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  • Actors: Sam Riley, Helen Mirren, Andrea Riseborough
  • Directors: Rowan Joffe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IK8CBM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,314 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The year is 1964. The place is Brighton. A once quiet seaside town is suddenly overrun by gangs of sharp suited Mods and greasy Rockers looking for a riot. Amongst the chaos lurks top Mod and gangster Pinkie Brown. Ruthless, ambitious and horrifically violent, Pinkie will stop at nothing in his brutal quest to make a name for himself within the criminal underworld. But when a cold bloodied killing links him to a waitress named Rose, he uses seduction to secure her silence. Can Rose be saved in time from Pinkie, or will he drag her further into a world of death and damnation?

Based upon the classic novel by Graham Greene, Brighton Rock is a gripping, razor edged thriller. The directorial debut of screenwriter Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later), Brighton Rock features two generations of Britain’s greatest acting talent including Sam Riley (Control), Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go), Helen Mirren (The Queen) and John Hurt (The Elephant Man).

Special Features:
• Commentary with Director Rowan Joffe and Editor Joe Walker
• Cast and Crew Interviews
• Mod or Rocker Featurette
• Anatomy of a Scene - The Making of the Record
• Reflections on the Boulting’s Brighton Rock
• Alternative Opening Sequence Storyboard
Mods and Rockers (1964) - short film Directed by Kenneth Hume

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It was always going to be a brave move to bring another version of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock to the big screen. Yet there’s enough of an identity within director Rowan Joffe’s take on the material to give the film a distinction of its own. Joffe recruits Sam Riley, Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Andrea Riseborough for the film, and steers a path that’s slightly different from the book. Nonetheless, the end result remains a solid thriller, with lots of little reasons to commend it.

It’s an incredibly stylish Brighton Rock, for starters, which has both pros and cons. On the plus side, it’s always an interesting film to look at. The negative? Well, there’s an argument that said stylings do get in the way just a little. But then you get some strong performances, that swing things in Brighton Rock’s favour anyway. Sam Riley, impressive in Control, is on fine form here, and leads a strong cast. The end result is never likely to be regarded as a much-talked-about classic, certainly. But this Brighton Rock nonetheless has more than you might expect in the tank, and makes for an enjoyable, interesting thriller. --Jon Foster

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As someone born and brought up in Brighton I was pretty open-minded about the notion of a second movie based on Graham Greene's novel, "Brighton Rock", and as a twenty-year-old in 1964, the year Rowan Joffe chose to place his re-imagining of the book, I was likewise open to how the town would seem at that time as a place in which to relocate the action. Of course many things in the original novel have been changed by Joffe (the screenwriter of Pawlikowski's "Last Resort",(2000), with Dina Korzun and Paddy Considine), themes are given different emphases, and Eastbourne stands in for Brighton in many of the scenes, including its famous pier. These things are in any case not sacrosanct.

But what of the movie as a movie? The cinematography is striking and the "look" of the film is starkly stylish with, in particular, some stunning crane shots - especially the scenes shot at Beachy Head. The individual takes are short and often fragmentary, which lend the film a brittle and nervy dramatic character, in keeping with Sam Riley's playing of Pinkie, the central character, a murderous youth with a very short fuse. Andrea Riseborough (quite unrecognisable in spectacles) is outstanding as Pinkie's "girl", Rose. The rest of the cast is highly distinguished and includes terrific performances by, among others, John Hurt, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Nonsoe Anosie and Phil Davis.

Better or not so good as the 1947 film with Richard Attenborough? It doesn't matter. The 2010 "Brighton Rock" is different, both from the novel and the earlier movie, and as such is well worth viewing. It has its own highly successful dramatic integrity, pace and character.
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In my opinion, yes it is! Not often that I like a re-make of a film more than the original but this is one! Although I still love the first film I think this one surpasses it hands down. Pinkie and Rose are played to perfection, in fact there are no weak links in any of the characters. Sam Riley takes Pinkie's character to another plane, brilliant actor! I saw it at the cinema, bought the DVD and have watched it many times. If I had to pick fault at all it would be with the scooter riders; don't look too hard, a lot of the riders were probably teenagers when the original was made! But that aside I really rate this film as excellent. The ending was different and unexpected, I thought it worked really well. Wish all re-makes were this good!
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Despite the largely negative opinion, I rather enjoyed this adaptation, an interesting and gritty contrast to the Attenborough portrayal, which looks and sounds very true to the era (the story having been transported to the 1960s) and the gangster culture of that time, makes excellent use of its tawdry Brighton locations, depicts very three dimensional characters, and comes over as thoughtful, intelligent and menacing in equal measure. I'm less sure the subtlety of Pinkie & Rose's relationship is really understood, though the beautifully handled finale, using Pinkie's self-recorded 45 does a splendid job of romantic wish fulfilment for Rose, whose desire is to be loved. Worth seeing, especially for the excellent cast. Everyone knows Helen Mirren, but I always love to watch Phil Davies (remember him in Quadrophenia?) - look out for more fine British character actors too!
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Well, I saw this film twice because I thought it was really good.
Fair enough, this is supposed to be an adaptation of Greene's Brighton Rock and the adaptation from novel to screen wasn't brilliant. Although, this film for me was highly successful in achieving it's aims, which is ultimately to create tension and the whole feel of lies and criminality.

The actors are brilliant and for me, Andrea Riseborough was amazing as Rose!
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I suppose this new adaptation of Graham Greene's 30s novel deserves some credit for having ambitious intentions. It shifts the action to the early 60s, thereby placing it against the backdrop of the Mods and Rockers conflicts. It features heightened, starkly lit visuals. And it attempts to draw intense performances from its actors. But somehow, the disparate elements never gel. For a start, the pacing is poor. Once the initial premise is set up - a young hoodlum enters into a doomed relationship with a waitress in order to prevent her from implicating him in a crime - several functional scenes follow each other in predictable succession with little sense of tension or danger. The other problem - which stems from the first - is the presentation of the theme of Catholic guilt. Using shots of churches, crucifixes and religious paintings, Joffe keeps insisting that we take his film as a study of people seeking salvation for their souls, but because we haven't grown attached to the central characters, these spiritual ideas fall flat too. A disappointing mis-fire.
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The stylish cinematography (often expansive) and the menacing, mysterious score (almost like in Hitchcock films) give this film a big screen feel, but something doesn't quite lift it to the sort of suspense movie it could be. It has the makings of a psychological thriller but something doesn't quite work. I think its because the central character (Pinkie) is the weak link in the cast. it ends up looking like a small screen drama being given the cinematic treatment and not quite getting lifted. I think also we miss some of Pinkie's motivations because there isn't much background on him when the film starts, it's almost as if there is half an hour missing from the start of the movie. Nevertheless Helen Mirren and John Hurt are class acts, impeccable in their craft as always. I like the 1960s setting, it looks very authentic and with superb eye for detail to bring that era onto the screen.
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