Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

DVD - 2017
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Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad, contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2017.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 113 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
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digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda

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I couldn't figure out what Ang Lee was trying to say with this film. The story line is one of the oldest in the genre of war movies and just doesn't offer much of anything new. Maybe it's because it takes place 13 years ago in the early days of the invasion of Iraq and so much has been written, filmed and otherwise revealed about that event and its aftermath. Was just expecting more from Lee as I've liked many of his other films.

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poodlegirl
Aug 21, 2017

Very sad story describing the story of what every person who's ever seen combat must experience upon coming home from war. It shows that those of us who never witness combat really don't and never can "get it". My takeaway from the movie: perhaps we should better educate ourselves as civilians...

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MichelleinBallard
Aug 21, 2017

It seems to me that many of the folks who didn't like this film are those who could benefit most from opening their minds and hearts to it but paradoxically (?) they are probably also the least likely to do so. So it goes.

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trancebaby
Jul 21, 2017

Wow this movie is so disappointing. We couldn't even finish it. I can't believe it's an Ang Lee film. From what I have read, it sounds to me like they just got carried away with film making technology instead of concentrating on the story. (It was filmed at a very high frame rate compared to most films). Look it up on the Internet. Anyway it's just a boring, flat film that jumps around so much that is loses continuity. No wonder the movie flopped at the box office (they lost 10 million worldwide).

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myamber
Jun 19, 2017

Horrible Movie
Don't waste your time seeing it, but if you must make sure you get it free.

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21383007185619k
Jun 19, 2017

Wow. You'll need to put a seat belt on your heart for this one.

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graybear3
Jun 07, 2017

Though the film was a bit awkward in places, I liked much of what it had to say. For that reason, it gets an above average rating from me. If you are expecting one of those war movies that's all explosions and flying guts, you will have to adjust your expectations to watch this one. This deals more with the psychological and emotional aspects of soldiering and how little the average person understands or appreciates that. Hopefully it will encourage you to think a little bit. Maybe we should forgo some of the excesses like billion dollar halftime shows, and divert it to helping those in need, including our military PERSONNEL. (Not the private contractors, but the soldiers!) Better yet, find more effective solutions than war.

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teeebox
May 15, 2017

Loved the movie! To all the haters, that it's not perfect, get over it. Great story that made me think, both, how lucky I am and how little I understand about war, especially in peoples minds who have been "lucky enough" to live through battles that have been, and will be.

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KennethSmith
May 06, 2017

If you are expecting a war movie, you won't be getting it. What you do get is a lot of Texas, American football, and Beyoncé: bad, worse, and worst. The cast is the saving grace, with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund being the stand-outs. The biggest surprise for me was not loathing Chris Tucker: a unique experience.

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PeterRLD
May 01, 2017

A bit disappointing, given that a highly-praised book was brought to the screen by Ang Lee, who has directed some great movies. The battle scenes were very gripping, but the scenes at the game couldn't sustained my interest. Billy's great conclusion at the end was delivered in a ho-hum speech so it lost all its punch.

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