It was one of the most exciting duels in recent cinema history: James Cameron proved in 2009 with “Avatar – Aufbruch nach Pandora“ once again that he knows how to attract the masses to the cinemas like hardly any other filmmaker – and has delivered the most successful film of all time to date (2.9 billion dollars). His ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow was only able to generate just under 49 million dollars with her outstanding war film “The Hurt Locker”, but she emerged as the clear winner at the Oscars the following year:
While Cameron had to settle for awards in the technical categories, Bigelow’s electrifying drama won awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. You could easily forget that “The Hurt Locker” also ignites a visual firework that takes your breath away in scenes – and that’s exactly what you can experience from Friday in unprecedented quality. Then Deadly Command – The Hurt Locker will be released on 4K Blu-ray for the first time on October 7, 2022:
» “The Hurt Locker” Limited 4K Mediabook on Amazon*
With the Ultra HD premiere, you can not only expect the Oscar-winning war film highlight in optimized picture and sound quality. Because the film is also being released as a strictly limited edition in the Mediabook – whose picturesque design is in no way inferior to the great film.
At the center of “The Hurt Locker” is Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner), who goes to Iraq as a specialist for the defuse squad of a US special forces unit. His predecessor, Matt Thompson (Guy Pearce), was blown up during a mission.
But shortly after his arrival, it becomes clear that James ticks a little differently than his subordinates Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty). While the men, who have been stationed in Iraq for some time now, know that they need to be extremely careful if they don’t want to die doing their job, their new boss is a ruthless adrenaline junkie – who does his job better than anyone, but does it also puts a lot at stake. And so the danger grows for all of them from day to day that their next mission together could also be their last…
With a US box office of just 14 million dollars, “The Hurt Locker” set a historic negative record: no other Oscar winner in the category Best Picture since the beginning of concrete box office numbers grossed less – even in the 1960s -years not. Bigelow won’t care. While there were excellent 4.5 stars in the DashFUN review for the “adrenaline-boosting, ambitious action war drama”, the director is now represented in numerous best lists with her “vibrant illustration of the drug war”. In addition to Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, “The Hurt Locker” is one of the best war films of the last 15 years for us.
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