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Unbroken [DVD] [2014]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1047 out of 1081)

    Special Features


    • The real Louis Zamperini: a portrait of the real Louis Zamperini's life from the beginning as a troubled teen to his incredible tale of survival and forgiveness

    Synopsis


    Unbroken
    Angelina Jolie directs this true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature and eventually as a prisoner of war. Joel and Ethan Coen provide the script. Louis (Jack O'Connell) grows up a rough-hewn kid on the verge of becoming a full-on delinquent, until his brother starts training him to be a track star. Louis excels at the sport, and eventually represents America at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. During his training, he learns to become resilient and disciplined; his brother's words of advice, "If you can take it, you can make it," push him to overcome any adversity. He must live up to that adage under the most extreme circumstances after his plane is shot down during another bombing raid. He is stranded at sea for more than a month, only to be found by the Japanese and forced to endure constant physical abuse at the hands of sadistic prison-camp guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe (Japanese pop star Miyavi), who wants to break Louis' indomitable spirit. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jack O'Connell
      Jack O'Connell - Lou Zamperini
    • Garrett Hedlund
      Garrett Hedlund - Fitzgerald
    • Domhnall Gleeson
      Domhnall Gleeson - Phil
    • Miyavi
      Miyavi - Watanabe
    • Finn Wittrock
      Finn Wittrock - Mac



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1081 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The 1936 Olympics

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      Slickmet
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      Californian Louis Zamperini was a young hellion who became a champion high school track star, and he ran for his country in the 1936 Olympics. When the Second World War began, he became a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Forces. After his B-24 went down in the Pacific he endured 47 days on a life raft only to be captured by the Japanese. His treatment in Japanese prison camps was brutal. "Unbroken" brings his story to the big screen. It's a film that should inspire new generations of Americans. There's fine acting by Jack O'Connell as Zamperini, and Japanese rock guitarist Miyavi gives a chilling performance as Zamperini's tormenter. The sequences in the B-24 well convey the nature of air operations in the Pacific and the coordination of aircrews. You'll jump in your seat when the sharks attack. And "Unbroken" provides a reminder of the brutality of the Japanese endured by allied POWs during the war. (The recent film "Railway Man" with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman gave more testimony.) Many viewers will have come to this film after reading Laura Hillenbrand's book of the same title. Every screenplay writer and director must condense, and those who know the full story will notice that director Angelina Jolie did some trimming. The movie ends with Zamperini's return to the U.S. and the embrace of his family. That he could not shake off the demons of his imprisonment is left unshown. It was Billy Graham that turned him away from the alcoholism that was devastating his postwar life. "Unbroken" needs a dramatic sequel to finish its tale of heroism and faith. That said, the story of Louis Zamperini's running career and his "unbroken" spirit as a prisoner of war is enough to make this a compelling film.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good, but should have been outstanding

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      1BUZZ1
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      This film was a good film, but my main problem is that it should have been outstanding with the given source material it came from about Louis Zamperini's incredible life. The man's journey is incredible and I just felt like this film didn't fully showcase how incredible it was. I don't want to harp on Angelina Jolie, but this is the type of story and film that should have won best picture at the Academy Awards. Maybe if Spielberg directed it and was the leader on set this film could have been an all-time great film, but it just ended up being good but not memorable. The cinematography was good. The acting was good. I would recommend this movie to anyone, because it is not overly violent with cursing like some war films, so the young ones can watch it. It is a good inspirational film for anyone that needs motivation and inspiration, but, again, it could have been so much better and could have been an iconic film given the source material. Steelbook Case: I really like the front cover, but unfortunately their is no artwork on the back cover and it is just white. The interior artwork is pretty bland. In terms of rating this steelbook for collectors, I would give it a 5 out of 10 because it looks bland and is not very beautiful like other steelbooks. Included: Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy (Itunes, Windows Media), and ultraviolet copy (Vudu, CinemaNow, etc)

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Well Worth Seeing

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      CDinCA
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      If you're not familiar with the story of Louis Zamperini, then this is a movie you will not want to miss. No one could ever make up such a terrific and harrowing story. Mr. Zamperini went through a tremendous ordeal, ultimately surviving the war and changing his life forever. The movie is entertaining and very well acted, but it simply does not compare to the book. Although the book is incredibly well written and seems to take you to the site of Zamperini's ordeals and suffering, the movie just doesn't tell the story as well. Again, it is very well acted and if you don't know the story, you will be amazed at the tale. See the movie first then read the book! Mr. Zamperini is a true American hero and everyone should know of his experiences and his strength of character. I give it four stars only because it doesn't compare to the book

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie based on true story

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      ray7280
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      Louis Zamperini's story of survival was robbed of all feeling and emotion in this screen portrayal. Jolie has cast a very flat, laconic, and unconvincing crew of young Abercrombie models who lack the depth of seasoned actors who would have otherwise convinced us that there was actual pain and suffering throughout this. After a month afloat on a raft the three men's hair was well-groomed and one even had a goatee (are there razors in the survival kit?). I felt like I was watching Casper Van Dien in Starship Troopers; if you have seen this movie you will know exactly what I am taking about. Read the book - it will give you the emotion and satisfaction you are entitled to from this survival story.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Unbroken

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      Katie
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      In this case, the movie is nowhere near as good as the book. The trials that the main character, Louis Zamperini suffered at the hands of the angry, shark infested sea, the Japanese prison camp and then his shattered life upon survivng and returning to the US was torture enough in story form. To endure the torture with sound and images was just too much to endure in the accurate but brutal film version. The movie was well directed and acted but was just not necessary after reading the extraordinarily well told tale in Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book. So, if yoi did not read the book, the movie is a decent representation of the story but suffers in the ending without the story of redemption that concludes the book. I guess I am saying "great book, decent movie."

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good not great

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      phrotastic
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      The story of Louie Zamperini is literally unbelievable. A kid in trouble, an Olympic runner, a WWII fighter, lost at sea, Japanese POW camp - and he survives it all. The most amazing part is his life transformation after he gets back to the states. But the movie completely skips that. I understand that movies have to leave things out (I highly recommend the book) but to leave out the big transformation kind of misses the point. Louie returns home, marries, fails at restarting his running career, and becomes an alcoholic. But he's converted after attending a Billy Graham crusade and that's what enables him to continue his life and even forgive his former captors.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Unbroken's Not Broke

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      flashlantern
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      First of all, I thought the movie was terrific. But there was a lot more to Louie Zamperini's story than the movie could show. Unbroken is based on Laura Hillenbrand's book of the same name. She was enthralled by Zamperini's books which gave a more detailed account of his life as well as his take on life and so forth. His books give his life a fuller meaning and understanding as to why he acted as he did as a kid, teen, young man, and older wiser man. The movie gives you an incredible accounting of what happened to him. The one thing it lacked was HOW did he get the wisdom after all was said and done in his life. See the movie. After that read his books. It'll surprise you!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Everything is top notch - except one thing!

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      DunbarandSWF
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      Angelina Jolie and the producers of this movie have done a terrific job assembling a team that have put together a great movie in just about every way - with excellent cinematography, set production, and a very good audio & video presentation. The problem for me was that the movie just doesn't meet the emotional peak in the story, script or acting that would put it over the top to be placed in the category of an epic film. If only the movie could have touched me in the same way as many portions of the bonus features and behind the scenes footage did. This is what really makes this disc something special. You will do yourself a huge misjustice by not watching the bonus features.

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