9/11 has been the catalyst for and subject of a few films over the years, which comes as no surprise. It was one of the single most significant events to occur in the first decade of the 21st century.
Film is an art form. Every art form is used at one time or another to help humanity deal with things they struggle to find sense or reason in. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is another attempt at facing the tragedy of the events that occurred on that infamous day.
Oskar is a 9-year-old boy whose father died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The little persistent inventor journeys through New York City in search of a lock that can only be opened by a key his father left. He records the stories of his adventures and meetings with interesting people in a scrapbook he keeps.
The high-definition transfer of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” couldn’t get any better. The picture is crisp and clean and the colors all look natural. The black levels are strong. Overall it’s a great picture that I believe perfectly captures the vision director Stephen Daldry and cinematographer Chris Menges had for the film.
The 5.1 surround sound helps separate and distribute wonderful noises like trees moving in the wind and the industrial clamoring of New York City, whether it’s in the background or up front. Even quiet dialogue can be heard well and comes through clearly. Basically, everything has its perfect place in this mix.
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” has enough bonus material to keep consumers happy. Special features include a 20-minute featurette titled “Making Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” featuring interviews with cast and crew, including Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. The featurette “Finding Oskar” explores how first-time actor Thomas Horn got the part of the lead character in the film.
“Ten Years Later” is a heartfelt homage to a real-life man who lost his life in the September 11 tragedy and appears in the film briefly through the use of a picture. There’s also a 44-minute feature titled “Max von Sydow: Dialogues with The Renter” in which the veteran actor gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
Although critics didn’t find much to like about “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” you have to give the movie props for trying to draw attention back to the horrific events that took place on September 11, 2001. They forever shaped and changed the world we live in.
Consumers will be happy with their purchase of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Blu-ray/DVD +UltraViolet Digital Copy” combo pack if they enjoy the film and are looking for a good amount of special features.
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Eric Shirey is the founder and former editor of Rondo Award nominated movie news websites MovieGeekFeed.com and TheSpectralRealm.com. His work has been featured on Yahoo!, DC Comics, StarWars.com, and other entertainment websites. Eric has interviewed and worked with actors like Harrison Ford, Brooke Shields, Gerard Butler, Brendan Fraser, Selena Gomez, and many more.
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