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Rolling Thunder [Double Play - Blu-ray + DVD]

William Devane , Tommy Lee Jones , John Flynn    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OQJS5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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

Product Description

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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rane, Major Charles W. 3968469. 10 Aug 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Rolling Thunder is directed by John Flynn and written by Paul Schrader and Heywood Gould. It stars William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best, Dabney Coleman and Luke Askew. Music is scored by Barry de Vorzon and cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.

When Major Charles Rane (Devane) returns from being a POW in Vietnam, he finds the world is a different place. His wife has been unfaithful and wants a divorce, his son doesn't know him and not everybody appreciates his service in the war effort. When some sympathetic town citizens hold a ceremony and give him 2,555 silver dollars, it signals the start of violence that takes Rane into a new war......

I'm just gonna sit here.

When Quentin Tarantino proclaimed Rolling Thunder as one of his favourite movies of all time, it was both a blessing and a curse. It's great that this undervalued and under seen gem hit the press notices, even getting a new Blu-ray release in the process, but with Quentin's name comes the millstone of exploitation and cheap flea-pit cinemas showing grubby movies. Nothing wrong with that, many film fans, myself included, enjoy 70s exploitation films and spent time in the afore mentioned sticky carpeted and tobacco perfumed theatres. But Rolling Thunder deserves better than being part of this filmic cultured arc, to have interested new parties seek it out purely with expectation of a revenge driven bloodbath movie.

You learn to love the pain.

John Flynn's movie is one of the finest of all the revenge driven movies out there. It has rich characterisation, thoughtful insight into the pain and tragedy of post war adjustment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well it's about darn time! 7 Feb 2012
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For many years, this lost cult classic hasn't even had a dvd release (until now), and all I can say is- FINALLY!

I don't see what people are complaining about, for the price (8), this is a magnificent release. Ok so it's a little light on extras, but it's hardly Taxi Driver (Paul Schrader abandoned his name from the the screenplay, as he wasn't happy that it didn't live up to Taxi Driver standards, but then again, it's a tough thing for ANY film to live up to Taxi Driver's standards).

Instead what we get is a great little exploitation classic, that builds like a pressure cooker until the big finale.

But there is substance too. Devanes Character as a post Vietnam vet shows how cold and emotionally detached he is by his surroundings. His wife marries his best friend, he doesn't care. A beautiful young blonde has the hots for him, he doesn't care. He gets tortured, doesn't care. Charles Rane seems to be some kind of distant cousin to Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle, except with Travis, he seemed to think about his surroundings too much but was still shook up by the Vietnam war and those negative thoughts lead to a path of psychosis, with Rane, he simply feels completely numb, barely seems to think or care about anything expect a way to express his underlying thoughts of violence, yet both of them have one thing on their mind only- violence and vengeance at the expense of self destruction.

The extras comprise of an interview with Linda Haynes, a poster gallery, a trailer, and a trailer with a commentary by Eli Roth who is a huge fan of the film (including his new boyfriend Tarantino).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Seventies Revenge Film. 23 July 2012
By Pricey
Format:Blu-ray
A perfect combination of Taxi Driver & Death Wish. I can't recommend it highly enough.

It's also one of Tarantino's favorite films. A fan of Paul Schrader won't be disappointed.

Blue Collar is another perfect Seventies film to seek out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 11 Feb 2014
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A wonderfull film, showcasing william Devane at his best, and an even greater revelation ( to me at least when I saw it in 1978 ) was
Tommy Lee Jones, who has remained my most enduringly favourite actor since then.
Thankyou.
it arrived quickly despite a post office strike here in South Africa, was very well packed and and a delight now to own.

David and Eileen Gibson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars By hook or by crook 28 Dec 2013
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When a Major in the US Airforce is freed from a Vietnamese POW camp, along with some of his fellow soldiers, he returns to his town a hero, to a fanfare of support and well wishes. However on arriving home he finds his wife has moved on, his son no longer a toddler and on an emotional level, pretty much unable to connect with or feel anything for the place he has returned too..
But when his home is invaded, he becomes disfigured and worse still, people close to him are killed, the result of which prompting the major to get himself together and go on a hunting trip, to find the aggressors and take his bloody revenge..

A really good Vietnam vet vigilante film this, with Devane giving us the laconic hero who goes on a hook handed road trip of vengeance. The pacing some will find maybe a little slow but the underlying tensions of an ill adjusted man about to erupt are handled quite well and the ending is nothing short of explosive. With Devane teaming up with his fellow POW pal Tommy Lee Jones (another ticking time~bomb who has more loose screws than a spillage in an ironmongers) in order to storm a Mexican brothel and attempt to kill every bad guy in sight. With the precedings being topped off by the appearance of the always welcome Luke Askew, as one of the nasties. . . oh yeah, and there's a lot of stuff involving aviator shades being used to hide people's souls from scrutiny.
For those of you who haven't seen this before, imagine a sort of cross between perhaps Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia and The Exterminator and you're kind of on the right lines. And if you like either of those then you're most likely onto a winner here.

The print on the UK (studio canal) special edition blu ray is sharp enough, with only a little grain. Those of you mad about extras maybe a little disappointed though, with just a short interview, a couple of trailers and a commentary.

4.25/5 stars at least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OFTEN OVERLOOKED CLASSIC
THE MOVIE

Written by Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER), directed by John Flynn (OUT FOR JUSTICE), starring Tommy Lee Jones and William Devane. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caligula II.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, acted and directed...a true 70's c;lassic :)
A brilliant revenge thriller which along with Death Wish and Get Carter was one of the gems of 70's film :)
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by R. Selwyn-barnett
2.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Thunder Transfer Blunder Wonder
First off the film itself is most likely nowhere near as great you may have heard. At times its flow is very stilted and some of the performances are incredibly wooden. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Roy O'Rorurke
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Did They Bother Re-Releasing It?
"Charlie, you're the quietest man I've ever known", says the female lead of this depressingly pointless film, and she's not kidding. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by BoatDrinks
3.0 out of 5 stars Great title
Purchased recently, very good price and I suspect like most peoples memories of movies, always seem much better the first time around. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by uptownbob
3.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian Revenge Flick Enlivened By William Devane and Tommy Lee...
Returning from Vietnam after several years in a prison camp,Major Charles Rane (William DeVane)finds adjusting to civilian life difficult and although the local community embrace... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Mark Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars "Let me just grab my guns...."
Yes!!! Finally, "Rolling Thunder" is getting a proper DVD release...in Blu-Ray no less!! Does anyone know if this Blu-Ray edition will be compatible with US DVD players? Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Chris Englund
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