REVIEW: LONE SURVIVOR
OVERVIEW: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on
May 20, 2014.
Based on Marcus Luttrell’s The New York Times bestselling memoir, Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) explores the unbreakable bond of brotherhood in a film that Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers praised as “a powerhouse film.” Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of Operation Red Wings, a mission about four Navy SEALs ambushed by the enemy deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. As the soldiers are confronted by unthinkable odds they must find reserves of strength and resilience in order to fight to the finish.
Both the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD include bonus features that shed new light on the valiant real-life soldiers of Operation Red Wings. Exclusive to the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack are interviews with the film’s cast and creators, as well as action-packed behind-the-scenes featurettes.
SYNOPSIS: Based on The New York Times best-selling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As the confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg
There are several key points to
making this movie and story worthy. And though I would love to
be highly critical in length about how awesome this latest Peter
Berg (Battleship, 2012) effort is; for the sake of brevity,
I’ll try to make this short and sweet. As one combs deeper
through Lone Survivor's layers, it becomes quite obvious that it
is a tragedy, both in circumstance and in truth. It is the sort
of story that kicks one’s teeth in with the relentless
onslaught of gory bone-tingling, nerve-shattering bombs, bullets
and blood. And as would be expected, it is accompanied by the
typical rapid-fire military jargon and exaggerated protocols. As
war flicks go, it is as tough a watch as you’ll ever find on
the big screen. Director Peter Berg seemingly captures the
tension and the pain of the Navy SEAL’s harrowing five-day
ordeal in some of the roughest terrain imaginable in a war zone.
He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate
peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered SEAL team encounters
some of the Afghani-Taliban’s worst.
In this rich and moving chronicle of honor, courage and
patriotism, Mark Wahlberg delivers one of the most powerful
demonstrations of his talent, to date. And though in recent
years, the Department of Defense (DOD) conflict movies tend to
come across as extended infomercials for the US armed forces,
Lone Survivor is a story that is a perfect illustration and
testament to the true warrior spirit demonstrating the level of
physical and mental punishment these SEALs suffered through.
It’s graphic, but more than that, it’s just simply brutal
with a testament to humanity in the face of conflict.
The four actors that represented the central characters carried
the heavy burden of representing that warrior spirit and did so
with magnificent display of talent and skill. However, what’s
most notable throughout this movie is the manner in which
Wahlberg is able to convey the true spirit of the modern
American warrior. For a man that has never spent a day of his
life on any battlefield or war-zone in any conflict around the
globe, he embodied and displayed those attributes and
convictions of the US Armed Forces personnel with an intensity
that can only be judged by the like-minded. To that end,
there’s something to be said about those whom will judge his
spiritually honest portrayal of the men and women in uniform.
They [the awards judges] will probably not give him the credit
he deserves for playing this role because they themselves cannot
see what perfection Wahlberg is able to bring forth, without
actually experiencing war firsthand. Hats off to him for such a
valiant effort and I’m certain Marcus Luttrell (central
character) is proud of Wahlberg’s representation.
There are a few minor shortcomings with how the storyline is
paced; however, this movie is probably the best conflict movie
of the year. It is certainly worth watching in any format,
whether in theaters, on DVD or pay-per-view. It deserves four
and a half stars out of five for excellence in acting, substance
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 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 (2.40:1) 16x9
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 (English); DTS Digital Surround
Subtitles - English Spanish
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Will of the Warrior: An in-depth look at Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in Operation Red Wings.
Recreating the Firefight: Reveals how Lone Survivor’s action-packed stunts were choreographed and shot. This featurette includes interviews with Director Peter Berg, Actors Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch and stunt coordinator and 2nd unit director Kevin Scott.
Learning the Basics: Watch as Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster go through rigorous SEAL training in weapons handling, communication/patrolling and simulated attack drills. Along with Marcus Luttrell, Peter Berg enlisted the help of active Navy SEALS to help the actors accurately portray the fallen soldiers of Operation Red Wings.
The Pashtun Code of Life: Learn why Marcus Luttrell’s rescuer, Mohammad Gulab, risked his life and the lives of everyone in his village in order to save Marcus.
Bringing the Story to
Light: Marcus Luttrell’s story of survival under extremely dire circumstances is an inspiration to anyone who hears it. Director, producer and writer Peter Berg, Producer Sarah Aubrey, and the four lead actors (Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster) reveal their passion for the project and why it was so important to them to tell this story.
The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red
Wings: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch profile the real-life heroes who inspired their characters: Marcus Luttrell, Michael Murphy, Daniel Dietz and Matthew Axelson. Family members provide intimate accounts of what these brave men were like in their private lives, as well as perspective on their decisions to join the military and make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Also included is a tribute to the team of Operation Red Wings, using personal photos.