Disney’s The Finest Hours is based on the remarkable true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard History. The film shares the story of how Bernie Webber and a crew of three volunteers braved blizzard storms and unlikely odds to save 32 men from the SS Pendleton.
There is action and suspense rippling throughout the film especially when the SS Pendleton had split in half and the remaining crew had no way of contacting anyone for rescue. The Finest Hours displays how brave these men are waiting for unknown rescue, and also the bravery it took for Webber and his crew to find them in the storm.
Upon finding the SS Pendleton, Webber’s crew were faced with the dilemma of saving 32 men onto Webber’s lifeboat designed to only carry 12 people.
Disney shares Webber’s determination and sacrifice to do what is right and bring all crew members home. The Finest Hours will be available to own on Blu-ray and Digital HD tomorrow, May 24. Thanks to our friends at Disney, we are able to share what bonus features you will find on their Blu-ray/DVD sets before you get your copy tomorrow!
“Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story”
Watch this 14 minute documentary to see real life town Chatham and hear witnesses reflect on what happened the night of the rescue. Watching this before the film will give you a better idea of what happened that night, but also includes some key scenes from the movie. Regardless, this documentary honors Bernie Webber and remembers his heroic actions.
Four Making Of Featurettes (1-2 Minutes each)
These clips can be enjoyed before watching the film.
The actors reflect on how working as a team has fostered leadership skills and real life friendships.
2. Two Crews:
Both Chris Pine (plays Bernie Webber) and Casey Affleck (plays Ray Sybert) reflect on their characters as underdogs who rose above and became the leaders their teams needed them to be.
3. What is Your Finest Hour?
Captain Jennifer Williams of the US Coast Guard reflects on her finest hour when she deployed a search team that was able to rescue a man after seven hours. She shares that there is no greater feeling than saving a life.
4. The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard
Real life Coast Guard members share their experiences and demonstrate what they do and what it takes to be ready to save those in the water.
2 Deleted Scenes
The first scene illustrates how damaged the SS Pendleton was even after the ship split in half and the crew’s efforts to stall for time before the boat sinks.
The second scene reiterates the sacrifice Bernie makes going out to sea. Watching this scene after the film shows his character growth reminding the audience of Bernie’s difficulty making decisions.
These bonus features are included on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Digital SD and Disney Movies Anywhere. The DVD version features only two of the four featurettes: Brotherhood and The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard.
The Finest Hours commemorates that a real hero isn’t about a cape and tights, but the actions a person makes to be heroic. Bernie Webber’s story is still told to members of the US Coast Guard and thanks to Disney, it is shared with audiences everywhere! Make sure to pick up your own copy of The Finest Hours tomorrow on Blu-ray, Digital HD or DVD!
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