Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker’ to debut on 4K Ultra HD

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Kathryn Bigelow is shown on the set of “The Hurt Locker,” for which she won best director. [Summit Entertainment photo]

Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 war film “The Hurt Locker” debuts Feb. 22 on 4K Ultra HD SteelBook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.

With “The Hurt Locker,” Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Point Break”) became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. She remained the only female director to win the category until Chloe Zhao won last year for “Nomadland.”

The film won five other Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

In 2020, “The Hurt Locker” was added to the National Film Registry, along with “The Dark Knight,” “Suspense,” “Grease,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Lilies of the Field.”

The critically acclaimed film features two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Avengers,” “Wind River”), Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” TV’s “Altered Carbon”), Brian Geraghty (“The Guardian,” “Flight,” TV’s “Chicago P.D.”), Primetime Emmy Award winner Guy Pearce (TV’s “Mildred Pierce,” “Memento,” “L.A. Confidential”), Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (“The English Patient,” “The Constant Gardener,” “Schindler’s List”), and Golden Globe nominee Evangeline Lily (TV’s “Lost,” “Ant-Man,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”).

The 4K Ultra HD SteelBook will include new artwork by Olivia Barrett.

Special features will include audio commentary with Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, a behind-the-scenes featurette and image gallery.

“The Hurt Locker” centers on Staff Sergeant William James, head of an elite squad of soldiers tasked with disarming bombs in the heat of combat. To do this nerve-shredding job, it’s not enough to be the best: you have to thrive in a zone where the margin of error is zero, think as diabolically as a bomb-maker, and somehow survive with your body and soul intact. Powerfully realistic, action-packed, unrelenting, and intense, “The Hurt Locker” has been hailed by critics as “an adrenaline-soaked tour de force” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and “one of the great war movies” (Richard Corliss, Time).


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