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Rumble Fish [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) [1983]

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  • Directors: Francis Ford COPPOLA
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Z0HK6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,735 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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SYNOPSIS: In this second of Francis Ford Coppola's back-to-back screen adaptations of novels by S. E. Hinton, the grand romanticism of The Outsiders was flipped to create an expressionist, monochrome vision of youthful passion and melancholy, and became one of Coppola's most personal and dazzling works.

Against a run-down, industrial Tulsa, Oklahoma, Coppola presents a vivid portrait of troubled teenage gang leader Rusty James (Matt Dillon) as he struggles with cohorts, rival gangs, his frustrated girlfriend Patty (Diane Lane), his estranged father (Dennis Hopper), and the return of his idolised older brother The Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke).

An audacious depiction of gang violence, dead-end lives, and the ties that bind, Rumble Fish remains a cult favourite and features magnificent cinematography by Stephen H. Burum, a Golden Globe-winning score by Stewart Copeland, and a remarkable cast that also includes Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Tom Waits, and Laurence Fishburne. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the world-première release of Rumble Fish on Blu-ray & Blu-ray SteelBook.

  • New HD transfer of the film officially licensed from Universal and presented in 1080p in its original aspect ratio
  • Original stereo and 5.1 surround soundtracks, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Music and effects track
  • Audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • On Location in Tulsa, a video piece featuring new and vintage interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • The Percussion-Based Score, a video piece on the film's soundtrack
  • Six deleted scenes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired on the feature
  • PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring the words of Francis Ford Coppola, rare archival imagery, and more…


The second of Francis Ford Coppola's films based on the popular juvenile novels of S.E. Hinton (the first being The Outsiders), Rumble Fish split critics into opposite camps: those who admired the film for its heavily stylised indulgence, and those who hated it for the very same reason. Whatever the response, it's clearly the work of a maverick director who isn't afraid to push the limits of his innovative talent. Filmed almost entirely in black and white with an occasional dash of color for symbolic effect, this tale of alienated youth centers on gang leader Rusty James (Matt Dillon) and his band of punk pals. Rusty's got a girlfriend (Diane Lane), an older brother named Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), and a drunken father (Dennis Hopper) who've all given up trying to straighten him out. He's best at making trouble, and he pursues that skill with an enthusiastic flair that eventually catches up with him. But it's not the whacked-out story here that matters--it's the uninhibited verve of Coppola's visual approach, which includes everything from time-lapse clouds to the kind of smoky streets and alleyways that could only exist in the movies. The supporting cast includes a host of fresh faces who went on to thriving careers, including Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano, Laurence Fishburne, and musician Tom Waits. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Owen on 20 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
Rumble fish could almost be a European film with its stark black and white photography, edgy camera work, slow action, and emphasis on character portrayal. Almost, but not quite because the urban landscape, while not Hollywood, reinforces the loneliness, poverty, and silent decay of an American inner city. Shot in New York, we are shown the alienation of a youth subculture where anger is channeled into the pointless confrontations of gang warfare.

The title of the film 'Rumble fish' is the metaphor for understanding the main characters' portrayal. Trapped in a tank 'Rumble fish' attack their own reflection, and we are asked to wonder whether they might also do this if free.

The action focuses on two brothers. One wild and the leader of a gang, the other a loner, who rides a motorbike, and has a zen like aura. What draws these two together is the search for who they are. Do they have memories of their mother? Was she mad? Is she alive? Their conversation is desultory and like the hypnotic pace of the film. Their father, speaks of her, as, every now and again, someone is born who looks at life in a different way. She remains a mystery, and there are no answers.

The film's ending is poignant. It is so unlike Coppola's other films it is not surprisingly it was not a success in the States. However it has power, a strange beauty and the characterisation of alienated youth is arresting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Film Buff on 29 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
Rumble Fish is something of an undiscovered gem (not often shown on TV, but loved by those that have seen it)

The story isn't terribly original and follows similar lines to 50s teen movies such as Rebel Without A Cause (think alienated youths, alcoholic parents, knife fights, seedy pool halls, biker gangs etc)

But what makes this film special is the incredible cinematography. Almost every frame could be frozen and put on your wall (it really is amazing)

Add to that some very good acting, plus a real sense of atmosphere and style and you have a very good film, that you can watch over & over again.

The film is almost entirely shot in B&W (but there are just a few brief splashes of colour) This is partly, to evoke a 1950s feel, but also because Rourke's character is colour blind.

The picture has a very slight grain & mild green hue, but this again is intentional. Overall the picture quality is good, with solid black levels and no dirt or scratches.

The soundtrack also dips in out & out, to show how Rourke's character hears things (he's partially deaf as well) But overall sound quality is very good (no hiss or crackles)

The 5.1 mix doesn't have a great deal happening in the rear speakers, but there is some left/right action and a good deep bass. The music is effective and adds to the atmosphere.

If you have never seen this & enjoy 50s style films (or films that are a little different) then I strongly recommend giving this a try.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 9 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
Rumble Fish is a strange and hypnotic film that follows the character of Rusty James, a young punk growing up in a small sleepy mid-western town, shackled to a drunken father, a group of fickle friends, and continually in the shadow of his enigmatic brother, The Motorcycle Boy. The film, although seemingly set in the present day, uses the style of the old 50's melodramas to great effect, referencing the likes of Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild One with it's stark, stylised black and white photography and it's bizarre compositions, whilst director Francis Ford Coppola uses a number of audio and visual effects familiar from his previous films, most notably, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now and One From the Heart, to give the film a strange, hypnotic and dreamlike quality that lingers throughout the film.

As with many of the other films that it references, the plot to Rumble Fish is quite simple, with Coppola building the film around the enigma of The Motorcycle Boy and around the ideas of family ties, small-town ennui and personal redemption. Although Rusty James is the film's central character, he is constantly overshadowed by his mysterious brother, who seems almost shell-shocked by whatever it is that he's witnessed during his years away from home. He is certainly one of the most interesting characters from any of Coppola's greater films, and is perfectly brought to life by Mickey Rourke in what is possibly his greatest performance ever (although, I think he's equally spellbinding in both Angel Heart and Year of the Dragon).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. F. husseiny on 31 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
((THE FILM))Rusty James is an up-and-coming street hoodlum, lamenting the salad days of the gangs when his older brother, The Motorcycle Boy, ran things as President of the Packers. Before disappearing two months earlier, Motorcycle Boy outlawed gang wars, or "rumbles," by a treaty. When Rusty James breaks the treaty in a fight with Biff Wilcox, and gets seriously hurt, his brother suddenly appears. Distracted, delusional and enigmatic, his brother seems haunted and disinterested in his past as a "neighbourhood novelty." Over the next few days, James' dead end life of posturing seems to fall apart; he loses his girlfriend, his friends, his own sense of confidence. The future looms like a dark, unknown wall locking James in. Through Motorcycle Boy's example, he finally learns to break free from others' expectations, and his own inner demons.
Rourke & Dillion give performances of there careers.also have the likes of Nic Cage, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, and Chris Penn in the supporting cast, you know it's a once-in-a-lifetime movie. The look of the film - a sparse black-and-white urban landscape - is perfect, as is Stewart Copeland's atmospheric music.what really singles this out as a bona fide classic is its spot-on portrayal of disaffected youth.
But sadly ((Rumble Fish)) is a very underrated movie and Coppola's Most Underrated Work..
it is probably one off the best films of the 1980s. In a decade where art-house films
seemed to be a lost thought, "Rumble Fish" stands out as one of the few .. it is forgotten classic
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