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Death Wish [VHS]

Charles Bronson , Hope Lange , Michael Winner    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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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: PAL
  • Language: English, German, Italian
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 21 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCGE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,952 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

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Michael Winner directs the first of the infamous vigilante series. Mild-mannered New York architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) takes the law into his own hands after his wife is murdered and his daughter raped by a gang of thugs. Kersey now stalks the streets, determined to bring his wife's killers to justice and eradicate all criminal lowlife. Jeff Goldblum makes his big screen debut as one of the unfortunate muggers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Wish 1974 US Blu-Ray 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping but underated 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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By mr_ska VINE VOICE
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gritty urban tale 15 Oct 2008
By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Death Wish is considered to be a classic movie and even though it was first released in 1974, it still stands the test of time.

A respectable New York civil engineer's life changes when his wife is murdered and his daughter is raped in their own apartment while he's at work. After a business trip to Tucson, Arizona (where he is given a pistol as a leaving present) he then returns to New York and reinvents himself as a vigilante.

I wonder how the New York tourist authorities took to this when it first came out... Death Wish is a dark tale - as expected, there's little cheer in this movie. It's also a rather slow starter - for example, Paul Kersey (the protagonist) doesn't bump off his first mugger until the 44th minute (it's a 93 minute movie). Once he gets into the swing of things though, he helps clean up the streets by shooting down 10 street thugs in total - and even 'honeytraps' a few by flashing a bulging wallet in a cafe.

Deliberately seeking out violent thugs is not without its costs and Kersey suffers for his 'art' (being stabbed in the shoulder by one and shot in the leg in another incident).

This film is the vigilante anthem. Most people don't have complete faith in the criminal justice system and so everyone can relate to Paul Kersey to some extent (Charles Bronson).

Overall, this is a classic movie, mainly because of its central theme rather than its acting ability or its score.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic From Charles Bronson 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars death wish 5 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
wow for the first time in the uk the un-cut version , so now you can see why bronson gose mad and more violent great widescreen print and at a running time of 93 mins just wish the others were out in the uk, not including the badly cut death wish two on columbia dvd, this is a must for all bronson fans and film buffs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Always loved this film it was made when Michael Winner still cared about the finished product
Published 11 days ago by mug
4.0 out of 5 stars There with a bullet
received this just yesterday excellent service. excellent quality dvd and sound. A good, gritty early 70 ' s drama/ crime thriller that still stands up today.
Published 14 days ago by Mr. D. A. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 20 days ago by toots
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the upgrade
Famous film with Charles Bronson, first one from the Death Wish series and one of the best. Picture is fantastic on blu-ray and worth the upgrade. Read more
Published 23 days ago by P. Sweeting
5.0 out of 5 stars the first death wish is a classic
Charles bronson is excellent in very good movies it is good, of the best of bronson , nice , suspens , violence its a powerful classic
Published 1 month ago by colard
4.0 out of 5 stars 40 years on - this troubling, ambiguous thriller continues to provoke
Firsty a confession. When this movie first came out in theaters I was to too young to see it but I do remember the storm of negative reviews from critics as well as its popular... Read more
Published 2 months ago by NoirAddict
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST & THE WORST
THIS IS MY LEAST FAVORITE OF THE 5 MOVIES . BUT IT'S WHAT KICKED IT ALL OFF .
AFTER THIS THESE MOVIES GOT BETTER .
CHARLES BRONSON (R.I.P) IS JUST GR8 .
Published 3 months ago by THE GRAND WIZZARD
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Again this was a movie to watch its just brilliant well worth recommending to everyone, the story line and the action was just awesome pure magic.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Wish 1 - DVD
Death Wish is a very upfront movie about violence/crime in the USA and how a man who had his wife killed and his daughter raped decides to get revenge. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars death wish
a good film to watch hard to get as to the date is always wanted .i like the charles bronson.
Published 7 months ago by brains
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