own life. Director Yann Demange really does an outstanding job telling the story in his silver-screen directorial debut.

The overall pace of the film felt perfect. This movie will thrill you, scare you and make you feel alive. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack does not include any special features. ~Greg Chisholm 

’71 is out on Blu-ray and DVD today. We are giving away five copies of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack – tell us below why you would like to win. Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, July 14.

Also releasing on Blu-ray/DVD today: Woman in Gold, Danny Collins, Survivor, Slow West, The Face of an Angel, October Gale and House of Cards: Season 3

Watch the Trailers:
’71
Woman in Gold
Danny Collins
Survivor
Slow West
The Face of an Angel
October Gale
House of Cards: Season 3

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  1. Steve Thorne • July 7, 2015 @ 9:34 AM

    After reading the review you posted, this sounds like a fascinating story, and the British/Irish revolt has always been an interest to me, having distant relatives from both sides.

  2. Carolle H • July 7, 2015 @ 10:21 AM

    Would love to win because we could have a movie night at home 🙂

  3. Elaine • July 7, 2015 @ 10:26 AM

    im going to Belfast this Fall. Would love to watch this prior to going!

  4. Janet Knudsen • July 7, 2015 @ 10:28 AM

    Your synopsis of the movie sounds very intriguing.

  5. Walt Tanner • July 7, 2015 @ 10:29 AM

    A part of history I would like to learn more about.

  6. Christina • July 7, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

    Very fascinating, there’s so much to learn from these kinds of movies

  7. Cynthia • July 7, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

    Sounds like an amazing movie along the same vein of Bloody Sunday, 50 Dead Men Walking and Omagh. After reading the review this is a must see movie.

  8. Corry L. • July 7, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

    I’d love to win because I love historical movies. This one looks especially intriguing!

  9. Toby • July 7, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

    Love movies based on true stories!

  10. Danielle • July 7, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

    This movie sounds really good!

  11. joanne darrell • July 7, 2015 @ 10:46 AM

    I would like to win because I have not seen this movie and it sounds interesting/

  12. Louise Alain • July 7, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

    Big movie buff, we own over 2500 movies in our collection, we certainly support the movie industry! Love movies can you tell lol!

  13. Louanne Baelde • July 7, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

    Sounds fascinating!! My husband and I would both love to see it!

  14. Susan Hanley • July 7, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

    The story sounds riveting and suspenseful. For years it was very unsettled in Ireland. It would make a great show for movie night.

  15. Dan • July 7, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

    Having visited Belfast last year, I think this movie would be very interesting to see. Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. T Prior • July 7, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

    Looking forward to a movie thrilling, scaring and making me feel alive11

  17. Calvin Chou • July 7, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

    This is one period of history that I know nothing about. It would be awesome to watch a movie that describes it.

  18. Ryan • July 7, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

    Honestly you had me at Jack O’Connell… which I read as Jack O’Neill, Lol. It might have been a mistake but I’m all in now.

  19. Craig Miller • July 7, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

    Haven’t seen this movie yet but heard great things about it. Grew up in Britain at the time that a lot of this was taking place.

  20. April King • July 7, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

    I saw the trailer for this a while ago and it instantly made my ‘must watch’ list. Jack O’Connell is a force to be reckoned with in the acting world and this raw film about the intense world of the IRA will no doubt showcase his incredible talent. I have always found the history of the IRA fascinating and sad at the same time. This film will, no doubt, be incredible!

  21. Linda • July 7, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

    I love movies based on true events and this one sounds very interesting. Also, I could have a movie night at home with my hubby.

  22. Dawn • July 7, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

    Reading what you have had to say about the movie it sounds like a must see….would love to win it, thanks!

  23. Gloria • July 7, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

    My husband and I love true to life movies. When we watch movies like this we see the sacrifices and hardships soldiers have gone through for many years. They should never be taken for granted. This would be a nice treat to watch for Summer holidays. 🙂

  24. kristine • July 7, 2015 @ 12:22 PM

    Sounds like a fantastic movie from what I have read…would love to watch it.

  25. Grant Davidson • July 7, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

    Sounds like a great movie I would love to see it,hope I win

  26. Alexander S. • July 7, 2015 @ 12:44 PM

    would love to win as I love to learn history of UK

  27. Wally Thom • July 7, 2015 @ 1:03 PM

    Reviews for movie were good. Missed the movie, didn’t stay too long in theatres. Would like to see 71.

  28. Sharon • July 7, 2015 @ 1:06 PM

    I really enjoyed the movie.

  29. Laureen Morrison • July 7, 2015 @ 1:07 PM

    It is always good to enjoy a movie at home.

  30. Emily • July 7, 2015 @ 2:54 PM

    great movie

  31. jenna • July 7, 2015 @ 2:55 PM

    very good movie

  32. Laurie • July 7, 2015 @ 2:55 PM

    excellent movie

  33. marcia • July 7, 2015 @ 2:55 PM

    great movie

  34. Bill Hughes • July 7, 2015 @ 3:11 PM

    Have been eagerly awaiting the region one DVD release. Saw the Art House release and was truly impressed.You don’t watch the movie, you experience it. Perfect script, production and performances.Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up, The Runaway, etc.)is a dramatic force to be reckoned with.

  35. Miranda Mak • July 7, 2015 @ 3:13 PM

    would love to win because we’re both big movie buffs

  36. Cory • July 7, 2015 @ 4:03 PM

    i want to win because on the title it says it will hold me in a “vice-like grip”. not many movies do that these days… 🙂

  37. Sian • July 7, 2015 @ 4:15 PM

    My Dad was there in ’71 on a 2 day sales gig. The hotel where he stayed blew up the night after he came back home (to England). My daughter just spent time in Ireland and loved it, yet the signs of past conflict are still present. This would be a fascinating look at a conflict buried, but not forgotten.

  38. Andrea L • July 7, 2015 @ 4:31 PM

    This movie looks really good! I would love to see it!

  39. Ten Y • July 7, 2015 @ 4:32 PM

    I love movies like these – inspired by true events! I think it will be a great one!

  40. Evan • July 7, 2015 @ 5:02 PM

    It would be great to win a copy as the movie was favourably reviewed by many sites and critics, and it’s been on our family’s To-See List in recent months. Thanks for the opportunity. Cheers.

  41. Jason Bell • July 7, 2015 @ 5:29 PM

    Sound like a very very good movie to watch. Can’t go wrong watching on Blu Ray. Love war movies. Hope I win and look forward to get. Cheers.

  42. Simon Penic • July 7, 2015 @ 5:53 PM

    I would love to have this in my Collection, I was lucky enough to catch the premiere during TIFF and listening to Jack O’Connell and Yann Demange discuss the film afterwards was awesome, both such excellent talents! can’t wait to see what comes next for both!

  43. jennifer • July 7, 2015 @ 7:03 PM

    Sounds like a thrilling movie, and love the history of it too

  44. Alison K • July 7, 2015 @ 11:25 PM

    I would like to win the ’71 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack because I saw Jack O’Connell in Unbroken & found him to be a compelling actor. I’m sure he will be magnificent in ’71 as well. Thank you

  45. Karl B. McCuaig • July 7, 2015 @ 11:42 PM

    Sounds like a gooder. Action movies are one of my favorites.

  46. Chantelle Walker • July 8, 2015 @ 1:18 AM

    I love movies inspired by true events! Plus your review makes it sound really good and I would love to see it 🙂

  47. Daniel Thornton • July 8, 2015 @ 1:58 AM

    I would like to win because the film is about a British solder and that makes the movie
    interesting to me.

  48. Kevin M • July 8, 2015 @ 9:36 AM

    I never heard of this movie, I would like to see it.

  49. Gladys Marie • July 8, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

    I work for the Canadian Military and would really appreciate a copy to add to our Library here adn thank you!

  50. Drew • July 8, 2015 @ 3:17 PM

    Would love to win because i missed seeing it in theatres

  51. Sarah Hall • July 8, 2015 @ 4:42 PM

    I would like to see this as I do not know much about this period of history and this could be very interesting.

  52. Rosie • July 8, 2015 @ 9:33 PM

    I went to Ireland and our tour guide told us about these times as he lives through them. Really interested in watching a film to compare to what he told us.

  53. Jason Cantwell • July 9, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

    Because I’m about to spend the day saying “Yann DeMange” to random strangers. . . !

  54. Karyce • July 9, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

    I have a personal collection of over 500 purchased DVDs and over 50 vhs’s. I love movies. I love buying them and watching them ten times and adding them to my collection. I bought most of them, some were gifts and this movie sounds like it would be an amazing story to watch. I would love to add it!

  55. David Roy • July 9, 2015 @ 1:06 PM

    I’ve seen this movie in the theatre and it is very good, quite suspenseful.

  56. Di Thomas • July 9, 2015 @ 1:58 PM

    My husband’s family are from Northern Ireland. On a recent trip to Belfast and other northern locations, we learned a great deal about The Troubles. This movies sounds like a thoughtful depiction of the times and we would appreciate a copy.

  57. Michael T • July 9, 2015 @ 5:04 PM

    Saw the preview ages ago in the theatre but I wasn’t able to see it. It looked really good and exciting . Would love to add it to my movie collection .

  58. kelda • July 9, 2015 @ 5:09 PM

    I visited Belfast a few years ago. Such an incredibly beautiful city and a city that is slowly changing. The people are so friendly and full of stories. It has a very sad tragic past which defines the Belfast people to this day.Dying to see this movie. Jack is a brilliant actor. I have seen most movies to do with the history of the North and I won’t miss this one. I pray that one day the peace walls will come day and both sides will live in harmony.

  59. Shel • July 10, 2015 @ 2:52 AM

    My family and I love movies, and war movies are my mother and brother’s fav genre. Would love to surprise them with a movie night. None of us have seen it. Good luck all

  60. Jason Russell • July 10, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

    I would love to win because I love to watch historical/ based on real life movies . They always affect your emotions in way that made up stuff just doesn’t !

  61. Claude Girouard • July 10, 2015 @ 6:46 PM

    Would love to see this movie!

  62. Carole Farhall • July 11, 2015 @ 1:39 PM

    I love movies so would love to win this one

  63. Grant Davidson • July 11, 2015 @ 2:25 PM

    You make the movie sound worth watching

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