The Trivia Track plays throughout, revealing some interesting trivia about the military advisors on the movie (some of whom were in the attack that is fictionalised in the opening scene), as well as some more dry information about number of days shot in certain locations and the way in which they created some of the sets. It's nice because you can watch the movie, listen to the Commentary and have the Trivia Track on at the same time, which should give you a fuller experience than just one or the other.
There are 5 Deleted Scenes, totalling eight minutes of extra footage. We get more from the beginning, with the troop comrades messing around before they move out, more of Dr Marsh working with unsympathetic patients back home, more of the survivors trying to gain employment and more of Price trying to cope at work and at home. In fan terms, this equates to more screen-time for all the main stars, but really (as is exemplified by the use of the word 'more' in all the listings above) it's all superfluous to the story that the film is telling, and seldom enhances the characters significantly. There's optional Commentary by the same trio that did the main track.
Finally we get Trailers for other war movies, the interesting Hart's War, the misguided Windtalkers, and the vapid Flyboys.
Home of the Brave is a quiet, slow movie exploring some varyingly dramatic aspects of P.T.S.D. suffering soldiers' lives upon their return home from battle. With some limited performances and characters which aren't that well-developed, as well as story ideas which have generally been covered before - and better - in comparable Vietnam dramas, the end result is more miss than hit. In presentation, we get the best technical specs but not that much material with which to push them to their limits, but rounding that off with a reasonable selection of extras means that this is a package which fans of the movie should have no hesitation in picking up. For newcomers, on the other hand, it is a recommended rental, in order to gauge whether it is worth your money.
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