Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: The Finest Hours

Digital Release Date: May 24, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 24, 2016
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/Digital HD Combo $24.99
Studio: Disney


The heroic action-thriller The Finest Hours is based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias concerning the true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue.

Ben Foster and Chris Pine in The Finest Hours.

Ben Foster and Chris Pine in The Finest Hours.

In February, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck, Out of the Furnace) bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana, Lone Survivor) orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, coxswain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds.

Directed by Craig Gillespie, the movie also stars Ben Foster (The Messenger) and John Ortiz (Jack Goes Boating).

Released wide to U.S. theaters in late April, the film rang up not-great $26 million at the box office. The critics were a little kinder, with aggregator Rotten Tomatoes grading the PG-13-rated film with a 63% positive rating based on 155 published reviews.

The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD editions of the film contain a bunch of bonus features, including a handful of making-of featurettes and a pair of deleted scenes.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.