Lone Survivor, director Peter Berg’s powerful action thriller about a pack of Navy SEALS whose stealth operation in Afghanistan goes horribly wrong, arrives on Blu-ray and On Demand on June 3. The hit movie, which grossed more than $125 million, will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20.
Based on Marcus Luttrell’s harrowing experience in Operation Red Wings, which was chronicled in his 2007 book, the film follows Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and three fellow SEALS as they are dropped into a mountainous region of Afghanistan to locate and capture a high-level al-Qaeda figure. Instead, the four soldiers were quickly detected by Taliban forces and forced to fight superior numbers until an American rescue effort can be launched.
The four actors – Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster – trained with real SEALS to gain at least an appreciation for the mental and physical challenges that awaited their characters. “These [SEAL advisors] are not the kind of guys that are going to give you a pat on the back if you’re not doing a good job,” Wahlberg told EW last year. “You are going to hear it [from them]. You had the reality of knowing these guys really went through this and a lot of those guys didn’t get to go home and see their families again, so all the other sh-t went out the window. You know, we got to deliver here.”
In an exclusive clip from the “Learning the Basics” featurette, the four actors discuss their SEAL training:
Blu-ray bonus features:
Will of the Warrior: An in-depth look at Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in Operation Red Wings.
Recreating the Firefight: Reveals how Lone Survivor’s action-packed stunts were choreographed and shot.
Learning the Basics: Watch as Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster go through rigorous SEAL training in weapons handling, communication/patrolling and simulated attack drills.
The Pashtun Code of Life: Learn why Marcus Luttrell’s rescuer, Mohammad Gulab, risked his life and the lives of everyone in his village in order to save Marcus.
Blu-ray and DVD bonus features:
Bringing the Story to Light: Marcus Luttrell’s story of survival under extremely dire circumstances is an inspiration to anyone who hears it. Peter Berg, producer Sarah Aubrey, and the four lead actors reveal their passion for the project and why it was so important to them to tell this story.
The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings: Wahlberg, Kitsch, Foster and Hirsch profile the real-life heroes who inspired their characters: Marcus Luttrell, Michael Murphy, Daniel Dietz and Matthew Axelson. Family members provide intimate accounts of what these brave men were like in their private lives, as well as perspective on their decisions to join the military and make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Also included is a tribute to the team of Operation Red Wings, using personal photos.