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World Trade Center (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2006)

Nicolas Cage , Michael Peña , Oliver Stone  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Format: Full Screen, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTRJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "World Trade Center (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • In-depth Q&A by Oliver Stone
  • Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone
  • The Making of World Trade Center
  • Common Sacrifice: An extensive documentary about survivors Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin that goes beyond 9/11 and traces their lives through present day
  • Building Ground Zero
  • Oliver Stone's New York: A conversation with Oliver Stone about growing up in New York, his days in Vietnam and NYU Film School

Editorial Reviews

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Regardless of whether it was "too early" in 2006 to dramatize the events of September 11th, 2001, World Trade Center succeeds as a tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who served at "ground zero" in the wake of terrorist attacks on the WTC's twin towers in New York City. Removed from the politics of war and terrorism (yet still, like all films, inherently political in expressing its point of view), Oliver Stone's potent drama focuses on the nightmarish ordeal, and subsequent rescue, of Port Authority policemen John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Peña), who were buried deeply within the rubble of the WTC after the twin towers collapsed. Granted, it's only the film's historical context that distinguishes it from any other dramatic rescue story, but in focusing on the goodness of humanity in response to the evil of terrorists who remain unnamed and off-screen, Stone and first-time screenwriter Andrea Berloff create an emotional context as powerful as anything Stone has directed since Platoon. Even as he resorts to some questionable tactics typically lacking in subtlety, Stone refrains from much of the blunt-force filmmaking that has made him a critical punching bag, rising to this challenging occasion with a heartfelt and deeply American portrait of unity – personal, familial, and national. Flaws and all, World Trade Center serves an honorable purpose, reminding us all that for those fleeting days in September 2001, America showed its best face to a sympathetic world. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

From three-time Academy Award® winner Oliver Stone comes this inspiring true story about courage, family and our nation's unyielding spirit. Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage and Michael Peña (Crash) star as John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, two New York City Port Authority policemen who were trapped in the rubble of September 11, 2001. As McLoughlin and Jimeno bond together in a fight for survival, the events of an unimaginable day unfold through the eyes of the two policemen, their loving wives (Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal), survivors and rescuers throughout the city.

COMMEMORATIVE EXCLUSIVES
Exclusive commentary by and in-depth Q & A with director Oliver Stone
Insightful commentary by real-life survivor Will Jimeno and rescuers Scott Strauss, John Busching and Paddy McGee
Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone
The Making of World Trade Center: A behind-the-scenes look at the three phases of production from the earliest stages of writing, to filming and beyond
Common Sacrifice: An extensive documentary about survivors Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin that goes beyond 9/11 and traces their lives through present day
Building Ground Zero: An in-depth look at the set design and re-creation of Ground Zero
Oliver Stone's New York: A conversation with Oliver Stone about growing up in New York, his days in Vietnam and NYU Film School


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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect, Mr. Stone April 2, 2007
Format:DVD
I remember Sep 11 like this: I was visiting in Shanghai, came to my hotel room in the evening, not so late, turned on CNN as usual, and saw a plane fly into one of the towers. It took me quite some time to understand what I had just seen. I called my wife and asked her to turn on TV at home. She had not heard yet.
I never felt more American than on that day.
I am German, by the way.
When I heard that Oliver Stone was making a movie about this, I could not believe it. Too early, too monumental, too emotionally loaded, too ideologically simple. This could only become a bad film.
It hasn't. It is a simple story about confusion and heroism and survival. Well done.
You never see a plane fly into anything. You only hear people talk about it, but there are also some who don't believe it. It shows you the segmented vision of people who are near the center. People watching TV in Shanghai probably knew more of what actually happened right at the time than those caught in the middle of it.
Stone stays away from explicit interpretation, he leaves that to the spectator.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
It would have been easy for Oliver Stone to focus his attention on the people watching as the planes struck them in the tower. It would have been more dramatic to concentrate on those who lost their lives as opposed to those who survived. It would have been more action-packed, if Mr. Stone had followed the news reels, instead of narrowing his vision to just a small team of heroes trapped inside the rubble. A less experienced director would have made all of those mistakes. Stone chose to cast light on what really became of America during the moments of September 11, 2001. None of us need to be reminded of the thousands of lives that perished. What "World Trade Center" does remind us of, is how people from across the nation and around the globe came together; how hundreds risked their lives to save only a few, and why peace is not something Americans can take for granted. Although many a tear was shed at the premiere featuring local police and fire officials, the movie had an uplifting message. Everyone in the audience that I spoke with loved the movie and many were surprised that the film wasn't more depressing. I was encouraged by the way the film was crafted and quite pleased with the end result. New information had come to light that I had not been aware of and it was interesting to see how those directly involved were effected. I understand that for many, the thought of seeing a recreation of those horrific events will prevent them from venturing out to their local theatre. I, for one, believe that the film was tastefully done and there's good lessons to be learned by all. There was only one actual shot in the film that I questioned. It was news footage of one of the people jumping to their death from one of the top floors. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saddened, shamed, amazed, and repulsed....at the reviews! December 31, 2006
Format:DVD
I overcame my own intentions NOT to watch this film. We lived this tragedy such a short while ago in all the terror, reality, horror, and stunned sorrow, it seems we are imposing fiction on reality and watching watered-down films of the tragic realities, I thought perhaps to make the feelings less painful.

I decided to watch this film and 'United 93' because I think the victims they portray and their families deserve our respect and honor. In both instances, the families gave their blessing, even their urging, for the films to be made.

Now I find that reading these reviews is even more painful than watching the films.

That we, the American people, could characterize the words of men in imminent danger of dying under tons of rubble due to circumstances faced while serving their fellowman as 'idle chit chat' makes me gasp at our heartlessness and our crass insensitivity to the real heroes and their families.

A reviewer decrying the lack of a 'goosebump factor' in a film portraying one infinitesimal personal portion of an event that changed individual's lives and the lives of Americans as a population to an amazingly huge degree, makes me wonder about the psyche of our humanity and the lack of understanding about and compassion for the pain of our fellow citizens.

That 'no-action' could be a phrase used when describing 'pretty-close-to-reality' depictions of personal sacrifice and tragedy as two men face death buried beneath the ruins of two of American's largest buildings caused me to question the lack of empathy we feel for those around us.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well crafted. December 21, 2006
Format:DVD
Oliver Stone has made a very compelling and respectful portrayal

of one of the most inspiring stories of survival in our time.

I've seen a lot of movies in my life and this one is one of the few

that have stayed with me for days after seeing it. I was engaged from

beginning to end. World Trade Center also feels like one of Stone's

earlier films like Salvador or Platoon.Very raw.

There are a few minor flaws. The only complaint I have is the portrayal

of Staff Sargeant Karnes. It simply stands out too much in comparison

to the natural portrayal of the rest of the characters.

This is still a good film and an important film. Anybody who snubs

Stone for not making the conspiracy film they expect from him need to

get over it and see this. If he wanted to make a conspiracy film he

would have. He wanted to spread some hope. How could anyone have a problem with that? Thank you,Oliver!
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