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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman
  • Directors: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VP822M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,863 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn and the winner of the Best Director award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. DRIVE is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best—Drive!

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Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive--a pulp fairytale about a driver struggling to protect an optionless family--has deep cinematic roots that run through the canon of existential noir from the '60s onwards, borrowing the central characterization of Walter Hill's The Driver, the professional code of Jean-Pierre Melville's The Samurai and the palette and pace of Michael Mann's Heat. Ryan Gosling has formidable presence as the un-named hero: a classic celluloid stranger whose eyes give away everything his controlled dialogue tries to conceal. He makes fair money as an in-demand getaway driver with a legit career in stunt-driving and racing ahead of him. But when a protective relationship is struck with a coping mother (Carey Mulligan) and her young son (Kaden Leos) he breaks his own rules to help her backslider husband with one last heist. Sure enough, nothing goes according to plan--and the driver must lay down a trail of retribution, attitude and scorched rubber to shake off a brutal entanglement with the mob. Gosling's depiction of heroic cool is flawless, as are supporting performances from Mad Men's Christina Hendricks as a trashy moll, Albert Brooks as a dangerous investor and Ron Perlman as the demonic gangster pulling the narrative strings. The cinematography of Newton Thomas Sigel (The Usual Suspects) also gives Los Angeles a hip starring role: the shots of Gosling racing his 1973 Chevrolet Malibu along LA's concrete riverbed--or just rolling it around the sodium-tinted backstreets--make franchise concepts like The Fast and The Furious look suspiciously like nerd territory. --Leo Batchelor

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Its rare to talk of new films as being classics, the reason being that it takes time for a film to be absorbed and appreciated by different generations to be accredited with a compliment like 'classic'

having said that, i can see this film going down as one of those "you've never seen Drive?"

from the opening scene with the Kavinsky - Nightcall soundtrack introducing us to Ryan Goslings character the film has an 80's quality to it.

its a perfect example of a B movie. the cast, the picture and the lack of tangible dialogue are all executed superbly to create a moody but engaging temperament. Although violent themes are prominent they are not overdone nor stretched to disbelief.

i would recommend this film to any film lover. and look forward to the director and hero teaming up again in 'Only God Forgives'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 May 2013
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A woozy, atmospheric thriller set in the neon backdrop of LA, Drive is a stupendous achievement. A modern day classic that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

A beautifully filmed and well paced story of a loner stunt driver getting deeper than he could ever have imagined. By day he does an honest job, by night he is a getaway driver. Governed by a strict set of rules he manages to out manoeuvre the police and get the criminals to safety. However when he falls for his neighbour things start to get complicated. Her jail bird hubby returns home claiming to clean up his act until that one last job comes in. Our driver decides to help him in order to protect the girl, but things go wrong when he realises it is all a set up.

Every facet of this film is perfectly pitched and draws you in from the very first frame. A moody atmosphere oozing with class and skill will capture you until the final reel. Ryan Gosling was born for this role. His understated charisma imbues his driver with a sense of detachment and uneasy bubbling of violence under the surface. At first he is fairly monotone with little emotional value and a man of few words. However that all changes when he falls in love. He suddenly awakens and a sense of duty comes over him.

A good guy is nothing without a good villain and Albert Brooks is simply astounding in this role. He bristles with manic aggression. Certainly a man you do not want to get on the wrong side of. He is seriously scary.

A pulsating soundtrack helps to settle the mood and delivers an sense of unease throughout. The understated first half developing story and characters gives way to a blistering outburst of violence in the second half. Some gory moments come as a shock after you feel you have settled into this story.

Drive never makes it easy for you. It is challenging, uncomfortable and unpredictable. In short it is an absolute joy and a modern masterpiece if ever there was one.
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 13 Feb. 2012
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With the title "Drive" and the tag line "Get in. Get Out. Get Away" one could be forgiven for thinking that this was a fast paced heist movie focused on long car chase get-away sequences. It isn't. Less 'Fast and Furious' and more 'Subdued and Serious'. The film starts with a getaway drive that rather sets the tone of the film; our driver says very little and only picks up the pace if cornered at which point he can and will do whatever he has to.

Arguably our driver is either mysterious or astonishingly lacking substance; new to an apartment he quickly develops a bond with his neighbour. When the neighbours husband needs a favour things go terribly wrong, and with the driver's life threatened, but more importantly the neighbour and her child's life threatened, driver does everything he has to to keep them safe. At times this gets very gory, and there are those who will question the need to be quite so graphic. Drive does not glorify violence by any means, but does tell us a lot about Driver whose quiet demeanour could otherwise be mistaken for passive or apathetic.

Pros:
- Stunning visuals and sound. Fans of 80's Michael Mann films will be happy in this respect.
- A serious and engaging story for the more patient viewer.

Cons:
- Many will be put off by the graphic violence. Some will say it is unnecessary, although probably most will disagree.
- What for many will be an interesting albeit quiet protagonist, will for others be soulless and borderline sociopathic.

Bottom Line:
- Engaging and stylish for the patient.
- Tedious and one dimensional for the impatient.
- Horrific for those with weaker constitutions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2014
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This movie initially reminded me of Michael Mann's cinematography of the 1980s, in terms of the sound track, the vibrant colours, the use of landscapes and modes where the heroic protagonists occupy a somewhat secret world, away from ordinary concerns. There is a feel of stylishness and emotional intensity and sexual subtext and strong violence. However, where this splits from a Mann production is that at times the film has no dialogue - instead the viewer has to rely on gestures and or facial descriptions and that in itself can be disconcerting. Therefore, it is quite understandable that people will not like this type of storytelling and will reach for volume control on the remote.

One of the outstanding scenes was the elevator sequence, which was essentially a series of striking visuals and explicit imagery that's a key example of how the film conveys so much through emotions and through the moving image as opposed to the use of any spoken narrative. The use of very capable Bryan Cranston as Shannon is great casting, he seems to have such a far ranging palette of characterisations. The whole casting of the film is good, and in some ways rather quirky.

To sum up then, this is a good neo-noir crime thriller film that for me really delivers. That said, and I hate to sound repetitive, but I can appreciate why there detractors as my partner is one of them.
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