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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Columbia
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,421 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. Based on a true story, the film focuses on the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks, Best Actor, 1993, Philadelphia; Best Actor, 1994, Forrest Gump), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. The two men are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

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Captain Phillips arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.35:1 encode, mastered in “4K”. The transfer is pristine with exceptional contrast and clarity, marvelous depth of field, and razor sharp close-ups, that make Captain Phillips a thrilling visual experience. Facial features reveal every bruise, bead of sweat, natural line, and hair. Worn edges around the ship, weathering, imperfections in paint, beaten and well-used firearms all look marvelous. The colour palette springs to life in every daytime exterior. The blue of the sky and ocean water, the bold orange of the life vessel, and Hanks' light turquoise shirt all exude a wonderful vibrancy. Black colour is deep and rich. This is an immaculate, film-quality presentation. (5/5)


Captain Phillips’ DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless soundtrack springs to life with both incredible power and environmental nuance alike. The film's earlier scenes enjoy the calm sound of passing traffic en route to the airport. Convincingly light ambience supports Phillips' arrival in the Middle East. Out on the water, the little detailed effects of waves, wind, and small background elements on the bridge place the listening audience in the ship's central location. The pirate attacks enjoy tremendous sonic intensity, built around heavy splashing water, hard-pushing engines, and big, powerful music. When the lifeboat launches into the water you can feel the impact. When the pirates fire their AK-47s, the crisp rat-a-tat-tats make you jump. Amazingly, dialogue is perfectly prioritized; not a single word is lost and each line is crystal clear. This soundtrack deservedly is nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 29 2013
Format: Blu-ray
About four years ago an American freight ship was hijacked off the coast of Somalia, pirates attempted to extort a ridiculous ransom, the US government directed a rescue mission involving Navy seals, recovered the ship, and killed the pirates.

Except that is not exactly what happened, and we now have a gripping movie telling the true story of what happened to Captain Phillips.

Tom Hanks excels as the Captain, dealing with these sometimes hysterical, often irrational pirates who make unrealistic demands for money, and persist in their demands to the point of folly, with the only weapons at his disposal, his wits.

If any pirate should dare to watch this movie, they will learn a very cautionary tale about messing with American ships in International waters, and more importantly messing with the military might of the American government.

What amazed me in watching this movie was how little defense there was of the freighter given the prevalence of piracy incidents around Somalia, that enabled a large freighter ship to be taken over by only four pirates. How four pirates were able to actually to get this ship is a wonder to behold. If enhanced defensive measures were available perhaps these events could have been avoided.

There is no Captain Jack Sparrow, no peg legs, no pieces of eight, or bottles of rum in this movie. What we have instead is the gritty reality of piracy, and pirates, and the sense that human life has no value to them.

What I like about Captain Phillips, is that he is in his element, and in control of his ship. The pirates are never able to get control, because the crew is dispersed and hidden, and without arms yet able to resourcefully counter the pirates attempts.
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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 24 2015
Format: Blu-ray
It is difficult to get into a film when Wolf Blitzer gives away the ending. Had it not been for the world media, the Internet, and Blitzer this would have indeed been a film worth watching. Even if you have been living under a rock, Tom Hanks projects enough impending doom into the film, that I was wondering why they were missing the ominous horror music.

Don't get me wrong, the acting was top notch and deserves recognition. However, I do not enjoy every well acted film. The film itself brings no new revelation to what happened in the incident. Indeed, if anything the film towed the administration's line and ignored controversial details that have since emerged, like "what happened to the money?" and the alleged multiple shots that were fired into each pirate, including those done after boarding the boat.

This is a nice white bread action flick you can take your family to go see. 3 1/2 stars
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I admit that one of the reasons why I saw the Captain Phillips movie had to do with the fact that I happened to still be in the navy (stationed in Norfolk Virginia) when the incident surrounding the MV Maerks Alabama occurred, and as with millions of others I heard of the story (that this movie is based on) through the news media. The Captain Phillips movie opens with Captain Richard Phillips himself (Tom Hanks) and his wife Andrea Phillips (Andrea Keener) getting ready for work in Underhill Vermont and leaving around the same time as they discuss various matters surrounding what is going on in their life. The movie also shows the area (Eyl Somalia) where the pirates such as Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi)and Nour Najee (Faysal Ahmed) gathered. The Captain Phillips movie showed that even before MV Maersk Alabama disembarked from the Salalah Port Oman that Captain Phillips himself wanted many of the entrances to the ship closed the night before it went underway at sea. Before the pirates embarked the ship Captain Phillips and his crew initially tried calling U.S. Maritime Emergency but nobody picked up. However, they then called the Martime Trade Operations in Dubai and then got ahold of the U.S. Maritime Emergency line (In Northwood UK) the next day. The movie also has references to USS Bainbridge, USS Halyburton, and men from a Seal Staging base in Virginia that were all necessary to dispatch to deal with what happened. The situation was extremely serious to the point where communications between Admiral Michelle Howard and one of the ship’s commanding officers was orchestrated in a way to carry out a plan that was necessary to help prevent Captain Phillips from reaching the shores of his capturers.Read more ›
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