DVD: 127 Hours, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

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Danny (Slumdog Millionaire) Boyle directs the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco) – a peppy climber who was pinned to the bottom of a canyon by a boulder – with all of his usual hyperactive verve. And that's the problem.

How can we appreciate the horror of being stuck in one spot for days on end when Boyle keeps cutting away to a flashback, a dream sequence or a skyrocketing aerial shot of the desert?