After Iraq - (27mins 40secs) An exploration with the cast, crew and director of the film and the understanding of how the military acclimatise in the return to civilian life. Includes footage with real life soldiers including some of the cast who were actual soldiers.
Coming Home - (15mins 22secs) The crew discuss the depression and post war trauma that many soldiers suffer from and relate to the scenes in the film that deal with depicting this.
Interview with Paul Haggis - (15mins 52secs) The director speaks about the concept of the film and where the story had originally come from. He concentrates on his directional point of view and why he chose to focus and depict the events in the way that he did.
Additional Scenes - (7mins 49secs) Deleted scenes from the movie.
Trailer - (2mins 4secs) Theatrical trailer of the film.
The war in question here is about Iraq, which in itself has never been short of controversy. In the Valley of Elah tackles the issues that the young US soldiers have had to deal with in the aftermath of that war; the post-war trauma, depression, reliance on illicit drugs and from the mental scars of the atrocities that took place. Although the Americans won the war the price paid by the young US soldiers remains a questionable one. The price paid by the families of those young soldiers was probably an even greater one.
Any film that deals with such difficult and uncomfortable aspects of war is likely to divide much opinion. In the Valley of Elah certainly is a mixed bag on that front and it won't be to everyone's liking. It's very sombre it's very dour and it's very hard work. The blu-ray disc lacks a little in the video department, a little more in the audio and even more from within the extras. The film however is single-handedly lifted by the towering performance of Tommy Lee Jones. Such is the stature of his performance in this film that all the other co-actors are also able to put in some standout performances for themselves on the back of him. Whether that is enough to justify a purchase is probably best left for you to consider after a rental.
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