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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman
  • Directors: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VP822M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn and the winner of the Best Director award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. DRIVE is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best—Drive!

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Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive--a pulp fairytale about a driver struggling to protect an optionless family--has deep cinematic roots that run through the canon of existential noir from the '60s onwards, borrowing the central characterization of Walter Hill's The Driver, the professional code of Jean-Pierre Melville's The Samurai and the palette and pace of Michael Mann's Heat. Ryan Gosling has formidable presence as the un-named hero: a classic celluloid stranger whose eyes give away everything his controlled dialogue tries to conceal. He makes fair money as an in-demand getaway driver with a legit career in stunt-driving and racing ahead of him. But when a protective relationship is struck with a coping mother (Carey Mulligan) and her young son (Kaden Leos) he breaks his own rules to help her backslider husband with one last heist. Sure enough, nothing goes according to plan--and the driver must lay down a trail of retribution, attitude and scorched rubber to shake off a brutal entanglement with the mob. Gosling's depiction of heroic cool is flawless, as are supporting performances from Mad Men's Christina Hendricks as a trashy moll, Albert Brooks as a dangerous investor and Ron Perlman as the demonic gangster pulling the narrative strings. The cinematography of Newton Thomas Sigel (The Usual Suspects) also gives Los Angeles a hip starring role: the shots of Gosling racing his 1973 Chevrolet Malibu along LA's concrete riverbed--or just rolling it around the sodium-tinted backstreets--make franchise concepts like The Fast and The Furious look suspiciously like nerd territory. --Leo Batchelor

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With the title "Drive" and the tag line "Get in. Get Out. Get Away" one could be forgiven for thinking that this was a fast paced heist movie focused on long car chase get-away sequences. It isn't. Less 'Fast and Furious' and more 'Subdued and Serious'. The film starts with a getaway drive that rather sets the tone of the film; our driver says very little and only picks up the pace if cornered at which point he can and will do whatever he has to.

Arguably our driver is either mysterious or astonishingly lacking substance; new to an apartment he quickly develops a bond with his neighbour. When the neighbours husband needs a favour things go terribly wrong, and with the driver's life threatened, but more importantly the neighbour and her child's life threatened, driver does everything he has to to keep them safe. At times this gets very gory, and there are those who will question the need to be quite so graphic. Drive does not glorify violence by any means, but does tell us a lot about Driver whose quiet demeanour could otherwise be mistaken for passive or apathetic.

Pros:
- Stunning visuals and sound. Fans of 80's Michael Mann films will be happy in this respect.
- A serious and engaging story for the more patient viewer.

Cons:
- Many will be put off by the graphic violence. Some will say it is unnecessary, although probably most will disagree.
- What for many will be an interesting albeit quiet protagonist, will for others be soulless and borderline sociopathic.

Bottom Line:
- Engaging and stylish for the patient.
- Tedious and one dimensional for the impatient.
- Horrific for those with weaker constitutions.
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This is nothing like a Fast And Furious or Transporter movie so anybody expecting that will be very dissapointed. Drive is a modern film noir about a hollywood stuntman with no name who also acts as a getaway driver for the mob. Ryan Gosling is one of the hottest actors around at the moment and it's very easy to see why here, with a performance that echoes Steve Mc.Queen especially when he's behnd the wheel. Albert Brooks, perhaps best known as the father in Finding Nemo is very menacing as a mob boss as is Ron Perlman as his henchman and there's solid support from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Carey Mulligan. It's a very brutal film with some scenes not for the sqeemmish. A very well shot film and with some excellent driving scenes and car chases, this is also a very intelligent film with a lot of heart too. Absolutely brilliant.
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This is such a brilliant movie. Albeit violent in parts, it has a feel-good side to it too. You do wonder about the drivers obvious mental state - bordering between psychotic and OCD. Also his obsession with a woman he only holds hands with. It's not high on dialogue, but that's the sort of movie it is. Some movies don't need tonnes of dialogue to be brilliant. Bit like Bullitt in some ways (and thats one of my fav movies of all time).

Great acting, great movie, fantastic soundtrack. Soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard. Blu-ray HD quality is pretty good, and still keeps that cheesy 80's feel. I get a little more out of it each time its watched. Recommend it!
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This movie initially reminded me of Michael Mann's cinematography of the 1980s, in terms of the sound track, the vibrant colours, the use of landscapes and modes where the heroic protagonists occupy a somewhat secret world, away from ordinary concerns. There is a feel of stylishness and emotional intensity and sexual subtext and strong violence. However, where this splits from a Mann production is that at times the film has no dialogue - instead the viewer has to rely on gestures and or facial descriptions and that in itself can be disconcerting. Therefore, it is quite understandable that people will not like this type of storytelling and will reach for volume control on the remote.

One of the outstanding scenes was the elevator sequence, which was essentially a series of striking visuals and explicit imagery that's a key example of how the film conveys so much through emotions and through the moving image as opposed to the use of any spoken narrative. The use of very capable Bryan Cranston as Shannon is great casting, he seems to have such a far-ranging palette of characterisations. The whole casting of the film is good, and in some ways rather quirky.

To sum up, then, this is a good neo-noir crime thriller film that for me really delivers. That said, and I hate to sound repetitive, but I can appreciate why there are ​detractors as my partner is one of them.
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Loved this film. One of the best I have seen this year, possibly ever. It has a stylish cool feel to it which concerned me at first as i thought it might be style over substance but i neednt have worried. It was a little slow to start and you wonder where it's going but once it gets going it is gripping stuff. There is a sparcity of dialogue that Cormac Mccarthy would be proud of but i felt that it did not detract from the film as it is so good.It also has a slightly 1980's feel to it, but not in a bad way. It is violent but no worse than i have seen before. The Soundtrack is wonderful and really added to the atmosphere of the film to the extent I paused it so i could go online and download it! I cant recommend this film highly enough.
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