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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TZS5N8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 April 2011
Format: DVD
On the surface it looked like being a standard prison break out picture. But come the end one can't help admiring the construction of the film and marvel at how the makers used the cons to con the audience in a wholly satisfying way. The set-up is simple enough, Brian Cox's old lag Frank Perry is mortified to hear that his daughter is mixed up with heavy drugs and death is perhaps one more hit away from her. Desperate to get out of prison to save her, he hatches a plan for escape and enlists some other like minded souls, each with their own special "skill" to see it through. What follows is a twinned inter-cut tale as we witness the escape attempt and the prior motivations leading up to said escape. All building towards what one can rightly expect to be a run of the mill ending so evident in most prison based movies......

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, The Escapist thrives on claustrophobic atmosphere and grim prison reality to set the wheels in motion. Filmed at Kilmainham Jail in Dublin, this is a dank place, overcrowded and paint peeling from every wall; and of course there's an array of unsavoury characters just waiting to use violence or sexual proclivities to feather their respective nest. This place alone is reason enough for escape attempts, let alone the reasons put forward for our escaping protagonists. The audio on offer also enhances the mood, the clanking of metal or the rumbling of shuffling boots land in the ear drum with almost tenacious glee. There's also no overdose on dialogue, no filler conversations serving no purpose to the crux of the tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
a 'British' film with several faces on-board you'll surely recognise.
The film set in a jail in the London area tells the tale of a long-term convict who plans an escape.
'Frank'(Brian Cox) studies his surroundings constantly with one thing in mind.
The prison is a harsh place where inmates soon learn the guards tend to look the other way and often fail to step in to stop acts of violence and drug use.
This film could and indeed should have been really tense, all the ingredients were there, but somehow with it's constant flitting between reality and one man's vision of an escape just didn't seem to work for me........shame.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilson on 4 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I completely agree with other 5 star reviews of this very well made british film. I randomly caught it on film 4 one evening and was gripped from the very beginning- By the strong cast (especially the convincing and touching performance by Brian cox), the closed-in, locked-up atmosphere of the filming amd set, the convincing feeling of the inablilty to escape from the inevitable (vilonence, sexual assault, drug use) and the strong story line, filled with hope and anticipation.

I will definitely be purchasing this for some friends that I hope will love it as much as I did.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Wizard on 1 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
If you like prison break films this is brilliant. Its got a great british cast featuring Brian Cox, Stephen MacIntosh, Joseph Fienns and Damian Lewis. Lewis is superb in the role of a deranged prison enforcer....

Brian Cox plays a troubled inmate plotting to escape to see his long lost daughter...its a thrilling ride as the plot to escape unfolds. Well worth a watch.
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By Jemima P on 24 Mar. 2014
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I started watching this on Film 4 and it was too late for me. I rented it instead to watch the second half. So glad I did! It kept me glued right up until the end.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 2cleverbyhalf on 20 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
It's a bit slow and a bit arty, but The Escapist delivers well on a a promise to give you a creepy insight into prison life. In fact it does more than that. The whole style of the film is odd. The prison feels like it's from a 100 years ago.. apart from the electric lights there's nothing to suggest the film is taking place 'today'. (I was half expecting that to be a twist.. but it isn't). Pleasantly original and definitely worth a watch. Only downsides are the constant jumping around between the build up to the escape and the escape itself and the final twist which you've seen a few times before and doesnt really add anything.
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By LazyBugger on 12 July 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brilliant movie
Brian cox is one of the best actors around
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Fice on 3 Dec. 2012
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A very good cast with Brian Cox and Damien Lewis outstanding. The story unfolds by moving forwards and backwards in time, which one of us found difficult at first, but were soon able to adjust to it. It is to be hoped that some scenes in the prison did not reflect normal day-to-day events in our places of detention. However, despite that the film worked well for me and was both tense and well-paced.
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