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on 24 January 2013
Did not contain Norwegian subtitles as adversed. This completely devalues the product in my situation sadly. I would not recommend this product for Norwegian customers, especially if buying as a gift to people that are not all the proficient in the English language.
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on 14 July 2017
Very good thriller.
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on 19 April 2017
Awesome, gritty, real life drama shot in realistic conditions. Great story, great acting and great entertainment.
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This suspense-filled story of Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), directed by Sam Mendes, has as much style and cinematic brilliance as American Beauty, though it is much darker. Sullivan, the adoptive son of John Rooney (Paul Newman), is a cold-blooded killer working for his crime boss "father" in the winter of 1931, when his own twelve-year-old son, Mike Jr., inadvertently witnesses a "hit" in which his father participates. Subsequently, the Sullivans, father and son, take off for Chicago to meet with Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci), underworld lieutenant to Al Capone. Mike Sullivan, Sr. is also hoping to get to Perdition, an appropriately named Midwestern town, so he can leave is son with his sister-in-law. Sadistic hitman Harlan Maguire (Jude Law), who enjoys photographing the death throes of his victims, is soon on the Sullivans' trail to the midwest.
Conrad L. Hall, to whom the film is dedicated, uses photography to its fullest advantage, winning a posthumous Academy Award for his cinematography. Shot in winter, the film preserves the flavor of early black and white films, with sharp, black and white contrasts, and the use of dark, somber colors, when colors are used at all. Snow, ice, rain, and fog perpetuate the cold darkness of the scenes, and Hall's use of architectural framing is stunning, particularly his repeated use of windows. He keeps the scenes simple, often focusing on individual characters in contexts which reveal their emotional states. In one memorable scene, for example, light from a streetlight outside a window casts the shadow of rain on an interior wall, suggesting both tears and cleansing.
Newman is terrific as an aging mob boss, playing his part with just the right mix of frailty and cruelty (for which he won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor). Tyler Hoechlin, as 12-year-old Mike, Jr., reveals his fears and vulnerabilities at the same time that he shows his satisfaction as the center of his father's attention (winning Best Young Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association). Jude Law, made up to look like a true, wild-eyed psychopath, is terrifying. Hanks looks menacing and acts viciously until his concern for his son overtakes all other emotions in a moving, climactic scene, though it is difficult to accept him in the role of a hitman. Period music adds style to the film, and original music by Thomas Newman (and the title song by John Williams), mostly piano and strings, preserves the period tone. Filled with the horror of violence and considerable suspense, this noir film gives a human face to mob violence in the thirties.
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on 23 November 2016
Tom Hanks has played many diverse roles in his career, from the AIDS-stricken lawyer in "Philadelphia" to the mutt-loathing cop of "Turner & Hooch".

But few characters have been so at odds with his perceived good guy image as the gun-toting mob enforcer he plays in Sam Mendes' 1930s-set follow-up to "American Beauty".

Devoted husband and father by day, implacable hit man by night, Michael Sullivan (Hanks) is a mystery to his oldest son, Michael Jr (Hoechlin)... until the boy follows him one evening and sees how he makes his living.

Forced to go on the run, a family tragedy compels Sullivan to seek revenge against his boss (Newman) and the latter's unhinged son (Craig), while remaining one step ahead of the freelance assassin (Law) they've hired to kill him.

Based on a graphic novel by Max Allan Collins, "Road to Perdition" is a powerful, atmospheric crime thriller that blends "Godfather"-style mayhem with philosophical meditations on the nature of good and evil, and the relationship between sons and their fathers.

Perdition is another word for Hell, and thanks to cinematographer Conrad L Hall, there is no shortage of doom-laden symbolism here.

Just in case you miss it, though, composer Thomas Newman hammers it home relentlessly with an intrusive, operatic score.

But while the flick's portentous posturing occasionally grates, this is still a classy yarn that boasts a strong central performance from Hanks and a superb supporting one from Paul Newman
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Road to Perdition has a great story that's carried out by a fantastic cast. I've always felt it's a little too short though keeping it off my 'greatest' list. Still, it's a must for those that haven't seen it though. It is a gangster movie but then again it's not... part gangster, part father getting to know his son.

The transfer is good in that it improves the colours and levels of darkness (many dark scenes at the start of the movie). Lots of grain (as intended). It's worthy of the upgrade from DVD if it's reasonably priced (<£13) and you own a large TV. Audio is great, much more atmospheric than the DVD.

Another cover that doesn't give the languages but here's what are actually on the Blu-Ray:
Languages: English DTS master; Italian DTS; Castillian Spanish
Subs: English; Danish; Finnish; Italian; Norwegian; Swedish; Castillian Spanish; Croatian; Icelandic; Slovakian;

Region free
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on 26 March 2014
A little unlikely perhaps, that one man could cause all this mayhem and violence, without being cut down early on in the proceedings. As a revenge movie it's probably up there with the best of this type. It manages to be human and moving which gives it kudos, with an ending that is inevitable, as Hollywood is still reluctant to rubber stamp such activity.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 February 2011
When his son witnesses him applying a hit, mob enforcer Michael Sullivan finds that the man whom he likened to a father has ordered a hit on him and his family. Too late to save his wife and youngest child, Sullivan goes on the run with his eldest boy and plots revenge along the way.

How refreshing to find a gangster movie in the modern age, more so, how refreshing to find a gangster movie set in the early 1930s and not involving foul mouthed Mafioso types. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig and Jude Law, Road To Perdition is an adaptation of the Graphic Novel that was brought to us by Max Allan Collins & Richard Piers Rayner. The film deals with themes of violence and its consequences and fathers and sons, set to a watery back drop during the Great Depression. It's also a pulse pinging treat of visual magnificence thanks to cinematographer Conrad L. Hall. Comparisons with great gangster film's of the past are inevitable, but Mendes' film has more in common with something like Eastwood's Unforgiven and John Ford's The Searchers, the journey of the lead protagonist is fraught and telling, and motivated by circumstance. But the trick for first time viewers that Road To Perdition has up its sleeve, is that we don't know how it will work out for Hanks' Sullivan. It makes for a riveting experience with many transcendent rewards along the way.

As regards the cast, Hanks is a touch miscast, but his play off relationship with the quite terrific Newman gives the film some solid ground from which to launch its sombre story. Daniel Craig does a nifty line in weasel and Law convinces as a mouldy toothed hired killer who enjoys taking photographs of his victims. With almost philosophical mediations on good and bad, and elegiacally drawn by Mendes, the film thrives as a poetic and atmospheric piece. It's story might be basic, but it rises above that because it be a superbly directed and well acted picture. One that just happens to be beautiful in spite of the bleakness that lingers on the main protagonist. 8/10
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on 12 May 2017
This film is brilliant. Another good Tom Hanks movie
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on 20 August 2005
I saw Road to perdition on the back of good reviews when it came out at the cinema but knew little of what it was about. I can see why it got such good reviews as the acting is superb and is well directed. Basically a young boy realises that his dad is a hitman for the local ganster in 1930's Capone era. Can't reveal much more without spoling the plot.
The film does come across as quite dark and broody, it's a bit slow to start but 20mins in it picks up and you will be engrossed until the end, which however is a bit predictable. Overall a good film well worth watching.
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