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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 229732752
UPC: 065935841418
UPC 14: 00065935841418
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In this thrill-packed actioner, small-town diner owner, Tom Stall finds himself a local hero after he successfully takes down two thugs during an attempted robbery. But his sudden celebrity draws unwanted attention from the outside world, including mobsters Carl Fogarty, who insist that Tom is intricately tied to their past. Fogatry begins stalking Tom's wife and children, resulting in a bloody standoff in which Tom must protect his family from what is either a case of mistaken identity or a violent past that's finally caught up with him.
Editor's Note
Canadian director David Cronenberg, whose impressive oeuvre includes such disparate works as THE DEAD ZONE, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS, M. BUTTERFLY, and SPIDER, has made what might be the best film of his career with A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Loosely based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, the movie stars Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a quiet, easygoing family man who runs a diner in a small Indiana town. But when two dangerous criminals come into the restaurant prepared to wreak havoc, Stall turns hero and shoots them both. After Stall's story is blasted all over the media, Philly mobster Carl Fogaty (an excellent Ed Harris) shows up, claiming that Tom is actually former hit man Joey Cusack--and they've got some important business to finish. While Stall insists that Fogaty is mistaken, his family--his wife, Edie (Maria Bello); teenage son, Jack (Ashton Holmes); and young daughter, Sarah (Heidi Hayes)--gets dragged into the danger that constantly threatens to explode. Cronenberg, whose films often deal with the fantastical, the futuristic, and the supernatural, has done a masterly job creating a wholly believable modern world where evil lurks just around the corner. Howard Shore's tense, moody music complements the outstanding acting in a violent, powerful film that is not to be missed.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Alliance
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/13/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video UPC UPC: 00065935841418
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info William Hurt
Video Cast Info Maria Bello
Video Cast Info Viggo Mortensen
Video Cast Info Stephen McHattie
Video Cast Info Ed Harris
Video Cast Info Peter MacNeill
Video Cast Info J.C. Spink - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Justis Greene - Producer
Video Cast Info Josh Olson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Chris Bender - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Suschitzky - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Kent Alterman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Shore - Composer
Video Cast Info Cale Boyter - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Josh Braun - Producer
Video Cast Info David Cronenberg - Producer
Video Cast Info David Cronenberg - Director

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Some of the performers -- especially Maria Bello as the hero's wife and Ed Harris as a mysterious stranger -- are gripping." 09/01/2005 p.98

Rolling Stone
"The family tableau that ends the film is as chilling and redemptive as anything Cronenberg has ever crafted....You won't know what hit you." 10/06/2005 p.163

"Cronenberg plays that pulp-revenge thriller plot with a perfectly pitched straight face throughout..." 10/01/2005 p.134

Entertainment Weekly
"It's about the violence that surpasseth all understanding -- a cataclysm of awful consequence that unfolds with insidious intimacy and a Cronenbergian delight in the animal squish and shock of torn bodies." -- Grade: A 10/07/2005 p.48-49

New York Times
"A masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills, David Cronenberg's latest mindblower, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year." 09/23/2005 p.E1-E14

Sight and Sound
"Cronenberg's masterful, intelligent and gripping meta-thriller leaves us pondering about our enduringly perverse desire for alternative realities, in which surrogate violent alter egos run righteously and preposterously amok." 10/01/2005 p.64

USA Today
"[With] a fabulous Ed Harris in Blues Brothers shades as a mutilated Mob smoothie; the best William Hurt in years; and career-topping work by both leads. Always keeping us unbalanced, VIOLENCE finally seems less eccentric than scintillatingly original." 09/23/2005 p.1E

"[I]t's tight, exciting, and, let's not forget, hilarious." 02/01/2006 p.40

Ranked #1 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "An heroic mainstream comeback for director David Cronenberg....A modern American masterpiece." 01/01/2006 p.76

Entertainment Weekly
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "Right to the last shot, this thrilling, hardheaded movie refuses to draw conclusions....This is the best movie of the year." 12/30/2005 p.119

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt
Product attributeDirector:   David Cronenberg
Product attributeEdition:   Canadian
Product attributeLimited Edition:   Yes
Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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