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In Bruges [DVD] [2008]

Colin Farrell , Ralph Fiennes , Martin McDonagh    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019KBZH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629 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

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In Bruges (2008)

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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 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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107 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest film I've seen in quite some time 26 Jun 2008
By Greedo
Format:DVD
Totally agree with the previous two reviewers. This is a film that deserves to be seen by loads of people, as it is truly hilarious!

Granted, it might not be everyone's cup of tea, as there is the odd bit of violence, and the humour is very dark and often non-PC. But hey, we're all adults right!? And anyway, one thing that surprises a little as the film unfolds is that it does actually have some morality at it's heart, as we witness Colin Farrell's character regret his past actions, and Brendan Gleesan's character see a chance for Farrell to find redemption.

The two leads are fantastic - with good chemistry - delivering the many amusing one liners with aplomb, as are the supporting cast, with Ralph Fiennes putting in a performance that will recall Sir Ben Kinsley chewing up the scenery in "Sexy Beast", and the midget (the character Ray's term, not mine!!! I can't seem to see his name on imdb) sending himself up in a manner that you will never forget.

Bruges itself is also a character in the film of course, and despite Ray's constant funny put downs of the place, it looks beautiful. So much so in fact that I now plan to go sometime...I just hope there's no Irish hitmen seeking refuge there when I do!

Great film, recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I didn't even know where Bruges was..." 15 July 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
When reviewing a movie, you can generally get away with describing the first act; then the established situation changes and you're into spoiler territory. That point is usually about twenty minutes in but with this one it would be better for me to go no further than five.

After performing a job for their boss (Ralph Fiennes), a pair of hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) are sent to Bruges to await further instructions. And that's about as much of the plot as I can safely relate, since the ensuing narrative takes many a turn but does a great job of keeping you riveted throughout.

This is by no means an action thriller; although there are scenes where the tempo increases, it's a mostly character-driven comedic crime drama. Farrell and Gleeson are given some brilliant dialogue by writer-director Martin McDonagh, their interplay reminiscent of Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.

The Blu-ray boasts a state-of-the-art transfer with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 in English or Canadian French. Subtitles are similar with the addition of Latin American Spanish. Sensitive viewers beware: the three protagonists don't hold back when it comes to profanities.

I came to this with little expectation other than a recommendation from a friend, which I can now happily pass on. If you happen to be at a loose end for a couple of hours, you would be well-rewarded by spending them In Bruges (which, for the record, is in Belgium).
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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 18 hours 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 20 hours 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 5 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 26 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 1 month 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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