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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi [Blu-ray/DVD] [Only @ Best Buy] [SteelBook] [2016]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2529 out of 2567)

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    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an action thriller based on the 2014 non-fiction book written by journalist Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team. The film depicts the harrowing true story of the attack on a U.S. embassy outpost in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, which killed four Americans (including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens). After the assault begins, an ex-military security team are tasked with protecting a covert CIA base approximately a mile from the outpost. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, and Pablo Schreiber. ~ Tom Ciampoli, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • John Krasinski
      John Krasinski - Jack
    • Pablo Schreiber
      Pablo Schreiber - Tanto
    • James Badge Dale
      James Badge Dale - Rone
    • Max Martini
      Max Martini - Oz
    • David Giuntoli
      David Giuntoli - Scott Wickland



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2567 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Superb Movie About A Tragic Piece of US History

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      TheLivingEnd
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      The steelbook edition of 13 Hours is really rather nice. It has excellent artwork on it and the build quality is great as well. The blu ray's video and audio quality is fantastic and the selection of bonus features/behind-the-scenes is nice as well. Here's a breakdown of the special features. - "For the Record: Finding the Truth Amid the Noise" (1080p, 8:02): A short yet fascinating look at the real history leading up to the events of September 11 and 12 in Libya, the administration's claim that the situation evolved in response to an Internet video and the political firestorm that followed, the book written in the aftermath, Michael Bay's passion for the project, and the survivors' input into the movie. - "Uncovering Benghazi's Secret Soldiers" (27:34): A look at the work of contract security personnel, interviews with the real people who were in Benghazi, a tour of the main sets made for the movie (including pointing out small discrepancies), stories from the men's time in country, the collaboration and camaraderie between the actors and the real people they portray, performances, the Shadow Warriors Project, and more. - "Preparing for Battle: Behind the Scenes of 13 Hours" (26:24): Michael Bay's work behind the camera, intensity on the set, the picture's look and tone, technical details behind the shoot, ensuring realism in the film, actor training, shooting in Malta, crafting key action scenes, and the movie's purpose. - "Operation: 13 Hours Premiere" (3:00): Inside the movie's premiere at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. - "In Memoriam" (2:58): Amazing Grace plays atop photos of the deceased. The movie itself is very well put together and, given the nature of the story and the politics surrounding it it was (surprisingly given Michael Bay's directorial "finesse "), quite competently executed. If you like the action, historical, or drama genres, pick this up. It's a story that needed to be told and heard and it's well worth it.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Michael Bay Finally Makes his Full-On War Film

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      VandyPrice
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      Director Michael Bay is not someone you would call subtle. As the director of films like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys I & II, and the Transformer series it is clear to see the guy doesn't mind indulging just a smidge. That said, 13 Hours: The Revenge of the Dark of the Moon is very much a Michael Bay film. Of course, it is a film that Bay has been wanting to make for some time now and that desire clearly shines through. One could add to the list of Bay's tendencies his penchant for idolizing the American flag and the country it represents. When it comes to America or at least the American military, Bay seems to believe in absolutes and by absolutes I mean the guys on the ground, the soldiers, the people doing the dirty work are the kind of people we should all aspire to be. And maybe that's true, maybe the way Bay has depicted the six men who didn't have to do what they did on September 11, 2012, but chose to risk their lives to save other American lives is completely accurate. I have no qualms with how these heroes are represented as 13 Hours doesn't look to get political, but simply aspires to tell the story of the type of man it takes under such circumstances to make things happen. My qualms with the film come when these men have little to no substance to them, when they are more or less interchangeable, and when the attempts at adding some weight or personal insight to the situation are so blatantly obvious it takes you out of the movie. Still, those who go into 13 Hours knowing what they want and what they're getting will undoubtedly describe this as nothing short of awesome and the type of pro-American film liberal Hollywood doesn't make enough of. Instead of being pro anything though, I like to imagine most filmmakers simply try to lend each story they tell a sense of well-rounded perspective, but with Bay there is no inhibition about the actions of these men and to even question as much is a fallacy.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      OUR GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING

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      This is my favorite movie of the year. Intense action, incredible bravery, putting their lives on the line to save 35 other lives, unselfishness, strong characters who readily sacrificed their personal safety for each other. There so much good in this movie that it's difficult to sum it up. The most important thing to remember is that it's all true, and it doesn't lapse into a political diatribe. Just pay attention to the scenes of the drones recording all of the action overhead while defense leadership watches in Washington and does nothing to help save them and American military forces getting ready in Croatia and Sicily, but their orders to head for Bengazi never come. In fact, this entire story was corroborated by the report of the House Select Committee. The first time I saw the movie I left the theater angry and ashamed that the most powerful military in the world never made any effort to save these people. Ever wonder how the 2012 election would have gone had all of these defenders had died along with the 35 people they were fighting to protect? Michael Bay did the story the right way - he captured the raw power of this true story without lapsing into moralizing. It's all there, you watch it like a witness to a crime and you are allowed to come to your own conclusions. The acting was very strong and realistic. And the last few scenes really are disturbing - the Libyan force that arrives to save them came at the request, not of the American Government or because they had a contract with the CIA, but of one of the CIA operatives who happened to know the leader. And, when the rescued Americans finally make it to the Bengazi airport, no American plane comes to take them out. That is left to the Libyans. Astonishing!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A "High-Speed" "On-Point" Tragic Tale

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      CWLW
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      13 Hours is, without doubt, one the most moving, dramatic, intense and powerful moving-pictures that I have ever viewed. The director, Michael Bay, had a keen eye for authenticity, dramatic special effects as-well-as telling the “real” story capturing the essence of the multiple attacks on two American compounds in Libya 2012. He got it right – he captured the core and spirit of the attacks, the lingo and “moves” of the defenders, and he also told the story of career bureaucrats who both hesitated and “bumbled” their responsibilities. If this film does not hold your attention no film ever will – it’s highly realistic, “on-point” during its entire duration, high-speed all the way and it is a credit the Director, the entire Cast and Production Crew. You won’t believe this story until you see it. Our guys did themselves well but our command structure did not do well by them! This is a story of true American heroism and it is also a story of failure, embarrassment and tragedy that could have been prevented – since its implication and significant meaning is powerful you will be inclined to come back to it more than just once.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An excellent film on the Benghazi tragedy

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      Vince
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      This is a well scripted and extremely well acted film about the attempted defense of the CIA compound during the Islamic terrorist attack on a US consulate safe house in Benghazi. While the film stays away from the political snafu's that led to the attack and the lack of support they received, it does focus well on the members of the security team - former military/special forces - working for the CIA that defended the compound and the two who gave their lives in doing so. The film also gives a nice background to the team members, showing their regular lives, families, etc., which gives the viewer a better idea as to who these men were and makes it a more personal movie, not one which simply focuses on the combat action at the compound. On that note, the film gives the viewer a very good idea what special forces members are capable of and how well they fight, especially against unbelievably overwhelming odds, that gives one a good accounting of our armed forces, their skill, experience and dedication. Despite the tragic outcome of the Benghazi incident, this is an excellent film and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding!!!!

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      This movie is an all around well made film! It is also an "Outstanding" portrayal of actual factual events. This film also divulges specifics in a very descriptive visual manner, and brings forth many aspects from the novel to real life.... (I.e. An intense perspective of what it was like to actually be there on the ground during this tragic event.) I can highly recommend this film to anyone who needs/wants to understand what had transpired during this horrible event. Also, I definitely recommend this film for any civilian willing to try and relate to the unfortunate positions military & civilian contractors are put into at a moments notice, and what its like to be in their shoes. This film and others like it can & will be construed unfortunately by specific people in America to just be a fictional portrayal of events. However, the basis of this film is from a nonfictional account of what has become a very unfortunate piece American history. Historically reconstructed from several first hand accounts of personnel that lived through this event.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Thriller based on reality

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      The movie provides the perspective of contractors hired for protection of a government outpost in Libya during the midst of an overnight uprising. It is an account of the incident that resulted in the death of the US Ambassador to Libya. It's an engaging triller that provides a mixed perception of the military.. It raises question about its response. there is expected poetic license. However, it indicates the gallantry of the contractors in their effort to save the lives of diplomatic and apparent CIA personnel stationed their. It properly does not demonize anyone and serves to properly characterize the real risks of being stationed overseas as a civilian and portrays some of them as being heroic and well trained. Others are not treated that well. It also identifies the frustration created by the incident that has been publicized. It is adult viewing be cause of the serious and at time graphic depiction of the incident. It is an engaging viewing experience.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bravery and sacrifice

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      Excellent portrayal of the events and terrorist attack on the US consulate and compound that occurred in Benghazi. The movie is really interesting as it has character development, showing the lives and the security team’s missions, before the fateful night. The team’s heroics is remarkable. But what is frustrating is the administrative hurdles that held them back, along with the lack of any response, no Marine rescue platoon or even a flyby from fighter jets. Being a Michael Bay film, there is plenty of action scenes that shows the horrors of war. But more important, it shows the bravery of those who lost their lives protecting Americans against a terrorist attack.

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