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Paris Lockdown [DVD]

Benoît Magimel , Philippe Caubère , Frédéric Schoendoerffer    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Benoît Magimel, Philippe Caubère, Béatrice Dalle, Olivier Marchal, Mehdi Nebbou
  • Directors: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
  • Producers: Frédéric Schoendoerffer, Eric Neve
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013Z5B3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,191 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Brutal French thriller from director Frederic Schoendoerffer. Veteran mob boss Claude Corti (Phillipe Caubere) rules over his gang of power-hungry, yet devoted, thugs with an iron fist. In a world of fast cars, upscale drugs, and expensive women, Corti makes sure that his soldiers are well rewarded for their loyalty. When his trust is finally betrayed, though, he unleashes a wave of ultra-violence that sends the city of Paris into total lockdown.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Secret Agents director Frederic Schoendoerffer teams with screenwriter Yann Brion for this violent crime drama concerning a brutal kingpin imprisoned by authorities, and the conflict that arises among his underlings as greed taking precedence over loyalty. Claude Corti (Philippe Caubere) is a ruthless crime lord whose creative use of power drills and metal rods have earned him both the fear and respect of the Paris underworld. When Corti is eventually captured by the police and sentenced to prison, the streets become divided by those who intend to carry on with business as usual, and those who see the departure as a notable opportunity for advancement. Beatrice Dalle, Benoit Magimel, and Olivier Marchal co-star in an unflinching look at a world where the only thing cheaper than life is loyalty. ...Paris Lockdown ( Truands ) ( Crime Insiders )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the french do it better 18 Oct 2010
A Kid's Review
actionpacked, but with brains, not just shot 'em up - even if it's plenty of that to go around as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "To dodge a bullet you hold the gun." 16 Sep 2010
Frederic Schoendoerffer's French gangster movie Truands aka Paris Lockdown may not have much plot but, unlike his catastrophically dull and inert (if such a word could be used about a film mostly comprised of scenes of people walking) Agents Secrets, there's enough incident to compliment the ambiance. With its philosophising limited to the odd line like "To dodge a bullet you hold the gun," there's a satisfyingly unsentimental approach to its pragmatic criminal antiheroes, the violence brutal but the torture scenes not dwelled upon - the aim of the criminals is to get their message across as quickly as well as as painfully as possible. The emphasis on efficiency over grandstanding extends to the film's biggest setpiece, a well-staged but not too over the top shootout in a parking lot marred only by not knowing who is doing what to whom.

Olivier Marchal, ex-cop turned actor-director (36 Quai des Orfevres, MR 73) has the perfect face for a professional villain, which is enough to offset leading man Benoit's Magimel's occasionally unfortunate resemblance to British comedian Paul Whitehouse here, but the standouts in the cast are Philippe Caubere's crimelord whose arrest causes a dangerous power vacuum and Tomer Sisley's small-timer who's come out of jail with religion and a burning desire to stick it to the old school. It's not a great film and breaks no new ground, but it covers it pretty well, and there's a nice throwaway in-joke where one character watches one of the director's father's films, La 317ème Section.

The UK PAL DVD boasts a decent subtitled 2.35:1 widescreen transfer and includes a lengthy 52-minute documentary on the making of the film and the UK and international trailers for the film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangster the Paris way 4 Oct 2009
Gangster world - violence, sex, betrayal, murders - the French style with its characteristics of nake truth and horrifying reality. I guess what is portrayed here is nothing more than what's actually happening in the underground world. More important is this movie has a storyline and the characters that you graduately learn to know them as human beings with hate, love, just as in real life. Feel the pain, the brutal dynamic cycle in a Paris underworld. A portray of the major players in an underground world not found in Hollywood movies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars run of the mill affair 22 Sep 2008
By godzilla78 VINE VOICE
I agree with the other reviewer that this film is somewhat reliant on the violence/action to keep it going but that's not enough. The film centres upon a gang of criminals all working for the same boss. When he is imprisoned the gang members make their own plans to carve up the empire which puts them against one another. There is nothing original or ground breaking here and has a rather flat feel to it. Benoit Magimel gives his usual strong performance as one half of a gun for hire partnership whilst the character of the crime boss (whose empire they squabble over)turns in a couple of funny moments but nothing makes this film stand out and it cannot compare with other french crimes thrillers such as 36.
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1.0 out of 5 stars awful 29 Dec 2013
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I'm a big fan of french cinema, so I thought I'd take a chance and ignore all the bad reviews - my mistake, this is a turkey of a movie, and really quite offensive when it comes to the violence
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parisian Lockdown review 18 July 2013
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This is one of those movies that when purchasing you are unsure what to expect or whether you are going to enjoy or not. It is a gripping movie filled with realistic violence and good action scenes. Has English subtitles. Good purchase. Sent within delivered time frame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TORTURE SCENES 17 Mar 2013
Cool French gangster film with some great gut wrenching torture scenes.You'll be hooked after the first 10 minutes.GREAT.Well worth a purchase.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No storyline, no character development and lots of submissive women
I too was taken in by the idea of a classic French crime film. After seeing the first naked woman and gunfight, I thought they'd develop the characters a little. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by D. Minett
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty
Having enjoyed the recent two series of "Spiral" and the first part of the film "Mesrine", I had hoped for a smiliar, gritty expose of France's crinimal underworld. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Ian Thumwood
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I brought this film expecting something full of non-stop action, as described in the blurb. In reality we get about 20 minutes at the start,and next its around an hour of the... Read more
Published on 26 July 2009 by Mr. S. R. Pimley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great french gangster mayhem
I purchased this after reading a review in darkside magazine. I thought this film was great. Gritty, gory and violent. Read more
Published on 27 May 2009 by Amanda Bexon
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, ultraviolent, gangsta movie
If you liked Dobermann, perhaps this movie is for you. A solid hard boiled film in french salsa. No policeman (flics ...) bad or good, only a group of gangsters very, very bad. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2008 by Empe
1.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly nasty
Sometimes, it takes another way of looking at a movie genre to make the viewer really sit up and take notice, and in the past few countries have done the crime thriller better than... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2008 by Mr. Rwj Nixon
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