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Chopper [2000] [DVD]

Eric Bana , Simon Lyndon , Andrew Dominik    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Kate Beahan, Vince Colosmo
  • Directors: Andrew Dominik
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TR6BCA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A great Australian movie, Chopper is loosely based on the autobiography of career crim Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, whose attention-seeking mix of psychotic violence and matey ingratiation made him an outcast even in the underworld and finally--with bizarre logic--turned him into a bestselling celebrity without any need for repentance and regeneration. Andrew Dominik, a music video maven making his directorial debut, wrestles the unpromising material into shape, using a striking palette of blues inside prison and sickly neons outside, wisely building the film around a terrific lead performance from stand-up comedian Eric Bana as the crook who had his own ears hacked away so he could get off a prison wing where he was marked for death and whose forceful personality means that he can always rekindle a relationship even with those to whom he has done dreadful violence in the past and whom he certainly intends to shoot, batter, rob and betray in the future--with the mildly redeeming caveat that he sometimes drives his victims to the hospital after injuring them. The movie has a lot of smart incidental detail, like the paranoid dealer who doses his dogs' water with speed, the ridiculous mix-up of an assassination set up in the wrong car park of a nightclub that has two, and Chopper's repeated mood swings in the middle of lengthy dialogue scenes that begin with conciliation and apology and pay off with doubts and eruptions of violence that leave the perpetrator genuinely regretful of what has happened.

The nicely presented DVD features excised scenes, footage that Dominik shot with the real Chopper, commentary tracks from Dominik and Chopper and the trailer. --Kim Newman

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you like your crime movies, especially with a tint of humour, you'll love this. Eric Banna plays real life criminal Mark Brandon 'Copper' Read. An ex-conn turned vigilante .... or at least thats how he protrays himself, but in his own words "You know me, I never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn". Eric Banna is sensational as Chopper. He is completely believable in the role and captures the humour of Chopper perfectly aswell as his menace too. The supporting cast are also top quality and all are completely believable in their respected roles. The film starts off with Chopper in prison, leading a group of inmates in a prison gang war. Chopper's gang however betrays Read and tries to kill him. With no allies left Chopper cuts off his own ears to get him out of that part of prison. Later, upon release from jail, Choppers story continues with a one man war against the criminal underworld. This is a very funny movie and at times its also a fascinating look at one of the crazy characters of the Australian underworld. I love my crime movies and this is one of the best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both believable and hilarious 9 Feb 2003
I just chose to rent this film on a whim and once I watched it the first time I watched it again straight away. Don't make any comparisons to Tarantino please. This film has more watchability in five minutes than in his entire collection. This is funny, strange and compelling all at the same time. It really is a one off and for that reason alone you should get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, yet entertaining 9 Aug 2001
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Mark "Chopper" Reid is not a pleasant fellow. Based on his bestselling autobiographical offerings, this movie explores the confused, violent and yet somehow endearing man who became one of Australia's most notorious criminals. Imprisoned as a young man, Mark Reid attempts to become a major underworld figure, ruthless and bloodthirsty. Yet, while his actions fit this self-made image, something in his persona prevents it from engulfing him entirely. Would a ruthless murderer shoot a man and then immediately apologize and take him to hospital? The film covers all aspects of his life, from his initial incarceration, through his single-handed attempts to rid the streets of other criminals, to his return to jail and the beginnings of his fame as an author. First time writer/director Andrew Dominik presents a gritty film which takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster that barely gives you time to stop laughing before being confronted with a scene of sickening violence and brutality. One of the reasons why this works as well as it does is the casting - Eric Bana is incredible as Chopper - totally believable in all his manifestations: as a simple Aussie bloke just trying to get by, as an interred prisoner trying to survive, and as a violent criminal.
This is not a pleasant movie in any sense of the word. But it is highly amusing and entertaining for those not easily offended by violence or by the controvery that might surround the "glorification" on film of a convicted criminal. Well worth seeing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormous black comic fun. 8 Mar 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Chopper is indeed great fun, a biopic of a questionable character that questions & subverts Chopper's account of things: how much is his fantasy here? & how much do true crime types frottage to in the spare time?- the lazy obssession with serial killers, Manson types & all...
Eric Bana's performance is great here- I was shocked to find him quite handsome in Black Hawk Down; the idea of casting a stand-up in this role is simply perfect & its a powerhouse performance equal to De Niro in Raging Bull & the exact opposite of the mannered performances fellow Aussie Russell Crowe has given of late. Bad Seed Mick Harvey supplies a soundtrack- as he did on the excellent Ghosts...of the Civil Dead (John Hillcoat, 1988); there's a suitable classic from Harvey's past used in the soundtrack: The Birthday Party's Release the Bats. This fits with the sick sense of humour I appear to adore in the Australians! Wonderfully demented...
Chopper is an interesting biopic, it deglamorises violent crime by having an irrational idiot at the centre of things- his appealing matey-style character is countered by the acts he commits. This is no lame-Tarantino/Guy Ritchie celebration of crime- there's no getting off on his actions & everything that is terrible about those two directors. I don't know about 'Best Australian Film to Date' though- films like Ghosts...of the Civil Dead, The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting & Proof are all as good, if not better. Still, a key film of recent years- worth seeing for Bana's performance alone...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Australian films in years 15 Nov 2005
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Chopper is a surprisingly exhilarating and tightly paced fictionalised biography of one of Australia's most famous modern crims, the charismatic but unpredictably violent Mark `Chopper' Read. Some attempt has been made to stick to the verifiable facts, but the film is aware that Read is one who never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn and instead the film focuses on his genuinely mercurial personality: this is the kind of man who'll come round for a friendly drink, shoot you, rob you and then drive you to hospital. Eric Bana is truly amazing in the lead, showing a range and power and sheer star quality that serves the part rather than submerges it that Hollywood has yet to properly tap into. You only have to check out the interview with the real 'Chopper' included on the DVD to see just how on the money his performance (not just an impersonation) is. Andrew Dominik's impressive direction is stylish and adventurous without ever losing grip of his material, whether shooting coke-fuelled dialog scenes at high speed in a brilliant rendition of a cocaine rush or playing Chopper's account of a murder as a nursery rhyme. It may be a bit strong for some tastes, but this is great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
brilliant true story
Published 2 days ago by palmer221
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by Maureen Edith Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
Rip Chopper. I love this film. Watch the interview extra's to see the real Chop Chop they are brilliant. The year 2000000000000
Published 1 month ago by wilf
1.0 out of 5 stars Why have people rated this crud more than one star ?
I like a good violent film, I like comedy, this is meant to have elements of both, it doesn't. I could only actually watch 20 minutes of it, I simply kept thinking "this film has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SteveBerkshire
3.0 out of 5 stars brutality at it most originalty
witty black comedy with a brutal edge a must see for any gangster loving film buffs deep dark witty and down right shocking
Published 3 months ago by robert
1.0 out of 5 stars did not like it very much
too much talking not much action!!!!!!!!! it looks very good but not to my taste, I prefer loads more action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Gabriella Ghirotto
5.0 out of 5 stars Unassuming hard man
This film is a dark but quite amusing look at prison life and what it's like to carry a violent reputation around with you. I thought it was excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Rob Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I love this film I think chopper is brilliant I have all of his books very interesting and funny in places what he got up to not a man you would take home to your mum
Published 7 months ago by jellybaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film ever! ask Neville Bartos
If you haven't seen this film then buy it now!
Eric Banner is superb as chopper, can be gruesome at times but what a performance form Banner,
True story as well which... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TomoomoT
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film but missing extra scenes and cant skip advertisments.
DVD is missing the interviews from the real chopper read himself. Would of been 3 stars but because of these two flaws 3 stars is all its getting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shaun brunsdon
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