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"United 93" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.  The movie starts the morning of 9-11 and follows the terrorists, the passengers and crew, and flight control throughout the events of the day. 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2006, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 51 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: VC1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: J. J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams
  • Directed by Paul Greengrass
Rating
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

United 93 is an intense movie to watch.  The events that unfolded on that day are unforgettable and watching this movie forces you to think about what people went through and where you were that day.  Greengrass does an excellent job of capturing the tension of that day, taking a more subtle approach than with Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.  United 93 is a must watch movie for everyone and this Blu-ray is the way to see it.

Technical

Picture quality is mostly excellent and only drops in quality here and there.  Some shots had gray blacks and a tad too much grain, but overall probably a good representation of the director’s intent.

The DTS-HD track was a nice improvement over the compressed audio on the DVD.  LFE was tighter with more detail than I remember.  This isn't really the kind of movie you pop in all the time as demo material, so it more than gets the job done for this piece.

Extras

Audio Commentary with Paul Greengrass, United 93: The Families And The Film, Chasing Planes - Witnesses To 9/11, Memorial Pages, Twin Towers Documentary trailer, Flight 93 National Memorial