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Real Steel [DVD]

Hugh Jackman , Evangeline Lilly , Shawn Levy    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand
  • Directors: Shawn Levy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Ukrainian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY2GA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,374 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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Real Steel

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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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3 of 3 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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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 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars love robots! 13 Nov 2013
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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
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical Shawn Levy film 9 July 2014
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Which is to say rubbish, but with a really good idea. Just like "Night at the Museum", Levy takes a potentially great idea and makes it grate. Admittedly, in NATM, he used that totally talentless wretch Ben Stiller, so it had no hope. Here, he had the excellent Hugh Jackman, but still produced a lemon.

Great idea, but unfortunately suitable only for the under sixes.

Plot 100% predictable, down to the lines in each scene, and HJ in need of a cattle prod just to stay awake. Quite nice effects raise it to two stars while otherwise one star is decidedly generous.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocky meets Robot Wars!
I've just finished watching Real Steel & thoroughly enjoyed it. It started off a little slow but rapidly improved. If you like robot movies (I love them! Read more
Published 4 days ago by TinTiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent DVD. Bought it for my 4 year old son and he loves it
Published 6 days ago by Robin Teague
5.0 out of 5 stars Real steel
A good kids film ,my son loved it and the robots were good as well a nice rainy day film
Published 16 days ago by ozzy
4.0 out of 5 stars surprised how good it was
I bought this more for my boys, but i was quiet surprised that i enjoyed it to, especially the robots.
Published 17 days ago by Carol-ann Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...even if you hate boxing as I do
Arrived in good ... sealed ...with no problems whatsover with seller
Brilliant film...I absolutely hate boxing...but saw this film whilst on a flight... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaq
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I love thus film and I had been looking everywhere for it and a mate of mine said go on amazon and I found iy
Published 1 month ago by Idalino
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family film
A good film for all age groups. I had seen it twice before I bought it. My 12 year old grandson loved it, as did his mother, and me at retirement age. Exciting without the horror. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judith Degenkolb
2.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Not good for Hugh Jackman but the young lad was brilliant I would love to se him in another film.
Published 2 months ago by Smudge
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked film
Any Hugh Jackman fan will love this but it is a great David and Goliath story, I now have a son who wants to learn to box!!!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs LJ Burman
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable entertainment for all
In the not too distant future where boxing is banned what better way to replace it than to build fighting robots to batter themselves into oblivion, Hugh Jackman plays the lead... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Garbutt
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