'Wildland: Special Edition'
(Blu-ray / NR / (2018) 2019 / Film Rise)
Overview: Filmed over one fire season, 'Wildland' (previously titled 'Young Men and Fire') is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams and demons.
Blu-ray Verdict: Every summer, the American West burns. As climate change has increased, average temperatures have risen, resulting in a sudden increase in both the frequency and intensity of wildfires.
Inside each of these fires are small crews who work to contain them by hand, using shovels, pulaskis, and methods that haven't changed in sixty years.
Filmed during two recent wildfire seasons, 'Wildland' (aka 'Young Men and Fire') is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams, and demons.
What emerges is a rich story of working-class men - their exterior world, their interior lives and the fire that lies between.
In this just-over-the-hour mark documentary film - brought to us by the uber talented Alex Jablonski and the brilliant Kahlil Hudson - 'Wildland' is one mighty fine, and absolutely true and honest story of what it takes to be a Wildland Firefighter.
It brings forth, whether we are prepared or not, a no-holds-barred look behind the scene at the daily life on the fire line. People from all walks of life with the desire to challenge themselves are showcased and tell their tales of what got them into this line of dangerous work.
Watching this twice now I have to say that I have a much greater respect for these men and women willing to take on what most people would shy away from.
Ergo, 'Wildland' is a must-see documentary film that will leave you cheering on the efforts and hard work of the firefighters involved and the shared satisfaction of a job well done. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: