United 93 (Blu-Ray)

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Jeff the dude lebowski is the victim of mistaken identity. Thugs break into his apartment in the errant belief that they are accosting jeff lebowski, the eccentric millionaire philanthropist, not the laid-back, unemployed jeff lebowski. In the aftermath, the dude seeks restitution.


Studio Universal
SKU 221910810
UPC 025192072901
UPC 14 00025192072901
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/6/2011
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True Story
Editors Note
Note UNITED 93, director Paul Greengrass's meticulous reconstruction of the events surrounding the crash--the result of a heroic struggle between the passengers and hijackers--of the fourth plane to be hijacked on September 11, 2001, is a landmark in filmmaking. Greengrass has chosen the most politically and emotionally charged source material available to an artist in the early 21st century, and shaped it into a psychologically draining, terrifyingly real, and technically brilliant film. Like his first feature-length work, BLOODY SUNDAY, UNITED 93 doesn't follow a traditional cinematic narrative structure; via hand-held cameras, grainy DV stock, and frenetic editing, it instead presents a visceral (at times sickening) in-the-moment documentary-style experience that maximizes the film's unavoidable air of tension and dread without being crassly manipulative. Yet for all of its precision and craft, UNITED 93 still depicts one of the most terrifying ordeals the United States has ever had to face--and that it was released less than five years after those events took place plays an undeniably enormous role in how the film is received. It is impossible to watch UNITED 93 and not be profoundly moved, whether that emotion is fear, sadness, anxiety, or pure rage. And it is an emotional catharsis far removed from what is the filmmaker's delicate hand and deft touch. Greengrass, though, is quite fearless in his depiction of the chaos of the day--the President is frustratingly missing; the FAC, NORAD, and local air-traffic control centers are shown in a disoriented panic; and the terrorists are brutal and remorseless--and, to his credit, he avoids soft-pedaling any political agenda and doesn't blindly canonize the flight's passengers. Rather, their heroism is treated as the product of a logical decision made by ordinary men and women who found themselves in the most extraordinary and illogical of situations. And that, ultimately, is where the power of UNITED 93 lies.
Entertainment Weekly "[A] movie experience that's undeniably agonizing -- but also unexpectedly bracing....The movie is tightly built, but Greengrass is patient, letting events unfold at the pace of reality." -- Grade: A- 04/28/2006 p.113,Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "In its scary and lacerating way, a revelation..." 12/29/2006 p.106
New York Times "A persuasively narrated, scrupulously tasteful re-creation of the downing of the fourth and final plane hijacked by Islamist terrorists on Sept. 11..." 04/28/2006 p.E1
Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 4 -- "[The director] imagines a sea of arms reaching into the cockpit in a way that redefines heroism. Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us." 05/18/2006 p.232,Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "The gifted director Paul Greengrass has crafted a humane tribute to the power of resistance." 12/28/2006 p.118
USA Today "This unflinching, powerfully visceral portrait of the events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on Sept. 11, 2001, is the most gut-wrenching and captivating film this year." 04/28/2006 p.8E
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "A ferocious requiem, squinting for truth through tears of rage....UNITED 93 is an eloquent tribute to their fear and fury." 07/01/2006 p.38
Box Office 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n emotional mosaic so forceful, so credible, that viewers will feel as though they are watching the fateful day unfolding, once again, before their very eyes." 06/01/2006 p.59
Sight and Sound "Greengrass treats his subject matter with serious-minded sensitivity....UNITED 93 terrifyingly conveys the nature of the threat facing the world today and poignantly conveys onscreen the decision by a few brave individuals to fight back." 07/01/2006 p.80-82
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s riveting as it is morally confounding....The movie eschews facile judgments and false heroism..." 10/01/2006 p.96
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[A] realistic piece, and the impact is shattering beyond anything American movies have offered up this year, or last." 09/01/2006 p.103
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "Greengrass's picture unfolds with grim authenticity....Sobering, enlightening, important." 10/01/2006 p.101
Film Comment Ranked #8 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36,"[A] meticulously if not agonizingly scrupulous film..." 01/01/2007 p.38
Paul Greengrass
J. J. Johnson
Lewis Alsamari
Cast & Crew
J. J. Johnson - Star
Polly Adams - Star
Gary Commock - Star
Cheyenne Jackson - Star
Nancy McDoniel - Star
Opal Alladin - Star
Starla Benford - Star
Trish Gates - Star
Lewis Alsamari - Star
Dinah Collin - Costume Designer
Clare Douglas - Editor
Dominic Watkins - Production Designer
Paul Greengrass - Screenwriter
Barry Ackroyd - Director of Photography
Liza Chasin - Executive Producer
Christopher Rouse - Editor
John Powell - Composer
Richard Pearson - Editor
Debra Hayward - Executive Producer
Paul Greengrass - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00025192072901
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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