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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 (117 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 (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TEKJVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,646 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
Format:Blu-ray
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
Format:DVD
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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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed 14 Jun 2009
By Steven Stewart VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable Force Immovable Object 5 Nov 2009
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a powerful film about anger and independence. The film Bronson is an angry man and has been since childhood; he is also a good fighter and really enjoys fighting, ally this with a streak of independence as wide as the M25 and you have a tragic conclusion. The system cannot grind him down and the system knows it cannot release him, so he stands in a tiny cage like a battery hen.

The film avoids trying to make a hero out of Bronson, his treatment during kidnappings is not disguised, but it does not paint him as just a thug. Usually when you finish a film unable to decide one way or the other the film has failed, in this case, I suspect, it was exactly what was intended. It's like Caché but with boxing.

Tom Hardy was brilliant in the role; one could smell the testosterone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Movie,Brilliant Acting 19 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
I was looking forward to this movie having read Bronson's autobiography,mad or not he's certainly an interesting character who is ,now at least,probably more mad than bad.
The movie however is a bit of a mess,tries to be arty and clever which spoils the whole thing.Having said that Tom Hardy in the lead role is awesome and it's a real shame that had the movie been a "straight" story it would have been very good.Hardy plays Bronson sympathetically and manages to make him appear vulnerable as well as showing the manic side of the man's psyche.
Without the "clever" bits I'd probably have given this movie 5 stars as the parts in between are well acted and give you a feel for Mr Bronson and an understanding of why he is what he is.5 stars for the lead role though,sadly the movie as a whole just annoyed me when it tried to be too clever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear...
I think alot of Tom Hardy but this was an absolute tragedy to add to his C.V. The film has no substance what so ever to it, its just mindless gratuatous violence & serves no... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by C. O. Mckenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I bought it because I read that Amanda Burton which is one of my favourite actress was playing in this film,but I find it's a good movie but hard to watch sometimes,I think it's... Read more
Published 4 days ago by carosalf
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought I'd like this
Thought I was gonna like this, as I'm really into true life stories of criminals but this film sickened me. Acting wasn't great. Direction seemed poor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs more!
Really good film, especially if you like violence, lots of punching kicking biting you name it.

Shows Bronson as a youngster and his stints in jail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars just bought cause i love tom hardy haha
was a decent film probably not my cup of tea but definitely worth the watch. amazing acting! was overall happy
Published 1 month ago by LL114
3.0 out of 5 stars Bronson
Brilliantly acted, Tom Hardy is one of the best actors in the business.

I was hoping for a longer movie to show more of Bronson's life, but this film switched from one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hayden
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hardy is something else!
Regardless of what you think of Bronson, or even the film itself, you can't help being utterly blown away by Tom Hardy's portrayal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by raven_guest
3.0 out of 5 stars very strange film
one to watch when there is nothing else on not an amazing film but worth a watch if your into strange films.
Published 2 months ago by Martyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab movie
got this for me dad for xmas has he wanted to see it
was very fast delivery as it was near xmas
well packed aswel
A*+*+*+*+*+
Published 2 months ago by Julie Ann Jarman
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
very watchable, for me its a really arty film with a bit of comedy. it is very fictional like watching fight club or something, so wouldn't rate it as a biography
Published 3 months ago by amanda
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