The Monuments Men is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. George Clooney has made an unapologetically old-fashioned Hollywood picture about the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives soldiers who attempted to preserve cultural landmarks and recover art stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
The Blu-ray comes with a documentary called "In Their Own Words" that features interviews with some of the surviving Monuments Men (and Women). The above clip is excerpted from that film.
We've written a lot about this movie, including a discussion of how Clooney and company made a movie that's inspired by the facts and an interview with Robert Edsel, the historian whose work inspired the movie. The Monuments Men stands in stark contrast to other contemporary military-themed movies like Lone Survivor and Zero Dark Thirty. Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and company star in a movie that tries to highlight an untold story of WWII in a way that never gets too heavy. The film is rated PG-13, but only because everyone smokes cigarettes. This is definitely a movie that the whole family can watch together.
There are four featurettes on this Blu-ray (two of which are on the DVD) and a handful of deleted scenese, but this is a movie that could've supported a lot more extras. Commentary audio tracks haven't been showing up on disks lately, probably because most movies don't really warrant a full running commentary. This movie has enough historical content that a commentary track from George Clooney and his production partner Grant Heslov would be useful and a commentary track from Robert Edsel would be even better.