An incredibly well-done film-- its very naturalistic and documentary-like style dispenses with all usual Hollywood devices and add tremendously to its overall emotional impact. We are never even told the names of the passengers, although they were portrayed with as much accuracy as possible. It's surprising how much the tension builds even though we already know the story, and although the story's ending is inevitable, you find yourself rooting for the passengers despite the ultimate futility of their actions. I have never been in a more quiet movie theater than when this feature ended.
Just on a note, saw the disc sitting in HMV here in Ottawa, but on the back it was labelled 'fullscreen'. Didn't see anything on the front of any of them to indicate widescreen or any specific OAR. What is the status of this?
I am very much looking forward to watching this...even though I just recently sat through the DVD of "Flight 93". As much as I appreciated that particular representation of the event, I am expecting this version will take that representation to the next level.
United 93 has been released in BOTH OAR and MAR editions...so be careful. There is also a 2-disc SE that has been released...but seemingly in VERY limited numbers by Universal. This is going to be another tough "get" for those who really want it. None of the "usual suspects" retailers near me had any thoughts they would ever be receiving copies of the 2-disc United 93 at any time in the foreseeable future.
Bought the one disc version at Best Buy in LA today. They had maybe a dozen copies of the two disc version, but unusually for me I didn't buy it. I'm tired of this "limited" special edition thing Universal is doing, I had to go to 4 stores to find "Munich" when it came out. At least the 2-discer is in a proper keepcase, unlike the flimsy cheapo cardboard junk the last three Spielberg films have come in.
The second disc on the United 93 set has nothing but a documentary called "Chasing Planes - Witnesses to 9/11", which apparently has no connection to the film, it's just a doc on the events. The film is far and away the best of the year so far, one of the bast of the last few years, but this doc was not worth the extra money for me.
Local Wal-Mart didn't have the 2 disc and neither dvdempire or amazon sells it directly (I think you can get it used through those sites though.)
I woulda rather had the 2 disc set but my mom decided to buy it for me at the last minute since I said I liked it so much. Screw it, I'll keep the single disc. I'm not playing scavenger hunt Universal!
The connection is that several of the interviewees on Chasing Planes play themselves in the film. However, I would agree that the single disc is an excellent enough release and the 2 disc seems somewhat superfluous (and I even liked Chasing Planes). Excellent film, excellent docu on the single disc, but be prepared for the emotional impact.
I ordered my LIMITED copy from Lasers Edge and it never arrived.
I just wrote them to say that if they aren't expecting any shipments of the LE, to send me the standard WS version instead.
I'm a bit miffed. This was the most anticipated DVD release of the year for me. Really! In a year of utter cinematic crap (as if this year is any different from any other), I was looking forward to a finely made film like this one. Guess I'll have to wait a little longer.
It's a real shame that Universal puts out so many "limited" copies. Since when does the words "LIMITED" on any studio release really mean what it says?
I had the same experience, J and R, and the 2 Tower Record stores in Manhattan did not have it and typical of Tower, they did not know what I was talking about at both stores. Now it is available for $54.99 on Amazon but only from people who purchased it right away. While I think Universal's limited "limited edition" policy is ridiculous, to do it on this movie in particular it is just bizarre and really tacky.