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My take: Green Zone (2010)

HD Goofnut
07-22-2010, 10:13 AM
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Title: Green Zone (2010)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Two Disc Set
Video: 1080p/VC-1
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 115 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Rating: R
Region Coding: Region Free
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46" 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu

Cast/Crew Info:
Matt Damon as Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller
Amy Ryan as Lawrie Dayne
Greg Kinnear as Clark Poundstone
Khalid Abdalla as Freddy
Yigal Naor as General Al Rawi
Said Faraj as Seyyed Hamza
Raad Rawi as Ahmed Zubaidi
Directed by Paul Greengrass

My take: (the breakdown)

I personally enjoyed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum from Paul Greengrass so I figured I'd give his newest film Green Zone a try. Rewind seven years to 2003 and you'll remember that America had toppled Saddam's Republican Guard in Iraq and was able to secure most of the city of Baghdad within a few months so that the search for WMDs could begin. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is the head of a unit that is responsible for investigating WMD sites in and around Baghdad. After three different sites have come up empty Miller begins to question the reliability of the intelligence reports that are being used to pinpoint the different WMD sites. When a local Iraqi comes forward to Miller about a Ba'ath Party meeting being held close his unit's present assignment he has to decide whether to believe this man. After deciding the man's story is true Miller begins down a path of uncertainty and cover-ups as he begins to realize that there is a connection between the Ba'ath and the faulty intelligence the U.S. has been receiving. With the help of a CIA agent and a newspaper writer will Miller be able to crack the mystery? This one is worth watching once in my opinion, but some will find that it's worth owning. Due to violence and profanity this one is not for children of any age.

Taking place in the arid environment of the Middle East one would expect Green Zone to have a gritty appearance and it most certainly achieves that. From the onset, grain is extremely heavy to create a washed out look that does make colors slightly muted. Flesh tones do however remain accurate despite the gritty appearance caused by the heavy grain. There are several darker scenes where the grain becomes more noticeable and flirts with becoming noise, but the daytime shoots look better in regards to this aspect. Fine detail is near perfect in the closeup shots and even the wider daytime shots, but nearly all of the darker scenes have so much grain that detail is washed away in many of the backgrounds. I do realize that this intentional heavy grain was Greengrass' choosing, but there are times when I found it slightly distracting.

Green Zone sports a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that is reference quality in every sense of the word when it comes to Blu-ray. Dialogue is spot on and easily understood throughout the entire run time. Even shouted orders during the more intense sequences are all clearly heard without any issues. The surrounds see plenty of use in both discrete and louder sounds. Gunfire, vehicles, and shouting have appropriate directionality in both the front and surround channels. Even the more discrete sounds such as people talking off screen, radio chatter, and overhead announcements are well pronounced without becoming overbearing. There are many parts of the film where the LFE comes alive causing some aggressive response from the sub. Thankfully, the LFE doesn't drown out any of the other effects and it always comes at the right time, especially when explosions are involved.

The supplemental package that is included with this Blu-ray release of Green Zone is rather average in quantity, but a couple of the features are worth checking out. First up is an feature length audio commentary with Greengrass and Damon, which is slightly interesting. Next is a collection of deleted scenes totaling about 12 minutes. Rounding out the package are two making-of features that are rather bland. The first is a nine minute look at Damon speaking with the real soldiers that make up the extras in the film and the second is a standard studio promotional piece that runs about 8 minutes. The deleted scenes are presented in 1080p while the two making-of features are in 1080i. Finally, there's a digital copy located on a second disc.

Movie: 7/10
VQ: 9/10
AQ: 10/10
Supplements: 5/10
Final word: A Purchase For Fans

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jjufon
07-22-2010, 10:31 AM
i could never give the the PQ9/10. maybe 7; maybe

HD Goofnut
07-22-2010, 11:15 AM
i could never give the the PQ9/10. maybe 7; maybe

Other than the heavy grain in a couple of the darker scenes I felt it was extremely well done.

ckone180
07-22-2010, 04:51 PM
Thanks for the review, definite rental. Fanjestical!

HD Goofnut
07-22-2010, 05:22 PM
Thanks for the review, definite rental. Fanjestical!

You're welcome.:)

jjufon
07-22-2010, 06:27 PM
Yes; great review and thanks for taking the time to write it.

HD Goofnut
07-23-2010, 07:16 AM
Yes; great review and thanks for taking the time to write it.

No problem.:D

oblioman
07-26-2010, 04:58 PM
We also watched this over the weekend and found it to be rather compelling. Goofs review was spot on (as always). Wonder if this movie wasn't based on factual evidence?? Hmmm.

HD Goofnut
07-26-2010, 06:52 PM
We also watched this over the weekend and found it to be rather compelling. Goofs review was spot on (as always). Wonder if this movie wasn't based on factual evidence?? Hmmm.

From what I read it seems to have been loosely based on the facts.

oblioman
07-26-2010, 07:07 PM
From what I read it seems to have been loosely based on the facts.

To bad we'll never get the true story. The movie in itself had a great plot, with enough twists to be "just" true. Me opinion meter is a must see and not just for the great filming and audio,,but also for the intrigue,,that just might shake out to be true.

PFC5
08-01-2010, 04:47 PM
We also watched this over the weekend and found it to be rather compelling. Goofs review was spot on (as always). Wonder if this movie wasn't based on factual evidence?? Hmmm.

From what I read it seems to have been loosely based on the facts.

To bad we'll never get the true story. The movie in itself had a great plot, with enough twists to be "just" true. Me opinion meter is a must see and not just for the great filming and audio,,but also for the intrigue,,that just might shake out to be true.

The sad thing is many people will watch this movie and think it is factual, when it is a work of fiction taking place in a real time & place. :helpme

I guess Jason Borne is real also and is based on fact too right? :p That the USA is so screwed up and fighting each other in both movies so it must be true. :lol:

I watched this movie just now and my first thought was that many gullible people will believe this to be based on facts. Damn it is so easy to make people believe much of what you want them to believe by just making a movie about something and throw in a time/place that we all know did happen and people will believe it. :eyecrazy

I thought as a work of fiction is as pretty good and I do think disbanding the military was a dumb move (in hindsight?).

I think Goofnut pegged this review very well, and where the PQ was lowered with grain or out of focus was intentional by the director.

Thanks for the review Goofnut! :hithere:

HD Goofnut
08-01-2010, 05:47 PM
The sad thing is many people will watch this movie and think it is factual, when it is a work of fiction taking place in a real time & place. :helpme

I guess Jason Borne is real also and is based on fact too right? :p That the USA is so screwed up and fighting each other in both movies so it must be true. :lol:

I watched this movie just now and my first thought was that many gullible people will believe this to be based on facts. Damn it is so easy to make people believe much of what you want them to believe by just making a movie about something and throw in a time/place that we all know did happen and people will believe it. :eyecrazy

I thought as a work of fiction is as pretty good and I do think disbanding the military was a dumb move (in hindsight?).

I think Goofnut pegged this review very well, and where the PQ was lowered with grain or out of focus was intentional by the director.

Thanks for the review Goofnut! :hithere:

I said loosely based on the facts because it really is. We never found any WMDs, but I know that it didn't occur in the fashion the film depicts.

You're welcome PFC.:D

ZoSo
08-23-2010, 01:38 PM
You make this movie sound more interesting than I think it might be. I will end up watching it but still on the fence. Your review does help though and your points seem spot on.