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Rolling Thunder [Double Play - Blu-ray + DVD]

4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Actors: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OQJS5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,928 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A favourite of Quentin Tarantino, Rolling Thunder is a quintessential revenge film from the 1970s. After eight years of torture in a POW camp, Major Charles Rane (William Devane, Marathon Man) returns home to receive a hero’s welcome and is awarded a big cash prize. Struggling to re-adjust to his former life, Rane faces another ordeal as a sadistic gang of thugs set their sights on his prize, killing his family and destroying his hand in the process. Now living only for vengeance, he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny (Tommy Lee Jones, No Country For Old Men, Men in Black) to exact his own brand of justice. Rolling Thunder was co-written by Hollywood legend Paul Schrader and was his first produced screenplay after Taxi Driver. The film’s title was also the inspiration for Tarantino’s short lived video/DVD label, Rolling Thunder Pictures.

Extras: - Audio Commentary with Co-Writer Heywood Gould, Moderated by Roy Frumkes - Theatrical Trailer with Eli Roth Introduction and Commentary - Exclusive Interview with Linda Haynes - Original TV Spot

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I was a little disappointed with this film given the high ratings and strong reviews. The transition from the man who is numbed by his war experience and cares for nothing to the vengeful vigilante is hard to take on, and for this viewer there is a lack of depth and characterisation in the main parts that reduced the final part of the film purely to guns and violence.

However, still well worth a watch, and I can see why film directors might rate the film highly for its integrity and singlemindedness. There must have been an enormous tempatation to end the film with some sort of return to normality for the broken souls involved.
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Rolling Thunder is directed by John Flynn and written by Paul Schrader and Heywood Gould. It stars William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best, Dabney Coleman and Luke Askew. Music is scored by Barry de Vorzon and cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.

When Major Charles Rane (Devane) returns from being a POW in Vietnam, he finds the world is a different place. His wife has been unfaithful and wants a divorce, his son doesn't know him and not everybody appreciates his service in the war effort. When some sympathetic town citizens hold a ceremony and give him 2,555 silver dollars, it signals the start of violence that takes Rane into a new war......

I'm just gonna sit here.

When Quentin Tarantino proclaimed Rolling Thunder as one of his favourite movies of all time, it was both a blessing and a curse. It's great that this undervalued and under seen gem hit the press notices, even getting a new Blu-ray release in the process, but with Quentin's name comes the millstone of exploitation and cheap flea-pit cinemas showing grubby movies. Nothing wrong with that, many film fans, myself included, enjoy 70s exploitation films and spent time in the afore mentioned sticky carpeted and tobacco perfumed theatres. But Rolling Thunder deserves better than being part of this filmic cultured arc, to have interested new parties seek it out purely with expectation of a revenge driven bloodbath movie.

You learn to love the pain.

John Flynn's movie is one of the finest of all the revenge driven movies out there. It has rich characterisation, thoughtful insight into the pain and tragedy of post war adjustment.
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For many years, this lost cult classic hasn't even had a dvd release (until now), and all I can say is- FINALLY!

I don't see what people are complaining about, for the price (£8), this is a magnificent release. Ok so it's a little light on extras, but it's hardly Taxi Driver (Paul Schrader abandoned his name from the the screenplay, as he wasn't happy that it didn't live up to Taxi Driver standards, but then again, it's a tough thing for ANY film to live up to Taxi Driver's standards).

Instead what we get is a great little exploitation classic, that builds like a pressure cooker until the big finale.

But there is substance too. Devanes Character as a post Vietnam vet shows how cold and emotionally detached he is by his surroundings. His wife marries his best friend, he doesn't care. A beautiful young blonde has the hots for him, he doesn't care. He gets tortured, doesn't care. Charles Rane seems to be some kind of distant cousin to Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle, except with Travis, he seemed to think about his surroundings too much but was still shook up by the Vietnam war and those negative thoughts lead to a path of psychosis, with Rane, he simply feels completely numb, barely seems to think or care about anything expect a way to express his underlying thoughts of violence, yet both of them have one thing on their mind only- violence and vengeance at the expense of self destruction.

The extras comprise of an interview with Linda Haynes, a poster gallery, a trailer, and a trailer with a commentary by Eli Roth who is a huge fan of the film (including his new boyfriend Tarantino).
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A perfect combination of Taxi Driver & Death Wish. I can't recommend it highly enough.

It's also one of Tarantino's favorite films. A fan of Paul Schrader won't be disappointed.

Blue Collar is another perfect Seventies film to seek out.
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When a Major in the US Airforce is freed from a Vietnamese POW camp, along with some of his fellow soldiers, he returns to his town a hero, to a fanfare of support and well wishes. However on arriving home he finds his wife has moved on, his son no longer a toddler and on an emotional level, pretty much unable to connect with or feel anything for the place he has returned too..
But when his home is invaded, he becomes disfigured and worse still, people close to him are killed, the result of which prompting the major to get himself together and go on a hunting trip, to find the aggressors and take his bloody revenge..

A really good Vietnam vet vigilante film this, with Devane giving us the laconic hero who goes on a hook handed road trip of vengeance. The pacing some will find maybe a little slow but the underlying tensions of an ill adjusted man about to erupt are handled quite well and the ending is nothing short of explosive. With Devane teaming up with his fellow POW pal Tommy Lee Jones (another ticking time~bomb who has more loose screws than a spillage in an ironmongers) in order to storm a Mexican brothel and attempt to kill every bad guy in sight. With the precedings being topped off by the appearance of the always welcome Luke Askew, as one of the nasties. . . oh yeah, and there's a lot of stuff involving aviator shades being used to hide people's souls from scrutiny.
For those of you who haven't seen this before, imagine a sort of cross between perhaps Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia and The Exterminator and you're kind of on the right lines. And if you like either of those then you're most likely onto a winner here.

The print on the UK (studio canal) special edition blu ray is sharp enough, with only a little grain. Those of you mad about extras maybe a little disappointed though, with just a short interview, a couple of trailers and a commentary.

4.25/5 stars at least.
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