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World Trade Center (Widescreen Edition)

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"World Trade Center is a film about heroism and the best in all of us," raves Good Morning America’s Joel Siegel. Academy Award winner, Nicolas Cage stars in the unforgettable true story of the courageous rescue and survival of two Port Authority policemen who were trapped in the rubble on September 11, 2001 after they volunteered to go in and help. Academy Award winning director, Oliver Stone reveals an intimate look at the events of the day as seen through the eyes of the survivors, their families and their rescuers

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

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  • Commentary by and a Q&A with director Oliver Stone

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Connor Paolo
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Allison Jimeno, Andrea Berloff, Donna McLoughlin, John McLoughlin, William Jimeno
  • Producers: Chantal Feghali, Debra Hill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • 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: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By H. Schneider on 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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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kyle R. Pierson on August 8, 2006
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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian Manley on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scot Carr on December 18, 2006
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There will alway be discussions of whether or not it's a proper time to show a real disaster in media most known for fiction. Whether we admit it or not, there are fears that the event will be trivialized. Worse yet, we're always afraid of the emotions that come along with such treatments and compare the works with how we remember the real event.

When I heard that Oliver Stone was directing a "big-view" story of 9/11 seen through the eyes of two real survivors and the people of New York, I was more than a little afraid. I was, in fact, terrified. Take nothing away from Stone in his successes - he's a great storyteller and can deliver powerful emotional stories - but we also know he has a tendancy to demonstrate his contempt and suspicion of goverment, as well as the habit of belaboring points to death. I remember Denis Leary once making the comment in "No Cure For Cancer" about his take on "The Doors" - "do we need a three-hour movie on Jim Morrison?" He was right - we didn't.

But here was the surprise - Stone did this tale well.

It's a story rich in detail and filled with real-life heroes. Nic Cage leads the rest of a stellar cast to bring a painfully personal account of survival in a context of a nation under attack. New York, as well as Washington, Pennsylvania, even my own Boston, were different places before the attacks, and through Stone's attention to detail, we see the day it all happened with crystal clarity. "World Trade Center" reminded me of how it was before and how much we have changed as a people. Mostly because we see that day as it was. We were spectators, true, but we were living it, praying in it, watching the ruins of the Towers with a desperate hope for happy news while getting precious little of it.
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