REVIEW: THE HURT LOCKER
OVERVIEW: Summit Entertainment is proud to announce the January 12, 2010 DVD release of The Hurt Locker, an intense war film filled with non-stop, groundbreaking realistic action. Come this January The Hurt Locker will be ideally placed to take advantage of the years best selling month for action films and will continue to thrive into awards season as a leading contender for a number of Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Director Kathryn Bigelow created this gripping film starring Jeremy Renner (Dahmer, The Assassination of Jesse James), Anthony Mackie (Half Nelson, We Are Marshall) and Brian Geraghty (We Are Marshall, Jarhead), with cameo appearances by Ralph Fiennes (The Reader), David Morse (“John Adams”), Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) and Guy Pearce (Memento). The Hurt Locker is produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Greg Shapiro and Nicolas Chartier. The screenplay is written by Mark Boal (In the Valley of Elah , story).
SYNOPSIS: In the summer of 2004, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) of Bravo Company are at the volatile center of the war, part of a small counterforce specifically trained to handle the homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), that account for more than half of American hostile deaths and have killed thousands of Iraqis. A high-pressure, high-stakes assignment, the job leaves no room for mistakes, as they learn when they lose their team leader on a mission.
When Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures. And yet, in the fog of war, appearances are never reliable for long. Is James really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin of error is zero or is he a consummate professional who has honed his esoteric craft to high-wire precision? As the fiery chaos of Baghdad swirls around them, the men struggle to understand and contain their new leader long enough for them to make it home. They have only 38 days left in their tour of Iraq, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter, and as James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time before disaster will strike.
DVD: The film is presented in widescreen with a 1.78:1
aspect ration preserving its theatrical format.
It seems to be the same cut use from the previous released
DVD, clean images without any types of color saturation.
Summit Home Entertainment has done it again with this
transfer. Even though the DVD looks outstanding, I can only
imagine how this Oscar worthy film will look in high
definition. Not only the picture looks excellent in this
release, also the sound it is good. A Dolby Digital English
5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround
providing a nice complement to the picture it also includes
English, French and Spanish subtitles.
In terms of Special Features,
the includes an interesting behind the scenes documentary
covering some of the aspect of the making of the film. It also
includes an Audio Commentary with Director Kathryn
Bigelow and Writer Mark Boal and Image Gallery.
Overall the realism and surreal
vision of director Kathryn Bigelow in a sensitivity subject
matter, makes this film one of the best films of 2009. This is
not just another War movie, is a journey to an addictive, scary
and dangerous world that humanity doesn't seem to be able to
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) Enhance for 16x9 TVs
Digital 5.1 Surround - English Spanish
Subtitles - English and Spanish
Audio Commentary with
Director Kathryn Bigelow and Writer Mark Boal
The Hurt Locker Behind
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