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The Raid [Blu-ray]

Iko Uwais , Joe Taslim , Gareth Evans    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00838IG3O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-Ray player in order to play.

A police raid on a Jakarta tenement building turns into a non-stop bloodbath when the drug dealer who owns it unleashes a furious barrage of fists, bullets, and blades, leaving the few remaining survivors of the invading SWAT team to fight their way up to the top and end the psychotic criminal's violent reign once and for all. Expectant father Rama (Iko Uwais) is an honest cop with deadeye aim and killer fighting skills. Following orders from his lieutenant -- a respected police veteran and mastermind of the ambitious raid -- Rama leads his heavily-armed team into the building silently and stealthily. Their mission is to take down Tama (Ray Sahetapy), a vicious criminal kingpin who uses the building as a shelter for both his many customers and his small army of loyal dealers and killers. Even the bravest cops in the city have never dared to breach Tama's fortress, and once the team's cover is blown, it quickly becomes apparent why; almost immediately, half of the team is shredded in a vicious barrage of gunfire and machetes. The exits have all been blocked, and with Tama's men closing in fast Rama's only hope is to keep going up and take out anyone who gets in his path. Meanwhile, Tama realises that some of the cops have managed to survive the initial assault, so he unleashes two of his best men to stop them dead in their tracks. With his team cut down to a mere handful and his munitions exhausted, the determined cop vows to complete his mission by whatever means necessary.

 

  • Actors    Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy, Tegar Satrya, Iang Darmawan, Eka 'Piranha' Rahmadia, Verdi Solaiman, Alfridus Godfred, Rully Santoso, Melkias Ronald Torobi, Johanes Tuname & Sofyan Alop

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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best action film in 20 years 24 May 2012
Format:DVD
Ok, bold title and a few caveats. The plot is SWAT team tries to get a drug baron in a block of flats...and that's it for plot and locations. The dialogue is in Indonesian so the translation may lose some nuance (but I doubt it) and overall it's every action cliche rolled into one script.

So why the title and 5 stars? Because everything is executed perfectly. The sweaty tension raising intro, the bombastic gunfights and most of all the incredibly brutal, fast and efficient martial arts.

I saw this on a Wednesday evening in a half full cinema- and yet there were spontaneous rounds of applause and cries of "oh god!" as you saw audacious action scene after visceral fistfight. It is a constant thrill with enough "plot" to allow you to recover before the next shot of adrenaline cinema kicks in. It reminds Hollywood it's not about money or how much blows up but how it blows up and two men fighting in a kitchen can be more exciting than watching a city being trashed by giant robots.

A must see for any fan of action movies.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As soon as I saw the red-band trailer, I knew I had to see this movie, and got tickets for the first ever UK screening at Glasgow FrightFest. It was the last film of the day - so every seat in the cinema was already occupied by film fans and journalists who'd been sitting there all day, watching film after film. We squeezed into the last remaining seats in the back row, expecting the audience to be too tired to respond enthusiastically to a late-night action movie.

We couldn't have been more wrong.

THE RAID got half a dozen spontaneous rounds of applause, and a standing ovation at the end. Well deserved.

I've now seen it four times on the big screen, and bought the DVD on the day of release.

THE RAID, is a smart, lean, tightly-controlled thrill machine, perfectly calibrated to create maximum tension and adrenaline, without any of the dumbed-down compromises we've been conditioned to expect from Hollywood. This is, quite simply, the kind of action movie they just don't make any more. Imagine early-80s John Carpenter tension, fused with mid-80s John Woo Hong Kong action (but without Woo's cheesiness), and you're in the right ballpark. It's fast, dense, gritty, uncompromising, and utterly gripping, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with such action classics as DIE HARD, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS and HARD BOILED.

Director Gareth Evans is going to be a major force in Hollywood. Get in on the ground floor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal 9 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This ticks the majority of boxes for an action film and makes for exciting, if not always enjoyable, viewing. There is a lot to admire here and the action sequences make their Hollywood equivalents look tame in comparison. My only criticism, which boils down to personal taste to some extent, is that it is too violent. This might sound like an irrational criticism to level at this genre of film, and the level of brutality certainly adds to the tension, but for me this made it a difficult watch in places. This point notwithstanding, it remains an excellent action film that definitely doesn't pull any punches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Brutal Kick Ass Movie 29 Jan 2014
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Blu ray Info.

Running time 101 minutes, Region B/2, Exclusive to UK Blu ray is commentry by director Gareth Evans & the uncut version of the movie.

Standard extras include Making of The Raid subtitled in English, A one to one interview with director Gareth Evans & star Iko Uwais.

This film can be viewed via subtitles or in English dubbed.

Trivia.
1)Iko Uwais was a operational driver for a cellphone company for 3 year's before making this movie.
2)A sequel to this movie is due out this year again starring Iko Uwais & is directed by Gareth Evan's.
3)Strangely the plot to The Raid & Dredd are very similar both are about surviving a tower block run by criminals.

Review.

Mental, Frenetic, Outstanding action movie is best described about The Raid.

The plot sees a SWAT team with officer Rama go into a 30 storey block apartment building, There some of the most sadistic & vicious criminals live & run drug cartel operations selling there drug's on the city streets of Jakarta.

The tower block is a safe haven for a vicious druglord named Tama who is notorious & feared on the street's of Jakarta in Indonesia.

The SWAT team headed by Lieutenant Wayhu break into the building & get trapped on the seventh floor were a lookout spots the SWAT team & informs Tama about SWAT'S presence within the building.

Tama & his criminal gang of thugs set about attacking & killing the SWAT team were a life & death battle will decide who will survive & come out victorious.

Officer Rama must use all his available skills in martial arts & weapons training in order to survive & try to stay alive to take down Tama & his criminal empire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to make of this ... 29 Aug 2013
By Bollard TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched 'Seven Samurai' at school and have since grown up and gone over the hill watching several exotic productions, from 'Porco Rosso' to 'Ong Bak', 'Azumi', 'Old Boy' and so on. I'm no expert, and I find myself in two minds over this one. One thing for sure is that the hype is, er, hype! The blurb, cover text included, is also plain wrong in terms of the number of floors the good guys ascend. For some strange reason - different continent, I know - I compare this with the original 'Die Hard' which, in my opinion, changed the face of "Get the h*ll out of a tight jam" films. (I accept that the parallel is not 100%.) My view is that 'Die Hard' held together because its sub-plots were woven into the narrative, the lead characters had some depth, there was the odd touch of humour, and you emerged from the cinema feeling you had done ten rounds with Rocky Marciano. In just the first 90 seconds of 'Die Hard' we found out a lot about John McClane's background and attitude. That's good movie making. 'The Raid' ain't quite there ... although, for sure, the action scenes are outstanding, even by 'Ong Bak' standards. That side of it had me gasping. But what about the plot, sub-plots, characterisation? No sale.

Like any armchair critic I 'no fule wel' that if I could direct a movie half as well as Gareth Evans, I would die happy, let alone die hard! But, by the standards of the best, this film lacks depth, characterisation - and another 20+ storeys! I can't sell 4 stars to myself, and 3.5 feels right: I don't even want to watch the DVD a second time. I will give it 4 stars as it has so many admirers and I respect my fellow Amazonians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of action movies.
You can almost feel each blow as it lands on each individual. The fight sequences are extraoridarily real and the characters just great. Particularly the baddies. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jacob J Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!!!!
I gave this Blu-ray a 5 star because as a martial arts fanatic this is one of the most stepped up martial arts epic I've ever seen. Read more
Published 3 days ago by C Vilaya
3.0 out of 5 stars raid is awsome , trailers are not
love this movie

the only weird thing I could point out is the food advertising at the start, when you buy a movie you expext the odd trailer for films but not an ad for... Read more
Published 6 days ago by luke
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish film
load of tosh , so far fetched it is a joke . do not waste your money , bad acting all the way through. with a plot that is pathetic
Published 6 days ago by Mr. Trevor Darragh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Even though it is subtitled . the action is great . from start to finish. looking forward to seeing the next one.
Published 6 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah!
Wasn't expecting so much from this! Eventhough i heard good reviews, but it is intense! I actually didn't want it to end, i do hope they can make a 'Raid 2' or something!
Published 7 days ago by Mr. C. J. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PROBLEM WITH GIVING THIS FILM 5 STARS...
I love this film, and if you are a fan of martial arts films, you will too. But I have a problem with giving this film 5 stars (something that it thoroughly deserves) in that I... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mr. Michael J. Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well
What starts out as quite an interesting premise becomes a rather repetitive martial arts flick by the end. Read more
Published 16 days ago by DaveW
5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering fight scenes
I do not agree this is the greatest action movie of all time but - it is not far off
Published 17 days ago by Chris Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars The Raid
Engrossing, beautifully choreographed, good action, enjoy the musical score in the background during the fight scenes, well directed ,excellent for martial arts lovers
Published 18 days ago by ASH PATINI
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