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World Trade Center [DVD]

Maria Bello , Connor Paolo , William Jimeno    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Maria Bello, Connor Paolo, Anthony Piccininni, Alexa Gerasimovich, Morgan Flynn
  • Directors: William Jimeno
  • Producers: Oliver Stone, Moritz Borman, Debra Hill, Michael Shamberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZMO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,725 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the aftermath of the tragic attack on New York’s Twin Towers, World Trade Center is a carefully constructed, respectful and dignified tribute the acts of heroism on that terrible day. It follows the real-life story of John McLoughlin and William J Jimeno, two Port Authority officers trapped amidst the rubble and chaos of September 11th. The film spends time with them, those trying to rescue them and their families, as their story hauntingly unfolds, and what emerges is a focused, human story, compellingly told.

Surprisingly, World Trade Center’s director is Oliver Stone, whose back catalogue is a mixture of provocative, controversial and challenging films. Here, he wisely pulls back, choosing to let the story unfold with little intervention. His direction is clever and underplayed, which serves to enhance the feeling of claustrophobia and emotion. It’s Stone’s best film in some time, even if it rarely feels like he’s the man behind the camera.

He’s helped by some fine turns from his cast, led by Nicolas Cage and Maria Bello, and while there’s an argument that the screenplay could use a little pruning, World Trade Center is nonetheless a strong piece of work. True, Paul Greengrass’ stunning, devastating United 93 is a superior film, but in this case, that’s beside the point. Because World Trade Center is still an important, well made film in its own right, and one that deserves, and perhaps needs, to be seen.--Simon Brew

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World Trade Center [DVD] [DVD] (2007) Maria Bello; Connor Paolo; Morgan Flynn

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 Oct 2010
By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
I have to agree with an earlier reviewer when it comes to the subject matter of this film. Of all the horror, confusion and undoubted heroism of that day, it seems strange to focus on a couple of guys who, whilst bravely going to the rescue, saw absolutely nothing and were trapped underground all day. The film is basically about them, how their families react and eventually the rescue. To say it's a narrow viewpoint in the context of that day would be putting it mildly.

I had hoped for more from Oliver Stone, who really seems to have dropped the ball on this one. I think a broader perspective, taking into account the general confusion and snowballing reaction from all responders and the total chaos of that day would have made for a more effective film, but I suspect this film was a deliberate attempt to humanise the story at a family level and I have to say it fell short of the mark, as it became more of a melodramatic cliche than a big budget retelling of the day.

"United 93" is an undoubtedly superior film in terms of dramatic tension and its ability to portray the utter confusion that existed at the start of the events of that day.

As for blu-ray, nothing special in terms of picture or sound, so not a great buy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A real Shame. 15 April 2007
Format:DVD
Very dissapointing. I know it is based on true events. So much happened on that day, they should of shown a bit more from the other heroes of the day. Very long winded and not quite sure what they were trying to achieve with this film. Alot of people lost there lifes trying to help, and I have seen better documentaries.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still Shell-Shocked 18 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
I got the impression in this movie that Oliver Stone wanted to say something about 9/11 but still doesn't know what that is. He used to be great at posing an opinion, but this film seems to stagger around in a daze picking through a rubble of ideas. I found it to be quite harrowing in places, espescially as the men buried alive struggled to accept their fate. I also felt it portrayed the bravery of the rescue teams really well. But the biggest flaw was one of boredom. My finger hovered over the fast-forward button as we had yet another pseudo-philosophical dialogue over What Is Happening to America? I expect a bit more from Oliver Stone, and I should have been warned when I saw that Nicolas Cage was the lead. That man can ham it up, even when buried immobile under concrete for the majority of the film. Disappointing, unmoving and ultimately dull.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 17 April 2007
Format:DVD
Director Oliver Stone took on the unenviable mission to faithfully tell the story of two Port Authority cops trapped in the wreckage of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It seems unfair and disrespectful to say he hasn't done a good job but I'm afraid that's what happened. While it may be unfair to compare WTC with United 93 the comparison is bound to be made. While U93 told a specific story and placed it within the context of what else was happening that day WTC failed to mesh the experiences of these two trapped Port Authority cops with what was going on around them. I realize that was the plan but after watching it I feel the plan was flawed. The scenes at the WTC itself felt clumsy especially the cross-cutting between real footage and the actors.

Maggie Gyllenhaal gave a strong performance as the pregnant wife of Will Jimeno and a lot of the scenes with her family were emotionally touching. But even she couldn't cover up the unemotional and wooden performance of Nicholas Cage as Sergeant John McLoughlin. Uninspiring is another word that comes to mind.

I guess I was expecting a little more context and not something focused so narrowly on these two Port Authority cops. In short I found WTC lacking intensity and context and these omissions left the viewer with a mediocre film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was moved 26 April 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If this film was about anything else, maybe I would give it a bad review. But because of the subject matter I was moved to tears. I was watching it on my computer (I have a Bluray/HdDvD combo drive) and had to pause a few times to get control over myself (the brief shot of a person jumping out of a WTC window was one such scene). The film does a good job of reminding you the significance of 9/11 as one of the most depressing days in recent memory. I'm not a knee-jerk patriotic type, but I still found it difficult to keep myself from being affected by the power of the memories of that day. (I'm American but I have lived in the U.K. for a long time).

In terms of the Blu-Ray quality, there were some pretty good scenes but overall it didn't really stand out from a picture clarity standpoint. I haven't seen the DVD version though, so I can't say whether it is any better. I can't unhesitantly recommend it on picture quality though, so I suggest you rent it first to decide whether you want to add it to your permanent collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty dire 15 Sep 2011
By David B
Format:DVD
I felt completely uninvolved whilst watching this, except for the slightly exciting bit when the rubble from the tower disintegrating next door bursts through the lobby area. After both the towers collapsed I switched it off, as I thought that if the film is this boring during one of the most dramatic moments in history, then the rest will be completely stupifying. After looking at other reviews on here, I think I was right.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
all as described -ok
Published 17 days ago by Jackthelad1951
5.0 out of 5 stars World Trade Centre
Thought provoking movie and very emotional at times. glad l did not go to cinema to see it. what a world we live in.
Published 24 days ago by house elf
5.0 out of 5 stars wold trade center
thanks for the dvd it was a good film and I will keep watching the film and I will enjoy the film thank you very much for the film
Published 8 months ago by shrek
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film - Really bring it all home to you from 9/11
This is a fantastic film. Sypathetically made to go hand in hand with the fireman's true story. I highly reccommend this film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alana Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie and great value for money
Brilliant movie and great value for money. Perfectly working and lovely present for other half. You use buy it now.
Published 8 months ago by Roshni Ramji
3.0 out of 5 stars Medioca
Cannot say we enjoyed this film and probably give away to charity shop would not buy it but we are all different and someone out there may like it
Published 9 months ago by happy
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas present
this is a christmas present for my uncle and i am so happy that i got it so thank you
Published 10 months ago by collettecox
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I ordered
This is just what I ordered and it was a quick delivery, added it to my collection of films. Brill.
Published 10 months ago by Louise Haycox
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase
Such a sad film based on some true stories. For this price it worth buying if you haven't seen it before.
Published 10 months ago by Kimberly Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I love this movie, its a true inspiration. Considering that I bought it 2nd hand from Zoverstocks I must also say that the condition was fantastic.
Published 11 months ago by R Wolverson
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