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Act of Valor…Best Damn Movie going

February 26th, 2012 Posted in The SandGram v1.0

Act of Valor…Best Damn Movie going


O.K., if I could could turn back the fast hands of time to a period in my life, to say age 17, I would do that in a heartbeat.  Why? So that a skinny, Cross Country runner and die hard wrestler who loved to swim, (Me) could try out for the Navy SEALs.  Yes you heard me, Marine be damned, I want to be a NAVY SEAL!


I just left home for the first time in four days, after being Combat Deadlined (sicker then a dog) and reading everyone else’s opinion of the Movie “Act of Valor” who watched it on Friday like my buddy John at This Ain’t Hell.  Yes, it was a foot sweater, maybe it was partly my fever kicking in halfway through the movie, but definitely it caused puddles of nervous sweat in my shoes.

This movie gave you the first person feeling of what it’s like to be on the Teams.  It basically includes you on any one of the many scenarios’ going down around the world doing real world ops on any given day.

They didn’t just focus on the Stans or past stuff ofIraq, although there are so many true stories that occurred there, they picked up on a very plausible terrorist threat to our Nation and mixed up all sorts of bad guys in the process along with things the SEALs have really done or trained for.

Our members of the Military were portrayed as the thinking, smart, fearless men that they never seem to get the credit for in Hollywood.  Black Hawk down is one movie that did a great job to me, conveying real camaraderie between the men.  You also went into that movie knowing it was a real world op gone horribly wrong.  So, sort of like the Titanic, you knew the outcome of the movie, but the true real life personal sacrifices and bonds between brothers were effectively put on the big screen which makes it a must own Military movie.  Act of Valor will also be on that list for me.

Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh did such a fantastic job on this project and I can only hope that they alternate and do one for the Corps (Recon) and the Army Special Forces along with Delta with some Air Force PJ’s thrown in there because it would be a boost to what the old WWII patriotic films were all about and not the crap that Hollywood produces like “Lions for Lambs” where we who serve in the Military are the bad guys.  I walked out of that theater with my head held high, a tear in my eye for the departure of a buddy and the knowledge that there are men like those on the screen who are living out their duty with little fanfare.

We who serve are maybe just 1% of the nation’s population and those who qualify and make to any branch of Special Ops are somewhere in the .0001% of the best of the best.  They may not like this movie or the fanfare associated with it, but I can tell you that there are men like me who will always buy you a beer for what and who you are!!

There is a reason this film is number one in the United States, so go find out yourself and it will be perfectly clear  why the Navy Recruiters office will have a standing room only, take a number response for the next several years.  Mike and Scott, if you do read this, please know you have done a great job and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing patriotism back to the big screen…

Semper Fi,


*** UPDATE from the Makers of Act of Valor****




A Motion Picture Unlike Any Before Unfolds

On Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 5


LOS ANGELES, CA (April 5, 2012) – The only easy day was yesterday.  In the Bandito Brothers’ ACT OF VALOR, an elite military force, portrayed by active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, carries out an impossible mission with insane courage and incredible teamwork in one of the most gripping and emotionally charged movies of the year.  Landing June 5th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the ACT OF VALOR  Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extras including several deleted scenes, interviews with Navy SEALs, director’s commentary, exclusive featurettes, including a look at the real bullets and tactics used during filming, and much more! ACT OF VALOR was theatrically released by Relativity Media on February 24th and became the No. 1 movie in America in its debut.


An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, ACT OF VALOR stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, alongside actors Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nester Serrano, in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history.  A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operation, ACT OF VALOR features a riveting story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.


When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all.


ACT OF VALOR combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film–showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.


Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300),  the ACT OF VALOR Blu-ray and DVD arrives June 5th just in time for Father’s Day.



  • Deleted Scenes
    • Christmas in the Barracks
    • MREs
    • Shabal in Winter Palace
    • Christo’s House
    • Shabal on Boat
    • Shabal in Kiro
  • Director’s Commentary



All of the above DVD special features, plus…


  • Interviews with the Navy SEALs
    • Rorke
    • Dave
    • Mikey
    • Ray
    • Sonny
    • Ajay
    • Weimy
  • Featurettes
    • Making Of
    • Real Bullets
    • Real SEALs Real Tactics
    • Silent Warriors
    • “For You” Music Video by Keith Urban
    • Making of the Music Video
    • Director’s Intro





About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

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