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  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson
  • Directors: Martin McDonagh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019KBZH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Violent crime comedy directed by Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh. After being ordered to murder a priest in London, hitmen Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are told by their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to hide out in Bruges, Belgium for a couple of weeks. Finding themselves very much outside their comfort zones, Ray and Ken are drawn into increasingly dangerous situations with locals, tourists, and a film shoot, and when Harry finds out that Ken and Ray haven't been keeping their heads down, he travels to Bruges himself to deal with the wayward pair.

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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

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fergus Stewart on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deltak on 8 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Gleeson,Farrell and Fiennes all good in this gangster movie but the storyline is a bit 'thin'. A fair amount of violence with a lot of 'black humour' but it's not as well done as Fargo,for example. With regard to swearing, I am not a prude and having spent 50 years working on building sites and factories, I am used to hearing bad language - but there is far too much unnecessary use of the F and C words. If the film maker thinks swearing adds realism to the story then why does something like The Godfather or Breaking Bad have hardly any swearing? Also, if being realistic is so important, why do none of the actors need to use a toilet in the 3 or 4 days duration of the film - because it's not necessary to show it!
Apart from this, nice shots of Bruges, that should increase their tourist figures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2013
Format: DVD
"Without dreaming of telling you what happens next, I will say it is not only ingenious but almost inevitable the way the screenplay brings all of these destinies together at one place and time. Along the way, there are times of great sadness and poignancy, times of abandon, times of goofiness, and that kind of humor that is really funny because it grows out of character and close observation. Farrell in particular hasn't been this good in a few films, perhaps because this time he's allowed to relax and be Irish." Roger Ebert

'In Bruges' is one of those films that surprises you around every corner. The first impression I had was 'I have got to visit Bruges'- the film depicts such a beautiful, medieval city and every scene has a new vista. The city seems to play upon the characters- the towers, the museums, the churches, the pubs, the cobblestone square, and the canals all feed in to give us a view of the mindset of the two main characters. Brendan Gleeson, a big hunk of a man who has a face like a map of the world. Every feeling, every expression is shown on his face. Colin Farrell, is a true Irishman, Bruges to him is a 's***pot'. He is not a sightseer, nothing nice about the place, just wants a beer in a pub and to move on. Ralph Fiennes as the boss back in London, heard on the phone and finally seen.

These two men Gleeson and Farrell are Irish hitmen. The premise is pretty simple. They kill and one of them made a mistake and killed a child. They have been sent to Bruges to hide. The boss loves Bruges, and this is supposed to be a treat. Well, it is for Gleeson, he is the inveterate sightseer and does all the spots and enjoys it. Farrell, on the other hand hates Bruges- hia scene is beer and pubs and he wants to go home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
I can't remember laughing out loud to a DVD as many times as I did watching IN BRUGES. It's extremely crude, very violent, and the filthy language is probably upstaged by the very politically incorrect script. But for at least the first half of the film it is absolutely hilarious, even Colin Farrell's eyebrows deserve a mention because they played a part too.

The secret of its success is in the writing and directing, both of which were the creation of Martin McDonagh in his first full-length film production - his first being an Oscar-winning short film called Six Shooter, which also featured Brendan Gleeson in a leading role. The story is original for once, although its left-fieldedness reminded me of the odd Coen Brothers comedy. Of course it is chock-full of the most extreme expletives from start to finish, probably greater in number than in any other film, but it wouldn't have been as good without them. In my case I sat down to watch it having no idea what it was about at all, and I think on reflection that it's better to know as little as possible in advance, because there are a lot of surprises to be enjoyed and I am glad I didn't read any of the plot summaries anywhere. It's the blackest of black comedies but one which is rich in drama and even romance, not to mention a lot of graphic violence. In some ways it's old fashioned because, refreshingly, it doesn't follow any contemporary 'rules' about racism or prejudice - perhaps what might be seen as highly offensive doesn't actually turn out that way because everybody is in the firing line, and nobody is excluded, be they priests, spastics, black people, midgets, retards, prostitutes, homosexuals, Belgium (and what it is allegedly notorious for) and countless other objects of derision or exploitation.
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