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Chopper [2000] [DVD]


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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TR6BCA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mark Chopper Read is Australia s most infamous criminal. This is his story. Sentenced to 14.5 years for attempting to abduct a judge Chopper Read finds himself in H Division the maximum security division of Melbourne s Pentridge Prison. Re united with his best friend Jimmy Loughnan, Chopper re ignites the power struggle for control of the wing. Events take a dramatic turn and Chopper is attacked by Jimmy. Fearing further retribution he slices off his own ears to effect a transfer from H Division Eight years later Chopper is released - a one-man arsenal driven by resentment, guilt and his dream to become a legendary crime figure.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Thompson on 27 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug 2001
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Thompson on 18 Jan 2008
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If you like your crime movies, especially with a tint of humour, you'll love this. Eric Banna players real life criminal Mark Brandon 'Copper' Read. An ex-conn turned vigilante .... or at least thats how he protrays himself, but 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 him 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Rwj Nixon on 20 July 2009
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Sometimes, a film comes along that will make you laugh at the most inappropriate things. Well Chopper is just such a film, dealing with the life and times of notorious Aussie crim Mark "Chopper" Read.
When we first meet Chopper, he is serving a 14 year sentence for the attempted abduction of a judge in Melbourne's Pentridge prison. Re-united with some of his old cronies, Chopper re-ignites a war for control of his wing of the prison with the violent and impulsive stabbing of a rival prisoner. From there, Chopper becomes the victim of his own notoriety when he is stabbed by one of his supposed friends after his rivals put out a contract on him. Recovering from this brutal (and visually very shocking) stabbing, Chopper is eventually released back into society, where he becomes determined to make a name for himself as the most feared criminal in Australia. As he continues his relentless drive to achieve his dubious goals, Choppers ability to differentiate between the truth and his own wildly exaggerated self promotional tales begins to blur.
By turns shockingly violent, unbelievably grotesque and wickedly funny, the film is without a doubt driven by the amazing central performance of Eric Bana as Chopper. Bana makes Chopper a ruthless self aggrandizer, a shockingly violent thug, a man driven by violence but then consumed by guilt over his violent actions, and all the while a very charismatic individual. That Bana was a successful stand up comedian in his native Australia undoubtedly helps with the role, as Chopper is a man who as played by Bana is surprisingly witty and erudite. The violence is always brutal and often shocking in its immediacy, in particular some of the scenes inside Pentridge, but as inappropriate as it may be, some of the violence can be very, very funny.
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