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Death Wish [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats, William Redfield
  • Directors: Michael Winner
  • Writers: Brian Garfield, Wendell Mayes
  • Producers: Michael Winner, Bobby Roberts, Dino De Laurentiis, Hal Landers
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan. 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000541AN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,565 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This controversial, 1974 drama exploits urban paranoia and presents vigilantism as cathartic release. But it is also a captivating, Everyman-ish story of a New Yorker who goes through a sea change after crime depletes his family and who runs foul of the law while taking it into his own hands. Charles Bronson stars as the vengeance-seeking urban warrior who goes on a punk-killing spree after his wife and daughter are attacked by intruders. Director Michael Winner (TheWicked Lady) shamelessly builds upon audience identification with Bronson's rage but he also makes an interesting story out of the latter's tug-of-war with disapproving police. It's an unpleasant film all around but not nearly as bad as its horrifying, numerous sequels. Watch for a very young Jeff Goldblum--in this, his second movie--as one of the assailants of Bronson's loved ones. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Stewart on 18 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
First off i pre-ordered this from dvd world usa and have received my copy early.

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.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D Skilton on 20 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
Due to this films rubbish sequels(each one worse than the last)critics seem to tarnish it with the same brush. If your new to this film ignore the critics and go buy. Its the gripping and sometimes disturbing story of Paul Kersey who turns vigilante after his wife is killed and his daughter raped by low life scum who break into his house. This is one of the first films(if not the first)of its kind and also one of the most underated movies of the seventies. Even though it does seem a little dated now. Charles Bronson is on top form as Kersey. Also to my knowledge this is the first time the film is available in its uncut version on either dvd or video.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 12 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Paul Kersey is an architect, and a peaceful man. But when his wife and daughter are attacked in their apartment, his world falls apart.

His wife is killed and his daughter is in catatonic state. His boss decides that Paul needs to get out of New York so he sends him to Arizona to meet with a client. While there the client, gets Paul interested in guns and gives him one as a gift.

When Paul returns, he brings the gun out with him and when a mugger tries to jump him, Paul kills him.

After that he goes vigilante. The police are investigating the killings, but the public feels thankful that someone out there is taking a stand......

Bronson has been in much better films for sure, but when anybody mentions his name,this is the film that they instantly think of, it's his most iconic role, and despite its exploitation roots, its a pretty high concept movie.

It's such a brilliant concept, Bronson gets angry, gets a gun and puts the world to rights. Why should people be scared to walk the streets? Yes, he's breaking the law, but aren't all the comic book movie heroes in theory breaking the law?

In fact, this has many similarities to the Batman origin story, family are killed, hero protects the city via the night and the shadows, the only difference is that Kersey kills the bad guys.

Its sharp, cold and relentless, easily Winners best movie, and although the sequels stretched the boundaries of realism, they don't tarnish this movie, because they are just over the top action movies (but lots of fun).

Its a great movie, lots of fun, and it thankfully answers its own morality, would make a great companion piece with Winners Dirty Weekend, which is just this film but with a lady in the lead.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mr_ska TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
Death Wish. What a film. This film rode the tide of admiration for vigilante action against the ones that seem to avoid justice or just plain slip through the cracks. When Paul Kersey's (Bronson) wife and daughter are attacked in their own home, beaten and sexual assaulted by a gang of low life scum, the police and the courts offer no justice. Later after learning to shoot and ditching his liberal values Kersey takes to the streets to dispense some real justice!
Now this sure does raise some interesting moral questions, but lets face it, we all back Bronson/Kersey, and maybe even secretly admire his actions, at least to some extent. We know that what he does is wrong, but the 'thrill' of revenge and harsh punishment dealt out to criminals sure carries a hell of a punch. You may be surprised just how relevant and fresh the issues are to modern Britain now. Time to remind yourself just how important a film this is.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By no1filmaddict on 18 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
'Death Wish'. The title really sums up the whole film, and how violent its going to be. Thats not a problem though as this is a great film and by now is definately, in my eyes if no one elses, an all time classic.
It stars Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey who turns from a normal everyday man to an urban vigilante who deals out some real justice after his wife is murdered and his daughter-in-law is raped by some thugs.
The acting in this film is great, especially from Charles Bronson, who really shows the emotions of Kersey well, and as i'm sure you already know, the audience, (well me anyway) have no trouble believing that Paul Kersey could really do such a thing because how can they not when Bronson is playing the role.
In total there are four sequels following on from this one which i will be honest about and say that i have never seen them despite my liking of the original. Its not that i don't want to see them, its just that they are quite hard to find.
So, if you are a fan of Charles Bronson then you simply must buy this film, if you are not a fan of Charles Bronson, then still by this film and by the end of it you probably will find that you have become a fan.
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