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Zero Dark Thirty (Widescreen Edition) (2012)

Jessica Chastain , Chris Pratt , Kathryn Bigelow  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,671 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,671 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zero Dark Thirty (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

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353 of 430 people found the following review helpful
ZERO DARK THIRTY REVIEW, by Jordan B. -- 5 / 5

"I'm not your friend. I'm not gonna help you. I'm going to break you. Any questions?"

The ten-year manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist leader is a story we all followed and one whose ending will likely go down in history as one of the twenty-first century's most triumphant moments, both for America and for many others across the globe. With ZERO DARK THIRTY, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriting partner Mark Boal have taken those ten years and condensed them into 157 very deliberate, riveting, and powerful minutes. Much like the manhunt itself, ZERO DARK THIRTY is a powerhouse, a thrilling and winding tale that requires patience but arrives with an ending worth waiting for.

September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday. ZERO DARK THIRTY begins with a bone-chilling opening sequence that brings us back to that dark day. Bigelow shows us nothing but black, and layers tens or perhaps hundreds of audio recordings of phone calls from hijacked-airplane passengers and those trapped in burning towers to their respective loved ones and to emergency operators. It is a stark, stripped sequence that is ultimately extremely affecting.

But so, too, is the next extended sequence, one that takes place in 2003 and shows a terrorist at an unnamed detention facility relentlessly tortured by a member of the CIA, Dan (Jason Clarke), and his colleagues. Wanted is information that will hopefully lead to the capture of Osama bin Laden, but given is nothing. And so the torture continues.
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183 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest telling of a harsh story January 12, 2013
"I want to make something absolutely clear. If you thought there was some working group coming to the rescue well I want you to know that you're wrong. This is it. There is nobody else hidden away on some other floor. There is just us and we are failing." -CIA Officer

There's a reason Zero Dark Thirty was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, the movie is just that good. It may not be a movie for all audiences. If you go see this movie expecting to see a movie that looks like a James Bond or Jason Bourne action extravaganza, you might find yourself sorely disappointed. Likewise it's not a Tom Clancy techno thriller. Zero Dark Thirty is an honest drama showing the CIA's decade long struggle to find the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

The main character of the movie is CIA analyst named Maya (played by Jessica Chastain); no last name is given. Maya enters the hunt for Osama Bin Laden at an undisclosed CIA facility where captured terrorists are being held and questioned. She arrives to witness the "enhanced" interrogation of Ammar, a courier for Saudi terrorists. Through Ammar's interrogation and many others, Maya begins to piece together information on Osama's network, learning of a senior courier named Abu Ahmed who had direct access to Bin Laden. Finding Abu Ahmed in Pakistan is like looking for a needle in a haystack. But look Maya does, every spare moment, for a decade. Even though she's an analyst, not a field agent, the mere presence of an American woman in Pakistan puts her in danger. She survives an assassination attempt by Islamist gunmen. Some of her friends aren't so lucky.
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125 of 156 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting last hour makes for a must-see movie January 13, 2013
I have read and heard so much about this movie in the last 3-4 months, including that fantastic trailer, that I literally couldn't wait to see it for myself. I saw it this past weekend here in Cincinnati.

"Zero Dark Thirty" (2012 release; 157 min.) brings the story of "the greatest man hunt in American history". As the movie opens we hear (but don't see) voices in distress as 9/11 is happening. The movie then moves to 2003, to a CIA "black site", where we get the first of a number of "enhanced interrogation scenes", including the infamous waterboarding techniques. We get to know Maya (played by Jessica Chastain), a young CIA operative who is tasked with trying to find Bin Laden. The years come and go, with very little progress. Then finally comes a breakthrough. Even though you know how it all ends, I don't want to give further plot details as it really woudl ruin your viewing experience.

Several comments: the last hour and 10 min. of the movie is nothing short of riveting, truly the best movie-viewing you can get, but I felt that the first hour and a half were a bit excessive in length, and had that been edited tighter, it would've made for even a better movie. The "enhanced interrogations" scenes have proven to be quite controversial for many, but I thought it was an eye-opener to see what 'waterboarding' actually is. That aside, I am really glad that the movie makers have kept the politics out of the movie, and strictly focus on the nitty-gritty details of the hunt for Bin Laden. Last but not least, the real heroes of the movie are of course the Navy SEALs who come in at the end and take care of business, seemingly without as much as breaking a sweat. We owe these guys a ton of gratitude! Bottom line: even though it's a bit long for its own good, "Zero Dark Thirty" is a MUST-SEE movie, period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars zero dark thirty
I didn't see this movie in the theartres, not sure why. But wow, what a well done movie.
Female director kicked butt. Acting and sets were very realistic. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by jay gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, a great movie
Having a son in the armed forces who works intelligence, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys an edge of your seat movirs.
Published 1 day ago by Grace Kydes
5.0 out of 5 stars Civil Duty to Know the Events Depicted
Like Helen of Troy who "launched a thousand ships", the 9/11 attacks launched two $1 trillion wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sui Lin Chee
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE!

A "must see for anyone with any interest in 9/11 and its aftermath. The film has been criticized for taking too many liberties with the facts. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gerald L. Orbanek
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
This movie was very action packed it Will definitely hold your attention I was glued to my chair my recommendation is this movie is surely a must see
Published 2 days ago by lucky girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
Action scenes are there and they are darkened at times. Gives the sense of what it was like to be there although you can't see much. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Valerie Handy
1.0 out of 5 stars Worth renting, not buying
Worth renting, not buying. Which is why they only have it for sale. Save your money until they give up and put it up for rent
Published 4 days ago by EC Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Some Puritan deleted a minute plus from the Theatical Release version
The DVD lacks at least a minute of an intense scene that was in the nationally-released
version, and appears to have been edited in other ways. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tristan-Marlowe
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd Zero Dark Thirty
Wonderful movie-a popcorn thriller-will not want to get up once it starts.
All the actors were great in their roles.
Published 7 days ago by Holly Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie
I like terrorist, international search for the bad guy films and this is a good one. I highly recommend it.
Published 9 days ago by Beauty Medusa
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I watched this movie which was filmed in total darkness over half the movie. Story line was badly edited, or there was no real first hand accounts.
When it came time for the assault few minutes of night vision and the rest in BLACKNESS!!!! very, very bad movie!!!!!! Nominated for best... Read more
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