13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
OVERVIEW: Hailed as “powerful” (Kyle Smith, New York Post), “engrossing” (Soren Andersen, Seattle Times) and “full of explosive action” (Dan Casey, Nerdist), director Michael Bay’s remarkable 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand June 7, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD May 24.
The 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD includes an hour of bonus content featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the six ex-military operators recounting the extraordinary detail involved in recreating the events from the attack. Plus, join the cast and crew as they highlight the filmmaking process and how director Michael Bay brought the film to life.
The Blu-ray containing the feature film is encoded in Dolby TrueHD and features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment. Dolby Atmos delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.
13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI tells the incredible true story of six elite ex-military operators who fought to protect the CIA against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. The film stars John Krasinski (TV’s “The Office”), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Pablo Schreiber (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), and is based on the nonfiction novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by New York Times best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff with the members of the Annex Security Team
REVIEW: Filmed on location in Malta and Morocco to represent the Libyan city of Benghazi, the film tells the story of the 2012 terror attack on the city’s US compound and its CIA and special Embassy delegation inhabitants. Screenwriter Chuck Hogan’s (The Town, 2010) begins “13 Hours” with the introductions of the six GRS security personnel soon to be under siege. John Krasinski of “The Office” plays Jack Silva, the most likable of the guys, who has left a wife and children behind to make a living, keep the adrenaline going and serve a higher cause in a dangerous place. James Badge Dale portrays the steadfast Tyrone (Rone) Woods, a natural leader and a bullheaded adversary to the sniveling CIA base chief (David Costabile), who from the story’s perspective symbolizes everything that’s wrong with U.S. foreign policy.
Going in to this flick, it’s important to remember that this is not a typical Hollywood war movie where you have government issued Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen or Marines embarking on a mission to take out bad guys or adversaries with the full support of the US Armed Forces in tow. This is quite simply a movie about private security with a background in in military tactics being able to fight a small, short well contained fight with as little as 6 highly trained American Civilians (and I stress civilians because while they are ex-military, they are only performing in the capacity of hired contracted “Security” in the scenario they were subjected to). Having said that, it is most astonishing that only four Americans were killed: Ambassador Stevens, Foreign Service Information officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
While the movie’s depiction of Libyan militant casualties being somewhere in the vicinity of a hundred is confirmed, on so many levels, these simple facts and the actual scenario is what makes this story so unbelievable and awesome at the same time. It speaks to the level and quality of soldiers trained by our Armed forces. These guys were not only able to survive (for the most part), the onslaught of the heavy arms being used against the team at the time by a large number of radical extremist, but was able inflict casualties in the low triple-digits with the simplest of standard issued automatic weaponry, great tactics and a few tactical items such as night vision goggles.
The idea that these few brave men were able to walk out of said scenario with little to no support from our government or its assets, adds to the greatness of this action flick. The action was A+, with well place actors truly exuding the image, demeanor and poise of actual security contractors usually found in similar hostile environments such as this one. The dialog was entertaining on many levels, including the usual military jargon along with lots of potshot comic relief moments. I particularly liked the level of realism that Director Michael Bay was able to bring to this flick on all levels. His aerial shots were grand and spectacular while the explosions were as realistic as one can expect with very little obvious CGI.
In my opinion the political indictment took place when the film
never once mentioned any of the leaders of our government and
their roles and contributions to the massive failure to protect American lives that night in 2012. It’s quite interesting how this comes just in time for the 2016 presidential election kickoff. Nevertheless, never dull, “13 Hours” gives you a peek at some of that heroism that our current and former GI’s are capable of and lot of what most people actually go to war movies for, ACTION!!!
Needless to say, there are a few minor shortcomings with how the storyline is paced; however, this movie is probably the best military-centric movie we’ll see this year. It is certainly worth watching in any format, whether in theaters, on DVD or Netflix. It deserves four and a half stars out of five for excellence in acting, substance and cinematography.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
English DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital
English SDH, Spanish and French
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None of Them are You:
Crafting 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Intimacy in Miniature
Sound of Unease
Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Chuck Hogan, Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre: Action Drama
Duration: 2hr 24 mins
Starring: John Krasinski
James Badge Dale
Producer: Michael Bay
R for strong combat violence
Release Date: June 7, 2016
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