DISC SPOTLIGHT: The Hurt Locker (Blu-ray)

The Hurt Locker (Blu-ray) (R)

Movie: 4 stars out of 4

Disc: 3 stars out of 4

"The Hurt Locker" lands director Kathryn Bigelow squarely in a class with Steven Spielberg, John Ford and Howard Hawks. It's not going out on a limb to say she has forever altered the landscape of the war movie genre with this effort. There's no misplaced homage to patriotism or the presenting of an enemy with typical evil flourishes or embellishments. This is a movie about what makes soldiers tick and it has it all. It's technically superior, involving without being manipulative, makes non-judgmental statements about war and best of all, places the audience smack dab in the middle of an existence few of us could ever fathom.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1), audio: English (DTS HD Master 5.1), subtitles: English and Spanish.

Special features include:

• Filmmaker commentary

• Behind-the-scenes featurette

• Image gallery

(Summit Entertainment, $34.99)