Case Number 25070: Small Claims Court


Image Entertainment // 2011 // 46 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // January 5th, 2013

The Charge

Be the best that you can be.

The Case

Rescue 3D is a documentary about every day heroes, something we don't hear enough about of in light of recent events. Only a few days prior to watching this movie there was a mass shooting in Connecticut at an Sandy Hook Elementary School, and while many of the news reports focused on the dead and the shooter, few allowed a peek into the lives and actions of the teachers that risked life and limb to keep their children safe. It's good to see a movie like Rescue 3D on Blu-ray; it's a breath of fresh air to witness people helping those in need without regard for their own life and safety.

Rescue 3D focuses on the training of rescue team members, including helicopter pilot Major Matt Jonkey, firefighter and FEMA-certified Steven Heicklen, Somalia pirate hunter Commander Peter R. Crain, and Air Force/Iraq veteran Captain Lauren Ann Ross. This forty five minute documentary takes us into the lives of individuals as they save hikers, deliver needed rations to those in need, and help bring relief and rescue after the 2010 Haiti earthquake that took well over 300,000 lives.

The footage here is nothing short of breathtaking. We witness firefighters attacking a rooftop blaze. Paratroopers leap from a moving jet plane (which has to be done with pinpoint accuracy, as a few seconds too late and they could end up miles off target). Helicopters hover just inches off water as they pick up stranded boaters lost at sea. Watching Rescue 3D I'm consistently in awe of what these people do; the dangers involved seem almost insurmountable.

Rescue 3D doesn't have a story, per say (unless you count trying to help people a plot line). Instead, you're more or less just witnessing people help those in need in the face of natural and man made disasters. As the second half of the film finally drops us into the horrible destruction of Haiti (specifically Port au Prince), you realize just how vital these people's jobs are. The long shots showing the mass devastation of Haiti is breathtaking in the scale; I truly got a sense of how bad things were for the Haitian people and their families. Scenes of volunteer surgeons working on broken and wounded children in a makeshift hospital (which is not equipped for sterile surgery) is nearly heartbreaking; as one volunteer notes, "Infections sets in fast in such a tropical area. We focus more on saving lives than fixing bones."

Rescue 3D is an all-too-short glimpse into what it means to make a difference. While the first half of the film introducing us to the rescue workers is interesting, it's the last half of the film that takes place in Haiti that is truly amazing and emotionally gripping. I wholeheartedly recommend Rescue 3D to anyone who wants to witness heroism on a grand scale.

Rescue 3D (originally created for exhibition in IMAX theaters) features both a 3D and 2D version of the film on one disc. Both are presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080p high definition. The image quality to this 45 minute program is awesome; the picture is as realistic as anything your apt to witness on Blu-ray. Vast areas -- including dessert, ocean, and forest -- are shown, each with stunning color and resolution. The soundtrack is presented in DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 in English, French, and Spanish. The audio mix is also strikingly good -- there are a lot of surround sounds to be found here, and the music track is emotional and resonant.

The extra features include the featurette "About the Rescuers" (four interview segments with each team member), as well as trailers for other IMAX films.

The Verdict

Nail biting and tense, Rescue 3D is action without the fiction.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 92

Perp Profile
Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)

Audio Formats:
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (French)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (Spanish)

* None

Running Time: 46 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* 2D Version
* Featurette

* IMDb

* Official Site