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Wrestler [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

Mickey Rourke , Marisa Tomei , Darren Aronofsky    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry
  • Directors: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writers: Robert D. Siegel
  • Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Agnès Mentre, Ari Handel, Evan Ginzburg, Jennifer Roth
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TOD9VI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,055 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars theatre of cruelty 2 Feb 2009
In Darren Aronofsky's gritty and brilliant new film Mickey Rourke bares both body and soul in a triumphant comeback. It makes for uncomfortable viewing, not only because of the sometimes gruesome nature of the action, but because anyone who knows anything of the personal life and history of Rourke will find the line between fiction and reality very difficult to discern, if it exists at all. Aranofsky apparently refused to make the film with anyone but Rourke in the title role (but not before berating him and raking over the coals of his wasted career) and it is difficult to imagine the film being as powerful with anyone else at its centre. From the opening scenes we are looking at a man who later describes himself as 'a broken-down piece of meat'. His face is a mess, his hair dyed and brittle, a cheap hearing aid is obviously visible and every inch of his skin is marked by scars or tattoos, the marks of his history. It is distressing to see this man, for whom physicality is everything, so destroyed by his vocation. Just when he reaches for his glasses in order to read you feel the fall from grace. Add to this the mess of his life; locked out of his trailer home for non-payment of rent, only able to buy intimacy as a customer in a lap dancing club, estranged from his daughter about whom he knows nothing, and you could dismiss this film as two hours of misery. But that would be a mistake.

I complained recently about the black and white morality of Slumdog Millionaire (not to be confused with the primary coloured palette of the film itself - but I know you can keep up with my confused metaphors), well, The Wrestler is rendered in shades of grey, and it makes it a far more interesting film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling's "Raging Bull" 24 Aug 2009
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"The Wrestler" is an impressive film about a down at heel former celebrity wrestler who ekes out a living fighting in brutal ,bloody contests that often end with him needing stitches.Mickey Rourke puts in a tremendous performance as the Wrestler; his familiar skinny frame has been bloated and pumped up to Incredible Hulk like proportions and he looks every inch an all in wrestler. He plays the character with poignancy and feeling capturing his loneliness,confusion and disappointment. The Wrestler spends most of the film chasing after an unavailable lap dancer ,trying to build bridges with his estranged daughter and coping with life in a hair net behind a deli counter at the local supermarket. After he succumbs to a heart attack he has to decide whether to end his wrestling career and settle down to a lonely unfulfilled old age or to go out in a blaze of glory. "The Wrestler" is a convincing , well acted character portrait of a tragic figure.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fighter still remains 20 Jan 2009
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
Impressed by Mickey Rourke's Golden Globe winning speech, I decided to go see this movie.

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson fought the Ayatollah in Madison Square Garden back in the 80s, and still battles today. Ill met by fate, bruised and battered, his sinewy muscles scarred, his bones creaking in protest he still has the fight, and like a One Trick Pony he sticks to what he knows. It's a desperate life.

As you may recall in Raging Bull, Robert De Niro put on about 40 pounds to play fighter Jake La Motta as he got older, and he won an Oscar for his dedication to the role.

Mickey Rourke does something no less astounding here, putting on huge bulk to assume the persona and convincing physique of a professional wrestler. It's the most amazing acting performance of the year. The lines between actor and character blur and disappear. The kind of pain you see on Randy's face cannot be pretended. It can only be relived from the actor's parallel experience, which is what makes Rourke's performance so compelling.

For female companionship, he goes to a local bar, where a fetching stripper played by Marisa Tomei, Academy Award winner for My Cousin Vinny, gives him a lap dance for a fee. He can barely make rent, yet he has priorities.

Marisa gives an incredibly authentic performance, and it's a welcome surprise see her take it off in the name of art. I applaud her courage in doing so. Her physique is simply amazing, and her body art is very intriguing.

Evan Rachel Wood plays his estranged daughter. Previously, she played the female lead part in Across The Universe, and already has a quite impressive filmography under her belt. Here she sports a different look, and gives a perfect performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Rourke is indeed very good as a aging wrestler disintegrating before
our eyes. And there are some beautifully shot sequences.

But there's also a lot of hokum, especially in the failed relationship
with his daughter, and the stripper played by Marisa Tomei, who is
trapped in a similar downward spiral to Rourke, and may be his only
hope, simply doesn't have the depth to balance him.

For me, a good, solid movie, but not the masterpiece a lot of critics
claimed, at least on first viewing.

I'm a fan of Aronofsky's, but I found this the least brave and
compelling of his films.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars film.
As exciting as watching paint dry.
Published 18 days ago by Rhum2946
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The critics were correct.

The documentary style of this film combined with Mickey Rourkes performance and a well balanced story line is utterly absorbing.
Published 2 months ago by matthew rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Life isn't sweet or perfect, except in the ring...
NB - I'm reviewing this on the film only (having viewed this on Prime instant video).

Micky Rourke plays the central character 'Randy the Ram savage', an... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SK
5.0 out of 5 stars Darren Aronofsky`s masterpiece
I have seen many many films over the years but The Wrestler has to be one of my favorites and I'll tell you why...... Mickey Rourke. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jame3 B
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic piece of art!
Sheer brilliance! A must see for everyone that wants to know what a great performance is! Do not miss it.
Published 3 months ago by Christos
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreaking story, which convincingly shows the unseen side of...
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, convincing acting evokes genuine emotions, I would highly recommend it for everyone who wants to see great storyline and unusual... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stanley Sokol
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
Bought it for my partner as we were doing a "watch each other's favourite film" thing. He wasn't sure if it was going to be schmaltzy but it absolutely blew him away too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece.
I was told about this movie by a friend of mine and was informed that he had really enjoyed watching it. I was not disappointed as this movie is a real masterpiece. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leigh RybakRajewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a stunningly moving performance, it really took me by surprise. This is a fantastic film, not at all what I expected when my other half suggested watching it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Abi Jefferies
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent!!!.
Pretty decent movie showing Rourke in a role that fits him as a glove!!!.

Except a lot of grain in the video that it must be intentional and some other minor negatives... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Yannis Gkaragkanis
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