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My take: The Hurt Locker (2008)

HD Goofnut
02-20-2010, 03:48 PM
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Title: The Hurt Locker (2008)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Run time: 130 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Rating: R
Region Coding: Region A Only
Player used for review: LG BH200

Cast/Crew Info:
Jeremy Renner as SSG William James
Anthony Mackie as Sgt. JT Sanborn
Brian Geraghty as Spc. Owen Eldridge
Guy Pearce as SSG Matt Thompson
Ralph Fiennes as Contractor Team Leader
David Morse as Colonel Reed
Christian Camargo as Lt. Col. John Cambridge
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

My take: (the breakdown)

Rarely does a work put you in the shoes of what an actual person thinks, feels, and does in his or her job. The Hurt Locker is one piece of work where one of these rare occurrences is captured and illustrated in through the use of film. The film centers on a team of three individuals that are known as the Early Ordinance Detection team or EOD for short. Their job in Iraq is to find, evaluate, and dispose of deadly ordinance targeted at military or civilian personnel. The film chronicles an army company designated Bravo Company (no further information is given) and their day-to-day activities in their rotation, which last one year. One can't help but be connected to these guys from the start of the film. This is as close as you're going to get to being in combat without actually being there. This is a must own, but be mindful that due to language and violence this one is not appropriate for children.

For being filmed in the dusty and dirty Middle East I wasn't expecting too much in terms of quality, but I sure was wrong. The browns and grays that dominate the print are properly saturated and the dust/dirt is certainly rendered well. Flesh tones also appear accurate through the film's run time. Grain is moderate and tends to become a little heavy when there's a lot of dirt blowing around, but it never becomes noisy. Fine detail is absolutely perfect in every regard. Notice the beads of sweat or smears of dirt on each soldier's face and you'll see what I am talking about.

We are supplied with a bombastic 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that is extremely aggressive and well balanced. Dialogue is well prioritized and is never hard to hear. Surrounds are used quite frequently for various discrete and not so discrete effects. Bombs, gunfire, and yells all swell to the surrounds nicely. Your sub will see some serious work during the action oriented sequences and the LFE packs some serious punch so don't say I didn't warn you.

There's not really an extensive amount of supplements with this Blu-ray release, but what is given is supplied is extremely well done. First up is a commentary with the director and writer followed two making of features which total about 35 minutes. Both of these features are presented in 1080 and are definitely worth checking out.

Movie: 8.5/10
VQ: 9/10
AQ: 9.5/10
Supplements: 5/10
Final word: A Must Own

As always thanks for reading folks.

Vulcan2422
02-22-2010, 12:59 PM
It was an amazing movie with both great PQ and AQ. I will probably be watching it over again and again cause it's really great to watch.

bruceames
02-23-2010, 10:06 PM
Nice review Goofnut. I'll have to check this out as I love a good war movie and this one sounds like it fits the bill.

Nevada_MO_Guy
02-24-2010, 03:27 AM
Great movie.

Dealing with the hidden explosives was the main focus but the sniper situation was nice change to the intensity of the movie.

Pistol negotiation techniques to get someone to back up a car are always a hoot to watch. :)

Watching people, watching you and not knowing for sure if they are friend...foe....or undecided instilled a sense of constant tension in some scenes.

The director of Hurt Locker was married to the director of that little film Avatar. They were both nominated for best director of 09. Go figure.

HD Goofnut
02-24-2010, 06:57 AM
Nice review Goofnut. I'll have to check this out as I love a good war movie and this one sounds like it fits the bill.

Thanks Bruce. It only took me over a month to obtain the rental because everyone else wanted to see it too.:p

soupnazi
02-24-2010, 05:00 PM
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For being filmed in the dusty and dirty Middle East I wasn't expecting too much in terms of quality, but I sure was wrong. The browns and grays that dominate the print are properly saturated and the dust/dirt is certainly rendered well. Flesh tones also appear accurate through the film's run time. Grain is moderate and tends to become a little heavy when there's a lot of dirt blowing around, but it never becomes noisy. Fine detail is absolutely perfect in every regard. Notice the beads of sweat or smears of dirt on each soldier's face and you'll see what I am talking about.


I'm beginning to realize that even these types of movies that have mono color schemes, like beige or grey, really benefit from blu-ray. We can see more detail to seperate the colors into different shades and see particles of dust instead of clouds of dust. Of course the modern equipment used to film movies also helps to pick up extra detail.

As for the movie, I really liked it. It showed me a new and realistic view on modern warfare.

dale124
03-03-2010, 02:07 PM
I recently rented this one and loved it. One of the best movies I've seen in a while, unlike "The Box", which is one of the worst movies I've seen in a very long while.
Dale

Chris Gerhard
03-04-2010, 02:59 PM
I rented this one and loved it. There has been some criticism about the film with the claim it isn't accurate and I am far from an expert on disarming bombs but I did think it couldn't possibly be very realistic. That doesn't change the fact it is a very good film.

Chris

JohnnyTex
03-06-2010, 11:09 AM
I rented this one and loved it. There has been some criticism about the film with the claim it isn't accurate and I am far from an expert on disarming bombs but I did think it couldn't possibly be very realistic. That doesn't change the fact it is a very good film.

Chris

Yes, it is a Hollywood version of what's going on over there, but I still think that (IMO) it deserves best picture tomorrow. It's multi-layered, tackling a subject matter that's still ongoing and difficult to address without glorification of condemnation, which in and of itself is difficult for Hollywood. It's a portrayal of the types of men who get into this field of duty, the emotional toll it has on them, the cultural differences that make the mission difficult, and the stark contrast of lifestyle when home. Best picture IMO, we'll see tomorrow.:thumbsup:

HD Goofnut
03-06-2010, 11:12 AM
Yes, it is a Hollywood version of what's going on over there, but I still think that (IMO) it deserves best picture tomorrow. It's multi-layered, tackling a subject matter that's still ongoing and difficult to address without glorification of condemnation, which in and of itself is difficult for Hollywood. It's a portrayal of the types of men who get into this field of duty, the emotional toll it has on them, the cultural differences that make the mission difficult, and the stark contrast of lifestyle when home. Best picture IMO, we'll see tomorrow.:thumbsup:

I do agree with you, but I still feel that District 9 should receive Best Picture just because of its originality and excellent use of HD cameras. However, I have not seen Up in the Air or Avatar yet and will see them when they are released on BD.

Chris Gerhard
03-06-2010, 11:28 AM
Yes, it is a Hollywood version of what's going on over there, but I still think that (IMO) it deserves best picture tomorrow. It's multi-layered, tackling a subject matter that's still ongoing and difficult to address without glorification of condemnation, which in and of itself is difficult for Hollywood. It's a portrayal of the types of men who get into this field of duty, the emotional toll it has on them, the cultural differences that make the mission difficult, and the stark contrast of lifestyle when home. Best picture IMO, we'll see tomorrow.:thumbsup:

I do agree with you, but I still feel that District 9 should receive Best Picture just because of its originality and excellent use of HD cameras. However, I have not seen Up in the Air or Avatar yet and will see them when they are released on BD.

I have seen the films you guys think should win the Best Picture Oscar and think both are really good but how can the award not go to the all-time box office champ? Avatar has to win that one and Ms. Bigelow will win Best Director is how I see it.

Chris

unotis
03-06-2010, 01:19 PM
I have seen the films you guys think should win the Best Picture Oscar and think both are really good but how can the award not go to the all-time box office champ? Avatar has to win that one and Ms. Bigelow will win Best Director is how I see it.

Chris

I agree with both of your opinions, Avatar will certainly win Best Picture and Ms Bigelow will win Best Director.

But, then the best picture or best director don't always win, remember when "Shakspeare in Love" won over "Saving Private Ryan".

Now Shakespere

unotis
03-06-2010, 01:23 PM
I have seen the films you guys think should win the Best Picture Oscar and think both are really good but how can the award not go to the all-time box office champ? Avatar has to win that one and Ms. Bigelow will win Best Director is how I see it.

Chris

I agree with both of your opinions, Avatar should certainly win Best Picture and Ms Bigelow should win Best Director.

But, then the best picture or best director don't always win, remember when "Shakespeare in Love" won over "Saving Private Ryan" for Best Picture?

Now "Shakespeare in Love" was an excellent movie, but face it "Saving Private Ryan" was better and had much more impact on the viewers that year. ;)

JohnnyTex
03-06-2010, 02:13 PM
District 9 is a great movie, awesome visuals + original story definitely make it best picture worthy. I've seen Avatar and it's an amazing immersive world, but can anyone really say they haven't seen the story line played out before? I guess I just don't see why making a lot of money qualifies a movie to be judged the best of the best. That being said though, Unotis is probably right "Avatar should certainly win Best Picture and Ms Bigelow should win Best Director". Great movies are great movies though, regardless of awards received.

Ruffrob
03-08-2010, 01:16 PM
I guess you guys were both right..kinda. I think it's the first time a former husband and wife went against each other on the Director nomination. Ms.Bigelow won which was also a first for a female director. Avatar won ,but not in the way everyone thought although it's a win that should be a deja vu moment for the director. Terminator Two won some techinical awards as well.

Razor05
03-08-2010, 01:54 PM
I was surprised that Hurt Locker won Best Picture. I thought for sure Avatar would win. Don't get me wrong, HL was a great movie but IMO a notch or two below Avatar.

JohnnyTex
03-08-2010, 08:19 PM
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that is all

Ruffrob
03-09-2010, 05:00 PM
He keeps dancing like that ,another animal of his make and model is gonna swipe that fish...

unotis
03-09-2010, 05:10 PM
I was surprised that Hurt Locker won Best Picture. I thought for sure Avatar would win. Don't get me wrong, HL was a great movie but IMO a notch or two below Avatar.

I have to agree, I wonder if because Avatar became such a huge hit making billions of dollars (or it will) that the voters decided they didn't need to reward it with an Oscar also, that a Oscar would help the Hurt Locker earn more money and recognition and Avatar didn't need anymore recognition. :confused:

Ruffrob
03-09-2010, 05:46 PM
I have to agree, I wonder if because Avatar became such a huge hit making billions of dollars (or it will) that the voters decided they didn't need to reward it with an Oscar also, that a Oscar would help the Hurt Locker earn more money and recognition and Avatar didn't need anymore recognition.

I agree ,that's more than fair,everybody involved in Hurt Locker stands to make good money now including Director Kathryn Bigelow,and my home boy Anthony Mackie (8 Mile,She Hate Me,Notorious)....:yippee:

JohnnyTex
03-09-2010, 09:04 PM
Anthony Mackie (8 Mile,She Hate Me,Notorious)....:yippee:

He was really good in this move actually, and I thought he looked familiar (from Notorious).

hunt09
03-10-2010, 12:30 AM
Thanks Bruce. It only took me over a month to obtain the rental because everyone else wanted to see it too.:p

Heart wrenching affair...heard that producers had not anticipated that this movie will be so big and it got Oscars also.

Razor05
03-10-2010, 04:01 PM
I have to agree, I wonder if because Avatar became such a huge hit making billions of dollars (or it will) that the voters decided they didn't need to reward it with an Oscar also, that a Oscar would help the Hurt Locker earn more money and recognition and Avatar didn't need anymore recognition. :confused:

Heh well that's very unfair then. If a movie does that well, then it's earned it and deserves all the recognition it gets. IMO Avatar should have walked off with it and maybe a couple more. ;)

OCgamer
03-10-2010, 09:28 PM
I rented this one and loved it. There has been some criticism about the film with the claim it isn't accurate and I am far from an expert on disarming bombs but I did think it couldn't possibly be very realistic. That doesn't change the fact it is a very good film.

Chris

Some things were not right like the maverick attitude the lead actor takes with reguards to his work. No way do they ever take off the suit just to get comfortible. Also they are EOD not snipers so to switch roles nah sorry not going to believe it. In fact the mercs which are usually ex SAS should have been the people on the 50 cal and not panicing and firing wildly. But ok so its a movie we get what we get. Just for point of reference all the weapons and demo found in the warehouse would have been captured and given to the Iraq's for their use and not wasted. I hope this movies success opens the doors to more combat films because there is alot of great stories out there to tell. Remember Platoon when it won its awards and about 30 vietnam movies came out some fantastic (hamburger hill, seige at firebase gloria etc) some not so good. So cheers to the movie and hope for many more to come.