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‘American Sniper’ — ‘Three Kinds of People’

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD this week from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Today, we’ve got the last of three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes. In this clip, Chris Kyle’s father explains to his sons the three kinds of people he sees in the world.

A few notes on the Blu-ray:

Warner Bros. will donate $1 from each physical and digital purchase of American Sniper (up to $1 million total) to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you buy in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi or South Carolina, you might want to make a direct donation because those states prohibit this kind of promotion.

The Blu-ray includes two 30-minute special feature documentaries: “One Solider’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper” and “Making of American Sniper.” There’s a lot of repetition between the two films, with the principal interviewees (Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Taya Kyle and screenwriter Jason Hall) making most of the same points in each documentary. “Making of” relies heavily on a group Q&A conducted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

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This is definitely a movie that would benefit from a commentary track from Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Jason Hall, Taya Kyle or some combination of all of them. Former Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz served with Chris Kyle, worked as a technical advisor on the movie and plays himself in the film; a featurette that explored his participation in the movie would also be fascinating.  Let’s hope Clint’s willing to dig a little deeper if there’s a new special edition package in a couple of years.

‘American Sniper’ — “Oh, My God. Chris!”

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Leading up to the release, Military​.com will premiere three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes. Today we’ve got a clip that highlights the tension between family and service for troops who fight at the tip of the spear. +Continue Reading

Finding Family in ‘American Sniper’

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Leading up to the release, Military​.com will premiere three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes.  +Continue Reading

Get the Bad Guys With ‘American Sniper’

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s movie about the legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, has almost completed its theatrical run and it’s officially the #1 movie of 2014 with a total box office gross of just under $348 million. That’s more than Guardians of the Galaxy, more than The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and almost $100 million more than #4 movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Most of what Americans know about the war in Iraq comes from Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle. +Continue Reading

Hard-Won Wisdom from a Navy SEAL

  • March 19, 2015
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Eric Greitens served as a Navy SEAL. He’s considering a run to become Governor of Missouri. He’s also a motivational speaker with a new book called Resilience.

In 2o12, Greitens was contacted by Zach Walker, a brother SEAL who’d been struggling with PTSD and a drinking problem after leaving the Navy. Eric and Zach started communicating every day and Eric has compiled his letters to Zach in this new book. +Continue Reading

Hollywood’s in the Sniper Business

Is Nick Irving’s new memoir The Reaper helping American Sniper’s Oscar chances?

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Studio head Harvey Weinstein might be the best Oscar campaigner ever. He’s the guy who engineered the notorious upset when Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture 1998. His movies get nominated every year and he’s behind a string of other Best Picture winners: The English Patient, The King’s Speech, The Artist and Chicago. +Continue Reading

‘Sniper’ Shocks Hollywood With Massive Box Office Weekend

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American Sniper broke all kinds of box office records this weekend, with a $90.2 million weekend haul. Warner Bros. estimates its Oscar nominee for Best Picture will have made $105 million once the four-day MLK holiday weekend is over.

It’s the largest MLK weekend opening ever, more than doubling the old record held by Ride Along. It’s the largest January weekend ever, a a record previously held by Avatar with $68.5 million in 2010. It’s the opening ever for a drama, bettering the $83.8 million that Passion of the Christ made in 2004. It’s the biggest R-rated opening of all time and it’s by far the biggest opening of director Clint Eastwood’s storied career, more than tripling the $29.5 million that Gran Torino made opening weekend in 2008. +Continue Reading

‘American Sniper’ Storms the Oscars With 6 Nominations

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American Sniper made a strong showing today with six nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Screenwriter Jason Hall got the movie’s other high-profile nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, evidence that the writer’s branch of the academy realized just how much balance and nuance Hall added to Kyle’s book when writing his screenplay. Jason Hall told Military​.com the amazing story of the film’s development in this interview last month.   +Continue Reading

SEALs: More Than Just Snipers

After your friends and family see the new American Sniper movie this weekend, have them check out this video as a reminder that Navy SEALs do a lot more than just long-range shooting. Whether the mission is on sea, air or land, Navy Special Operations play a critical role in the United States’ first line of defense.

Civilians sometimes have incredibly short term memory about just how the military works and a lot of them probably don’t remember that SEALs carried out the operations depicted in movies like Lone Survivor, Zero Dark Thirty and even Act of Valor. You can also send them to watch the PBS documentary Navy SEALs — Their Untold Story or read ex-SEAL Dick Couch’s excellent book that’s a companion to the series.

5 Things You Don’t Know About Sniper Rifles

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American Sniper opens in movie theaters everywhere this Friday. Director Clint Eastwood delivers heart-stopping action in the Iraq battle scenes, but he’s just as interested in Chris Kyle’s marriage to wife Taya (played by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, respectively).

What you don’t get from the movie is a focused discussion and examination of a Navy SEAL sniper’s gear. We’ve got some details here in “5 Things You Don’t Know About: Sniper Rifles,” an exclusive video that breaks down the differences between the weapons and cartridges used by various branches of the military. The clip below is the first episode of 5 Things You Don’t Know About, a new Military​.com series produced in cooperation with Lou Reda Productions.   +Continue Reading