(NEW YORK) -- Filmmaker Sam Mendes' World War I drama 1917 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film, which earned 10 Oscar nominations, took home trophies for Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
Mendes' epic centers on two British soldiers, played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, who are in a desperate race across enemy territory with an urgent message that could save thousands of soldiers -- including a brother of one of the men.
Instead of using short takes, as is customary, Mendes kept the camera rolling to make it look like it was shot in one take. This means everything had to go exactly right, or all involved had to start all over again.
"A lot of it was sort of trial and error," Chapman tells ABC Audio, "And then you'd sort of have to remember what -- what went wrong the previous take and then you'd have to sort of correct it the next. So it was literally, you know, one thing went wrong, the previous take, then something else would go wrong the next time. And it was about correcting yourself as you went along."
For MacKay, an errant prop proved a real headache for one take.
"I think it was the end of six minutes or something. Literally the last five seconds. The point with which, you know, we'll put two shots together. And my body's in a certain position that -- and my rifle just kept falling off at the end of six minutes.
1917 also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, and Colin Firth.
The Blu-ray release comes packed with behind-the-scenes features, including how Mendes and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins managed to capture the film's stunning shots.
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