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A Mighty Heart [DVD]

Dan Futterman , Angelina Jolie , Michael Winterbottom    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Dan Futterman, Angelina Jolie, Archie Panjabi, Mohammed Afzal, Mushtaq Khan
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Producers: Andrew Eaton, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63YO8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,302 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Mighty Heart comes at the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl with a de-glamorised intensity: it's not a melodrama about Pearl's kidnapping and killing at the hands of Islamic terrorists, but a near-documentary about the process of trying to find him. Thus the centre of the film is not Pearl (Dan Futterman) but his wife Mariane (Angelina Jolie), a cool customer who manages--almost--to maintain her calm throughout the weeks-long ordeal. Director Michael Winterbottom is less overtly political here than in his Road to Guantanamo, although the reactions of various authorities, from U.S. officials to local Pakistani cops, give the flavour of different attitudes and approaches. Jolie, playing the Dutch-Afro-Cuban Mariane Pearl, does nicely at playing her character's control (others marvel at her sangfroid), yet she remains recognisably human throughout. By no means a star turn, the movie leaves Mariane for long stretches, and other actors shine: Irfan Khan as a detective, Denis O'Hare as Daniel Pearl's Washington Post editor, and Will Patton as a stymied diplomat. As engrossing as the movie generally is, the point of emphasising the police-procedural method is sometimes obscure. Oddly enough, by rejecting the usual string-pulling of conventional Hollywood drama, A Mighty Heart ends up without a strong point of view--as good as its pieces are. --Robert Horton

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Stars Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl in an adaptation of her memoir about the kidnapping and murder of her journalist husband, Dani el Pearl, by Pakistani militants.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerfull 10 Feb 2008
By Mr. F. E. Marioni VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The story of Mariane Pearl, a journalist, whose husband Daniel Pearl also a journalist, whilst doing some research in Pakistan he was kidnapped and brutally executed, was not new to me but the way this film told the story was.

Michael Winterbottom directs events in a quasi-documentary style which makes it all the more real. Within minutes of the film opening you forget all the celebrity Angelina Jolie generates and just concentrate on her terrifically real performance as the widow in such extraordinary circumstances.

The film flicks from Mariane to the investigators and to Danny in the events preceding his death. When Danny dies it is handled in such an emotional and sensitive way. Its hard to remember another true to life story that generates the same amount of exhaustive emotional effort on the viewers part.

Brilliant performances and a harrowingly real this film should not be missed by any film fans all over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a news story 31 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
This long drawn out docu-drama is probably not to everyone's taste, but will satisfy those tired of Hollywood's usual fodder. It is an intriguing account of the search for journalist Daniel Pearl after his abduction in Pakistan in 2002.

Angelina Jolie gives a capable performance as Mariane Pearl as she moves from hope to despair and Irfan Khan is impressive as the police captain leading the investigation. Archie Panjabi also provides good support as an Indian journalist out of place in a hostile Pakistan. The scene where the police captain interviews Sheikh Omar (played by the excellent Aly Khan) provides a small, but important insight into the callousness of religious extremism.

Understated acting combined with natural dialogues give this film an authenticity that ultimately makes for some uncomfortable viewing. There is no political point scoring or moralising and this reinforces the senselessness of Danny Pearl's gruesome murder, which thankfully we are spared from witnessing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly insight 19 July 2008
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A truly perceptive insight into the suffering generated by such atrocious acts. Very well worth watching and a classic in many ways because of the accuracy of its depiction and the credibility of the characters and quality of the screenplay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Traumatic but vital 1 May 2009
By Mr. T. COLEMAN VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart" could very well be considered the second half of his film a year earlier, "The Road to Guantanamo" (2006). Whilst "Road" dealt with the suffering of prisoners within the US' imfamous Cuban military base, "Heart" takes place on the other side of the world, in Karachi, Pakistan, covering the real life kidnapping of US reporter Daniel Pearl by jihadi militants.

Watching "Heart" is gut wrenching from the get go. Winterbottom's cinematography is gritty, bearing a strong stylistic resembelance to his film "Welcome to Sarajevo", made a decade earlier (1997). From the opening news footage to the grainy shots of Karachi, to the naturalistic performances from the ensemble cast, the whole film feels uncomfortably real and naturalistic. A far cry from Hollywood (and, importantly, fictitious) movies such as "Proof of Life", "Heart" avoids crassness and sheen. Jerky handheld camera shots, married to some excellent location shooting, only serve to emphasise the claustrophobia that this is a true story being told.

But it is Jolie that shines. Whatever glossy trash she might have under her belt, she is a revelation here, playing Mariane Pearl (Daniel's wife) with an understated strength, resolve and dignity. When the closing scenes arive, as they inevitably must, and Jolie uncorks her emotions letting them tumble out in the privacy of her bedroom, it is nothing short of heart breaking.

As such watching "A Mighty Heart" is an intense experience. Traumatic, deeply harrowing and thoroughly grief-stricken from the outset, this film remains however essential viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jolie's Best Film To Date 9 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
Since the release of `24 hour Party People' back in 2002, Michael Winterbottom has firmly established himself as one of contemporary cinema's most interesting directors. His knack for experimenting with narrative structure and exposition have become distinguishing features of his work, with `24 Hour Party People' and 2006's `A Cock and Bull Story' each receiving great critical acclaim for their unique, innovative approach. Both of these films, however, were low budget affairs, built primarily around a cast of mostly British actors from television or other low budget releases.

For this reason, it may have come as a surprise to many when it was announced that Winterbottom would be directing Angelina Jolie in 2007's `A Mighty Heart'. The coming together of a Hollywood A lister of Jolie's stature, with the low-key, independent style of Winterbottom would surely be destined to fail. Thankfully, any doubts there may have been regarding such a pairing are immediately shattered, in what must surely be considered career bests for both Winterbottom and Jolie. Telling the tragic story of the kidnap and murder of American journalist Danny Pearl at the hand of a group of terrorists in Pakistan, `A Mighty Heart' details the investigation and ultimately unsuccessful attempts to rescue Danny from his captors.

As opposed to Winterbottom's previous work, the film's narrative structure is played out in a linear fashion, possessing a documentary style that serves to make the unfolding tragedy feel all the more real. In many ways `A Mighty Heart' treads a very thin line to absolute perfection, never once crossing over into melodrama or running into the political pitfalls that could so easily tarnish a film of its kind. An achievement clearly beyond the reach of so many post 9/11 political films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie
I like all her films so enjoyed this one just as much, it was a great story and a true one. The quality was perfect and delivery was excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Dianne Earley
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
great directing, great plot. not too sure about jolie's dodgy accent (I think it was meant to be French but sounded more Spanish).
Published 6 months ago by music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mighty Heart DVD
One of the most haunting kidnaps of the century.The film gives moments of real empathy .Well acted and produced and a very difficult subject to cover. Read more
Published on 15 May 2012 by KTK9
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mighty Heart
`A Mighty Heart' tells the story of Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped in Pakistan in 2002 and is based on the memoirs of his wife, Mariane. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by Spider Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Although this is quite a serious film, I did enjoy it. Angelina Jolie gives a good performance, although I did find it a bit teary. Worth a watch.
Published on 7 Feb 2010 by R. Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
This is an enjoyable, excellent movie that I have not heard of before I got the HD DVD. Movie captures the viewer. Moving and I suppose realistic.
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by muffin
4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning testimony
A Mighty Heart [DVD] [2007]

Even already knowing the barbaric outcome, this film was stunning. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2009 by SusieH
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mighty Heart
A Mighty Heart [DVD] [2007]

Very fine actors, including Jolie and all the supporting cast in Pakistan. Pakistani ambience well caught on film. Read more
Published on 6 May 2009 by Aviott John
2.0 out of 5 stars Joline is awesome but the film is a mess
The film tries to tell the story of Daniel Pearl, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal who gets kidnapped and murdered by extremists. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2009 by Jennifers Daddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost total lack of dramatic tension
The abduction and gruesome murder of Daniel Pearl by Islamic terrorists in Karachi was a tragic event in a sea of tragic events over the world. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2008 by Dr. R. G. Bullock
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