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The Running Man
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Over a decade after redefining the thriller with The Third Man, director Carol Reed returned to the genre with The Running Man. Reuniting with that film s cinematographer Robert Krasker (BAFTA-nominated for his work here), Reed goes in the opposite direction visually, framing the twisty plot in sun-kissed widescreen colour.
Rex Black (Laurence Harvey, Walk On The Wild Side) has successfully faked his death in a plane crash and escaped to sunny Málaga under a new identity, waiting for his wife Stella (Lee Remick, Anatomy Of A Murder) to arrive with £50,000 of life insurance money. It s the start of a blissful, trouble-free new life for the couple until Stephen (Alan Bates, Gosford Park), the insurance agent in charge of investigating Rex s death, suddenly arrives in town. Is he just holidaying in Spain, as he claims, or is he on assignment to foil Rex s scheme?
Adapted by John Mortimer (later the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey) from the novel The Ballad of the Running Man by Shelley Smith, this underappreciated entry in Reed s celebrated oeuvre makes its official worldwide home video premiere, complete with insightful new bonus features.
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It is worth £20? No. Unless you have to have The Running Man and can't find the DVD.
The packaging looks cheap and the whole thing stinks of a bit of a lost cause quality wise.
The movie itself is one of Arnie's classics, combining great one liners and bone crunching action.
I can remember being a teenager and watching this at the cinema. Arnold Schwarzenegger was, of course, the lead and he was joint king of the action movie, alongside Stallone and Willis, for me....
I enjoyed the film immensely then....what about now?
Well, looking through 40 something eyes shows up two different points; yes, it's an 80's movie but not a 'classic' 80's movie. I was surprised just how dated it actually appears....
...and...two; this is like the big grandfather to series like 'The Hunger Games'! The self same ethics and principles are conveyed....
It's a little more violent than I remember, some of the 'effects' are a little cheap but it's still entertaining and with a message at it's heart - don't believe the media on everything you see and hear....
A good movie to pass the time....just not a GREAT movie....
Running Man - uncut edition (English audio) Blu-ray
This is for the Blu-ray version which is pictured with original artwork and green writing on the front saying running man, you don't actually get a cover like that so I don't know why its pictured, you get a slimline case with the original art still, the details say its 101 minutes uncut, this is TRUE, the only and fullest version of this movie runs at 1 hour 41 minutes 101 minutes, it says 96 on back but that's without credits which are officially accounted in the running time of any film. Uncut doesn't mean its longer in any way there is no longer version, if you buy any 101 minute version then your ok, there is an 86 minute version online somewhere and that is most certainly cut. The picture quality on this is also very good compared to the DVD version, it may not be the best picture ever but at least the black colours ok and there is no grain on the picture, its a better step up from DVD for now, lets hope soon the UK get an ultimate version!
RUNS AT 101 MIN UNCUT.............. REGION FREE PLAYS IN UK
The Audio IS in English you just use the Audio button on your remote to change it
Ignore other reviewers saying its not uncut as they clearly haven't watched any other version to realise what they are talking about, 101 minutes means it is uncut, no longer version of this movie exists!!!