A favourite of Quentin Tarantino, Rolling Thunder
is a quintessential revenge film from the 1970s. After eight years of torture in a POW camp, Major Charles Rane (William Devane, Marathon Man
) returns home to receive a hero’s welcome and is awarded a big cash prize. Struggling to re-adjust to his former life, Rane faces another ordeal as a sadistic gang of thugs set their sights on his prize, killing his family and destroying his hand in the process. Now living only for vengeance, he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny (Tommy Lee Jones, No Country For Old Men, Men in Black
) to exact his own brand of justice. Rolling Thunder
was co-written by Hollywood legend Paul Schrader and was his first produced screenplay after Taxi Driver. The film’s title was also the inspiration for Tarantino’s short lived video/DVD label, Rolling Thunder Pictures.
Extras: - Audio Commentary with Co-Writer Heywood Gould, Moderated by Roy Frumkes - Theatrical Trailer with Eli Roth Introduction and Commentary - Exclusive Interview with Linda Haynes - Original TV Spot
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Special Edition, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: William Devane plays a rare sympathetic role in Rolling Thunder, though his behavior is just as cold-blooded and sharkish as in any of his villainous assignments. Devane is cast as Maj. Charles Rane, a recently released Vietnam POW who is given a hero's welcome in his Texas hometown. Things sour pretty quickly, however: Rane's wife has lost all love for him, his son doesn't recognize him, and there are those in town who consider him a 'loser' or 'baby-killer.' All he really has to show for his ordeal in Nam is a cache of silver coins bestowed on him by the more sympathetic townsfolk. A scumbag gang of thieves decides to relieve Rane of his money; they kill his family, then torture and disfigure Rane to ascertain the whereabouts of the coins. Now living only for vengeance, the taciturn Rane heads to Mexico to exact his own brand of justice on the fleeing crooks. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as Rane's best friend, Johnny Vohden, who unquestioningly agrees to help Rane in his mission of revenge.
...Rolling Thunder (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)