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Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2 [DVD]

Vincent Cassel , Cécile De France , Jean-François Richet    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, Gérard Depardieu, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric
  • Directors: Jean-François Richet
  • Writers: Jean-François Richet, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Jacques Mesrine
  • Producers: André Rouleau, Daniel Delume, Emmanuel Montamat, Jean Cottin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 243 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Both instalments of the acclaimed two-part biopic based on the autobiography of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. Born in 1936, Mesrine (Vincent Cassell) transformed himself from a middle-class Algerian War veteran to a career criminal of international notoriety, before eventually earning the dubious honour of being named Public Enemy Number One by the French government. Gerard Depardieu, Mathieu Amalric, Ludivine Sagnier and Cecile De France co-star.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The story of France's infamous public enemy no. 1, Mesrine is a rollercoaster of bank heists, jail breaks and suave Gallic chicanery. Vincent Cassel stars as the notorious Jacques Mesrine, the rock 'n' roll bank robber who became a wanted man, famed for his daring escapades. From the director of Assault on Precinct 13... Jacques Mesrine, last of the great French gangsters, was declared Public Enemy Number One during his lifetime. He regularly finished atop the list of newsmakers in opinion polls. His spectacular death, shot full of holes by police at close range in the middle of Paris, put the crowning touch on his legend. Nearly thirty years after his demise in 1979, the myth of Jacques Mesrine is very much alive. Now, for the first time, this ambitious project brings his life to the big screen. At once a thriller and a biopic, the project is shot through with action and emotion, yet remains as faithful as possible to factual reality. Far from making a model or superhero out of Mesrine, the film portrays the character in all its complexity, including the darkest aspects. What will emerge is the story of the man behind the icon. ...Mesrine: Killer Instinct & Public Enemy Number One - 2-DVD Set ( L'instinct de mort / L'ennemi public n°1 ) ( Mesrine: Killer Instinct / Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1 )

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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent film (x2) 23 Nov 2009
I read a little bit about Mesrine before going to see this movie so knew a little on the background of this in advance. The storyline, the direction, the production and above all, the acting (not just Cassel), is second to none. Vincent Cassel plays the part of Mesrine with an ability that is normally only credited to actors such as De Niro. Indeed, the way Cassel is able to say so much and in fact, change the entire mood of a scene, with just an expression is certainly reminiscent of Mr De Niro.
Apparently when Mesrine was at his crooked peak in France, he became something of a pop-icon, anti-hero for the disenfranchised people of Paris. This is depicted beautifully in this movie because, despite his abhorrent crimes, there is something incredibly cool and likeable about him.
I have to take my proverbial hat off to the makers of this movie (and part 2) for making such a thrilling ride from start to finish. Like one of the other reviewers say, this sounds long at 2+ hours but each scene is action packed.
If you want a break from the usual boil-in-a-bag hollywood movies, do yourself a huge favour and buy this.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The great escapist 26 Mar 2010
This is a review of the Blu-ray version (Parts 1 & 2), which together form a biopic of French armed robber Jacques Mesrine from 1959 to 1979.

At 247 minutes for the combined parts, you might need to plan well in advance to watch this highly-rated biography of an egotistic but popular criminal of the 1960s and 1970s, but the time passes quickly - especially the first part. As a Blu-ray presentation it was a waste of extra money and the standard def version is all that's needed. As a story it would normally be regarded as absurd, particularly the multiple prison escapes, but the reality is that most if not all events covered actually did take place, this being a true story (or at least, it's based on true events). It could be likened to Bonnie & Clyde in many ways, as for the most part it shows bank robberies, escapes, and more bank robberies - with a police force eventually fronted by one man determined to bring the target down.

Vincent Kassel, as the leading man Mesrine, totally carries the film, and very convincingly so. He becomes something of a Robin Hood-like anti-hero, despite killing a lot of people during his robbing sprees, and when he eventually becomes France's Public Enemy Number One, he relishes his fame and wants to hang on to it. He is outrageously brazen, not only escaping from prison but then keeping a promise to return to that same penitentiary to help some of his former inmates escape too. In between heists he comes over as a genial, larger-than-life character who if he had led a crime-free life might have built up a huge social circle of friends and admirers, but having chosen the murderous life that he did, his life-style is inevitably one of loneliness due to relentless moving around to escape recapture - and he wasn't always successful at that.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting, outstanding gangster movie 5 Aug 2010
This gripping French film, a biopic of the 'most wanted' French criminal Mesrine (pronounced May-Reen), is highly recommended if you like gangster movies (Bonnie and Clyde, for instance), have a strong stomach and yearn for something different to the usual Hollywood treatment of such stories. I don't know how true to the facts this is, so I can only judge it on entertainment value and by that measure it scores highly. The exhilarating story of Mesrine's criminal career from start to finish is spread over two full-length films and there are not many dull moments. But what really makes this riveting, even between the many action sequences, is the extraordinary performance of Vincent Cassell in the title role. Mesrine is appalling and terrifying, yet also charismatic and at times likeable and Cassell makes this outrageous character completely believable. This is acting of the first order. Any minuses? Well, if you expect to gain an understanding of how a boy from a respectable home grows up to be a violent criminal you might be disappointed. There are scenes that provide some reasons but these were the only bits of the whole film that I found less than totally convincing. Maybe the truth is that we don't really know and should give the makers credit for not just inventing things. Hate subtitles? I'd say go for it anyway, it's so good you'll soon forget about them. Final warning: this film pulls no punches; it contains scenes of sickening violence and I find it surprising that it was not given an 18 certificate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nobody kills me until I say so." 18 Sep 2010
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Even at more than a combined four hours and two films spanning three continents, the hugely ambitious epic crime biopic Mesrine can't fit in all of the exploits of France's own public enemy number one of the 60s and 70s in, but it does manage to combine some exhilarating setpiece robberies, getaways, shootouts, prison breaks and even, bizarrely, a real-life attempt to break into a maximum security prison he'd just escaped from to free the other prisoners alongside an increasingly convincing tendency to undercut Jacques Mesrine's own inconsistency, hypocrisy and hollow self-aggrandizement and self-deceiving rhetoric he constantly conjures up on the spot to play up to the media (admittedly mostly in the second film). Aside from a superb career-best lead performance from Vincent Cassel, there's an especially impressive supporting cast, including familiar faces like Mathieu Amalric, Gerard Lanvin and Gerard Depardieu, lesser lights like Cecile de France, Michel Duchaussoy, Samuel Le Bihan, Olivier Gourmet and Georges Wilson and unfamiliar but perfectly cast faces who still manage to make an impression with brief scenes in a huge ensemble.

Part one, L'Instincte de Mort, sees Mesrine recently demobbed from military service in Algeria. Stifled by civilian life, he drifts into crime and finds that he's good at it, soon finding himself working with the criminal wings of failed terrorists like the SAO and QLF. Even though Depardieu's gangster tells him that crime is a game you can't win, he initially seems to be beating the odds, even balancing a married life with a criminal career before things escalate and he finds himself on the run in America and Canada.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a must see
this might have subtitles and be in french, but it does not detract you from the story , it is a true story and its worth watching. Read more
Published 10 days ago by t j mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Basically two films in one. Part one is outstanding, part two is also good, but one is so good nothing was gonna be up to it. Very watchable, one of my better foreign films.
Published 25 days ago by Mr. Steven Blease
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit down, strap in and enjoy an exhilarating ride!
I happened to be flicking through channels on TV one night when I stumbled across this incredible film- never heard of it, but knew Vincent Cassel was a great actor from seeing 'La... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gregor gregornetski
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
I picked this up a few years ago, based on a few reviews. I had never heard of it before. But upon watching it instantly became my favourite Gangster Film, So much infact, I had to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lf
5.0 out of 5 stars best crime drama ever
the best crime drama I ever viewed and that its based on a real person putts it on top of say the god father and lovehate
Published 5 months ago by henry reilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Part I
Disillusioned with the army, disappointed in his father, Jacques Mésrine's (Vincente Cassels) path towards his ultimate status as France's public enemy #1 is set when he... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin P
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd mesrine
this product is a good quality product .it is value for money .i would recommend this product on both value and quality .
Published 8 months ago by mr gly
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money. Entertaining movie.
Good "oldie" crime film. Pity it did not became a sequence of II, III, IV and more like James Bond.
Published 8 months ago by Zvi Feler
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW
I'm pulled into the driver seat beside Mesrine....! I felt every passion he felt. This was a masterpiece of French direction. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Luc Renoux
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaques Mesrine; a cinematic portrait that is unsettling where history...
I remember vividly in November 1979 when Mesrine was gunned down in Paris. The film starts with this. It appeared to be state sanctified execution. Read more
Published 12 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
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