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New on DVD: ‘Sully’ is a moving tribute to bravery

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STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF 
For Digital First Media

Old-school professionalism is the true subject of “Sully” (2016, Warner, R, $30), Clint Eastwood’s tribute to Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), the brave pilot who, following the loss of both of his plane’s engines, saved the lives of all of his passengers when he landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River.
Pulling off such a remarkable feat wasn’t enough for the suits at the National Transportation Safety Board, though, and he was grilled endlessly about what he might have done differently.
“Sully,” which stages a crash sequence on par with the ones from “Flight” and “Castaway,” is patient and moving, giving off vibes of competency as befits a project involving such make-it-look-easy experts as Eastwood, Hanks and Sullenberger. Extras: featurettes.
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