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Johnny Handsome [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]

Mickey Rourke , Ellen Barkin , Walter Hill    Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: John Godey, Ken Friedman
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Bruce Rubenstein, Charles Roven, Mae Woods, Mario Kassar
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KV3E2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the beholder 28 May 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Walter Hill's 1989 morality play sees Mickey Rourke gives one of his very best performances as a deformed crook given plastic surgery and a second chance for either redemption or revenge. Given short shrift from most critics and making little impact at the box-office, Johnny Handsome is a minor gem waiting to be discovered, a pulp noir thriller in the RKO mold lifted into another class by the conviction of the cast and direction.

Hill's direction is a refreshing return to the form he hadn't quite managed to hit since The Driver, with a title sequence reminiscent of The Warriors briskly setting both the scene and the pace and acting as a prelude to the fluid, fast-cut action scenes. Originally developed for Robert De Niro, Rourke lends considerable depth to the part, making interesting use of his voice in the early scenes, Ellen Barkin and Lance Henriksen make a convincingly sleazy pair of villains, Freeman walks away with everybody else's scenes and, as usual, Elizabeth McGovern does her best with an almost non-existant role. Only the normally reliable Forrest Whittaker stumbles with his role, serving the narrative demands of his part without ever really getting inside it, but that's a small price to pay for a thriller as good as this.

Whereas LionsGate's US NTSC DVD is a shoddy fullframe transfer, the UK PAL DVD boasts a decent 1.8:1 transfer and the original trailer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD SKOOL-MICKEY AND WALTER HILL! A+++++++ 6 July 2005
By G-MAN
Format:DVD
First off, I have to say wot a great film this is, thats not well known ,how ?!! Well being a fan of mickey rourke movies such as angel heart,desperate hours i decided to purchase this little walter hill classic-not knowing it would be a classic old skool eighties flick.
I wont say to much about the plot,as its pretty basic. Mickeys face is deformed-hence title 'johnny handsome' and hes in a lot of trouble with the law. And gets a second chance-new face-new life. But can he really change,you will have to see!
If you now walter hill, you can expect the usuall violence and action!
Overall a great old classic 80's B! I was tempted to give 4 stars though, as i hoped there could have been a bit more depth in some of the characters,but most wouldnt care, what the hell- mickey is great as 'johnny',his old skool acting style deserves 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walter Hill's undervalued neo-noir. 31 Mar 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Johnny Handsome is directed by Walter Hill and adapted to screenplay by Ken Friedman from the novel "The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome" written by John Godey. It stars Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Lance Henriksen, Forest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman and Scott Wilson. Music is by Ry Cooder and cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.

John Sedley (Rourke), AKA: Johnny Handsome, has a severely disfigured face, when he and his only real friend are double-crossed by two accomplices during a robbery, Johnny is sent to prison and his life reaches a new low. However, hope springs in the form of Dr. Steven Fisher (Whitaker), a pioneering plastic surgeon who offers to give Johnny surgery that would give him a normal face as he attempts to integrate back into society. With a new face making him unrecognisable, there is scope to enact revenge on the two people who killed his best friend and had him put in prison...

Walter Hill knows his film noir, anyone who has seen The Driver knows this. Here for Johnny Handsome, Hill takes a lot of the fantastical elements of noir and dresses it up admirably as a violent revenge thriller. A box office flop and something of a kicking post for big hitting critics of the late 1980s, it's a film that now can be seen as being very much in tune with its influences.

The charges of it being too bonkers, too violent and too much of a "B" movie homage just don't add up, because what is on offer is good solid meaty neo-noir cinema. A protagonist with an affliction, medical shenanigans, hyper femme fatale, over the top villain and a stoic and sarcastic gumshoe type copper. All of which operate in a sweaty and luridly coloured New Orleans. Add in Hill's eye for aggressive action sequences and it's neo a go-go.
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Handsome (VHS) 1988 15 May 2010
Format:VHS Tape
Film extremely dark with interrupted viewing, also horribly violent. Very poor vhs copy, with unsimpathetic direction, and very very poor tape indeed! Help!!
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  51 reviews
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, bad DVD 21 Sep 2005
By O. B. Tryggvason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This moody drama piece is for the most part very good. Mickey Rourke is excellent in the title role; a disfigured criminal who gets a shot at redemption but ultimately chooses revenge.

Well directed by Walter Hill with a good music score by Ry Cooder. All the cast do a good job, the story is tight and fast paced and some good action sequences to boot.

Pity about the DVD, it's fullscreen and this deserves to be in glorious widescreen.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No honor among some thieves 17 May 2003
By Jerry Fry - Published on Amazon.com
I have this movie on VHS so I can't comment on the quality of the DVD as others have. As far as the movie goes, it is somewhat gut wrenching. Mickey Rourke plays the part of John Sedley (Johnny Handsome), a horribly disfigured man due to a birth defect. He isn't stupid, although a life of crime is about all he's known, but he isn't difficult to identify. He has a good friend named Mikey (Scott Wilson) who is hurting for money and persuades Johnny to do a jewelry store holdup. Johnny plans it well but two of their accomplises (Lance Henriksen and Ellen Barkin) want it all for themselves. They kill the driver and Mikey and almost get Johnny too. Johnny ends up behind bars while Raff (Henriksen) and Sunny (Barkin) buy Mikey's old establishment and are living fairly well with the proceeds from the robbery. They try to get Johnny murdered while in prison but the attempt fails. Johnny wakes up in a hospital and sees Forrest Whitaker, a plastic surgeon who wants to give Johnny a new face and a new life and does. He gets Johnny a decent job and Johnny meets and falls in love with a woman (Elizabeth McGovern) he meets there. Johnny's parole officer (Morgan Freeman) is constantly keeping tabs on him because he knows what Johnny is going to try to do: exact revenge on the two people responsible for Mikey's death. They won't recognize him now, his looks and speech don't give him away. Donna (McGovern) is in love with Johnny, he tells her about his past. She tries to persuade him to leave the past behind but Johnny can't. He could never live with knowing that the two people who killed his best friend got away with it.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lousy DVD. 8 Nov 2002
By Stephen Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was at first excited to discover that Walter Hill's 1989 cult favourite was finally being released on DVD.
Unfortunately this DVD is issued by Artisan who did a an equally terrible job with Hill's Extreme Prejudice DVD.
What's so bad about it? It's Full Frame (!). The picture looks like it was transfered directly from a a muddy VCR print.
Save your money and hope that one day someone will release this DVD PROPERLY.
Artisan should be ashamed of themselves.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "B" Movie with "A" Actors 21 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
How can you beat this cast? Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Forrest Whitaker, Elizabeth Montgomery, Lance Henriksen; and since it's a B movie, they all get these great, cheesy lines, and since it's set in Louisiana, they get to use that hilarious Creole-chef, swamp-talkin' accent. I'm a sucker for movies where you get to root for the likeable bad guy, even though you know he'll die in a hail of bullets. Johnny Handsome isn't camp, but it's close. A must-have for Mickey Rourke fans.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Once Great Artist At His Prime 20 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The films that Mickey Rourke made in the 1980s make me cry because he was such a great artist! He cared so much about the characters he portrayed that you forgot it was a movie and were convinced they were real. Johnny Handsome was the last of his great roles. After this film, Rourke just went through the motions of earning a paycheck. But, good Lord, what an amazing film Johnny Handsome was! I saw Johnyy Handsome last weekend back-to-back with Angel Heart, Barfly, 9 1/2 Weeks, and Year of the Dragon and actually shed tears. Why did I weep? Anyone who knows great acting knows that Rourke, since then, has put his talent on strike and done drek like Point Blank and Double Impact. Most actors nowadays are awful. Only Sean Penn, Daniel Day Lewis, Nicholas Cage, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Jessica Lange give performances that touch my soul. Rourke was one of the best. What happened? Was it the Marlon Brando Syndrome? At least in Johnny Handsome, we know what brilliance we had once, way back when. In a world where posing nude or engaging in a scandal give one enough credentials to earn a SAG card, it is refreshing to know that, at least with one actor 10 years ago, genuine exposure came from the soul.
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