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12 Angry Men [Blu-ray] [1957]

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Henry Fonda , Lee J. Cobb , Sidney Lumet    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, Ed Begley
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B3V38DG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sidney Lumet's directorial debut remains a tense, atmospheric (though slightly manipulative and stagy) courtroom thriller, in which the viewer never sees a trial and the only action is verbal. As he does in his later corruption commentaries such as Serpico or Q & A, Lumet focuses on the lonely one-man battles of a protagonist whose ethics alienate him from the rest of jaded society. As the film opens, the seemingly open-and-shut trial of a young Puerto Rican accused of murdering his father with a knife has just concluded and the 12-man jury retires to their microscopic, sweltering quarters to decide the verdict. When the votes are counted, 11 men rule guilty, while one--played by Henry Fonda, again typecast as another liberal, truth-seeking hero--doubts the obvious. Stressing the idea of "reasonable doubt," Fonda slowly chips away at the jury, who represent a microcosm of white, male society--exposing the prejudices and preconceptions that directly influence the other jurors' snap judgments. The tight script by Reginald Rose (based on his own teleplay) presents each juror vividly using detailed soliloquies, all which are expertly performed by the film's flawless cast. Still, it's Lumet's claustrophobic direction--all sweaty close-ups and cramped compositions within a one-room setting--that really transforms this contrived story into an explosive and compelling nail-biter. --Dave McCoy, Amazon.com

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Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley and Jack Klugman lead the distinctive cast of jurors whose character portrayals are "perfect in every detail" (The Hollywood Reporter). With its star-powered cast and three Oscar® nominations including Best Picture*, 12 Angry Men is a powerful, suspenseful and "fascinatingly entertaining film" (Los Angeles Examiner). Eleven jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one man steer the others toward the same conclusion? It's a case of seemingly overwhelming evidence against a teenager accused of killing his father in "one of the best pictures ever made" (The Hollywood Reporter).

*1957: Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Film Ever Made 17 Aug 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Produced by Henry Fonda and Reginald Rose (screenwriter and the author of the original play) and directed by the great Sidney Lumet (in this his cinematic debut) this mainly jury room centred film, is quite simply the greatest film ever made. Lumet, who cut his teeth in television, brought a lot of unknown television acting talent with him to this unique piece of work. Seasoned film actors, Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Ed Begley, Robert Preston and E G Marshall dovetail seamlessly with the other players, among them Martin Balsam, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman and Edward Binns.

The plot is ridiculously simple. A young Hispanic man is on trial for murdering his father, and in what appears to the majority of the jury, an open and shut case of guilty.

One man, Henry Fonda, as juror number 8, stands alone as the dissenting voice against the prejudice and preconceived ideas of the other 11. Though bit by bit, the evidence is broken down and what initially appeared so certain becomes a reasonable doubt in enough of the jurors minds as to expose the bigoted notions of a couple of them.

The essence of this film is in it's refreshing simplicity in terms of staging, dialogue and delivery. The actors are all on top of their game, working with first class material. Other films rely on epic sets and or clever camera techniques to hold the audiences attention. (I discount Citizen Kane from that as it was a true landmark achievement) This film, above all others, proves that that is not necessary. Twelve Angry Men rewards the viewer even after the 30th watch (certainly in my case! I could play the parts myself, although not quite as good!). Simply the best!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVOURITE FILM 13 Jun 2013
By DAZIAN
Format:Blu-ray
Blu Ray picture has a fine layer of grain, but is still better than my DVD version12 Angry Men [DVD] [1957].Also the picture fills the whole screen(DVD doesn't).Audio on BLU is better than the DVD version(using normal TV speakers). There are no extras or a menu.
Worth upgrading if you want the best picture/sound available for region/zone B players.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peddlers of the Common Blockbuster Take Note 2 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
12 Angry Men is a forgotten classic. When talking about the greatest films of all time, it rarely comes up. Yet EVERY single person I have met who has seen the film has adored it.

In a movie world where big celebrities and expensive special effects seem to be what brings the money in, this film is so refreshing. In this film, there is only one star name - Henry Fonda. He plays one of only 14 speaking parts in movie. There are four sets: The courtroom (2 minutes at the start), outside the courthouse (30 seconds at the end), and then the bathroom and the jury room. No fancy effects, just 12 characters with nothing but a script in their heads to give to keep you entertained. This is how films can be done!

The plot is simple; a young boy is accused of murder. The case seems open and shut to 11 of the jurors who vote guilty. Only one (Fonda) is even unsure. When he wants to discuss further he is greeted by two bigots, desperate to put 'one of them' to the chair, a man who is only interested in going to watch his beloved Yankees and cares little for the outcome and a host of weary men, who are sick of the whole situation; very few are even prepared to listen. For the next two hours, every fact of the case is ironed out until what was black and white becomes very grey.

12 Angry Men is one of the finest films I have ever seen. Sidney Lumet's directing captures the stuffy, intense and claustrophobic atmosphere of the room while all the actors make their characters memorable. This film is a dream.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Classic That Never Ages 4 July 2000
Format:VHS Tape
One of the best films I've ever seen. It captures the mood of both the time and the situation brilliantly. Fonda is superb but each of the actors deserves credit, including a young Jack Klugman (Quincy). Having seen the film many times with my wife, we know exactly what's coming next, but this never detracts from our viewing, indeed it suits to enhance it. Altogether, a joy to watch and an excellent example of people maintaining their values at all costs. If only all youngsters from today could look - they would only learn from it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absurd achievement 21 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I am so sick of watching big hollywood productions which rely on style over substance with millions spent on big names, big special effects and big propaganda. 12 angry men should be used as an educational video for the filmakers of today. The film probably cost next to nothing to produce, the cast is pretty much unknown (barring fonda), and the film is set in just one room. It's absurd to think that this film is easily one of the best i have seen.
A film should be both enlightening and entertaining. 12 Angry men is all of this. Indeed, I found myself shouting at the TV at times; the film was just so compelling and the issues and characters explored were so well handled.
it's increadible to think how brilliant a film can be with quite simply a strong script and covincing acting. Let this be a lesson to the Hollywood of today.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in moviemaking 17 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
This is the story of 12 jurors in a sweltering New York juryroom deciding the fate of a teenage boy accused of murdering his father. Not much to get exited about on the surface you may think, so why when all the great action movies and brilliant thrillers are forgotten does this stand alone as my favorite movie of all time ?
Quite simply director Sidney Lumet manages to cram more thrills and tension into every scene of this brilliant film than a whole shelfull of blockbusters.
The acting is as near perfect as it gets, with superb performances from Lee J Cob and Ed Begly in particular. The action takes place in 2 rooms, not 1 as often reported ( there is a scene in the adjacent washroom ) but the claustrophobia of the setting never limits the film in any way, and makes a mockery of the "big budget locations" many films need to sustain interest. No explosions no car-chases, just human feelings streched to breaking point in an atmosphere you would need a sharp knife to cut.
This DVD version is sadly lacking in any but the most basic extras, but the film is such a Tour-de-force it is a must buy,If you love films watch this now !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way.
I honestly could not say anything bad about this film. All the actors played their parts superbly. The story was excellent as was the direction. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Orlando
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my all time favourite film, thought provoking
Published 9 days ago by ninamc
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A truly thought provoking film
Published 13 days ago by Mr K J Bennett
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A present
Published 25 days ago by Diana Potter
3.0 out of 5 stars poor blu ray transfer.
classic film but be aware blu ray transfer is a sea of grain from start to finish,one of the worst examples I have seen,haven't seen the criterion version so can,t comment,the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by movieblu ray reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cracking copy - thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Denise Pittaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for comparison
I had recently seen "12 Angry Men" on stage and wanted to compare the two. The film of course was wonderful and the stage version was also excellent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ellarose
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A classic, not much more to say
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with film
Very pleased with film, went to see the play in London and then wanted to watch the original film. Both were very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M McCausland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very very good
Published 1 month ago by IAN DORAN
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