We also get a standard 12-minute Behind the Scenes Featurette, which offers up all the usual cast and crew interview snippets, making-of footage and final film clips that you would expect from this kind of thing. The participants cover all the bases - the concept, the characters, the themes of the movie and the narrative - and we get a background look at the setting and the scenes filmed, but this is pretty predictable, standard stuff, and nothing incredibly insightful is on offer here - unlike the superb commentary.
Finally there is a Stills Gallery to round off the disc, together with some Trailers.
The Hurt Locker has been touted as the best film of 2009, and I can see precisely why. Not only does it play out as an extremely taut and tense bomb disposal thriller, but it is also a hauntingly accurate (at least as far as movies go) representation of the toll of war, in particular the modern Iraq war. Jeremy Renner gives a powerful, commanding central performance as the tortured soul who goes about putting his life on the line over the cutting of every single wire, every single day, and the movie goes some way to showing why somebody may just do something like that for a living. On Blu-ray this is an unusual gem - not a Hollywood Blockbuster yet with astounding presentation, both visual and aural. This really is benchmark stuff to throw you into the thick of things. The extras are a little on the limited side - a great Commentary but little else of note - although this is an undisputed must-have purchase for anybody's collection. Highly recommended, this could be one of the best Blu-ray releases of the year.
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