Release Date: 1/23/2007 Original Release: 2006 Format: DVD Length: 139 minutes Rating:PG-13 (MPAA) Rating Reason: for intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality. UPC: 786936705119 Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Dramas, Divorce, Theatrical Release, Teachers, Training
Guardian DVD Description
Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher team up in this torch-passing tale of the brave men and women in the Navy Coastguard elite rescue diver unit. A catastrophic rescue mission leaves him wounded after his wife (Sela Ward) walks out on him, so heavily decorated, reluctantly aging rescue diver Ben Randall (Costner) takes some leave from the ocean to assume instructor duties down at the naval training base. There his humorless pedagogy rubs a lot of trainees the wrong way, but a champion high-school swimmer, Jake (Kucher), has no problem keeping up, and it looks like old Ben may have found someone worthy to be his replacement. But first each man has to wrestle with his own personal demons...and each other. Under the no-nonsense direction of Andrew Davis (THE FUGITIVE, UNDER SIEGE), the visceral energy flows nonstop through this familiar but nonetheless riveting affair. Shot in a flat, matter-of-fact manner, the harshness of naval academy life is celebrated without being glamorized, while the rescues at sea are nothing short of hair-raising, making excellent use of CGI effects to plunge the viewer right into the towering waves and storms along with the divers. Several familiar, stalwart faces are on hand to help the boys become men and the men to accept aging gracefully, including John Heard, Clancy Brown, and Neal McDonough. Costner is perfect in a curmudgeonly role that fits him like a tailor-made wet suit. The real surprise is Kutcher, who seems to grow as an actor as his character grows as a person, revealing lots of murky depth. Bonnie Bramlet adds some sparkle as the singer at the local watering hole.
Region 1 Keep Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - French, Spanish - Optional Additional Release Material: Alternate Ending With On-Camera Introduction - Andrew Davis - Director Audio Commentary: Andrew Davis - Director Featurette: 1. MAKING WAVES - The Making Of THE GUARDIAN 2. UNSUNG HEROES - Tribute To The Real-Life Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers