Cohen Media Group: Come What May – Blu-ray Review

When it comes to stories about war and conflicts around the world, too often we forget about the citizens that are many times permanently affected by the violence that has come to their front door. Too often the story is about the militaries and their strategies rather than they men, women, and children whose lives are disrupted and destroyed without their consent or even knowledge.

Come What May explores humanity among the chaos as Germany invades France during the early days of World War II. Hans is a dedicated father who lives in Germany with his young son, Max. While they may be German, Hans is against the Nazi regime and the evil it stands for. Fleeing to Germany, he’s eventually arrested and thrown in jail for lying about his nationality to French officials, leaving his son under the care of the locals of the town they had fled to.

As the Nazis begin their invasion, Hans and the other prisoners are released and his mission becomes to do whatever it takes to get back to his son. Teamed up with a Scottish soldier, Hans follows clues left by his son to find him and the other villagers who have left their small town behind out of fear for their lives. As Hans dodges the threat of Nazis as he travels toward where he hopes his son and the villagers have gone, it becomes less of a quest for a reunion and more a quest of survival.

What I found most intriguing about the film was its intermixing of the German, French, and English languages throughout the narrative. As people from myriad countries merge together, you can see how it was imperative that knowing at least one other language could mean the difference between life and death, especially in the throes of war.

Come What May is a beautifully shot, expertly acted film that respects its subject and explores part of the German invasion that I haven’t seen covered that often in film form. The Blu-ray includes a variety of special features, which include:

Making of Come What May

Behind-the-Scenes with Ennio Morricone

Audio Commentary with Director Christian Carrion

Interview with Director Christian Carion and Richard Pena, former program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center

I highly recommend Come What May. It’s an impactful film that resonates with you long after it’s ended.

Come What May is available now on Blu-ray.

17 Year Doom ban dropped in Germany

Freedom isn’t free, unless you’re willing for fight for it…and wait…a long time. After nearly two decades Doom and Doom 2 have been approved by Germany sensors and made publicly available in the country. The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (Bundesprufstelle) obviously had a bone to pick with Wolfenstein 3D but their reasoning for Doom had long been, “drastic portrayals of violence directed against human or human-like beings”.

BBC reports the lift on the ban came after the ban’s expiration on August 31 and a majority vote to drop it. That’s right, some members of the board STILL wanted to uphold the ban and although this is a notable event in gaming history, according to Gamespot the North American version of the game is still unaccepted as it recycles levels from Wolfenstein featuring swastikas (so developer laziness is partially to blame). But the majority in favor vote felt the title had become “mainly of historical interest” as there are more bigger fish to fry with more detailed “portrayals of violence”.

Some of these modern targets include: Condemned 1 and 2, Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead 2, and Mortal Kombat 1, 2 and 3. While these games do depict more realistic violence it is unfortunate that gamers are outright denied quality titles in an age of unambitious titles.

When Doom does go on sale it will still only be sold to those over 16. It’s worth mentioning the GBA version of the game was approved long ago. Meanwhile in the land of the free the games are available on PC, PSX, SNES, SEGA SATURN, 3DO, JAGUAR, GBA, 32X, and Xbox Live Arcade. The game became a revolutionary step for first-person-shooters with it’s visual prowess, ludicrous violence, and lightning speed gameplay. Hey Bundesprufstelle! Welcome to the year 1993!