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Real Steel [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

Hugh Jackman , Evangeline Lilly , Shawn Levy    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand
  • Directors: Shawn Levy
  • Writers: John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, Jeremy Leven, Richard Matheson
  • Producers: Don Murphy, Eric Hedayat, Jack Rapke
  • Format: Colour, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Touchstone / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,902 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sometime in the not-too-distant future, boxing has been outlawed and replaced by fighting matches with robots. Big robots. Hulking, rock 'em, sock 'em mechanical robots. But if those machines are cutting edge, Real Steel sticks to an old-fashioned style of storytelling, with a tale of a down-and-out fight manager (Hugh Jackman) looking for a good 'bot to get back in the game, and get back out of debt. Hearts are further tugged by the arrival of this guy's 11-year-old son (Dakota Goyo), who hasn't seen his dad in many years but now needs tending. There's something endearing about the way nobody ever pauses to remark on the fact that they are in the presence of giant remote-controlled prizefighting robots; it's taken for granted in this cockeyed universe. Loosely inspired by a Richard Matheson-penned episode of The Twilight Zone, Shawn Levy's film is lavishly mounted and fairly ridiculous--although in this case, the human interactions are more preposterous and formulaic than the fun robot action. Jackman plays to his roguish strengths, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) gets the perfunctory love interest role, and the villains are uncomplicatedly hissable, from Jackman's good ol' boy rival (Kevin Durand) to the heavily accented owners (Olga Fonda, Karl Yune) of the most fearsome of robots, the undefeated Zeus. If you can imagine Rocky restaged with a pile of spare parts, you might be the audience for Real Steel. --Robert Horton

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy and collectively adapted to the screen by John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven from a Richard Matheson short story called Steel. It stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis and James Rebhorn. Music is scored by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Mauro Fiore.

Set in the near future, robot boxing is a big crowd pulling sport. After a struggling robot operator is introduced to an 11-year-old son he has never known, they stumble upon a discarded robot at a junk yard....

We can all moan about the mimicry of an idea and the clichés that dominate Real Steel, but you really got to hand it to the makers for what they have achieved. They have crafted a family film that's perfect in this day and age. The story is one that any adult Sylvester Stallone fan can acknowledge and appreciate, the human heartbeat pleasingly steady, while the premise of big colourful robots beating the crap out of each other delights youngsters and us adults who are young at heart. Film pretty much does what any other film of this type does, lays on the syrup in the last quarter where second chances and family strife come thundering through the plotting. Undeniably it's hugely derivative, events are joystick operated to get an emotional response from a family audience, while product placement reins and the script often sags under the weight of unoriginality. But it does uplift the spirit and getting to the end is easy since it's so much berserker fun. Yes it's Atom the people's champion, yes it's David V Goliath and yes! It's Balboa V Creed. Nothing wrong with that really.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun to watch! 10 April 2012
We sat and watched this with the kids last night and we all loved it. My 12 year old said it was awesome! I see someone else said it was like Rocky meets Transformers and yes, that probably sums it up well. The storyline can be a tad predictable, but its still very enjoyable. At the start of the film Hugh Jackman is a struggling robot boxing promoter - going through a very bad patch (everything he touches seems to go wrong) - who "agrees" to spend time with his 11 year old son who he hasnt seen since he was a baby. A typical Underdog movie, the heroes struggle throughout the movie but come out victorious in the end - the boxing scenes are good and you cannot help but smile at the dancing Atom, and find yourself shouting for him to win his boxing matches. All in all, great fun to watch and hopefully there will be a second film in the series, it was certainly left that way - my son and I agreed on one scenario which meant a follow on could be possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 19 Nov 2013
By Qaz
1 of the best movie ever produced i always watch this movies and it is good to watch trust me you all probably say transformer is better movie but this is 1 of the best ever and watch atom dance kooool...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to watch! 16 Nov 2013
By Big tan
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I love this film! Such an action packed family film that will have you off your seat. Highly recommended to watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love robots! 13 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
really enjoyed this dvd, not sure that a huge robot punching a bull is desirable but it was over very quickly and the bull won!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 2 Aug 2013
By Tim
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great film. Seen it many times before. Hugh jack man is so good. The film is a modern take on rocky just with robots
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Steel DVD 8 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Rented this from blockbusters and enjoyed it so much, decided to buy a copy. Never get bored of it, excellent film for the family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robot Glory 16 Dec 2013
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Hugh plays a mighty role worth every cent, great supporting cast with a different story that will have you on the edge seat plus entertainment, Robots fight in the ring that makes you wonder about down the track in the future. Action and suspense with the thrills and spills that go with it, what more could you want. The curves fly and things do go wrong, plus some things fall apart now. Not just a mans movie its every ones to watch and enjoy, so get with it, move on for a thrilling night of sheer delight with a mixture of feelings that have you reeling in your seat riveted to the chair. So set yourself up with the popcorn, relax and put your feet up settle for an fabulous night in with a delightful movie, a must to all to see. I rated this an A grade plus so enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real entertainment
Ignore the one star reviews if you like just some off the cuff entertainment and don t take films too seriously
Fighting robots so most of the violence centred on non living... Read more
Published 12 days ago by CP
4.0 out of 5 stars gem
I really enjoyed this film. Didn't expect to enjoy it as much as i did, very entertaining, great family fun.
Published 13 days ago by A. C. Dunk
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
This is my sons favourite film it arrived quickly and in fab condition, great film definitely worth 5 plus stars
Published 19 days ago by carole clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Brilliant a real gem, plenty of action all the way,kept you on the edge of your seat would recomend this film,a must see
Published 1 month ago by steven hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Little gem of a film
I bought this as an addition to my sons growing collection of DVDs and wasn't expecting much, the cover is a bit grrrrrr, rooaarr but it's rated 12 so I went ahead. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Max Griffon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good :D
Great film! Good description of film, nice delivery time, reasonable price and film came securely wrapped. Would recommend film to a friend.
Published 1 month ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This film was fantastic, loved every minute, it was funny and entertaining, had to watch it again and again. Fantastic :)
Published 2 months ago by Phillip Gyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Father & Son movie of All Time
My son and I have absolutely loved watching this movie together so many times; its just so awesome. It was also a huge hit at his 10th birthday party with all his mates.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. B. Diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw steel.
A slow starter but makes up for It later with a great rocky moments In the latter part of the movie, well worth a purchase.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. D. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK.
When I saw it in the first time I was entertained.

By the time I bought the Blu-ray didn't have the mood to watch it and finally I sold it.
Published 3 months ago by Yannis Gkaragkanis
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