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In Bruges [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Colin Farrell , Brendan Gleason , Martin McDonagh    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleason, Ralph Fiennes
  • Directors: Martin McDonagh
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WDZRJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The considerable pleasures of In Bruges begin with its title, which suggests a glumly self-important art film but actually fits a rattling-good tale of two Irish gangsters "keepin' a low profile" after a murder gone messily wrong. Bruges, the best-preserved medieval town in Belgium, is where the bearlike veteran Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and newbie triggerman Ray (Colin Farrell) have been ordered by their London boss to hole up for two weeks. As the sly narrative unfolds like a paper flower in water, "in Bruges" also becomes a state of mind, a suspended moment amid centuries-old towers and bridges and canals when even thuggish lives might experience a change in direction. And throughout, the viewer has ample opportunity to consider whose pronunciation of "Bruges" is more endearing, Gleeson's or Farrell's. The movie marks the feature writing-directing debut of playwright Martin McDonagh, whose droll meditation on sudden mortality, Six Shooter, copped the 2005 Oscar for best live-action short. Although McDonagh clearly relishes the musicality of his boyos' brogue and has written them plenty of entertaining dialogue, In Bruges is no stageplay disguised as a film. The script is deceptively casual, allowing for digressions on the newly united and briskly thriving Europe, and annexing passers-by as characters who have a way of circling back into the story with unanticipatable consequences. That includes a film crew--shooting a movie featuring, to Ray's fascination, "a midget" (Jordan Prentice)--and a fetching blond production assistant (Clémence Poésy) whose job description keeps evolving. There's one other key figure: Harry, the Cockney gang boss whose omnipotence remains unquestioned as long as he remains offscreen, back in England, as if floating in an early Harold Pinter play. Harry has reasons inextricably tender and perverse for selecting Bruges as his hirelings' destination, and eventually he emerges from the aether to express them--first as a garrulous telephone voice and then in the volatile form of Ralph Fiennes. By that point the charmed moment of suspension, already shaken by several eruptions of violence, is pretty well doomed. But In Bruges continues to surprise and satisfy right up to the end. --Richard T. Jameson

Product Description

This stylish black-comedy thriller stars Ralph Fiennes as Harry, a vicious London crime-boss, who sends his two hit-men to the picturesque Belgian city of Bruges – to lay low and wait for orders. While Ken (Brenden Gleeson) is happy just to sight-see(!), his fast-talking partner, Ray (Colin Farrell ) sets-out for adventure. Before long, Ray is experiencing hilariously surreal encounters with tourists, skinheads, dwarves and prostitutes! When, at last, the call comes from Harry, the fun turns to a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions.

Special Features:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • "A Boat Trip Around Bruges"

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Clever, Superb. 27 May 2008
By Sam
Format:DVD
A pretty self-explanatory title sets the premise here, well almost. Two hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are hiding out in Bruges after a hit that went horribly wrong and has terrible ramifications for one of these men. Following orders from a mysterious mob boss by the name of Harry, portrayed brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes the two hit men must make do in the city described as "something out of a fairytale" or as Ray summed it up "maybe that's what hell really is, to spend eternity in Bruges". It would be cruel of me to divulge too much of the plot so all Ill say is that this movie is easily the smartest, and hilarious laugh out loud comedies/dramas I can remember seeing. How the director manages to take a story about two men struggling to deal with the emotional baggage and the quite simply the guilt that comes with their profession, and combine it with totally appropriate moments of sheer comic genius mixed with nearly absurd passages, for instance the dwarf scene, enough said is quite an achievement. As is the way you begin too feel great sympathy for a group of not so ruthless killers who go to extraordinary lengths to simply stick by their principals. As one would expect the characters are a colourful bunch, Farrell getting up to or at least trying to get up to some mischievousness, or simply saying like it is, (American tourists beware). Then there's Ken trying to find some harmony in the surroundings and immerse himself in the culture and art of Bruges and in the process dragging a very reluctant Ray along with him. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Dark, Brilliant 18 Oct 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This 2008 film, written and directed by London-born, Irish heritage, film and theatre writer/director Martin McDonagh is a simply brilliantly engaging watch, and (for me) one of the finest (dark) comedies to emanate from the UK/Ireland in many years (as well as being a remarkable feature debut for McDonagh). Key to its success is undoubtedly McDonagh's razor-sharp and hilarious script, but praise should also, of course, be directed at the film's central pairing of two 'failing' hit men holed up in Bruges after a botched operation, Brendon Gleeson's more reflective, and culturally-enlightened 'elder statesman', Ken, and Colin Farrell's impetuous, earthy, mixed-up, 'street smart geezer' (if there is such a thing as an Irish geezer), Ray. For me, whilst Gleeson is (by now) expected to deliver impressive acting turns, either comic or straight (simply look at his work in the likes of Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, The General, Breakfast On Pluto, The Guard, etc), Farrell, on the other hand, is something of revelation here, depicting a good deal of pathos as well as laddish qualities, in easily the best film turn I have seen from him.

Of course, the set-up for the film is pretty much entirely comic as the pair arrive in the historic, cultural centre of the city, Ray berating Ken for having been banished to such a 'dull' place - even during a sightseeing trip around the city's idyllic canals, quipping, 'Do you think this is good - going around in a boat looking at stuff?'. It is not until Ray reveals his 'guilty secret' from their botched hit, that the film adopts a more reflective mood, as the pair muse over their way of life, and feelings of guilt, humanity and the need for redemption emerge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest films I've ever seen 28 Aug 2013
By Fiona
Format:DVD
This is one of the funniest, most original films I have ever seen and on top of that, there are some stunning back drops of gorgeous Bruges. This is one of those films to watch with a mate so you can keep quoting funny lines at each other for years and still fall about laughing after the fourth time.

The humour in this film involves A LOT of swearing and the story is quite dark, being about hitmen and everything. The dialogue works because the two main characters contrast with one being a wise, older man and the younger one being like a really silly, immature, insecure, impatient youth who thinks anything to do with culture, particularly Bruges is s***.

As the story develops, you have formed an attachment to the younger character who is haunted by his past. Even though he is really annoying, you care about what happens to him. As the plot twists and turns, the shock of why they are In Bruges comes to a nail biting conculsion....

There's rather a nice DVD extra on the version of the DVD that I've got that is just the view from a nice gentle boat ride along the canals in Bruges (it's in Belgium).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie-making 18 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray
In Bruges is quite simply a small masterpiece of movie-making. A narrative which is uncomplicated but very affecting, an immaculately judged script and dialogue, little flashes of humour, the best ever performance by Colin Farrell (of whom I am not normally a fan,) and another outstanding piece of acting by the ever-impressive Brendan Gleeson (so enjoyable in 'The Guard') all combine with the setting of Bruges' beautiful mediaeval architecture to create a film which is easy on the eye and touches the emotions in such an unexpected way.

This is as good as film-making gets on this side of the pond and is thus streets ahead of so much of Hollywood's popcorn fodder. Essential viewing for anybody who likes cinema which is human, intimate and accessible while touching on what it is to be human and fallible.

Highly, highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny film to watch
Brilliant and funny.....great film to watch. It has witty 'one liners' and after watching it ,you will want to go to Bruges to visit 'the alcoves'.
Published 3 days ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service from Zoverstocks
Fine film - great cast, special mention for Brendan Gleeson. If you want something a bit different try this - recommended.
Published 3 days ago by Gazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious
Such a funny film. Its just so well done, ironically does make bruges look nice, but properly good dark humour, and a very enjoyable watch. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dancing Mokun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a classic great acting great dialogue loved every minute if your looking for loads of shootings and car chashes this is not for you but if you want great banter surprise... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. P. A. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I had know intention of ever seeing this film but somehow ended up seeing most of it and discovered a future gem that will be returned to many times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. N. Murfin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
Colin Farrell seems to be to be over rated - I have never quite got him - he plays a whiny character of a hitman who deserves what he gets. Bruges is the real star.
Published 1 month ago by ALISON IN FRANCE
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed the 15 minute test
Lovefilm is cheap per film and so I tend not to discriminate too much and rent anything that looks passingly interesting and ignore the ratings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film...great place to visit!
Brilliant acting from all. Love this off beat gangster film using Bruges in all its glory. If you like this I recommend Martin McDonaghs short film Six Shooter too.
Published 2 months ago by K
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing special
I thought it was rubbish to begin with but I had seen it advertised with glowing reviews so stuck with it - it got better and there were a few twists to the plot which kept one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Peace
1.0 out of 5 stars Black humour
It was recommended by a friend but it was not our cup of tea, so I will give the video to the friend.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Block Tyrrell
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