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Road to Perdition [2002] [DVD]

Tom Hanks , Paul Newman , Sam Mendes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law
  • Directors: Sam Mendes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A movie with an impeccable pedigree, Road to Perdition is director Sam Mendes' impressive follow-up to American Beauty, and features remarkable contributions from veteran cinematographer Conrad Hall, composer Thomas Newman and a cast of thespian brilliance led by Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law. Unfortunately, all their fine efforts have been lavished on an essentially predictable story, adapted from the graphic novel, which here unfolds in an overly leisurely fashion. The result is a movie that looks wonderful but feels a little too much like a contrived morality play.

Hanks plays Michael Sullivan, a family man but also a hit man in the employ of mob boss John Rooney (Newman). A surrogate father-figure to Sullivan, Rooney also has a wayward real son, Connor (Daniel Craig), whose duplicity leads to a deadly alienation between the Rooney family and Sullivan. Forced to go on the run with his own 12-year-old son, Michael junior (Tyler Hoechlin), Sullivan seeks both revenge and a way to prevent his boy from one day taking the same dark road as himself. Thus the Road to Perdition becomes both a literal and metaphorical journey for the protagonists.

It wouldn't matter that there's little tension or doubt about the outcome, except that Hanks' character is all too clearly a decent chap at heart, thus undermining from the outset any sense of a real "journey" towards redemption. It remains a delight to see all the principals acting at their peak and so capably directed, but ultimately Road to Perdition seems like a series of magnificently staged set-pieces that doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.

On the DVD: Road to Perdition is presented in an anamorphic version of its original theatrical 2.35:1 ratio with accompanying Dolby 5.1 or DTS sound options. Both picture and sound make the most of the impeccable photography and production design. Extras are a feature commentary from Mendes, a series of deleted scenes also with optional commentary, a standard HBO making of featurette, plus photos, text notes and a trailer for the CD soundtrack. --Mark Walker

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This suspense-filled story of Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), directed by Sam Mendes, has as much style and cinematic brilliance as American Beauty, though it is much darker. Sullivan, the adoptive son of John Rooney (Paul Newman), is a cold-blooded killer working for his crime boss "father" in the winter of 1931, when his own twelve-year-old son, Mike Jr., inadvertently witnesses a "hit" in which his father participates. Subsequently, the Sullivans, father and son, take off for Chicago to meet with Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci), underworld lieutenant to Al Capone. Mike Sullivan, Sr. is also hoping to get to Perdition, an appropriately named Midwestern town, so he can leave is son with his sister-in-law. Sadistic hitman Harlan Maguire (Jude Law), who enjoys photographing the death throes of his victims, is soon on the Sullivans' trail to the midwest.
Conrad L. Hall, to whom the film is dedicated, uses photography to its fullest advantage, winning a posthumous Academy Award for his cinematography. Shot in winter, the film preserves the flavor of early black and white films, with sharp, black and white contrasts, and the use of dark, somber colors, when colors are used at all. Snow, ice, rain, and fog perpetuate the cold darkness of the scenes, and Hall's use of architectural framing is stunning, particularly his repeated use of windows. He keeps the scenes simple, often focusing on individual characters in contexts which reveal their emotional states. In one memorable scene, for example, light from a streetlight outside a window casts the shadow of rain on an interior wall, suggesting both tears and cleansing.
Newman is terrific as an aging mob boss, playing his part with just the right mix of frailty and cruelty (for which he won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor).
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY REVIEW 5 Jun 2010
By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Road to Perdition has a great story that's carried out by a fantastic cast. I've always felt it's a little too short though keeping it off my 'greatest' list. Still, it's a must for those that haven't seen it though. It is a gangster movie but then again it's not... part gangster, part father getting to know his son.

The transfer is good in that it improves the colours and levels of darkness (many dark scenes at the start of the movie). Lots of grain (as intended). It's worthy of the upgrade from DVD if it's reasonably priced (<£13) and you own a large TV. Audio is great, much more atmospheric than the DVD.

Another cover that doesn't give the languages but here's what are actually on the Blu-Ray:
Languages: English DTS master; Italian DTS; Castillian Spanish
Subs: English; Danish; Finnish; Italian; Norwegian; Swedish; Castillian Spanish; Croatian; Icelandic; Slovakian;

Region free
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 Jan 2004
Personally, anything Thomas Newman is involved in is always moving and beautiful anyway. But throw in a cast of brilliant actors, gorgeous cinematography, realistic gangsters and a moving father-son storyline and you have the recipe for an awesome film. I own the DVD and Original Soundtrack, and whether I watch the film or listen to the score I can't help but feel enriched in everyway. There's somethign about this film and the score which just strikes a nerve...i dunno...I recommend this highly to anyone who has feeling.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and strangely beautiful 1 Dec 2006
I absolutely hate all reviewers who think this film is style over substance and whilst it has a dark "sheen", has no guts. What rubbish! This film is not supposed to shock so much, if you want to see violence for the sake of it, the lead actor being a total bastard, then don't watch this film as you obviously can not look beyond visuals! HOWEVER, if you want a film that makes you think and looks at people as individuals and is ultimately about the father/son relationship, then enjoy this well acted and in my opinion gutsy film albeit with beautiful, old fashioned storytelling values.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film with great acting. 20 Aug 2005
By DVD Fan
I saw Road to perdition on the back of good reviews when it came out at the cinema but knew little of what it was about. I can see why it got such good reviews as the acting is superb and is well directed. Basically a young boy realises that his dad is a hitman for the local ganster in 1930's Capone era. Can't reveal much more without spoling the plot.
The film does come across as quite dark and broody, it's a bit slow to start but 20mins in it picks up and you will be engrossed until the end, which however is a bit predictable. Overall a good film well worth watching.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Crafted Escape Story. 15 Aug 2006
By Raj B
Road to perdition is one of the best films i have had to pleasure to watch. This film will stay with you, especially the build up to the main confrontation scene, which is performed beautifully by the actors involved along with a fantastic and fitting soundtrack which is used well throughout the movie. Tom Hanks has performed in a variety of pictures and most have been groundbreaking blockbusters, if you like his work and consider him to be one of the living legends, you will not be dissapointed with this film. I dont know about the directors or writers, but he really can spot a good script these days. A must watch if you like mobster movies, as this film focuses on the escape from this criminal underworld rather than the rise and fall of characters around it, which is the typical story of most other gangster films. 10/10 - Excellent Sweeping Piano Soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 11 days ago by D. H. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch.
Top Movie ,decent storyline,good performances from a select cast,Tom Hanks,Paul Newman,Jude Law,recommended viewing.
Published 1 month ago by Mr T
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect...
Almost perfect. Just michael its no so good , i think the kid its so serious about family death. Soundtrack, actors, story JUST PERFECT!!!!! A TRUE GEM movie. 9,5/10
Published 1 month ago by Carlos
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Intense and very good
Published 2 months ago by IAN DORAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie unusual storyline but well acted and directed. Would recommmend
Published 2 months ago by Rapunzel21
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of most exciting films I have seen Very good value for money. If only all DVDs were this price
Published 2 months ago by David Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybodiy's favourite good guy goes bad
A boy's view of his father's 'work' as a shooter for the mob in prohibition American. It's a tale of shooters shooting shooters and Jude Law is not 'naice' either.
Published 5 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern fairy tale?
A little unlikely perhaps, that one man could cause all this mayhem and violence, without being cut down early on in the proceedings. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Allan Broadfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie
Delivery was prompt in new condition, came before the due date. I was very pleased, especially as older movies are sometimes harder to get hold of. Also great price.
Published 6 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
this is tom hanks in one of his best films.
if you like tom hanks you have to add this film to your collection its a really good film.
Published 7 months ago by aaron paul whitworth
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