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Gravity [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2013]

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    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2998 out of 3233)

    Special Features


    • Experience the meticulous innovation necessary to create the wourld of Zero-G.
    • Witness the physical and emotional demands Sandra Bullock endured on set.
    • Journey with Alfonso Curarón through four years of filmmaking to the farthest boundaries of cinema.

    Synopsis


    Gravity
    Director Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates as well as mission control. As the two are on a space walk, debris hits the area where they are working, and soon the pair finds themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether. Gravity screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sandra Bullock
      Sandra Bullock - Dr. Ryan Stone
    • George Clooney
      George Clooney - Matt Kowalski
    • Ed Harris
      Ed Harris - Mission Control Voice



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding

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      zona
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      While space adventures like Star Wars and Star Trek are and always will be the epic space dramas that dreams are made of, filmmakers really haven't spent enough time on "down-to-earth" pictures that depict humanity's current explorations in space. Humanity's story began with small-scale satellite-building stories on the outskirts of the Earth and minor, yet important trips to the moon. However, rarely do space adventures hit the big screen without an asteroid plummeting towards Earth, aliens launching invasions, or at least someone having a close encounter - most likely of the third kind. Realistic films about space exploration have been few and far between, the most memorable of which came in 1995's Academy Award nominated drama, Apollo 13. Since then, space has basically been treated like a hostile villain, portrayed as the setting of chaos and conflict - much as it is in the already highly praised space drama, Gravity. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Great Expectations), Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, an engineer on her first outer space mission. Her commander, Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), is overseeing his last mission as his team orbits the Earth when Mission Control suddenly aborts the mission as satellite debris is quickly confirmed to be on a collision course with the team's location. Unfortunately, the team is unable to defend themselves and the debris massively damages their shuttle and equipment, also thrusting the pair into space. Running low on air and with only limited opinions, Stone and Kowalski are forced to use what means they have left to attempt to make their way to a distant orbiting space station in hopes of using an escape pod to return to Earth. The voices of Ed Harris, Paul Sharma, and Basher Savage also star in supporting roles. For all of this film's achievements (and we'll get to them), Gravity is still far from the perfect film that many make it out to be. At the end of the day, the film's story is the only substantial hang-up. You can sit and marvel at how this film looks, praise the acting, and even embrace the idea of coughing up extra money to see the film in IMAX 3D - but, the end result and the overall impact of the film simply doesn't get the job done. Maybe it's just me (and that's very possible), but this film leaves a gaping void of borderline irrelevance and eventual unimportance. The story doesn't provide a knockout punch that an Academy Award winner should deliver. Gravity goes through a motion of floating from one dire straight to the next, easily making it understandable as to why this film only goes on for only a brief 90 minutes. There are only so many different places you can float to in outer space before the question of whether or not these characters live or die needs to be answered. The climax of this flick is foreseeable, and easily forgettable. We can now move on to the film's outstanding achievements - and there are many. By now, you might have heard that Sandra Bullock wasn't the first choice to play Dr. Ryan Stone. Actually, she wasn't even the second, third, or fourth choice. However, director and co-writer Alfonso Cuarón should be thanking his lucky stars (no pun intended) that he landed this A-list actress. Most actors/actresses will tell you that acting on screen alone, without anyone else in the conversation is a complex, often taxing endeavor. Fortunately for everyone (viewers included), Bullock does a phenomenally job working through her character's various, heart-wrenching emotional states. Her character is full of fear from even the very beginning, but manages to face down each dire scenario, refusing to be fully engulfed by the constant fear of potential doom. While Bullock is the domineering presence in this film, Clooney spends his limited presence portraying a character that's completely opposite in nearly every possible way. He's cool, calm, and collected - even after a debris storm reduces the duo's likelihood of surviving to nearly nothing. Clooney brings to the table everything we've all grown to love about the charismatic gentlemen, full of whit and poise. Combined, the efforts of Bullock and Clooney make for an unstoppable force of chemistry, and by the time the film concludes, it will be incredibly difficult to imagine any other actors or actresses in these two well-written roles. Without a doubt, Gravity is a beautifully visual film, providing a mesmerizing view of Earth from our planet's orbit. In fact, it's so beautiful that it might be hard to get past the fact that it's actually CGI. Sure, the film might be a bit CGI heavy at times, which will be abundantly evident in some portions of the film more than others, but for the most part it provides for an absolutely flawless experience - sparing no expense, I'm sure. The eye-catching realism is quite breathtaking, often so convincing that you'll nearly forget you're watching a movie. During the thrilling action sequences, don't be surprised when you find yourself lost in the moment, easily becoming engulfed in the array of panic that would likely leave most of us screaming in pure horror. In other words, you'll be happy to be in a theater watching the events of this film, rather than in outer space dealing with the unimaginable living-changing experiences capture over the course of this film. Overall, Gravity is going to be all the rage at the box office and understandably so - yet at the end of the day, it's not as epic as the spectacular space drama, Apollo 13. The hype has been built so high for Gravity that not even the Earth's atmosphere could hold it down - but after the film levels off a bit, hopefully viewers will come to terms with the fact that Gravity is simply a forgettable piece of filmmaking. That doesn't mean you should discount the experience of this film (which everyone should witness at least once), but this film is limited by a simple story and visual effects (in all their glory) that some filmmaker will no doubt elapse in the near future. Sandra Bullock (and likely the film's visual achievements) will garner quite a bit of attention during award season, but ultimately there's very little that sets her performance ahead of an unmemorable role that parallels Tom Hanks in Cast Away. In the end, Gravity provides outstanding, yet brief cinematic enjoyment, although I fear this film will eventually crash land in the "good, but forgettable" category of film.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The most thrilling big screen blockbuster of 2013

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      THE movie to see on the big screen in 2013 wasn’t some overblown comic book movie, it was a quick, 90 minute visual FX thrill ride called GRAVITY and was one of the very few modern movies actually worth paying the extra money to see in 3D (LIFE OF PI was the best 3D presentation of 2012). Alfonso Cuaron is no slouch, he directed CHILDREN OF MEN, one of the best serious sci-fi movies of the decade. He also directed PRISONER OF AZKABAN, the most artsy movie of the Harry Potter franchise. He’s now proven his ability to tell a lean, compelling thriller. I can’t remember the last time I’d been so on edge at the movies before GRAVITY and the next time that I felt that tense was on the small screen watching GAME OF THRONES season 4 episode 9 with the big battle to defend Castle Black, a tv series which had a lot of episodes prior to make me invested in the fates of its characters and the threat to the 7 Kingdoms if the enemy broke through to pillage the land. GRAVITY doesn’t have the same luxury of time to invest you in its characters, yet it still succeeded in doing so. Despite minimal time for backstory to acquaint us with our characters, we still care what happens to Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s astronaut characters. GRAVITY isn’t the type of movie to win awards for a great screenplay, because that’s not what it’s aiming to be. HITCHCOCK was famous for his ability to elicit responses from his audiences, directing their emotions from scene to scene and Cuaron’s GRAVITY works in a similar fashion, albeit in a different genre. I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the film’s runtime, hoping the characters could survive in the face of an orbiting storm of deadly space junk shrapnel and dwindling oxygen supplies. This was the most tense, thrilling movie of 2013 and I won’t spoil it for you. I was rooting for GRAVITY to win Best Picture on Oscar night because I hadn’t yet seen Spike Jonze’s HER or AMERICAN HUSTLE and my favorite film of the year BEFORE MIDNIGHT was only nominated for Adapted Screenplay (even though the winner of the category was an excellent film, I still think BEFORE MIDNIGHT deserved the recognition). I’ve long felt that the best visual FX movie illusions aren’t used for the digital conjuring of imaginary dragons or futuristic spaceships and aliens, but the photorealistic creations which our eyes have trouble discerning from real objects. GRAVITY succeeds at this just like LIFE OF PI did the previous year. By adding 3D rendered computer graphics objects to a brilliant conversion of filmed 2D elements, the filmmakers made more effective use of 3D than most films photographed entirely in 3D. Being a new movie, the Blu-ray transfer looks beautiful as expected and professional reviewers have described the picture and sound quality as flawless and as one of the best-looking, best-sounding Blu-ray releases of the year. I’ve only watched it in 2D so far, but it looks great! I was impressed with the 3D version in theaters, but don’t have the set-up at home to watch the 3D disc right now. I figured it was worth the extra $5 for the 3D disc that I can eventually check out on a friend’s home theater system and the professional reviews on the 3D disc have been very positive.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Yes, it's that good

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      Most movie lovers can remember seeing a film for the first time that really got their attention. Usually it was in a real movie theater. For me it was "2001: A Space Odyssey." The juxtaposition of a flung femur bone transfiguring into a space shuttle lining up to dock at an orbiting station, all to the backdrop of classical music was mind blowing to this science fiction lover. A few year later, sitting in a large theater I was again mesmerized by a giant space ship moving slowly across dark space. "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" had a new technical trick at its disposal. Dolby Surround Sound. A new generation will likely have "Gravity" to look back on. Yes, it's that good. Director Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men"), who also wrote the screenplay with his son Jonas, has managed to provide an electrifying thriller with a basic story. A flight crew headed by Lt. (a lieutenant, really?) Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) have been sent to repair the Hubble Telescope. The scientist in charge of the repairs is the ever-so-serious Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock). There are no other actors who have any role of substance other than the voice of Ed Harris at Mission Control early on. In a quick turn of events, it is learned that the Russians have destroyed one of their spy satellites. The explosion has set off a chain reaction of debris hurtling through space taking out other satellites along the way. With only minutes to react, Kowalski's crew attempt to get the shuttle out of orbit. They don't. Now in survival mode, Kowalski and Stone must figure out how to get back to Earth. This becomes even more complicated, as radio communication with Mission Control has been severed. Cuaron provides Sandra Bullock an opportunity to show her acting range and she responds with a performance that will be remembered for a long time. Stone's early panic, as the space debris knocks her away from Kowalski and the shuttle, comes across to the audience. We see the terror in her eyes, in her breathing and in the fogging helmet shield. The other star of the film is Cuaron's cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki and the visual and special effects department. It is the most amazing thing I think I've ever seen on screen. And yes, see it now. Don't wait for this movie to come to you by Netflix. And yes, see it in 3D. I pick and choose when to spend an extra $3 or $4 dollars on 3D and I made the right decision here. Gravity has several meanings. The most used and obvious one for this movie has to do with the force of bodies falling toward Earth. But gravity also is defined as a serious or critical nature. Also, serious or dignified behavior. All apply. Cuaron and his team will likely need a truck to load nominations come Oscar time. Don't miss it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Picture 2013?

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      Gravity features two eye-popping, near-perfect, top tier video transfers -- a 1080p/MVC-encoded 3D presentation and its 1080p/AVC-encoded 2D counterpart -- both of which have already solidified their place as two of the best Blu-ray presentations of 2014. Color and contrast are flawless, with excellent saturation, lifelike skintones, deep black levels and terrific shadow delineation. Detail is remarkably well-resolved too, with crisp, clean edge definition, wonderfully revealing fine textures and stunning close-ups. Notice the pinpoint stars. The hairs on Bullock's neck or the rough stubble on Clooney's chin. The fingerprints, smudges, dust and scratches on the space suit visors. The age and weathering on the metal tools and tethers Stone and Kowalski have to work with. The thousands and thousands of pieces of debris hurtling around the Earth. The ridges of the mountains and the swirling clouds on the face of the planet. Or the fact that, at the beginning of the film, you can spot Kowalski circling the NASA shuttle almost from the moment the ship comes into view far off in the distance. Just as outstanding is Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. There will be some who complain that the Blu-ray edition of Gravity doesn't include a 7.1 mix, and for good reason. But that by no means should be used to criticize the 5.1 lossless powerhouse we do have. The film's sound design plays a significant role in the experience and it's incredibly effective in the home theater environment. The eerie silence of space is punctuated by breathing, the smallest movements, vibrations traveling through space suits, static-laden NASA communication and other subtleties, all presented here impeccably. LFE output is aggressive, sometimes downright vindictive. (as reviewed by Blu-ray.com)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A New Era of Cinematography

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      The IMDB reviews are pretty accurate on this one. The Metascore of 96 is higher than historical blockbusters like Titanic (74) and Saving Private Ryan (90). Only topped by the likes of The Wizard of Oz, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Godfather, each at 100. What the plot lacked in complexity was more than made up for by the visual stimulation. The cinematography is incredible! As detailed in the special features of the movie, every aspect, every line, every movement was scripted and well captured in film. The crew created new ways to manage lighting and exhibit the weightlessness of space. Surprisingly, similar to Avatar, most of the movie was created with CGI but looked as real as, well, being in space. They did an exceptional job of taking the viewer from the void of space to close-ups of the characters to actually inside of the astronauts' helmets to give a full depiction of being in the emptiness of space high above the earth. The movie was action-packed, challenge after challenge to be introduced and conquered, pushing one's will to the brink. The overall plot was a bit extravagant but still within the realm of suspending disbelief. The 91 minutes went by quickly and put it near real-time. It was a long day! Definitely watch in Blue-ray format or better to fully appreciate the full visual effects.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of the best movies out to hit the big screen

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Should have won Best film Oscar

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      You may not like sci-fi movies, but this is an alternate reality we are all close to if you even glanced at a TV when the Challenger disintegrated. Sure, the basic plot line may be trite and hackneyed (intrepid astronauts in trouble, which ones die and do any of them make it home alive?), but Clooney and Bullock pull off character development and drive the story forward at a pace that WILL leave you holding your breath and wondering if everyone watching this movie with you has sucked the oxygen out of the room. The unexpected parts are those that are almost subliminally added in, yet they give depth and understanding of what makes Bullock's character both resigned and fierce in the face of disastrous turns of events that would make another in her shoes just "give up." I'm not sure if I liked Clooney's character's "Aw shucks" personality as little more than his real-life persona, but his acting chops do balance and counterpoint Bullock's early "scientist turned rookie astronaut--darn, what am I doing here?" role into the nuanced (dare I say it) "transformation" into a better person. The ending isn't as sad as Challenger's loss of all aboard, but there's plenty of destruction that set up our actors' tableau, all filmed in such physics-perfect detail, and that 15-minute continuous opening shot, that you really are immersed in the story and fate of our shuttle team. It's even better in 3-D, without the gimmicky3-D effects. Nothing against the Oscar winner, but this was a better film.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautifully Chilling!!!

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      Like the title of this review, this movie is beautifully chilling! I saw this in 3D in theaters and I was blown away (so much so that I bought the Blu-ray). The overall attention to detail is fantastic and the sweeping views of earth astounded me. I felt a sense of awe wash over me when those shots of earth came into view because I kind of felt as if I were in space with Dr. Ryan (Sandra Bullock). The visuals are what makes this movie beautiful, but it's the idea of being in space detached from safety that sends a chill down my spine. My gut reaction to the trailer was "Nope!" The idea of drifting into space with nothing to hold onto, nothing to save you, nothing to give you comfort, just freaks me or and makes me nervous. Believe me, during the scenes where Dr.Ryan is drifting off I felt my heart rate go up a few ticks. The action sequences aside, the slower more dramatic scenes tug at your heart and you start feeling for Ryan and her situation. Sandra Bullock brings an amazing performance to this movie because most of what you see is her face. She conveys every expression so well through her face that I'd be surprised if she didn't win some awards for her performance. From someone that likes their movies to be pure entertainment and not some artsy fartsy mind boggle, this movie was fantastic. I enjoyed this film immensely and would certainly recommend this to others.

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