Payback 1999

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(103) IMDb 7.1/10

This cool-as-ice, high octane thriller is dark and violent with sardonic wit thrown in. Porter is a thief who's gunned down by his wife and friend after they rob some Chinese gangsters. He survives and seeks revenge. But things get complicated when he meets crime bosses and bent cops.

Starring:
Mel Gibson,Mel Gibson
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Brian Helgeland
Starring Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson
Supporting actors Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, William Devane, Bill Duke, Kris Kristofferson, Deborah Kara Unger
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Blu Review Obscura on 1 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This blu ray disc came as something of a surprise to me. It is actually a far better release than the US version.

Firstly there are 2 versions of the film here, the theatrical cut and the directors cut which has been advertised as a harder version. On watching the directors cut for the first time, I noticed that this is in fact quite a different film from the theatrical release. New scenes begin and end the film, a lot of footage has been taken out with altogether new footage replacing it and the ending and outcome of the film is significantly different. The character of "Porter" played by Mel Gibson, does seem a lot more intense in this version and comes across a lot more menacing.

As well as alternate scenes, the look of the film is also a substantial variant on the theatrical release as it has lost it's previous "blue tint" effect that was throughout the original release.

If directors cuts are generally not your cup of tea, or for people that prefer the original lighter theatrical cut, it is also present here and to have the 2 versions on one disc is a real treat as they should really be treated as separate films due to the substantial difference between them.

The best thing about this release is having the option of both cuts on one disc unlike the US blu ray, which only includes the new directors cut.

The film is presented in a 16x9 1080p transfer for both versions, which looks really very good, although due to the way this was filmed, don't go expecting to see reference quality material here.

The English 5.1 true hd soundtrack is excellent and seemed a lot stronger and clearer than I thought it would have.

As far as extras for this release go, Warner Home Video have not been slack.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2003
Format: DVD
Payback is a gritty, intense and slow-paced action movie. Mel Gibson plays Porter, a guy who will stop at nothing for his payback. The plot just seemed to get better and better with more twists as the movie progressed. Mel Gibson is great as the ruthless Porter, but equally worthy of mention are William Devane's performance as Carter, the crime boss, and Lucy Liu as a dominatrix. Incredible as the acting may be, the action scenes are very well done. The movie is of a very old style. Blue tint throughout the film with a classic soundtrack. You really have to be in the mood for this one. Overall, Payback is a very good movie, enjoyable and well worth watching.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2007
Format: HD DVD
Before studio execs and Mel Gibson got all uppity with Brian Helgeland, Payback was a darker, meaner film. But after an apparently poor test screening in 1997(honestly, what IS the point of these?) they put Payback on hold for over a year so Mel could do Lethal Weapon 4 before going back for some re-shoots, with a new director, to make the film happier.

So they approved a script of a dark, moody revenge thriller, green-lighted it for production and changed their minds to make it lighter because a ragtag audience didn't understand/like it? Man, Hollywood is one weird town.

The resulting film, which was eventually released in 1999, seemed a bit tacked together. There were scenes that just seemed out of place and irregular. It was obvious that any scene actually shot back in 1997 was shot on location and any scene shot for the 1999 cut was just shot in the generic 'street set' on the Warner back-lot. Despite all of this, Payback was still a fun film that failed to go all the way with it's concept.

The new DC is a superior version, no doubt and is about 33% different. There are new scenes and odds and ends through out the running time and the last act is completely different. Kris Kristoffersen is gone and replaced by Sally Kellerman (voice only, Bronson is never seen). James Coburn and John Glover also have smaller roles. The narration from Porter is gone as well as the blue tint to most of the film. Now most scenes are just lit as normal without any post-production filtering.

There is also a new musical score. The jazzy feel to the opening scenes is still there but through-out the rest of the film the score is more atmospheric and understated. Both are as good as each and fit the differing tones, so there's no better of the two.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TJ Ramsbottom on 6 May 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I, along with most other people, enjoyed the theatrical version released in 1999. But what most people won't know is that the entire third act was reshot because the original version was considered too dark. The studio wanted more Lethal Weapon style action and comedy.

Helgeland's released a new director's cut (Payback: Straight Up) on region 1 DVD that reinstates all the darker moments (the dog dies, the voice-over has been deleted) and the train station ending. Personally I like both versions but ultimately the new version is the one intended to have been seen and I urge you to check it out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Sheppard on 20 Dec. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The main reason I brought this product was to see the new directors cut of Payback which I had not seen before... the fact this was on Blu ray was very much an added bonus! The Directors cut does have a completely different feel to it and after some discussion with a friend we still cannot decide which version is the better!

The transfer of the new version is nothing short of spot on... the picture quality is amazing and the sound it top notch... If I had just one gripe with the blu ray its that the transfer of the theatrical release of the film is not nearly as good as the new directors cut

If you are a fan of this film and havent yet seen the Directors Cut then I highly recommend this purchase!
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