DVD of the Week: 'Gravity' - In Space, You Better Believe You'd Scream

At first thought, how interesting does it sound to watch Sandra Bullock float around in space for two hours after getting accidentally cut loose from the shuttle she's tethered to while repairing the Hubble Telescope?

As it turns out, very.

Alfonso Cuaron's CG masterpiece Gravity was a don't-miss in theaters last summer, thanks to its technical 3D wizardry and brain-cracking sound that made as much use of its silent moments as it did the WHOOMP of meteors flying into the side of said shuttle.

Bullock mostly has the show all to herself after the interstellar disaster leaves her alone with veteran astronaut Kowalski (George Clooney, rather hilariously jet-packing his way around the universe like Buzz Lightyear), and eventually... well, that's for you to find out.

The question is, does it hold up on a smaller screen? By and large, yes--but try if you can to see it on Blu-ray and even better, on a 3D TV to really feel the sense of weightlessness Cuaron intended. It's obviously impossible to get the entire immersive experience the theater gave last fall, but it's still absolutely worth watching for Bullock's sells-it Oscar-nominated performance, the groundbreaking and simply stunning visuals, intense sound and terrifying survival story. You may think you've seen it all, but this film will inspire wonder like it's the first you've ever seen.

Extras:  Five featurettes including some two hours about the technical creation of the film: "Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space" (Narrated by Ed Harris, it's a look at potential disasters like the one in the film); Aningaaq, a 10-minute short companion film by Jonás Cuarón; "Gravity Mission Control"; shot breakdowns; "Sandra’s Surprise!" (DVD/BD)

 

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