State of Play(Blu-ray)

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Damon stars as roy miller, a rogue U.S. Army officer who must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil before war escalates in an unstable region.

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Studio Universal
SKU 211417137
UPC 025195052993
UPC 14 00025195052993
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/13/2012
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Widescreen  2.35:1
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Review The three screenwriters (Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Billy Ray) credited with adapting Paul Abbott's mini-series into a motion picture have done something remarkable: reduce five hours of material into less than two hours and still produce something that is both coherent and engrossing. There's no question that State of Play feels a little rushed and the density of plot can be daunting, but the resulting tale unfolds with an urgency and sense of verisimilitude that will keep most viewers intrigued and involved without losing many along the way...State of Play's pedigree is unquestionable. The director, Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), is a rising luminary in both British and American cinema. Tony Gilroy, who has been writing screenplays since 1992's The Cutting Edge and has a string of recent thrillers to his credit (including Duplicity, which he also directed), is as close to a "can't miss" prospect as one is likely to find. The cast features several A-list actors, including the always interesting Russell Crowe and the always delightful Helen Mirren (wish she'd been in more scenes), in fine form. If there's an obvious downside to the overall endeavor, it's that the mini-series condensation leaves the motion picture feeling truncated - something even those unaware of the source material may sense, if only subconsciously. Nevertheless, in an environment where dumb thrillers are outperforming smart ones by wide margins, we can be thankful to have something on this level available, even if it is a remake.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review You try slicing and dicing a six-hour corker of a 2003 British miniseries into a two-hour suspense drama set in Washington, D.C. It ain't easy. Maybe that's why Brad Pitt dropped out, and his Fight Club alter ego, Edward Norton, followed. Russell Crowe stepped in for Pitt as Cal McAffrey, the reporter torn between professional ethics and his friendship with Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck, in for Norton), a married congressman involved in a sex scandal. Maybe that's why director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) assigned three screenwriters -- Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy and Billy Ray -- to whip Paul Abbott's original story into a new shape. Maybe that's why major characters were dumped (James McAvoy's brilliant take on a son of journalistic privilege is the biggest miss) or sex-changed (Bill Nighy's acid-tongued newspaper editor is now, marvelously, Helen Mirren) or morphed from reporter (Kelly Macdonald) into trendy, tabloid-bred blogger (Rachel McAdams...Crowe and Mirren duel like dinosaurs over the future of newspapers, if there is one. "Good reporters don't have friends, just sources," she tells him, knowing that the cheating-congressman story will sell more papers than government skulduggery. The days of All the President's Men are over. Headline hunting has made casualties of truth and trust. The movie reverbs with grief over the death of what once made newspapers essential. It's juicy stuff, made juicier by the actors, Jeff Daniels as a shadowy politico and a knockout Jason Bateman as a kinky PR guy getting roughed up, but not in the ways he'd prefer. Affleck may strike you as off-putting at first, hitting wrong emotional notes, but hang on. State of Play keeps the twists coming,
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Here is Russell Crowe playing an ace investigative reporter for "The Washington Globe." All the cops and most of the people on Capitol Hill seem to know him; he's one of those instinctive newsmen who connects the dots so quickly that a 127-minute movie can be extracted from a six-hour BBC miniseries. This keeps him so occupied that he has little time for grooming, and doesn't seem to ever wash his lanky hair..."State of Play," directed by Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland"), is well-assembled and has some good performances. Crowe pulls off the Joaquin Phoenix look-alike; McAdams doesn't overplay her blogger's newbieness; Mirren convinced me she could be a newspaper editor. Wright Penn always finds the correct shadings. If Affleck, as he plays this role, were to have his face carved into Mt. Rushmore, people would ask which was the original...The thing is, though, that the movie never quite attains altitude. It has a great takeoff, levels nicely, and then seems to land on autopilot. Maybe it's the problem of resolving so much plot in a finite length of time, but it seems a little too facile toward the end. Questions are answered, relationships revealed and mysteries solved too smoothly. If a corporation like PointCorp could have its skullduggery exposed that easily, it wouldn't still be in business.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...likely to stand as one of the best films of 2009.
Rob Calvert, Premiere.com This is a smart script. There is a wealth of twists, but none of them have to beat you over the head.
Scott Mendelson, FilmThreat.com It is a refreshingly traditional star-driven thriller.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com An intelligent adult thriller about the death of newspapers.

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