Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

The Messenger


Movie: 3 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars

Having the incredible bad luck of being released at almost the same time as the similarly themed, higher-profile, multiple Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," "The Messenger" is a stateside-set Iraq War drama which focuses on two men whose duties are often more hazardous and emotionally draining than those of battlefield soldiers. The fully deserving Woody Harrelson received an acting nomination for his portrayal of a recovering alcoholic senior soldier charged with shepherding a recently wounded and disillusioned vet (Ben Foster). The raw and emotionally draining documentary "Notification" alone warrants this as a must-own item.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (2.35:1), audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0), subtitles: English.

Special features include:

* Filmmaker and actor commentaries

* Featurette

* "Variety Q&A" session

* Trailer

* PDF shooting script

* Documentary: "Notification"


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