Friday, February 29, 2008

Ladder 49











Title: Ladder 49
Type: BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 13, 2007
Country: US
Region: ABC
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: English PCM 5.1 Surround (48kHz/24-Bit)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH
French Subtitles
Spanish Subtitles
Bonuses: Audio Commentary
2 Featurettes
Deleted Scenes
Music Video
Photo by: kuZia495

About: In paying simple tribute to firefighters, Ladder 49 gets to the heart of those who risk their lives for a living. Director Jay Russell brought similar sincerity to his memorable family favorite My Dog Skip, and despite the banalities of an ultra-conventional screenplay by Lewis Colick, Ladder 49 generates so much goodwill toward its Baltimore firemen that you may find yourself unexpectedly overcome with emotional appreciation for guys like Jack (Joaquin Phoenix), a firefighter whose career, courtship, marriage, and fatherhood are viewed in flashback as he struggles to survive in the present-day framing scenes, cut off from his fellow firemen in the fiery guts of a collapsing 20-floor building. There are no surprises in the familiar scenes of male bonding, dangerous rescues, injury and death, and the supportive concern of Jack's wife (Jacinda Barrett), but by focusing on the simple integrity of Jack's personal and professional commitment, the movie gives Phoenix a showcase for unselfish virtue, while John Travolta provides dignified support as Jack's mentor and devoted firehouse captain. Ladder 49 is routine in most respects, but it's a much-deserved valentine to working-class heroes. --Jeff Shannon




HighDefDigest
Video: 4.5
Audio: 4.5
Supplements: 3
HD Bonus: 0
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