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The Hurt Locker [DVD]

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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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,697 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Tense and gritty war film from director Kathryn Bigelow, following the lives of an army bomb disposal squad in war-torn Iraq. Having to look death in the face daily, the soldiers of an elite ordnance disposal team struggle to accept their new sergeant, William James (Jeremy Renner), when he risks their lives with his reckless behavior. With the men trying to come to terms with their new leader, their patrols become increasingly hazardous, as a sudden escalation in the violence leads them to confront the most dangerous assignment of their tour. After winning six awards at the 2010 BAFTAs, the film went on to win another six at the Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.


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

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dippy Dipps on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
If you enjoy modern-day war-style drama's this film may well be for you.
The film is most certainly intense, and should hold your attention.
It follows 'Bravo' unit, a 'U.S' Bomb Disposal team during it's final 30 days or so of 'tour of duty'
It deals with the tensions and fears of the unit's members as they try to defuse bombs, handle suicide bombers, and of course face ambush situations.
The film is set during the American occupation of 'Bagdad' during one of the most controversial conflicts of modern times, which in truth we all have differing views of ( me ? i think it should have reached a conclusion first time around '1991', which may well have avoided the '2003' return, credibility for the action, many including myself, was a little questionable, i'm sure that many have a different opinion of it ? )
the film is so worthy of a spin.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Doc Dionysus on 24 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
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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