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Zero Dark Thirty [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2012]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1021 out of 1058)

    Special Features


    • No Small Feat-Making Zero Dark Thirty
    • The Compound-Tour "The Film's Rebuilt Compound
    • Geared Up-Watch The Cast Train With Authentic SEAL Gear
    • Targeting Jessica Chastain-A Look At The Role Of Maya

    Synopsis


    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Academy Award-winning duo behind The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal) reteams for this drama detailing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and starring Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain as the intelligence expert who dedicated a decade of her life to tracking down the world's most wanted terrorist. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the CIA began interrogating suspected Al-Qaeda agents across the globe in a bid to locate the elusive bin Laden. Upon arriving at a CIA black site and witnessing the brutal interrogation tactics firsthand, driven CIA operative Maya (Chastain) aids her unpredictable colleague Dan (Jason Clarke) in gathering the intelligence that will help bring bin Laden to justice. Over the course of the next decade, numerous false leads and dead ends make the search seem more futile than ever. Meanwhile, numerous suicide bombings all across the Middle East and Europe hint that Al Qaeda won't go down without a fight. Then, just when it seemed as if the trail of clues had finally dried up, an old piece of evidence leads Maya to a suspect who may work directly for the man charged with planning the worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil. Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, and James Gandolfini co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Joel Edgerton
      Joel Edgerton - Patrick - Squadron Team Leader
    • Jessica Chastain
      Jessica Chastain - Maya
    • Edgar Ramirez
      Edgar Ramirez - Larry From Ground Branch
    • Kyle Chandler
      Kyle Chandler - Joseph Bradley
    • Mark Strong
      Mark Strong - George



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1058 reviews

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

      Compelling Narrative, Well Shot Film

      Posted
      Mike
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      I'm not the kind of person that you would expect to love a movie like this. I'm a pacifist and an outspoken war critic. I watched this movie out of curiosity and because of my respect for the people behind it. I knew that it had to be more than the war propaganda people were claiming it was. It is much more than that. This film is about historiography and the nature of desire. In a way, this is a post-9/11 "Moby Dick." What does it mean to chase something for so long, to sacrifice so much... and then actually achieve your goal? Is it satisfying? Was it worth the journey? Was it even a worthwhile goal? The film deals with some of the biggest issues of our time: terrorism, torture, foreign policy, democratization, national security, etc. But it is a postmodern take on all of these things. What does it mean to value the things we value? Are they worth valuing? "Zero Dark Thirty" is a thoughtful examination of parts of our culture that are not always thoughtfully examined. Watch the movie critically, ask it questions and see what questions it asks of you. You can get lost in it, because it is powerfully acted and beautifully filmed (plays on light and dark, light washing out details, darkness revealing details, etc.). But don't expect simply to be entertained. This is a complicated movie that is more than a war film or political thriller. It begs for and deserves your attention.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Drama

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      HALgonewild
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      When I first saw this movie in the theater I recalled from various tv news events that matched up with scenes throughout the movie. Having seen the news events but not connecting the dots because the news reports did not have or know the connections. This movie illustrated all those events and how they related to the hunt for OBL. And that is what makes this movie so awesome. Not to mention the excellent mock up of the stealth helicopter used to transport the SEAL team on the mission. The "other" movie fails at this in its lack of attempt to aim for accuracy of the stealth transport which played a crucial role in secretly evading Pakistani radar en route to the compound. It's very important because on the mission one of the helo develops trouble and ends up leaving a trace of the tail section (after the main fuselage was thoroughly torched) which caught international headlines. The Blu-ray features extras about the making of the movie which I found very interesting as well. I would say the movie does a fairly good job at telling the story. You also have to be aware going in to watch this movie that it is a true life drama that follows a chain of events and it is not an action flick. If you are expecting the later, you will be sorely disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A First-rate War Drama/Thriller!

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      ColonelDax
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      This is a great movie and instant classic. Kathryn Bigelow’s direction and attention to drama and tight action are second to none. She’s one of the most talented directors working right now and (off topic) it’s a shame Detroit didn’t do well because that was a great movie too. The story is taut and gripping even though it’s 2 1/2 hours. Jessica Chastain deserved the Oscar for her role as CIA analyst Maya (over Lawrence). The story features a political backdrop full of cliched incompetent men, who predictably keep Maya down. Her typical “strong woman” conviction might also seem cliched but Chastain plays it with mettle. Anyway, we all know the story of Seal Team 6 and I read about the creative liberties they took for this movie; so, if historical accuracy is your thing you might not like this. Also there is a lot of intel gained through torture so heads up. Overall, this is a well acted, well written, masterfully directed movie that you need to see.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Thrilling account of a great story

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      bmstew
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      After hearing so much about this movie and the controversies surrounding it (especially the torture scenes), I was very anxious to see it. However, Kathryn Bigelow has delivered a taut, thrilling account of a great manhunt that far surpasses her earlier effort, the Oscar winning (but overrated, in my personal opinion) Hurt Locker. Jessica Chastain is great in the leading role, and leads a diverse cast that each shines in their own respective roles. It's great to see Kyle Chandler start to get some more screen time in his movie appearances as well. While everyone knows how the story ends, that doesn't take away from the drama and excitement that comes just from seeing how it got to that point. The assault on the compound is as tense a scene as you will see. The only real negative, and this really has nothing to do with the movie itself, is the lack of special features on the disc. There's only a few short featurettes running around 10 minutes each, and while the information in them isn't worthless, it's just not enough to really satisfy your curiosity about a great film. That aside, this is a great film, and definitely worthy of your collection.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Visceral and tense

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      Jagster
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      Katherine Bigelow's work has seen much attention in recent years, especially due to The Hurt Locker winning best picture at the Oscars a number of years ago. Her expertise with the military/thriller/character study genre continues in Zero Dark Thirty, namely spotlighting the acting prowess (even more so) of Jessica Chastain. I tend to lean towards a stance expressed in prior interviews with Bigelow stating that portrayal doesn't necessarily indicate support. The torture scenes in this film are indeed difficult to watch, but they happened nonetheless. Does that mean the director champions such methods of interrogation? Certainly not, and as ironic as it may sound, Bigelow has firmly identified herself as a pacifist in past interviews. That does not deny her interest or fascination with war and its participants, however, nor developing an artful hand in portraying its many, many facets. She does so with excellent pacing, writing, realism, and acting quality in this film. A definite must watch.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Intense chronicle of the hunt for Usama bin Laden

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      varmintx
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      Full disclosure, though I liked it, I didn't think Kathryn Bigelow's previous film, The Hurt Locker, was quite as incredible as the reviews suggested it would be, but I was thoroughly impressed with its follow-up here. Chronicling the hunt for for Usama bin Laden, the film takes on the pseudo-documentary feel that's becoming more and more common-place, but in this particularly instance, it's very appropriate. And, despite what pundits on either side of the political spectrum would have you believe, the film doesn't really worry too much about the politics involved. It tries to adhere to the facts as much as possible, and sometimes those facts are a little ugly and the morality at play is thoroughly in a murky, gray area, but the film itself doesn't want to take sides. The writing and acting are top-notch and the climactic infiltration of the compound at the end, though a little long, is extremely intense. The audio/visual presentation of the blu-ray is outstanding, but extras are a little lacking.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A terrific chroncile of the hunt for Bin Baden

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      HomerDude
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      One COULD argue about the accuracy of the actual raid, which is pretty close if one reads No Easy Day by a Navy Seal who was there, so, I won't nit-pick about that. Instead I will comment on the triumph of this film. At the end -- and this is no spolier -- Bin Laden has been killed and the CIA agent who has spent the last 11 years of her life on this case is alone and weeps. It's powerful and moving. What seems like should be a happy moment, the killing of the world's No #1 terrorist, leaves her drained emotionally and phsically. As you watch her evolve over the course of the film, you are able to feel her pain and anguish at this point. She did it, she's successful, but in the end, all those people that died in New York, Washington and a Pennsylvania field are still dead and for what? In those simple tears, it sums up the entire bloody waste that Bin Laden and his ilk have dumped on the world. Well done.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best films of 2012 arrives on Blu-ray.

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      SmokinBert
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      By now you know the history behind the film and all the well deserved accolades this film rightly earned. This review will concentrate on the merits of the Blu-ray. Zero Dark Thirty's video presentation is astounding. details are strong and both color and contrast are impressive. Nothing at all to complain about. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is even better. all channels are clear, dialog is never a problem, LFE is aggressive but never overbearing. And finally, the surround support is active, natural and full of ambiance. The only real issue worth complaining is the special features section (or lack thereof). This would have been a wonderful opportunity of provide a thorough documentary not only of the film making process, but of the real stories behind the film. All in all, this is still a must own on Blu-ray simply because it is a five star film given a fantastic Blu-ray A/V presentation.

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