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

Francis Ford COPPOLA    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Francis Ford COPPOLA
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Z0HK6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,083 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Black & White, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: One of two S.E. Hinton novels Francis Ford Coppola directed in 1983, Rumble Fish is a stylized black-and-white film about the death of gang culture in a rough-and-tumble town full of stunted youths. The central character is the strutting Rusty James (Matt Dillon), a foul-mouthed lunkhead clad in sweaty tank tops, who passes his time at the billiards hall waiting for "something" to happen in his life. That something might be the return of his brother, known only as the Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), from exile in California. Charismatic and intelligent, the Motorcycle Boy once led numerous wide-eyed followers into battle, into the "rumbles" once commonplace in town. Rusty James wants to take over that role, but lacks the smarts necessary for leadership, nearly getting himself killed in an opening fight. The Motorcycle Boy stops the fight with equal parts efficiency and cool, and Rusty James seems delighted by his brother's return. But it quickly becomes clear that a local cop (William Smith) is still gunning for the Motorcycle Boy, waiting for him to slip up, even though the mysterious youth has developed a weary philosophy of life and a skeptical view of his former power. As the Motorcycle Boy seems more and more distant, lost in deaf and color-blind fugues, Rusty James gets into greater trouble, running afoul of his girlfriend (Diane Lane) and friends (Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano), and seeming on the path to destruction.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cinematography 29 Aug 2008
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish: the Zen of Alienation 20 Jun 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A cinematic experience 4 May 2008
Mickey Rourke, Dennis Hopper, Matt Dillon and Nic Cage all play there part in making this one of the coolest films i have ever seen. All the actors, although Rourke is curiously compelling, are over shadowed by Francis Ford Coppella's direction. Black and white, time-lapse skies and superbly crafted scenes make this film unforgettable and avidly watchable. The music score is also brilliant, unique and equally unforgetable. Watch it, buy it and enjoy...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
Rumble fish what more can you say with its cool monochrome image and odd flash of colour what the actors don't say with words the quietness tells you
Published 1 month ago by kim townson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece.
Rumble Fish is a great study of a coming-of-age tale and of young people who want to write over past mistakes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monica Blom
4.0 out of 5 stars youth revisited
got this as had just got The Outsders for my daughters to watch. Had to get Rumble Fish also as made at same time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by shazbagz
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU LIKE THAT, DON'T YOU?
An amazing life changing film with a stunning performance by Mickey Rourke. I was so inspired by this film that I based my novel YOU LIKE THAT, DON'T YOU? around it.
Published 14 months ago by Footsak
4.0 out of 5 stars BluRay
I love this film, unfortunately, I can only give it 4 stars as the picture quality is occasionally lacking as the shadows are too black and lacking detail, this is most obvious... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark A. Streets
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 botched aspects make this Blu-ray inferior to the Special Edition...
A 5 star film, but only a 4 star Blu-ray, because they have botched the stereo soundtrack option. Instead of being glorious original stereo it is bland 2 channel mono. The 5. Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Frame
5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Cinema has done it again!
Masters of Cinema has done it again! taking one of coppolas most overlooked and best film to blu-ray in a quality and sturdy steelbook that sets a grin too your face everytime, the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hannes
5.0 out of 5 stars This blu ray gives Rumble Fish a new life on home video! Most...
Not a big fan of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film Rumble Fish (too much drama) but it goes well with Coppola's The Outsiders (which was filmed just before filming began on Rumble... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Monty
5.0 out of 5 stars Film-making for the purists out there
Insightful commentary on the bonus DVDS; a fabulous film that I remember watching first as a student about twenty years ago. Read more
Published 20 months ago by DerbyRob
5.0 out of 5 stars Rourke & Dillion give performances of there careers
((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... Read more
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