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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Hume Croyn, Charles Bickford
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow Academy
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KHRI1FM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,320 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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NOBODY REALLY ESCAPES

Before making the French crime classic Rififi, Jules Dassin was arguably the greatest of film noir directors, responsible for a string of gems including The Naked City, Thieves Highway and Night and the City. Brute Force kickstarted that run of pictures and never did a film live up to its name more.

Burt Lancaster is Joe Collins, one of a number of convicts squeezed into cell R17 intent on staging a prison break. Not only does he need to return to the side of his cancer-ridden wife (Ann Blyth), he also wants to escape the clutches of sadistic warden Captain Munsey (an unforgettable performance from Hume Cronyn) who enjoys a reign of terror over the inmates.

Beautifully shot by the great William H. Daniels, tautly written by Richard Brooks (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood) and impeccably acted by its ensemble of noir familiars, Brute Force remains a prison movie classic.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New High Definition digital transferof the film
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Burt Lancaster: The Film Noir Years an in-depth look at the actor s early career by Kate Buford, author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring the original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
  • Collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by Frank Krutnik, author of In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity, and Swell Guy, an obituary of Brute Force s producer, Mark Hellinger, by its screenwriter, Richard Brooks, illustrated with original stills
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    One of Dassin's best films --Time Out

    Engrossing entertainment --The New York Times

    The last reel is one of the most ferocious and explosive climaxes to be seen in a movie of the 1940s --Emanuelle Levy

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Format: DVD
An early Burt Lancaster film, and what a film! i remember watching this when i was 11 years old, as it was one of my fathers favourites.
It tells the story of 6 inmates (of cell R17) serving time in a harsh prison, made all the more worse by a sadistic prison warden called Capt.Munsey, who beats the prisoners with "Brute Force" to get them to do his will. each of the prisoners of cell R17 has his story to tell of the "Outside" where life with their respective wives/girlfriends did them a bad turn, hence ending up in prison, and wanting to get back on the "outside"
The ending of the film is quite explosive and dramatic.
A must for film buffs, and an often overlooked Burt Lancaster gem!
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
This is Westgate Penitentiary, the Warden is a weak man, the prison is practically run by the cruel and highly ambitious Captain Munsey. But the prisoners are no walk overs, they deal their own justice to those that don't tow the line, tired and fed up of mistreatment, and fuelled by the Munsey influenced suicide of a popular inmate, the prisoners, led by big Joe Collins, plot a break out, the fear of failure not even an option.

Brute Force is a cracking moody picture directed with innovation by Jules Dassin and starring Burt Lancaster (brilliant as Joe Collins), Hume Cronyn (Munsey), Charles Bickford (Gallagher) and lady support (shown in excellent flashbacks) from Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth, Ella Raines and Anita Colby. We open in the pouring rain at the monolithic gates of Westgate Penitentiary, Dassin's camera looking up at the gate like some foreboding warning, William Daniels black and white photography is stark and making its point, all this as Miklos Rozsa's score thunders in our ears, it's clear that this is going to be a mean and moody prison picture.

So it proves to be, sure all the formula traits that lace most prison films are in here, but Dassin and his team have managed to harness an oppressive feel to put us the viewer within the walls of Westgate as well. This is a bleak place, there are six men to a prison cell, their only chance of staying sane is memories of loved ones and a unified spirit to not be put upon by the vile Munsey, we are privy to everything, we ourselves are part of the furniture. Brute Force thankfully doesn't disappoint with its ending, the tension has been built up perfectly, the mood is set, so when the ending comes it's explosive and a truly fitting finale to what has been a first rate prison melodrama. 9/10
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Format: DVD
Until this day Jules Dassin's Brute Force stands out as the greatest prison drama ever made. Made in 1947 it is one of the beginning movies of Burt Lancaster which has made before this movie The Killing (1946). Jules Dassin made his debut back in 1942 after working as assistant director to the great Hitch on his earliest American movies. It was for this film that Dassin started to get noticed and made an interesting investment for one of Hollywood's most important producers at that time, Mr. Mark Hellinger. This guy went on producing the following movie Dassin did, Naked City (1948). Unfortunatelly due to heart failure he died never seeing the premiere of Naked City.

An unusual prison movie with strong noir elements like dark charaters, doubtfull pasts of cell members, femme fatale, and so on. This noirish flavour makes it unforgetable to every viewer. The action is full of adrenalyne and never stops to amaze. Although made years after Each Dawn I Die (1937) if am correct for the year, ranks still the first movie of its kind in a top that follows Each Dawn I Die with James Cagney.

After 62 years of its release the movie is as fresh as ever and it is issued for the first time in the UK on DVD.

Phenomenal experience, never to be forgotten, that's Brute Force!
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By Captain Clegg TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 April 2016
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Another brilliant release from Arrow, and what a great film?.

Now the Blu-ray quality is good in parts but over all not the best I have seen from a black & white film, it gets a 3/5 from me.

You get two discs and a great booklet with information about the film, plus a nice revisable sleeve and bonus features.

The film ratio is in 1.37:1, and the Audio is in Mono 1.0.

Their are Subtitles: English SDH
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Format: DVD
The Criterion Collection presents "BRUTE FORCE" (30 June 1947) (98 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Burt Lancaster had one of his first starring roles in this hard-hitting prison drama --- Capt. Munsey (Hume Cronyn) is a cruel, corrupt prison guard who has his own less-than-ethical ways of dealing with inmates, enough so that Joe Collins (Lancaster) - the toughest inmate in the cell block - has decided to break out --- Collins tries to persuade Gallagher (Charles Bickford), the unofficial leader of the inmates and editor of the prison newspaper, to join him, but Gallagher thinks Collins' plan won't work --- However, Collins does have the support of his cellmates, most of whom, like himself, wandered into a life of crime thanks to love and good intentions --- Collins pulled a bank job to raise money to pay for an operation that could possibly get his girl out of a wheelchair --- Fabulous score by composer Miklós Rózsa.

Top flight power performance from Burt --- and the rest is history!

Under the production staff of:
Jules Dassin [Director]
Richard Brooks [Screenwriter]
Robert Patterson [Story]
Jules Buck [Associate Producer].
Mark Hellinger [Producer]
Miklós Rózsa [Original Film Score]
William H. Daniels [Cinematographer]
Edward Curtiss [Film Editor]

BIOS:
1. Jules Dassin [Director]
Date of Birth: 18 December 1911 - Middletown, Connecticut
Date of Death: 31 March 2008 - Athens, Greece

2. Burt Lancaster (aka: Burton Stephen Lancaster)
Date of Birth: 2 November 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 20 October 1994 - Century City, California

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