'American Sniper' (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
(Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban, et al / Blu ray / R / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield.
Blu ray Verdict: Directed by Clint Eastwood, Chris Kyle (Cooper) was a Texan who wanted to become a rodeo cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different; something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. Post 9/11 happened, so he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper.
After marrying Taya, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. It does not end well for anyone.
Clint Eastwood's direction is razor sharp and he doesn't miss a step. Bradley Cooper brings an astonishingly fine performance in allowing us to see all aspects of this driven man. Sienna Miller is excellent as his sensitive wife, and there are poignant little character vignettes by Jake McDorman as Biggles, Luke Grimes, Sammy Sheik as the Iraqi counterpart to Chris, Navid Negahan, Jonathan Groff, Cory Hardrict, Keir O'Donnell and many other in this huge cast.
The cinematography is so realistic it is difficult to watch and the locations in Morocco are disturbing real. The film will keep you awake after seeing it, and it should. You simply can't manufacture this kind of cultural respect and patriotism for the greatest country on earth. Chris Kyle has taught me to stick to my guns and if anyone tries to intimidate or threaten my personal beliefs I have my right as an American Citizen to stand my ground. After all we have to fight injustice to keep the history of our great nation alive. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper
The Making of American Sniper
Includes Digital HD UltraViolet Copy
Official 'American Sniper' Trailer