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The Raid [DVD]

Iko Uwais , Joe Taslim , Gareth Evans    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno
  • Directors: Gareth Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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 (219 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00838IDSC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738 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.

The Raid is, then, that rarest of things: a modern action cinema classic.  --Jon Foster

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
  • Trailers
  • 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Action, Action. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Brutal Kick Ass Movie 29 Jan 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 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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58 of 67 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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25 of 29 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
first class
Published 7 days ago by richard blackley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 8 days ago by JASON
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and a must have
This is a very brutal very clever and superbly shot movie and if you like martial arts films this is definately for you, to not have this in your bluray collection would be a... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Steven Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of action but the dialogue is not in English
I read the other reviews and thought I would go for this DVD. I can confirm that there is plenty of hand to hand combat and there are fight scences in it almost from the beginning... Read more
Published 23 days ago by DGNB
3.0 out of 5 stars Wannabe Die Hard type movie
Not a bad movie to pass 2hrs of your life if you like lots of hand to hand/machette/knife/gun/anything you can grab/ type combat. The good guys are the cops, maybe! Read more
Published 24 days ago by wil..e.coyote
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action film
Had heard a lot about this film and must say it did not dissappoint. Good story and fantastic action throughout. Recommended.
Published 27 days ago by J A Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars "Best Action Film since Die Hard"
"Best Action Film since Die Hard"
"Best Action Director in the World right now"
Empire

Love this film, have a lads night in.
Published 28 days ago by NS
5.0 out of 5 stars The film "Dread" wishes it was
This is an action packed, dramatic and brutal martial arts movie. The action sequences are great, whether they are snipers with single shot kills, butchery by machine gun, knives,... Read more
Published 29 days ago by K. G. A. Alavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Well shot, great fight scenes, rubbish story, what more do you want? I Could put loads more descriptive words to say the say thing but that would be pointless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Garry Brinkhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars All action, great excitement
Great action film, one of the best of it's genre. Forget the subtitles, you are not going to need any help following the plot, which is quite simple.
Published 1 month ago by AndrewSouthLondon
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