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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 (369 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019KBZH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,178 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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2013
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 By Fiona on 28 Aug. 2013
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 By Jack Oswald on 22 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
In Bruges is one of those films that sticks in your head with quotes and scenes that you play back
over and over again and then chuckle to your self often in the weirdest places. The man of the match is
Ralph Fiennes by far and away his performance in this is exquisite almost Ben Kingsley-esque in Sexy Beast.
Colin Farrell should really stick to these types of film and forget things like Miami Vice and other tripe he has
been in.
It is funny very funny, it is violent, often very. It captures one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe beautifully.
Especially around Christmas Bruges is stunning. Whilst I can understand why this would not be every one's cup of tea it
has made a positive impression on me and it comes highly recommended.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 27 May 2008
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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