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The Hurt Locker [DVD]

Jeremy Renner , Anthony Mackie , Kathryn Bigelow    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Christopher Sayegh, Nabil Koni, Sam Spruell
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,956 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Rightly attracting major awards attention, The Hurt Locker is a supreme, tense and gripping piece of drama. And it grabs your attention from the stunning opening scene, which perfectly gets across the dangers faced by the specialist bomb disposal squad that we spend the rest of the film following.

Chief among them is Jeremy Renner’s Sergeant William James, who is the focal point for much of The Hurt Locker. The film spends some time digging into his head and why he does what he does, and his approach doesn’t always leave him eye-to-eye with the rest of his squad. Renner, in surely a star-making performance, delivers a rounded, three-dimensional portrayal of a man you could easily write off as a maverick, and the film is significantly enriched as a result.

But then with director Kathryn Bigelow behind the camera delivering her best film to date, The Hurt Locker excels still further. Her gritty, haunting visuals look superb in high definition too, evoking the down-to-earth shooting style Bigelow employs, and making the most of the assorted set-pieces she puts on film. It’s the sound that really gets you too, cleverly eating up the full breadth of a good surround-sound set-up, and carefully teasing you more and more into the film.

Not that you’re likely to need much persuading. The Hurt Locker is a terrific war movie, and a very human one. It’s also packaged on a quality Blu-ray that matches up strong presentation with interesting extra feature. It comes very highly recommended. --Jon Foster

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Movie! 3 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Let me be clear about something. There isn't a war movie in this world that doesn't "glorify" war. But you know what? This is a work of fiction, it is a movie, it is escapism. If I wanted realism I'd watch a documentary. Whilst accurate, it does have some wonderful Hollywood flair (take the opening scene, just beautifully shot - my mouth was certainly agape watching that on a 42 inch on BluRay!!!). I've read some bad reviews moaning about how it makes war look 'awesome', and... well, get over it. It's a movie. That's like saying Left 4 Dead is bad because it glorifies the zombie apocalypse.

Jeremy Renner is just excellent in this movie, as is the remainder of the cast. Strong roles, amazing acting, and a gripping story and well written script to boot. This is an instant classic for fans of war movies, a good story, or even just good cinematics.

Seriously, for 3, just buy it and enjoy!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars destined to be a classic 24 Mar 2012
The Hurt Locker is a great film in every respect and is destined to be a classic which will be talked about in the next century. I can see, however, that some people won't 'get it' because it dispenses with most of the technical and narrative means that almost every Hollywood war movie avails itself of. But if you can put your expectations on one side, the film is amazingly fresh and powerfully moving.

The use of hand-held camera, which often has documentary resonances, together with a narrative evenness which treats all moments as equally significant could be expected to produce a distancing/alienating effect in the viewer, and if you are expecting crescendos and diminuendos it probably does just that. Yet these devices are capable of having the opposite effect, drawing the viewer into the very grit and grain and breath and terrible ambiguity of events as they unfold for a team of bomb disposal technicians operating in the dangerous streets of Iraq. Impeccable editing makes this work and you end up knowing in your bone-marrow that war is hell, that soldiers end up doing their own thing as plans give way to chaos, that for some war is nevertheless addictive, and that seemingly ordinary people are capable of insane degrees of bravery.

The direction and acting are superb and without the slightest false note. Particularly look out for a scene in which Jeremy Renner's Sergeant William James answers his compadre's question on how he faces the high probability of death day after day, and apparently without fear. With a few deft strokes, the character of William James becomes rounded, complex, utterly human and complete. [The protagonists are ambling along in an armoured vehicle, chatting rather laconically.]

Give this film a chance and it will blow you away!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I experienced an interesting contrast yesterday when I took my kids to see the technically brilliant James Cameron 3D blockbuster "Avatar" which is a stunning visual treat and hugely enjoyable albeit with a story line which is essentially "Dances with Wolves" in space. I also watched in the evening "The hurt locker" on blu ray. If given a choice of which of the two films to keep and treasure it would be Kathryn Bigelow's epic study of three technicians of a specialist bomb disposal squad operating in Iraq on the streets of Baghdad. Indeed the real stars of the film are the ordinary children and adults of the troubled Iraqi capital some of whom could be potential insurgents that gives the film an overwhelming air of unpredictability and suspense.

The film centres on a elite team and particularly the role of "Will" played by the excellent Jeremy Renner an adrenaline junkie who strides up to IEDs as if he was bomb proof. Sergeant Will James both loves war and yet is a mass of contradictions. Renner's performance is excellent and the film in general has "Oscar" written all over it. Alongside "Will" are the young GI, Specialist Owen Eldridge, played by Brian Geraghty who performance of a marine visibly cracking up is spot on. Then there is my favourite character, the experienced African-American Sergeant JT Sanborn played by Anthony Mackie who is not the "inevitable black grunt" of Vietnam films but a more subtle character who nonetheless cannot fathom his predicament. The impact that Will James already has on a team with only 38 days left until they return home combined with the sheer intensity of the Iraq experience are the central themes.

The movie is a succession of memorable set pieces but with Bigelow's direction emphasising the sparse and thus building in tension throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst films ever! 24 Mar 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Made a mockery of the Oscars! Used to think "wow won an Oscar" now think "won an Oscar, wonder if its as good as The Hurt Locker"
Avoid this film like the plague!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film 16 July 2013
By Keys007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the storyline of this film. Ignore the people who claim it's merely pro-US propaganda with a weak plot to entertain the Arab-hating masses.

Cinematically this film is good, there are some very nice shots of the surrounding landscape and it gives an accurate insight into the 'unseen' neighbourhoods in the Middle East.

The steel book case makes a nice addition to my growing Blu Ray collection too and the included picture postcards from pivotal moments in the film are a nice surprise, although I'm not entirely sure what one is meant to do with them.

All in all, a good film with excellent aspects (I sound like OFSTED!) but doesn't warrant a full 5 stars because I feel I would like to have explored the characters a little more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality on Blu-ray
Great price, superb picture quality and excellent sound.

The slow-motion shots are simply incredible on Blu-ray. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Explosive Action
I am not a massive fan of modern warfare films only one other really ranks as a favourite movie of mine which is Black Hawk Down. Read more
Published 24 days ago by christoff1512
1.0 out of 5 stars I found myself bored and fast forwarding through the movie.
Too many unrealistic scenes which gives the impression that specialists have so much time and luck to disarm an IED. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Gadgitech Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars I kind of, "get it".
When away from home and family for months or years working with other men in safe and dangerous and sometimes life threatening situations I could almost become someone else without... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Barry D. Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrible film, horrible subject, brilliantly executed......
It seems a very long time ago since I purchased this product and to be honest I cannot say that it has stayed in the memory especially, but I don't recall any issues with it.
Published 2 months ago by Stuart King
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
Shocked at how good it was as it good a bad rap this film but i reckon its sour milk as it won best film twice at the BAFTAs and Oscars lol Its a modern day war movie and the best... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price!
Very good quality at a reasonable price, I am pleased with this purchase and highly recommend others to buy it!
Published 2 months ago by Rhiannon Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Good price for the blu-Ray at the time, great film, fast delivery what more can I say? If you think you'll like it get it.
Published 3 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars FANATSTIC!!! Go Beckham!!!
Very moving and also very realistic to what our IED detonator goes have to go through day to day. This is a fantastic film which touches the heart and also makes us admire our... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katie Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good quality
Fantastic DVD. I loved!!! Everything works very well!!! Thank you very much!!! Great movie wich great quality of sound together
Published 5 months ago by Cleber Lucas Fonseca
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