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  • Actors: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno
  • Directors: Gareth Evans
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00838IG3O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Deep in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs but for many of the city's most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area's most notorious crime lord, it is a fortress-like safe house protecting them from the law. Even for the bravest and most experienced police officers it is considered a no-go area.

In a desperate bid to flush these violent criminals and their leader from their haven once and for all, an elite SWAT team is tasked with infiltrating the building and raiding the apartments floor by floor, taking out anyone who stands in their way. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, the SWAT members make their move and enter the block not realising that this is the easier part of the mission. Once inside, it soon becomes terrifyingly apparent that the real problem at hand is surviving long enough to be able to get out again.

Special Features:

  • Director's commentary (exclusive to UK)
  • The Raid feature--original language with English subtitles
  • The Raid feature with English language dubbing
  • Featuring U.S. and original uncut version
  • Trailers
  • Video blogs
  • Claycats: The Raid
  • The Raid fan films
  • Featurettes
  • Behind the Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
  • An Evening with Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais

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Superlatives may as well have been invented in the first place simply to describe the action sequences in the outstanding The Raid. It's hard to think of too many other films that have framed action cinema as ambitiously as director Gareth Evans and his team manage here, bringing the events of The Raid to life in exhilarating, breathless fashion.

The simple idea behind the film is this. A 30-storey tower block houses some of the most dangerous, nastiest criminals in Jakarta. Unsurprisingly most give it a wide berth, until an elite SWAT team embarks on a deadly mission to effectively clear the building out, a floor at a time. It's spoiling nothing to reveal that this plan has its flaws.

What makes The Raid so much more than this basic premise, though, is the incredible, stunning execution of it. This is a pure, relentless, expert action film, boasting incredible camera work and equally strong fighting. In fact, feel free to throw a few more superlatives at the movie. It absolutely deserves it.

So does the Blu-ray package, too. It's not just the quality of the picture and audio transfer that deserves praise here, as someone's really put their back into providing an excellent collection of special features. This particular edition includes a director's commentary that's exclusive to the British release, and there's a lot of behind the scenes material and promotional work to enjoy, too.

The Raid is, then, that rarest of things: a modern action cinema classic. Really. That it comes on such a strong Blu-ray only makes things better. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Docherty on 2 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm not what you would call a film buff and I can't do 'critical reviews' but if you want a great action film then get The Raid. It simply doesn't stop from beginning to end.
Anyone with a passing interest in hand-to-hand combat or martial arts will love this film for the speed of the fight choreography - and there's plenty of shooting scenes if that's your preference.
Don't worry about the subtitles, it's very easy to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 3 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Who’d have thought that Indonisia would raise the bar when it came to action movies? ‘The Raid’ is hardly the most complicated film to review, but, if you’re into your gunplay and marshal-arts then you can’t go far wrong here. Oh, and you’ll need to be okay with subtitles.

Basically, the film is about a police raid on a towerblock containing some of the toughest (and deadly) criminals around. And – guess what – things don’t go too well for our boys in blue. It isn’t long before their bodies start piling up, leaving only our plucky new recruit (who just so happens to be damn good at kicking people) to survive and untangle the mess that’s quickly building up.

If you’re wondering what makes this so much better than all the other action movies out there – it’s the ‘look’ (well, for starters anyway). It has a very professional and gritty feel to it. The director (who, to my shame, I’ve never heard of) has obviously spent a lot of time framing each shot to give it quite a nice – almost ‘arty’ – feel. Then there are the fight scenes – they’re meticulously choreographed and, despite being technically as unrealistic as the next marshal arts film, they are really good fun to watch.

The actors are basically cast according to their looks. Bad people are ugly and good people have nice hair. However, at least everyone plays their part well and, even though all the talking is subtitled, it seems that everyone can actually act as well as is required for beating people to a pulp.

There are a few twists and turns in the plot – some you may see coming, others are less obvious. But I won’t go into them too much. All you need to know is that, if you’re okay with subtitles and love marshal arts or action films, then you’ll enjoy The Raid (and its sequel, if you’re curious about that!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KM #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Watched The Raid only today and was blown away by it!

The story is that of a powerful drugs baron who has taken over a run down apartment block that has become a no go area for the police. The block is heavily defended by his gang members and the people who live there, who tend to be the criminal element by the looks of things. There are 15 floors to the top which is where the operation is run from. A special swat type team are sent in to shut this place down and bring the top baddie down. That is the premise of this story.

By way of dialogue, there isn't much at all. When there is it does bring this movie together and you find out who's who with some surprises along the way! By way of action. . . . there is plenty to go around here believe you me folks! Do not blink because the fight scenes are lightening fast at times and executed to perfection by the actors, brilliant fight choreography. The star of the movie Iko Uwais co-choreographed the fight scenes which use the fighting techniques of Pencak Silat, an Indonesian martial art and very effective he makes it look to.

This is virtually non stop from start to finish, blisteringly fast, loads of gun, knife and hand to hand fighting in enclosed and open spaces which shows off the skills of these actors to the full with plenty of great moves that you'll want to rewind and watch in slow motion when this bluray comes out.

If you're the serious film buff type looking for good character depth and actors who have learnt their trade treading the boards, forget it! This is a no holds barred, brutal attack on the senses during which you'll be up outta your comfy seat throwing roundhouse kicks and shadow boxing
infront of the telly!

A follow up movie is already in the pipeline called Berandal which will star some of the same actors and will be choregraphed by the same ones who did The Raid.

I can't wait!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area - even the police are unwilling to enter.

It has become a safe-house for dangerous killers and gangsters.

A SWAT team infiltrate the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner - a drug lord named Tama....

First let's get the criticism out of the way, the plot is paper thin. That's it, nothing else.

All the story is, is that there is a bunch of cops, and every level they go up in the block, gets a little bit more difficult and they become fewer, with a little bit of corruption thrown in for good measure.

The film starts off very tensely, and as soon as Tama calls Lock Down, the film never lets up until the final frame.

If you take Die Hard, and add a little Game of Death, you have The Raid.

The fighting in this, is beyond awesome, it's awe inspiring, and if you think you will get bored of fight after fight, the little dramatic scenes, pack just as much of a punch, that you really care for these people.

The writer/Director of this film clearly knows his action movies, as he has referenced nearly all the prolific action movie makers in one sense or another.

I thought before seeing this, it was way over-hyped, and i was wrong, it deserves it's reputation. Like a musical, the fighting is wonderful to look at as well as hear.

Easily the best action movie in the last fifteen years.
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