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Drive [Blu-ray] (2011)

Ryan Gosling , Carey Mulligan , Nicolas Winding Refn    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
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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 (327 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VP822M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,541 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

Los Angeles-set car chase thriller from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. Ryan Gosling stars as Driver, a Hollywood stunt performer who earns a bit extra working as a getaway driver for jewellery heists and bank robberies. But when a job involving the ex-con, soon-to-be-ex-husband Oscar Isaac of his pretty young neighbour Irene Carey Mulligan goes horribly wrong, Driver ends up on the run with a bag of loot in the boot of his car and a pair of gangsters Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks hot on his tail.

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and drive. 13 Feb 2012
By Richard
Format:Blu-ray
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not for everyone 23 Dec 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this film, loved the way it's filmed, music etc. however it's not for everyone. There are moments where no one speaks and characters facial expression are enough. There is some violence although not as much or as bad as some say. All within context of the film. As with all films, it's personal preference - I liked it, husband didn't. He thought it was boring. Look at the actors in it, or the director. If you've seen/like their previous work then watch it. If not, then don't!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 April 2012
By wordfan
Format:DVD
I loved Drive - an incredible piece of film making. Dreamy, languorous atmosphere punctuated by intense and often shocking violence (in this it reminded me of A History of Violence). The soundtrack was perfect and Gosling and Mulligan are well cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a marmite film 8 Feb 2014
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Stuntman by day, getaway driver by night, Gosling falls into love and ends up fighting for his life.

I thought I was in a real treat with this film, it has gained endless glowing reviews and awards. However it ended up like the blind date from hell, dull and unpleasant. After some nice driving round Los Angeles it settled down to a baby faced Ryan Gosling and a childlike Carey Mulligan staring at each other, without saying much. There was a growing sense of menace, like watching two children playing with matches in a paddling pool full of petrol, you knew it was all going to end badly. After a dull first half, there was a dreamlike and sporadic series of violent events.

I know that lots of people love this film, but I cannot really think of anything I liked about it. It is not badly made, the acting is good, the cinematography is nice, but to be honest I really found this a tough watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY FANTASTIC ! 7 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At it's core, in my opinion, is a love story, attraction, longing but with reality driving the wedge, the characters are all flawed but real, the presentation is very slick but the understated presence of the driver still hits home and "drives" the story on and for me, this is probably one of the best films I've ever seen and I was surprised by it - not reading any reviews before but simply watching it - which I did - 2 viewings in 3 days then ordered my own copy from Amazon.

A noteworthy mention must be made of the soundtrack - which is an essential purchase, 80's inspired tracks mixed with highly emotive/ brooding / aspiring instrumentals.

Fans of Breaking Bad will note a good turn from Bryan Cranston too !

Ten stars from me and now a personal all time favorite .
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars man with no name wanders into contemporary LA 23 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver who supplements his income by driving getaways. The extended opening sequence is a brilliantly tense depiction of what this entails and why he has the reputation for being so good at it.

However, just as it appears that he might be getting a break to the (legitimate) big time, with an opportunity to drive racing cars for a new team being set up by his boss, Bryan Cranston, and funded by two shady businessmen, played with sublime menace by Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman, Gosling's character falls in love with his neighbour, Carey Mulligan, a young mother with a husband in prison. When the husband is released it transpires that he owes a lot of money to unnamed mobsters and is required to pull a robbery to pay this off. Hence Gosling agrees to do the proverbial "one last job" to help the family.

Of course all double-crossing hell breaks loose.

This movie pulls together a number of "retro" elements - much of the lighting, styling and soundtrack in the movie are reminicent of the Miami Vice tv series, the plot is straight from 1940's film noir, Gosling's unnamed man of few words refers to Clint Eastwood's signature Sergio Leone roles - to make something quite original - with startlingly graphic violence.

It is true that much of this is actually off-screen but the sound of breaking bones and collapsing faces is distressing enough. This verges on the gratuitious, but, I think, remains just on the right side of the line as it is used by the director to build tension by putting into the mind of the viewers what will become of the protagonist and those he loves should they fall prey to the mobsters who have set much of the plot in motion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Gosling is fab in this
This is one of my son's favourite movies, full of action and a bit violent but I can oversee this if Ryan is in it!
Published 9 days ago by lil_reviewing
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of stuntman by day and a getaway driver at night
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... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sussman
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot film
A great film, though some may find it a little slow and whimsical at points. This is an intelligent film that builds slowly, sprinkled with some gory violence - far from gratuitous... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Chico Maravilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster!
This is a truly exceptional action/gangster film and it has gone straight to the top of my favourite films of the genre. Don't even hesitate. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Elwood Forshall
5.0 out of 5 stars "Drive" holds up upon repeated viewing: a classic
I saw "Drive" when it came out in the theaters in 2011, loved it, and now we are already in 2014. I watch a lot of films, but rarely watch them more than once. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Paul Allaer
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Item from FUNTIME MEDIA.
First off, I need to declare that I have nothing against the movie by Nicolas Winding Refn. It's something else that gets on my nerves. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harry Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, brilliant, Winding Refn at his best.
Another brilliant film from one of my favourite directors. Well composed, brilliant story and the soundtrack is sublime. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars A true modern day classic.
Drive is a superb film that tells it's story through beautiful visuals and is set to a fantastic score of music featuring Kavinsky. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PiXiL
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless remake.
A useless remake of Walter Hills excellent 'The Driver'. Gosling comes across as a retard. Cary Mulligan is wasted as was the film stock used to make it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Gosling is Great in this Movie
This movie is fab. Ryan is brilliant even though his character doesnt say alot during the movie. I really recommend this movie though be warned there are some disturbing scenes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen W
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