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THE FINEST HOURS

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DTEAILS: 117 minutes, featurettes, deleted scenes, digital HD copy

VIDEO: 2.39:1 (anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 7.1 DTS-HD MA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 DD

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Disney/ Whitaker Entertainment/ Red Hawk Entertainment

RELEASE DATE: 5-24-2016

 

 

THE FINEST HOURS chronicles the story of the biggest rescue by a small Coast Guard boat in U.S. Coast Guard history.  In 1952, a massive winter storm splits two T-2 oil tankers in half.  One intrepid crew led by Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) has to venture out into this dangerous storm to rescue the crew of one of those oil tanks.  Chief Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to buy time for rescue. Meanwhile Bernie’s girlfriend (Holliday Grainger) waits anxiously for Bernie to return.

 

THE FINEST HOURS works the best when focused on the rescue and survival dramas where the relationship between Bernie and his girl (who asks him to marry her- she is a very forward girl) is a little melodramatic.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

AGAINST ALL ODDS: THE BERNIE WEBBER STORY- the people of the small town of Chatham recount the events of the Coast Guard rescue recounted in the movie.  This featurette also features the filmmakers of THE FINEST HOURS, the authors of the book, and Bernie Webber’s daughter

 

Four short promo featurettes:

BROTHERHOOD- cast members talk about the bonds they formed during the making of the movie

TWO CREWS- Chris Pine and Casey Affleck talk about the men they played

WHAT IS YOUR FINEST HOUR?- Coast Guard members talk about their rescues

THE FINEST INSPIRATION: THE U.S. COAST GUARD- a focus on the members of the Coast Guard

 

Deleted scenes cut for pacing show some additional material of the story how Bernie met his girl and an additional scene on the oil tanker

 

Code to download and/ or stream a digital HD copy of the movie

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE FINEST HOUR is a good tale of heroism despite the flawed relationship melodrama.  The real story featurette provides extra detail to the movie.

 

This review is 6-1-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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