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Bonded By Blood [Blu-Ray]

Tamer Hassan , Adam Deacon , Sacha Bennett    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tamer Hassan, Adam Deacon, Terry Stone
  • Directors: Sacha Bennett
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042ADUQA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Essex, 1995. Known as the most feared criminals across the south of England, Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Ralfe dominate the local crime scene through fear and uncompromised brutality. But in a world where loyalties are constantly tested and cash fortunes are at stake, your closest friend can quickly become your worst enemy, and before long the boys find themselves in a life or death situation that leads to their inevitable downfall. Featuring an all-star cast including Tamer Hassan, Adam Deacon, Terry Stone, Kierston Wareing and Vincent Regan, BONDED BY BLOOD is a brutal portrait of he most notorious firm in British crime history.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch 7 Jan 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This film is definitely worth buying if you're interested in the Essex Boys/Range Rover murders. Great acting and some of the scenes with Pat Tate are hilarious. You learn a lot more about Michael Steele in this film and just how organised he was as an importer. There are 1 or 2 scenes more brutal than in Rise of the Footsoldier but the shootings at the end are not one of them, I didn't expect this anyway as Rise of shows you actual real footage close-ups of the bodies when they were being taken away.

I'm glad I bought this and will watch it many times again, but personally I think Rise of the Footsoldier is a better told story by Carlton Leach.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Underworld Film 3 Jan 2011
As a newbie to this story (not having seen the previous movies) was expecting something along the lines of Snatch or the excellent Dead Man Running. However, this is a fairly unrelenting and at times very dark and gritty tale. Follows the story of some real life criminal events from 15 years ago but the sequencing and chronology sometimes gets a bit muddled - it seems at times the director is trying to do Ritchie, but without the laughs. Well actually there are a few, mainly gallows humour and some of the sex scenes.

However essentially it is a tale of criminal wheeling and dealing, backstabbing and shifting allegiances (the suburban settings do make you wonder what might be going on in your own street). Even without knowing the story in advance, I can't say the final twists came as much of a surprise though it as at that stage the events gelled into place a bit better.

Picture quality average and the primarily techno soundtrack suits the era well, but don't waste money putting on the surround system.

Certainly worth a rental, as I did, but not one I would add to my permanent collection.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good Show 28 Sep 2010
As someone whose taste in cinema does not usually run to much violence, choice language or blood (vampires excepted); I really enjoyed this film! No mere fest of foul language, tough guys, hot chicks, dangerous drugs, big guns, oh, and a Porche for good measure - although it's all there - "Bonded by Blood" has much more going for it. Cleverly directed by Sacha Bennett, this film has excellent touches of visual humour, some very funny lines, and a number of intense performances. There is even a Shakespeare reference - but don't let that put you off! Tamer Hassan as Pat Tate, high on cocaine and drunk on machismo is superbly scary. You have to duck when he starts pumping out the expletives. Altogether a much classier offering than previous efforts in this genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok but it doesn't come close to 'rise'. 26 Dec 2010
The film isn't a carbon copy of 'essex boys' and the brilliant 'rise of the footsoldier' but tells more of the story through Darren Nicholls and how he's coping with watching over his shoulder every night and day under the witness protection programme and about his testimony of what happened. You also see a bit more of Mickey Steele and his motivation surrounding the events. I think where 'rise' goes into much, much more detail before and after events and as good character development this film firmly jumps into events before the shootings.

Terry Stone is good as Tucker and Tamer Hassen as Tate, both quite menacing characters. But where 'rise' showed the real brutality, and how these guys really were like, this film tends to show a more glamourous side to the story. Both different films which is good. But where 'rise' is in your face and gritty all the way through this film as breaks and as its funny moments. It really isn't a bad film as some people are making it out to be though, it just tells the story differently and gives us some more information the other films didn't have surrounding the murders, plus the acting is good throughtout most of the film. I'd definately recommend renting it if you've seen the other two films or if you like a good gangster flick....or wait until it comes down cheap! wrong thing it as on the case though...'brutal, even better than rise of the footsoldier' I'll tell you now, it doesn't even come close!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brit-Crime Flick 6 Dec 2010
Bonded By Blood stands out from the scores of Brit Crime films that have been released in recent years. This film is darker, more violent, more real than many titles in a similar vein. That said don't be dissuaded if violence is not your thing; this is an excellent film featuring a great cast of both usual suspects from Brit-Gangster films (Tamer Hassan) as well as some new upcoming talent (Adam Deacon.)
If you like films like Rise Of The Footsoldier, Layer Cake, Football Factory or The Firm, definitely check this film out. Perfect to watch with a few mates over some beers, and perhaps because it's based on a true story, it just feels much more realistic than, say, overly-slick Guy Ritchie films. Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gangster film 1 Jan 2011
By prexl
One of the best British gangster films out!
I loved this film from start to finish. It was realistic, scary and very funny in parts too. Good story, actors and acting, What else do you want? buy this film, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bonded by blood 21 Feb 2012
By danowen
Probably the closest film to getting at the truth. I've read many books and seen at least 3 films about the the rise and fall of the Essex boys......Top film
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good service 29 Sep 2011
By trish
DVD based on fact, great film with good actors, throughly enjoyed it. DVD was a great price and the service was quick and effiecient.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars top marks
great movie well worth the price i payed great action and some black humor little to much use of the c word tho
Published 25 days ago by steve gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars great
bought this dvd for my fella, he was made up with this dvd, said it was great & will watch over and over again
Published 1 month ago by nickijw
3.0 out of 5 stars To be viewed
I bought this as I have just moved into the house that was used in the movie. I'm told by my wife the front of house and garage were used in scenes.
Published 5 months ago by George Eleftheriou
1.0 out of 5 stars nah
not such a good read really, but thats the book not amazon i suppose its a bit like reading blah blah blah, it did not captivate me at all
Published 6 months ago by shelley brough
3.0 out of 5 stars Okish film
Brought the film was an ok watch
Quick delivery
Good price

Lots of swearing which is standard in these type of films
Published 8 months ago by Carly Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars As expected
Bargain price for a film I know & love. DVD plays well & fine - all good and I am happy with the purchase.
Published 12 months ago by MR M J HARRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, not for the faint hearted.
Great, gripping, can be pretty violent more often than not but all in all a great dvd. I only bought it because a few of the cast are in football factory and also I have read and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Katie Holmes
2.0 out of 5 stars Back to Rettendon...again.
Based on the executions of four notorious gangsters, this movie has a decent screenplay at its core. The cast is littered with well known faces but their performances vary. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars bonded by blood
another slant on the essex boys, but i found it equally compelling viewing, i would also definitly recommend it to anyone. once again the delivery was on time.
Published 16 months ago by LALA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Violent
The main story of the Essex night life in the 90s and a particular set of thugs
the tragic consequences of drugs greed and insanity

probably caused by the steroids... Read more
Published 16 months ago by lostonrye
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