Thirteen Days [DVD] [2000]

An exemplary achievement as a film, and an equally exemplary achievement as a DVD. Ostensibly New Line's first Infinifilm disc (Little Nicky was, in fact, the first, with an Infinifilm version hidden as an easter egg), the DVD contains a selection of fairly normal features plus new features that utilize branching technology. The transfer is excellent. The film has been mastered anamorphically at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Colors are strong and accurate throughout (and the disc includes color bars to assist with setup) with deep blacks and good shadow detail. Fleshtones are accurate throughout. The image is sharp and clear, with no artifacts or softness. The Dolby 5.1 audio track has an excellent mix, with subtle use of atmospheric and ambient surround. The bass, when called up, is tight and clear and does not thump or rattle. Straightforward directional effects are few and far between in the mix, simply because they're not often called for. The ambient effects, however, more than make up for this, with each set given its own atmosphere. The Infinifilm feature places a broad semi-transparent blue bar at the bottom of the screen from time to time. Each time it appears, it offers one or more choices; by making a selection, the viewer is sent along a branching path to a snippet of information: filmographies, background information, clips from one of the two documentaries, and so forth. This certainly functions to broaden the experience of watching a film such as Thirteen Days, though not every movie would seem to call for this approach. Not content with offering this aspect, New Line has provided both a filmmaker's commentary track (executed as a roundtable with Kevin Costner, Roger Donaldson, David Self, and others), a historical figures commentary track compiled from a variety of recordings, a historical background commentary presented in subtitles, historical figure biographies, and cast and crew biographies. Additionally, there are two documentaries, "The Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis" and "Bringing History to the Silver Screen," along with a brief visual effects piece, a number of deleted scenes with director commentary, and the theatrical trailer. This is certainly a DVD worth owning, considering the wealth of material included; the extra materials are fascinating, and will take time to digest.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

    Special Features


    • Interactive menus
    • Historical figures commentary: featuring archival audio of John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Kenneth P. O'Donnell, and newly created interviews of Pierre Salinger, Sergei Khrushchev, and many others
    • Documentary "Roots of the Cuban Missle Crisis"
    • Historical figures biographical gallery
    • Historical information track
    • Filmmaker commentary featuring director Roger Donaldson, Kevin Costner, and others
    • Deleted scenes with director commentary
    • Documentary: "Bringing History to the Silver Screen"
    • Visual effects scene deconstructions; multi-angle feature
    • Cast and crew filmographies
    • Script-to-screen access to the film
    • Link to original website
    • Exclusive access to on-line Infinifilm features

    Synopsis


    Thirteen Days
    Director Roger Donaldson teams up with star Kevin Costner for another political thriller (after their 1987 pairing, No Way Out), only this time with a film based on the actual events surrounding the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, taking place during the titular thirteen days wherein the U.S. and the Soviet Union nearly engaged in full-scale nuclear war. After President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) is shown photographs from a spy plane detailing the presence of missiles in Cuba capable of obliterating massive areas of the U.S., he must immediately decide the most effective course of action for the country. With the aid of best friend and special assistant Kenny O'Donnell (Kevin Costner) and brother Robert (Steven Culp), the President must avoid a dire chain of events that could be dictated by General Curtis LeMay (Kevin Conway), who would rather take immediate action and invade Cuba. After initial reticence about leaking the information to the nation, President Kennedy eventually tells of the conflict, leading to widespread panic and a blockade of Cuba. With the aid of Robert McNamara (Dylan Baker) and Adlai Stevenson (Michael Fairman), the leaders must find a way to alleviate the tension of the situation. Thirteen Days also features Walter Adrian as Lyndon Johnson. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kevin Costner
      Kevin Costner - Kenneth P. O'Donnell
    • Bruce Greenwood
      Bruce Greenwood - John F. Kennedy
    • Steven Culp
      Steven Culp - Robert F. Kennedy
    • Dylan Baker
      Dylan Baker - Robert McNamara
    • Michael Fairman
      Michael Fairman - Adlai Stevenson



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent historical movie

      Posted
      BigPeppy

      Is a really good historical film. As with any movie it may or may not have happened the way it was filmed, but you can see why a lot of people would have had it out for the President. In times of crisis it is really hard to make the right decision or the popular decision. I don't know how they slept at night, but our leaders did a great job of defending our country. Well worth seeing a couple times.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie about JFK and the Cold War

      Posted
      tmills14
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      Got it for a great price and arrived on time as promised. I'm a younger generation and wasn't born when this went on so its nice to see what happened. Being a history buff I have read a few books about the Cold War so there are a couple things that vary but the overall story is consistent with the books I have read.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It really happened.

      Posted
      LUCYGIRL
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      Knowing and living through the time period of the reenactment of the Cuba crisis makes one think did all this really take place. I have watched it three times and have seen something else each time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Well done!

      Posted
      bobbinator

      I thought this movie was good! It was not a total action movie, but had its fill. The acting was done very well, and the historical value is the biggie! The rest is something that is better seen than told! This is a must see!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Cuban Missile Crisis

      Posted
      Tardo317
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      Exceptional Movie based on the Cuban missile crisis, Acting and dialog were spot on...If you enjoy drama and real life scenarios, than get Thirteen days, it's a must have!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie.

      Posted
      Olive6
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      This is an interesting movie about JFK's presidency and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Good attention to detail & historical facts.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      Troublemaker31
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      Great movie to watch and follows the actual events quite well and the price was good as well. Nothing is bad about the movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loved the movie

      Posted
      Dmp527
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      I bought this movie for my boyfriend he has been waiting for it to come out on blu ray... Loves the movie

      I would recommend this to a friend



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