If I were handing out the Oscars, this would get best picture. The official word:
The Oscar®-winning team of The Hurt Locker – director-producer
Kathryn Bigelow (Best Picture and Best Director) and writer-producer Mark Boal (Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay) – reunite for the powerful drama ZERO DARK THIRTY. The story of an elite team of intelligence operatives who tracked and ultimately located Osama bin Laden, the film earned multiple Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay and scored the No. 1 spot on numerous critics’ Top 10 Lists. Boal was also awarded honors for Best Original Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.
ZERO DARK THIRTY debuts March 19th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital, taking viewers inside the hubs of power and to the front lines of the historic pursuit and capture of Osama bin Laden, culminating in a special operations assault on a mysterious, suburban Pakistani compound.
Jessica Chastain, who won a Best Actress Golden Globe and is up for a Best Actress Oscar, stars in ZERO DARK THIRTY alongside Jason Clarke (TV’s “Brotherhood”), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) and Chris Pratt (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”). Also starring in the film is Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Kyle Chandler (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”) and Edgar Ramirez (TV’s “Carlos”).
The film has been nominated for numerous awards, including five Academy Award® nominations (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Sound Editing) and four Golden Globe® nominations (Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and a Best Actress win for Chastain).
It has been recognized as one of the best films of 2012, by the American Film Institute and Time Magazine, among others. In addition to garnering honors from the National Board of Review (Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress), the film also won three New York Film Critics Circle Awards (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography) and a Critics’ Choice Award (Best Actress), as well as a Screen Actors Guild nomination (Best Actress).
The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD include four featurettes: "No Small Feat," "The Compound," “Targeting Jessica Chastain,” and “Geared Up,” which all provide an in-depth look at the filmmaking process, documenting the great lengths to which cast, crew and filmmakers went to portray the hunt for the world’s most dangerous man.
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of The Hurt Locker, director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal, along with producer
Megan Ellison, telling the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.
Colin Wilson, Greg Shapiro and Ted Schipper served as executive producers.
Blu-ray™ & DVD Special Features Include:
· Four Featurettes:
o “No Small Feat”features Bigelow sharing why this project, and the recounting of this historic event, was so important.
o “The Compound” lets audiences hear from cast and crew on the recreation of Osama bin Laden’s lair and take a walking tour of the recreated compound.
o “Geared Up” provides an in-depth look at the detailed measures taken in training, equipping and filming the raid, as well as cast and crew commentary on this great feat in filmmaking.
o “Targeting Jessica Chastain” features cast, crew and Jessica herself reflecting on her role as Maya, the pivotal force at the center of the 10-year manhunt.
ZERO DARK THIRTY has a run time of approximately 157 minutes and is Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images and for language..