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Bronson [DVD]

Matt King , Edward Bennett-Coles , Nicolas Winding Refn    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matt King, Edward Bennett-Coles, James Lance, Tom Hardy, Anna Griffin
  • Directors: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,095 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn paints this brutally violent portrait of Britain's most notorious prisoner, Charles Bronson (born Michael Peterson and later re-named by his fight promoter) - who has spent 34 years of his life in prison, and 28 of those in solitary confinement. As a teenager in the early 1970s, Bronson is jailed for seven years after robbing a post office. During his sentence he becomes increasingly violent and re-styles himself as a hardened criminal, convinced that his new persona will bring him the notoriety and fame he craves.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The notorious life of the UK's "most violent prisoner" serves as the subject of Pusher Trilogy director Nicolas Winding Refn's brutal biopic. Born Michael Peterson but later renamed by his fight promoter, Charles Bronson's sole ambition in life was to become famous. Surmising that the fastest means of accomplishing his goal with such limited opportunities was to cultivate a stylized persona as a hardened criminal, the ambitious do-badder embraced a desperate existence of extreme savagery. But who is the real man behind the warped persona? Seeing as how twenty-eight of Bronson's thirty-four years behind bars were spent in solitary confinement, that's a difficult question to answer. The terror of the legend comes to vivid life, however, as director Refn explores the twisted alternate reality created by Bronson, and highlights precisely how the controversial criminal staged himself within that anarchistic world. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: British Independent Film Awards, Sundance Film Festival, ...Bronson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.....! 20 Dec 2011
I bought this on a bit of a whim! Not my usual type of film (not a big fan of violent films)! I made the exception as what I had seen in terms of clips of the film and that I like Tom Hardy, I thought what have I got to lose by watching it?
I found myself enjoying the film very much! Yes it was violent, but highly entertaining and quite funny! Tom Hardy played the part brilliantly and all credit to him for it... I highly recommend seeing this film even if you are not a fan! I'm glad I made the purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Film Ever 19 Oct 2009
Well a little over exagerated maybe, but what wonderfully connected, correographed and creatively put together cult film. Tip-top acting, stunning costumes and makeup done to perfection. What a tremendously exciting scene when Bronson turns his head to reveal a series of another character. Really so glad I am able to obtain this film. Terribly disappointing to those who think this film is all blood,gangsters and gore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bronson flamethrower 26 July 2014
For me, this film is a bit of a mixed bag.

+ The visual direction is good - Winding Refn does stuff with colour, light and shade that is way that's beyond what many other films even start to think about.

+ Tom Hardy excels in the role of Bronson, while the supporting cast are mainly great too - Juliet Oldfield especially.

+ The film avoids taking the 'social realism' route and instead tries to get an idea of what the hell it must be like to be like Bronson

- The stagey bits would work well as an Edinburgh Fringe stage product. In a film, these scenes are just too slow and literally two dimensional. The hamminess and the spittle don't work in this context.

- Winding Refn kind of misses a trick by portraying Broadmoor as way, way too much like the Oregon State Hospital in Milos Forman's 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'. It's a flight into cinema fantasy and it just doesn't work. There are tons of UK documentaries such as Franc Roddam's 'Mini' - as well as fictionalisations like Alan Clarke's 'Scum' that could have served as inspiration for the film's 70s/ 80s milieu. Too much of the film is also too close to Kubrick's terrible film adaptation of 'A Clockwork Orange'. You can also see the influence of Besson's 'Danny the Dog' in here, as well as Guy Ritchie's 'Snatch'.

All in all, Bronson is a bit of a confusion not only of genres but of media - is it stage or is it film? Is it a comedy or a subversion of social realist Leigh/ Loach?
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed 14 Jun 2009
By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE
When you mention the name Charles Bronson to most people around the world usually, the first person that will come to their minds is the actor of the movie Deathwish. To most British people, the name is synonymous with the most violent person held within Her Majesty's Prison system. Most movies like this, I will turn away from in an instant as when it comes to biopics and books alike, I generally like them to be about people of importance who have achieved something of worth. Bronson is a fascinating character to me as, although he obtained his country wide recognition through his violence actions, he has proven himself to be an articulate and artistic human being with his books and poetry. However, it's hard to ignore his violent past and that's certainly the primary focus of this movie. I was hoping for a bit more focus in the progression of his artistic side, but we were given merely a glimpse.

The story of the film gives a very brief look at Bronson's youth before prison, pointing out that even as a youngster he had a violent side. Fast forward a couple of years and he holds up a post office for mere change and lands himself a prison sentence of 7 years, for which he would have probably just served 4. Unfortunately, Bronson took to prison and found it an exciting surrounding and saw his fists as a way of gaining recognition, which he surely did. We then are given a brief look at his time in a mental health institute and also an even briefer glimpse at the Broadmoor protest. The film also shows a number of other events of Bronson's life, including his short release from prison and the hostage takings.

I'm really on both sides of the scale when it comes to my perception of this movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madness 23 Aug 2009
This is a really fine movie, that needs to be seen more than once. Tom Hardy is a revelation as Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson. He must have worked out a lot to get into shape.

Its not all factually accurate, but the essence of Bronson's character is displayed brilliantly through the violence, that presumably he loves, and through some surreal fantasy scenes where the portrayal of Bronson is probably a caricature.

I think some reviewers have criticised the director for the stylistic nature of the film, but for me this is what makes it work. I've seen enough prison movies over the years and just another film of a tough buy bucking the system isn't enough.

This is a taut, extremely violent, at times comedic film that will stay with you for a while after seeing it. My only real criticism is that at around 90 minutes long its a little short and they certainly could have fleshed out his character a bit with an extra 15 mins.

4.5 stars for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing tom hardy and nice great actor yes iam fan!!+++
Tom is great actor beautiful eyes and personnality its very very good movies hard movies but its true based on the true story iam fan yes is violent but is fascining amazing great... Read more
Published 13 days ago by colard
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Published 23 days ago by Ms. L. Corless
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed this film. Excellent customer service.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bronson
If you like drive and only god forgives you're like this
Published 1 month ago by miss j m brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
Great film must see
Published 1 month ago by rebecca greenwood
3.0 out of 5 stars This film is confusing but also good. Doesn't contain subtitles which...
Fast Deliver. This film is confusing but also good. Doesn't contain subtitles which is a disappointment.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
excellent quality and fast delivery
Published 1 month ago by jane whetton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, Tom Hardy does a fantastic job as Bronson.
Published 2 months ago by Jimmy
4.0 out of 5 stars Frightening that he did walk amongst us
What a nutter !!! Although this is a film adaptaion of his life, Mr. Bronson (name changed to be more intimidating) is definately off his trolley. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DGNB
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