The release of ACT OF VALOR to home video is set to benefit the national non-profit organization, Operation Homefront, which provides emergency assistance and financial aid to our service members, wounded warriors, and their families. The release on Blu-ray and DVD happens June 5th, 2012, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in cooperation Relativity Media and The Bandito Brothers.
ACT OF VALOR is a love story to the men and women in uniform. It shows the brotherhood and the sacrifice that they make to provide a service to our country.
ACT OF VALOR is a great film depicting the tremendous skill, dedication, and professionalism of our men and women in uniform,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “The filmmakers should be commended for giving Americans a realistic look at the Navy SEALs. We’re grateful that they are saluting these heroes with their support of our efforts to assist military families and wounded warriors.”
The film is compelling from the first few minutes. There’s a great deal of the uniformed personnel’s home life shared before the action starts and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. Whether gently cuddling a child or killing an enemy, the acting seems real and it was easy to get lost in the story. While this is a tale of fiction, it’s based on five real life SEAL operations, which the filmmakers wove together into one story.
Throughout the film you’ll find yourself hoping that this type of event doesn’t really take place in our world. But it obviously does, so it’s comforting to know that there are service people willing to go to these lengths to protect us – it’s pretty humbling.
There are plenty of fighting scenes and it’s definitively not for the faint hearted. Among them are plenty of gun battles and there are innocents who are killed. But the killing is never gratuitous. The men appear to understand this is the cost of doing war, but they never lose their heart.
The film stars Roselyn Sanchez, Nester Serrano, Jason Cottle, and Alex Veadov – don’t recognize the names? That’s because much of the cast were real SEALS and not actors at all. Because of the SEAL’s deployments, the film took two years to make and they insisted that the sequences be real and perhaps that’s why I was so impressed with the film – it felt real.
The film was directed and produced by Mike “Mouse” McCoy, a former Baja 1000 champion, as well Scott Waugh, former stuntman. The screenplay was written by Kurt Johnstad (300). ACT OF VALOR opened #1 in America at its theatrical release on February 24, 2012.
Unfortunately I received a DVD screener which has very limited special features. The deleted scenes were mildly interesting and I’ve never been a fan of director’s commentary so I skipped it. Upgrade for a few dollars if you have a Blu-ray player for more interesting features like interviews with the real SEALS and featurettes.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Deleted Scenes: Christmas in the Barracks, MREs, Shabal in Winter Palace, Christo’s House, Shabal on Boat, Shabal in Kiro plus Director’s Commentary
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
All of the above DVD special features, plus…
- Interviews with the Navy SEALs – Rorke, Dave, Mikey, Ray, Sonny, Ajay and Weimy.
- Featurettes: Making Of, Real Bullets, Real SEALs Real Tactics, Silent Warriors, “For You” Music Video by Keith Urban, Making of the Music Video, and Director’s Intro
Learn more about this film at http://actofvalor.com/official/
THIS FILM IS RATED R
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I received a studio screener to facilitate my review – all opinions are my own.