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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VP822M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,934 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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 4 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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70 of 81 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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By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 28 April 2015
Format: Blu-ray
For some reason I expected this to be something alluding to ‘Nightcrawler’; a solitary man leads a dangerous life when the sun goes down, leading to exciting, dangerous and mysterious explorations of society seen only after dark. I then, from seeing it was a neo-noir thriller with an electronica 80s-esque soundtrack pictured it as a gritty thriller akin to the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ with fast cars, exciting chases and dangerous people in a dangerous city. I was wrong, and disappointed on both counts.

What we have here is a very stylish mild-thriller-come-drama film where our anti-hero, the unnamed driver Ryan Gosling, spends very little time actually driving and more time staring into space, thinking, and talking calmly before caving faces in with his shoe or breaking hands with hammers. He’s our “man with no name”; a mysterious man keeping himself to himself but is swept up to protect an innocent family who he befriends, much like a classic Clint Eastwood Western plot. Gosling is likeable enough, and is a very dashing figure, akin to a young Paul Newman or even James Dean where he speaks volumes without saying much, looking cool and collected in many scenes, before showing another side in others.

The fact his Duran Duran-esque white jacket is fashioned with a gold scorpion on the back overtly tells us while this man is interesting to look at and follow, he is a vicious and dangerous man also who will strike without warning if provoked. We are reminded of this a few times in a handful of grizzly scenes where we have plenty of blood and violence that is actually pretty gruesome. As for driving, we have a few pleasing scenes were the driving gloves come on along with the roar of the engine as we are treated to some stylish thrills across LA in the night and day.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott on 15 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Drive won't be everyone's cup of tea but it is a breath of fresh air. A fairly basic storyline has been developed into something much more thought provoking than could have been expected. Ryan Gosling's "Driver" is the classic "Man with no name" from an old western. He appears in town with no back story, speaks minimally and deals with bad guys in extremely violent ways. This is no Fast & Furious movie. At times it's slow paced and it's stylised to look like an eighties movie, complete with regular musical montages. The film is split into two acts, the first hour is a steady build up, high on atmosphere, the last half hour or so is a violent revenge story. The film ends leaving the viewer with a few unanswered questions, but enough information to piece together your own conclusions. It's a shame there aren't a few more films like this being made these days. The soundtrack is brilliant too, a real eighties throwback. And the film gets better with repeated viewings.
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