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Death Wish [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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This US disc is region free so uk fans buy with confidence.
The film is presented in 1.78.1 according to imdb the films original aspect ratio is 1.85.1 so don't know why that wasn't used for this blu ray.
PQ is very good vibrant colours and a clear picture that looks like it has been re-mastered.
I have death wish on dvd and the blu-ray was worth the upgrade.
SQ is DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO 2.0.
Special features are poor just a theatrical trailer.
If you are a fan of this movie and own the sequels on blu-ray then this disc is worth importing.
"I'd like to do that," said Bronson.
"What, make a movie of the book?"
"No, shoot muggers."
The rest is history. To be fair, Bronson makes a decent stab at playing a bleeding heart liberal architect (the character hadn't yet undergone his metamorphosis into a gun-toting Superman), but whereas with Lemmon there would have been some surprise when his frustrated everyman killed, here it's more of a surprise that it takes Bronson so long to get down to it (the movie is nearly half over before his killing spree begins). And whereas Lumet would have drawn out the moral ambiguities, Winner just takes the story at face value and delivers what ends up as an efficient violent urban wish-fulfilment fantasy.Read more ›
The BBFC imposed no further cuts to this version. Whether or not this is an improvement to the previous UK versions depends whether you prefer to see more of the rape or a few seconds or gore. Personally I prefer the gore.
The best choice still is the rare unrated Dutch version (CAUTION: Only the Tri-Star/Columbia version is fully UNcut, all MGM releases feature the R-Rated print).
The R-rated DEATH WISH 2 is still an outstanding movie - hence 5 stars - the additional scenes of rape are overacted and as intense as in I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, and it well deserves its 18 Certificate.
The problem here, and the reason why some critics positively burst blood vessels after watching it, is that for the first half it just is pure exploitation, this in spite of some decent production value. Did it really need to be another sex crime? Could it not have been a murder et al? There gets a point in the film where you sense it's boobs for boobs sake. Though you have to wonder if Winner dared to ask Chuck and Jill Ireland (playing girlfriend of Chuck...) if Jill would do a nude scene? I think a broken nose may have come about if that subject had of been broached...
Once Kersey (Bronson hard as nails again) goes about dealing out his brand of justice, the film hits its straps, teasing the viewers with moral - cum - ethical outrage or conversely, vicarious thinking. Vigilante films are always going to swim in tricky waters, provoking anger and heated debate from all walks of the political spectrum, but better to have them out there to provoke a response than not. Surely?
There is nothing remotely high end here, but it's a film worthy of its above average rating on IMDb. It can shock, annoy, dismay and even induce unintentional mirth (three of the rapist thugs dance the campiest dance ever), but it will not be ignored and people are still seeking it out today to watch for the first time. Michael Winner still showing the ability to pique interest with his vigilante franchise. 6.5/10
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