A History of Violence (Special Edition Steelbook Case) (Blu-ray)

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So much has been written about this movie and the title. For most, the movie is about the way violence is encoded in our lives and how we all have an underlying current running through us. I think the movie is really the study of the relationship between the two main characters, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) and Edie (Maria Bello). Read More

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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.


Studio Alliance
SKU 229732752
UPC 065935841418
UPC 14 00065935841418
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/13/2012
Sales Rank 3143
Family (General)
Small Town Life
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "Cronenberg plays that pulp-revenge thriller plot with a perfectly pitched straight face throughout..." 10/01/2005 p.134,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 "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,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
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
Premiere "[I]t's tight, exciting, and, let's not forget, hilarious." 02/01/2006 p.40
David Cronenberg
William Hurt
Maria Bello
Viggo Mortensen
Ed Harris
Cast & Crew
William Hurt - Star
Maria Bello - Star
Viggo Mortensen - Star
Stephen McHattie - Star
Ed Harris - Star
Peter MacNeill - Star
J.C. Spink - Executive Producer
Justis Greene - Producer
Josh Olson - Screenwriter
Chris Bender - Associate Producer
Peter Suschitzky - Director of Photography
Kent Alterman - Executive Producer
Howard Shore - Composer
Cale Boyter - Executive Producer
Josh Braun - Producer
David Cronenberg - Producer
David Cronenberg - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
UPC 00065935841418
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Actor Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt
Director David Cronenberg
Edition Canadian
Limited Edition Yes
Video Format Blu-Ray
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