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  • Actors: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090JANMC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama Bin Laden.

Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar-winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

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Considering the subject matter of Zero Dark Thirty, a film that follows the CIA's decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden, it'd be little surprise were Hollywood to knock the edges off a little to make it easier for a broader audience. But director Kathryn Bigelow makes no such concession. Off the back of her Oscar-winning feature The Hurt Locker, her movie is a pulls-no-punches, under-your-skin drama. As such, it's not always the easiest film to watch, but it is an utterly compelling one.

At the heart of it is Jessica Chastain, playing CIA officer Maya. She's the anchor of Zero Dark Thirty, and it's her drive and determination that underpins the ongoing search. Bigelow employs a broad ensemble, unsurprising given the length of time the film's story covers, but she too is a standpoint. She's emerged as one of America's most compelling, interesting directors, and Zero Dark Thirty is an exceptional, bold piece of film making.

The disc features some welcome extra material that digs a little deeper, but it's on something of a hiding to nothing, given the strength and ferocity of the main feature itself. A modern classic? Maybe, maybe not. But Zero Dark Thirty is a film, either way, that simply demands to be seen. --Jon Foster

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee James on 1 Nov. 2014
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Review of ZERO DARK THIRTY starring Jessica Chastain - 1st November 2014. The story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is a fascinating one and if you are into that kind of thing, as I am then this is a great film! Slated by some for its torture scenes, which I found to be quite tame and on a par with other movies of this genre, the film follows the tenacious Mia, played by the lovely Jessica Chastain as she is sent out to Afghanistan to hunt for Bin Laden. The movie traces her first steps into the interrogation methods used to extract information from captured terror suspects, through her battle with US officialdom in the form of Washington and the CIA and getting the resources she needs to actually hunt effectively for the big man himself, to finally convincing the sceptics that she has actually found Bin Laden. The final masterpiece at the end of the film, the actual mission into Pakistan to carry out the SEAL raid, was something I was worried that Hollywood might mess up, since script writers and movie directors are well known for taking so-called "artistic licence" with some subjects and eventually screwing up the story out of all proportion. Thankfully not so with Zero Dark Thirty, where the finale of the film, the actual raid itself, is really gripping to watch. Highly recommended viewing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 11 May 2013
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This film is about Maya (Jessica Chastain) a potty mouthed CIA operative and her one woman crusade to get Bin Laden. It starts off with 9-11. Maya is a composite character. The CIA is not as dumb as this film portrays. She visits CIA black sites around the world through their revolving door. It appears as if she got all the intelligence on her own. We know this was not the case.

In comparison, I must say "Seal Team Six" was a far better film as far as plot. What this film offers is an obsessed Jessica Chastain who borders on insanity. Her character seemed unrealistic at times, but compelling at other times.

Much has been made about the politics of this film which I found they took great lengths to be non-controversial. Sometimes facts have a bias to them. There is excessive torture at the beginning of the film. Information is gathered from people that have been tortured, but not necessarily because of it, as there is a disconnect between the two events. The audience is allowed to decide on its effectiveness. Seal Team Six appears late in the film, almost as an afterthought. The other film was superior in presenting the Navy Seals.

Obama and Bush aren't mentioned per se. Obama appears speaking in the background on TV. There is a new policy concerning torture that is alluded to, but the details are not given. One remark was, "You don't want to be the one caught holding the dog collar."

There is a reluctance on the part of some to invade the Bin Laden compound due to the WMD/Iraq disaster although no blame is specifically placed.

Chastain does an excellent job and is the best aspect of this feature. In an idea world she would have played Maya in "Seal Team Six.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Young on 28 Jun. 2014
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This film charts the Americans ultimately successful attempt to find and eliminate Osama Bin Laden. Made to be as historically accurate as possible, this is not a cheerful film, but with a very atmospheric soundtrack it is an enthralling one. This film might not be for everyone, but as a depiction of intelligence gathering techniques, and special forces operations, it is one of the best I have seen.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By treadstone on 11 Feb. 2013
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I have a lot of respect for film makers that are prepared to be brave. A gritty straightforward "docu film" about the biggest manhunt in history. We will never know what actually happened but this is the next best thing. There are no "hoowaahh" amercanisms either - just pinpoint detail.

It does contain torture scenes but these are nowhere near as bad as what you have been lead to believe. In fact Ive seen worse on a BBC Sunday night!

Very different to the Hurt Locker but if you liked that or other political docu films you will like this. The first 5 minutes of the film are probably the most provocative..and theres nothing on screen. Your just listening....

A Classic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Lynch on 17 Jun. 2014
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Brutal, engrossing and morally challenging film. There has certainly been some controversy about the torture scenes and scope for discussion about whether the end does justify the means. However, the director does not portray the story as a simple fight between good and evil and shows an uncompromising snapshot of the realities of war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. TAYLOR on 29 Oct. 2014
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Torture is wrong no matter what the situation.If you forget your humanity you become the enemy and alienate potential allies and friends.One of the aims of terrorist acts is to force goverments to adopt repressive measures that will alienate their population and bolster the terrorists cause.The film is well made and acted.It leaves you to make up your own mind about the torture and forces you to think.Is it just me or is there a hint that the main protaganist possibly lost her family to a terrorist act.Hence why she could not tell the director of the CIA what her motive for joining was during the scene in the canteen and why she was so driven.This would also explain the emotional release at the end. "What now ?" she seems to say.
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