United 93

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This DVD movie is definitely worth taking a good look at. Even if you saw the movie in theatres, there are special feature interviews and behind the scenes clips. These are powerful as they help put the story in the perspective of loved ones that talked on the phone with passengers before the United flight 93 plane crashed. The acting and action is intense and well done, although it takes a while for the tension to build. But that's what probably happened five years ago on 9/11 flights. So at least the director didn't replace slow times with Hollywood action to keep the pace up at the expense of realism. There is a lot of violence once the hijackers show their hand, so this movie is not for small children. Crew members and pilots get killed but the violence isn't more than was warranted. This is a story of ordinary people who became extraordinary heroes, knew what had to be done and did it. If you want to see a fitting tribute to the people of United flight 93, this is the best.

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by cbarrows77@yahoo.com on 9/21/2006

This DVD movie is definitely worth taking a good look at. Even if you saw the movie in theatres, there are special feature interviews and behind the scenes clips. These are powerful as they help put the story in the perspective of loved ones that talked on the phone with passengers before the United flight 93 plane crashed. The acting and action is intense and well done, although it takes a while for the tension to build. But that's what probably happened five years ago on 9/11 flights. So at least the director didn't replace slow times with Hollywood action to keep the pace up at the expense of realism. There is a lot of violence once the hijackers show their hand, so this movie is not for small children. Crew members and pilots get killed but the violence isn't more than was warranted. This is a story of ordinary people who became extraordinary heroes, knew what had to be done and did it. If you want to see a fitting tribute to the people of United flight 93, this is the best. Read More

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This powerful film about september 11th, one of the darkest days in our history, paints an unforgettable and inspiring portrait of the 40 passengers and crew who sat down as strangers and in the face of a horrific situation found the courage to stand up as one.

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Studio Universal
SKU 202819179
UPC 025192657023
UPC 14 00025192657023
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
9/11
Airplanes
Heroes
Heroines
Terrorism
Terrorists
Theatrical Release
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.
Reviews
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
Directors
Paul Greengrass
Actors
J. J. Johnson
Lewis Alsamari
Cast & Crew
Barry Ackroyd - Cinematographer
Cheyenne Jackson - Featuring
Christian Clemenson - Featuring
Clare Douglas, et. al. - Editor
John Powell - Original Music By
Liza Chasin - Executive Producer
Paul Greengrass - Director
Paul Greengrass - Writer
Polly Adams - Featuring
Tim Bevan - Producer
Trish Gates - Featuring
"Clare Douglas, et. al." - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 26570
UPC 00025192657023
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Taut, visceral and predictably gut-wrenching, ""United 93,"" Paul Greengrass' already much-debated look at Sept. 11, trades in some emotional impact for authenticity, capturing the overwhelming sense of chaos surrounding that day's harrowing events. The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome. While media attention has focused on reaction to the movie's trailer, strong ratings for earlier Flight 93 TV projects suggest there will be considerable curiosity, morbid or otherwise, about ""United 93"" that should translate into robust box office."
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Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "There are those who believe this movie should not be released, that it is ""too soon."" I will admit to having believed there was merit to this position - until I saw Paul Greengrass' vision brought to the screen. United 93 is its own most compelling defender. There's not a whiff of exploitation to be found. This is an honest, fact-based account that exists for two reasons: to assure that we do not forget the events of that day and to remind us that amidst all the horror and tragedy, there was still room for heroism. If not for the actions of the doomed passengers of United Flight 93, the United States might not have a Capitol Building."
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Clemenson,Christian
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine Unmissable.
Roger Ebert, Ebert and Roeper This is an Extraordinary Film.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Spellbinding.
Claudia Puig, USA Today An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait...
David Denby, The New Yorker ...tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine Brilliant, tightly focused, and momentous.
"Claudia Puig, USA Today" "An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait..."
"David Denby, The New Yorker" "...tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise."
"David Edelstein, New York Magazine" "Brilliant, tightly focused, and momentous."

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