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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the Boundaries....
With the current wave of popularity of decent Danish drama on our TV screens, here's a trio of Danish films that started out fifteen years ago.

Imagine downtown L.A, or New York's sleaziest side streets and you're only halfway to Nicolas Winding Refn's inky black slant on dope dealers and their petty lives down Copenhagen's dark alleys.

We get to...
Published on 24 Jan. 2012 by Tim Kidner

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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this version
Three great movies but not this version. Dvd 1 (contains part 1) forces you to watch a studpid trailer before you can start the movie. Dvd 2 contains part 2 and 3 in 4:3-ratio. I don't know why, the movie was shot for widescreen. Annoying. Don't buy, look for another edition.
Published on 24 Sept. 2012 by Marcel Uljee


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5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the Boundaries...., 24 Jan. 2012
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Tim Kidner "Hucklebrook Hound" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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With the current wave of popularity of decent Danish drama on our TV screens, here's a trio of Danish films that started out fifteen years ago.

Imagine downtown L.A, or New York's sleaziest side streets and you're only halfway to Nicolas Winding Refn's inky black slant on dope dealers and their petty lives down Copenhagen's dark alleys.

We get to know their sweary, calloused lives as the camera sits next to them in stolen BMWs and Volvos and follows them round like a bad smell. Because this seems semi documentary, we almost get to like them but as they mess up, they mess up good.

Each film concentrates on a particular character whilst the core remains roughly the same, so there's continuity, yet freshness. The Dogme style shooting (all "natural" - not much is actual daylight, though) is one up from those grainy, shaky cams that makes one seasick. The camera darts and weaves but is fluid and restful when it needs to be, allowing us to literally stand there in the basement, nightclub, crack-den, brothel, whatever it might be.

You find yourself telling the character on screen what an idiot he's being - you don't necessarily like him but somehow you feel 'involved', almost responsible for his irresponsible life. They're never glamourised but the story always seems real, very possible, yet still, as with anyone stuffing themselves with their own product, it's unpredictable - and yes, at times, downright bloody funny.

I originally saw the first two on Film 4 years ago and so now, with this trilogy have caught up the final one, as well as refreshed myself with the others.

I was a bit surprised that Pusher 2 & 3 shared a disc whilst the original had one to itself. That second disc runs to over three hours but it's neatly menued so you can easily play one or the other. Quality doesn't seem to suffer either.

Yes, it's subtitled but following them and the often frenzied action gets the brain buzzing and you get sort of high as the films throws you about like a rag doll. A quick word of warning - those of a sensitive, or narrow-minded nature should keep well away; all three films have very angry teeth, with graphic violence, drug taking, liberal swearing and no holds barred sex and nudity, the scenes of which, by the way, due to the overall grottiness of the environments, are far from erotic.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pusher Trilogy, 12 Jun. 2006
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D. Blewitt "DB0ne" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you haven't heard of, or watched the Pusher movies then you are missing out on the delights of world cinema.

This is great filmmaking, that's not that widely known because of the commercial blockbuster nature of mainstream British cinemas.

This DVD release is the chance to appreciate a relatively over looked classic.

The three films are based around the lives of three Copenhagen pushers and the cycle of violence and despair they live in and around. Each focussing on a different main character, out of the same world.

If you liked La Haine or City of God, or the best of the Dogma movies, this trilogy will deliver. Intelligent filmaking, raw and real, without glamour or sentinmentality.

Makes 'Lock, Stock...' look like Noddy..
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 21 Aug. 2008
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A terrific trilogy which centres around those connected to the copenhagen underworld. Each film has characters who overlap into the others but no prior knowledge is needed to enjoy this amazing series of films. My personal favourite is the second instalment which has a really strong performance from Mads Mikkelsen who struggles to cope with his newfound responsibilities as a father. I found the first film to be the weakest as it's hard to sympathize with the lead character (Frank) who tends to use his girlfriend in any way he can. The final chapter provides the most humour (most of it very dark at times) as Milo struggles to hold on to his position as top dog in the criminal empire. Without a doubt this trilogy is one of the best things you're going to see and is far superior to any Brit-flicks which tackle the criminal underworld.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pusher fims., 8 Jan. 2009
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Buy it. All fantastic films, not a scene wasted.

Great discovery with superb acting,story dialogue , cracking script,pace, music, you name it.

I have now ordered Bleeder, only wish the director had made more films.

Also very interesting directors comments throughout , he was only 24 when he made the first one , and shot in in about six weeks.

The best films I have seen for a long time, and I love films.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Trilogy!, 17 Oct. 2011
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T. S. C. (Somewhere in NW England.) - See all my reviews
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Who'd have thought it; a set of gangster films set in Denmark?! Most people outside of Denmark think Lego, Danish pastries and bacon, and that's about it!

Anyway, I saw the first of the trilogy a good few years ago now, and really enjoyed it. I was surprised that there had been two new films with some of the same characters from the original movie.

The first movie is about Frank, and a drug deal that goes wrong, and, more and more, Frank finds himself in a pickle, and things go from bad to worse. We also meet Milo, a scary ganglord, and Tonny, a sort of bald-headed loser and friend of Frank, who ends up getting a battering from Frank. This is a really good movie.

The second movie is about Tonny, who is played by the excellent actor Mads Mikkelsen, in the first two films. He has got out of jail and finds he is about to be a father; he is hardly good father material. Well, things go from bad to worse for Tonny too, and he ends up in one unhappy experience after another. This is also a good movie.

The Third movie is about the ganglord Milo, who is in all three movies. This is about an aging gangster who finds that he and his territory is being encroached upon; and he doesn't like it. It also involves his daughter's marriage, and we see Milo juggling his square world with his underworld, and a drug addiction, and like a juggler he tries to manage all three; not too successfully as it stands. This is also a shocker, as you'll find out when you watch it!!! Not for the squeamish in any way!!!

So, this sheds some new light on Denmark, but these are excellent films that transcend this little-known corner of Europe, and for my money rate as some of the best gangster/underworld dramas ever made.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted!, 1 Aug. 2010
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An excellent, extremely visceral look at the Copenhagen underworld focussing on three main characters, Frank, Tonny and Milo. A totally unflinching, almost unbearably realistic slice of the lives of three drug dealers (and drug users) that is very difficult to watch at times (too much so for at least two of my friends). If you like your films raw and gritty then this is about as extreme as it gets. If, however you are squeamish then leave this one alone - particularly Pusher 3! You will not under any circumstances finish the trilogy thinking the world to be a better place other than to thank god that you're not in that demi monde. This is a brilliantly crafted piece of extreme film making by a very gifted director and incredibly committed cast.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two out of Three Ain't Bad, 17 Nov. 2006
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Superb trilogy based around drug traffiking in Copenhagen suffers only from a weak final part.In Pusher we follow Frank as one bad deal sends his life into meltdown destroying his relationship with his best friend Tonny and putting him at the mercy of drug kingpin Milo.Pusher 2 follows Tonny's story whose attempts at rehabilitation are thwarted at every turn by his own stupidity, possible fatherhood, the hatred of his father and an unhealhty friendship with Kurt.Pusher 3 follows Milo through a day organising his daughter's birthday party while trying to ward off various threats to his empire.

Overall the trilogy benefits from superior performances throughout,a (to these eyes at least) frighteningly realistic depiction of the drug culture with it's attendant violence and greed and an electrifying soundtrack. Pick of the bunch is Pusher 2 with Mads Mikkelson superb as Tonny. Beware that both 2 and 3 have shocking endings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Danish crime trilogy., 16 May 2012
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J. Mcdonald "Yelochre" (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is an utterly mesmeric series of films; amazing to think they have been out there as a complete trilogy since 2005 yet are apparently little known.
Dealing as they do with gangsters in the Danish underworld, they are at times uncomfortable to watch, with casual violence, forthright language, general misogyny and racism. That they serve to show how disorganised "organised" crime really is at its lower levels is quite an interesting approach - it reveals the dog-eat-dog nature of gangsterism, the dangers of dealing in a product even it`s suppliers can so easily succumb to.
You might think much of this has been done before - there is a long list of films with similar themes - but nothing, in my viewing experience compares with this trilogy as a concentrated, gripping study of the bleakness of it all; the naturalistic style of shooting, the powerful characterisations of those involved and the authenticity of its setting make this something very special - a harrowing, riveting, repulsive but hypnotic filmic event; this is great cinema, wonderfully crafted and compelling.
Aside from a running gag about Milo`s cooking, there is no humour in the trilogy; there are no likable characters, yet how can you forget the look of desperation on Frank`s face in the final scenes of the first film? The utter futility of Tonny`s actions that close the second? The banal desolation of Milo`s life as the trilogy ends?

The films are on two discs; with Pusher 2 and 3 on a single disc, complete with commentaries (in English), trailers, cast and crew profiles and a photo gallery. A commentary and "making of" is listed on the box cover for Pusher, but the copy supplied is the straight vanilla release; all films are presented in widescreen in Danish language and have English only subtitles.
A terrific set from Momentum, well worth your viewing time.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, 15 Sept. 2009
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if you want to be challenged, gripped, intrigued, eager for the next plot to untwist then this fast moving yet candid observation about the criminal characters involved with crime and drugs might just be the assault on your senses you are looking for...

addictevly watchable, like a page turner of a book, thus never dragging, the first film hits you with the authentic stamp of approval of what Refn, the director is capable and leads you down a rabbit hole of the everyday minutia of the main and sub-characters daily lives.

once you see the first film you will want to watch the last and the only way to do that is to watch the one in between!

if its the only trilogy you treat yourself too this year, it will have been worth it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this version, 24 Sept. 2012
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Marcel Uljee "mmmarcel" (Amersfoort, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Three great movies but not this version. Dvd 1 (contains part 1) forces you to watch a studpid trailer before you can start the movie. Dvd 2 contains part 2 and 3 in 4:3-ratio. I don't know why, the movie was shot for widescreen. Annoying. Don't buy, look for another edition.
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