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The Roger Donaldson Collection : Sleeping Dogs/Smash Palace [DVD] (1977/1982) [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Bruno Lawrence, Warren Oates, Anna Maria Monticelli, Nevan Rowe
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Bruno Lawrence, Ian Mune, Roger Donaldson, Arthur Baysting, Christian K. Stead
  • Producers: Larry Parr
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 213 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BKBH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,955 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Carran on 29 Mar 2006
Both of these movies deserve special mention in the history of New Zealand film. Even now with such masterful film making by Peter Jackson these two films show a raw edge to Donaldson's prowess at telling stories that stand the test of time. These pre-date Donaldson's classic thriller 'No Way Out' and show his talent off in style. If you can get past the sometimes erratic acting performances and thick Kiwi accents you will thoroughly enjoy the pace and drama. Classic story telling and burgeoning talent in the form of Sam Neil make these excellent dramas even now. Highly recommended.
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By Ms Belle on 21 Jan 2014
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For lovers of late 70s/early 80s New Zealand cinema, these two films are a must have, Wonderful performances from Sam Neill from his early career, as well as the brilliant Bruno Lawrence, who was tragically taken too early. Other key movies from that period are "Utu" and "Good Bye Pork Pie". Spent many an afternoon in school watching these films at the end of the term when the teachers didn't know what to do with us!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Smash Palace-Amazing Performances 18 May 2004
By Scott FS - Published on
I'm really glad Smash Palace is FINALLY going to be released on DVD. It's an amazing film. Shot in New Zealand, and released in 1981 (that long ago?), I remember it well.
Bruno Lawrence plays Al Shaw, a rather eccentric fellow who is a very difficult person to like. He is abusive to his wife (pointedly in a difficult-to-watch scene where he has a 'romantic interlude' with his wife, who then leaves him), obsessed with race cars, and a peculiar friend to a few selected souls, who don't always return the favor. He certainly has problems with authority figures. On the other hand, he loves his daughter terribly (in the positive sense of the word). After his wife leaves him, he makes the decision to re-unite with her, and that decision makes his whole world teeter on the brink of complete and utter disaster. The tension is very high for the entire film. You're just waiting for him to self-destruct. The only question is, who is he going to take with him?
Personally, I don't blame his wife for leaving him, as he is quite difficult to live with (though she gives him some good reasons for his hostility). And for his best friend, well, let's just say Al's not happy with him, either.
Twenty-three years after its release, I still remember this film vividly. That's the power it has. This isn't a movie with black-and-white, good-guy/bad-guy characters, every one is more complicated than that. It is a film that is gripping and disturbing, but, as I've said, very memorable. A fine early effort from director Ronald Donaldson, who has gone on to direct 'Cocktail', 'White Sands', and last year's 'The Recruit'.
Personally, I liked this film better than any of those very good efforts.
Highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
wonderful 1 Jun 2006
By Matt Kratz - Published on
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I didn't care too much for Sleeping Dogs, which I found to be too confusing for my tastes, but I loved Smash Palace. I remember seeing it while on vacation in New Zealand, and when it came out on DVD, I jumped at buying it. Bruno Lawrence delivers an incredible performance as Al Shaw. Smash Palace is a junkyard filled with run-down and wrecked card and is owned by Al and his wife Jacqui. It also serves as one of Al's two main obsessions. The other is with building a race car. Jacqui craves attention;Unfortunately, Al pays more attention to his obsessions then he does to her, which leads her to having an affair with his best friend Ray. When Al finds out, he reverts to drastic action which includes kidnapping their young daughter and heading for the hills. This movie has perhaps the most unforgettable final scene you'll ever see in a movie. I loved it and recommend it strongly.
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More collectible than watchable? 10 Dec 2004
By D. Hartley - Published on
This unique "two-fer" release by Anchor Bay, billed as (what we assume to be) the "first" volume of the "Roger Donaldson Collection" leaves the thinking reviewer a bit stuck. Do I review each film seperately, or do I trot out a smarty-pants "auteur" essay about the director? Frankly, it was finally spotting "Smash Palace" on DVD that got me excited about this release. The co-feature, "Sleeping Dogs" (a speculative political thriller about what might happen if New Zealand suddenly fell under violently oppressive, Stalin-like government control-kind of a poor-man's version of "Z") was obscure even to a film geek like yours truly; and as it turns out, I haven't been missing anything all these years. Sloppily directed, with more than its share of glaring plot holes, "Sleeping Dogs" nonetheless does have some historical signifigance; it was the debut film for both director Donaldson and star Sam Neill. It was also the first New Zealand film to ever be distributed in the U.S. The "Sleeping Dogs" featurette, when seen as an oral history of the struggling birth of the NZ film industry, is actually much more compelling than the film itself! "Smash Palace" is the more accomplished and critically acclaimed of the two films on this collection. Reminiscent of "Shoot The Moon", it deals with the story of a disintegrating marriage between an eccentric race car driver/auto salvage yard owner and his neglected wife. Bruno Lawrence gives a memorably edgy performance as the cuckholded husband. It is unfortunate that Roger Donaldson never really evolved much after the promise of "Smash Palace", he's gone on to give us such middling, by-the-numbers fare as "Cocktail", "No Way Out" and most recently, "The Recruit". "****" for "Smash Palace" and "**" for "Sleeping Dogs". Both films have excellent transfers, decent sound and director/cast commentary. Mostly of interest to film buff/collectors.
Five Stars 12 Sep 2014
By Deborah Spaulding - Published on
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It was a goof movie.
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Bruno Lawrence- Smash Palace 16 Sep 2008
By crystalidaho - Published on
I watched this film because it was recommended by a friend who had lived in New Zealand and knew Bruno -he was an excellent musician as well as an awesome actor. He would have been much more famous had he not died of cancer. This was the best film I have seen in a long time, gritty side of divorce, emotions unfortunatly most of us have dealt with, ahead of it's time really. Apparently Bruno was given quite a bit of input during the filming (the clothes through the door scene was his idea) and I really enjoyed the film. I have since watched two more of his films, and both were good, but not as good as Smash Palace.
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