Bronson (Blu-ray)

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Based on the true story of one of the world s most violent prisoners. In 1974 a misguided 19-year-old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to seven years in jail Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. Provocative and stylized BRONSON follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson who gave himself the nickname Charles Bronson from a petty thief into Britain s most dangerous prisoner. Actors: Tom Hardy Matt King. Directors: Nicolas Winding Refn. Format: AC-3 Closed-captioned Color Dolby Subtitled Widescreen. Language: English. Subtitles: English Spanish. Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1. Number of discs: 1. Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment. DVD Release Date: February 9 2010. Run Time: 93 minutes.

Specifications

Studio Magnolia Pict Hm Ent
SKU 213262046
UPC 876964002783
UPC 14 00876964002783
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
British
Crime
Live-Action
Prison
Prison/Prisoners
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note This drama tells the real-life story of the infamous British prisoner Charles Bronson (not to be confused with the American actor of the same name). Though Bronson was initially sentenced to seven years for burglary, his bad behavior--including attacking violently, taking hostages, and staging protests from the roof--has had him imprisoned for more than three decades, most of it in solitary confinement.
Reviews
Hollywood Reporter "Hardy gives an utterly convincing performance, and as a piece of filmmaking, BRONSON is undeniably well shot and well edited." 01/22/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Bronson's closest cousin is Malcolm McDowell's Alex in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Like Kubrick's anti-hero, Bronson inspires equal reactions of fascination and revulsion." 04/01/2009
Film Comment "Refn's visual strategy reinforces both physical claustrophobia and mental closure....Not since A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has the aura of brutality been accompanied by such shrewd musical selections..." 09/01/2009
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "BRONSON is a stridently static film with an amazingly fluid performance at its center." 10/08/2009
Los Angeles Times "A fearless, indelible lead performance by Tom Hardy propels the wildly riveting BRONSON, the harsh true story of perhaps Britain's most notorious prisoner..." 10/16/2009
A.V. Club "For his movie BRONSON, director Nicolas Winding Refn turns Petersen's life story into a pensive, Kubrickian study of anti-social behavior." -- Grade: B 10/08/2009
Entertainment Weekly "[T]old with a CLOCKWORK ORANGE-in-the-cuckoo's-nest jauntiness." 10/16/2009
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Tom Hardy is pure dynamite in the role....This movie and Hardy's electrifying performance will knock you for a loop." 10/29/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "It is 92 minutes of rage....Hardy brings a raw physicality to the role..." 10/30/2009
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's impossible not to be impressed by Hardy's charismatic take on a man we could spend a lifetime with and never fully understand." 02/09/2010
Directors
Nicholas Winding Refn
Actors
Tom Hardy
Cast & Crew
Tom Hardy - Star
Hugh Ross - Star
Juliet Oldfield - Star
Jonny Philips - Star
James Lance - Star
Amanda Burton - Star
Matt King - Star
Kelly Adams - Star
Nicholas Winding Refn - Screenwriter
Danny Hansford - Producer
Rupert Preston - Producer
Brock Norman Smith - Screenwriter
Larry Smith - Director of Photography
Lol Hammond - Music Supervisor
Lol Hammond - Music Director
Nicholas Winding Refn - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00876964002783
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Michael Gordon Peterson -- dubbed "Charles Bronson" by a bare-knuckle boxing promoter -- was arrested in 1974 at age 22, and sentenced to seven years in prison for armed robbery. Since then, he's spent all but four years of his life behind bars, both for crimes committed on the outside and for violence perpetrated on the inside. For his movie Bronson, director Nicolas Winding Refn turns Petersen's life story into a pensive, Kubrickian study of anti-social behavior. From an opening sequence that has a naked, greased-up Tom Hardy (as Petersen) punching at a cage in slow-motion while The Walker Brothers' art-pop classic "The Electrician" blares on the soundtrack, Bronson makes kicking ass -- and waiting to kick ass -- into an aesthetic all its own...Here's all Bronson is, really: It's the bald, mustachioed, sturdily built Hardy raging like a bull, embodying a man who needs little provocation to beat the living crap out of guards, fellow prisoners, passersby... anybody. And then it's him sitting utterly still, frightening everyone around with the potential for grievous bodily harm. In between all that, Hardy delivers an often-hilarious running monologue, explaining Petersen's quest for a curious kind of stardom. The "doing crime for fame" theme is more than a little played-out, but Hardy's so boisterous -- and Refn's filmmaking so dynamic -- that it's fairly easy to buy in to the inherent entertainment value of bloody fisticuffs...There are times during Bronson when it's unclear what Refn is going for, and times when the movie seems like a derivative, extra-pretentious version of A Clockwork Orange. For long stretches of Bronson, nothing much happens -- and what does happen is, well, odd. (Our anti-hero is big on theatrical displays of brutality, involving body paint.) But by the end of the movie, it becomes clearer how Refn uses stillness and nothingness to keep the audience tense and anxious. There are two Bronsons on display here: the impossible thug that we don't dare release into polite society, and the guy we enjoy watching do his terrible thing. The man and the movie are both living, punching contradictions.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Noel Murray
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson is a highly stylized and embellished film biography of a man known as the most famous prisoner in Britain. Born Michael Peterson in 1952 and raised mostly in the city of Luton, Charles Bronson, renamed after the American movie star, has spent all but a few months of the last 35 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement...The film, dominated by the bald, snarling and oddly charming presence of Tom Hardy in the title role, is not interested in sociological or psychological explanations. Bronson's parents are quiet, respectable lower-middle-class types, fond of their son even as he finds himself in all kinds of trouble, and he seems to suffer neither deprivation nor childhood trauma. The propensity to do violence seems wired into him, less a pathology than a kind of talent. He does some stealing, but his real vocation, his art, is fighting...At one point a warden seeks to understand this incorrigible inmate's propensity for "nihilistic and godless behavior" and asks Bronson, who has developed a habit of taking hostages in his cell, what he wants from the authorities. The answer is an Anglo-Saxon imperative that pretty much sums up Bronson's worldview...And it is an attitude Mr. Refn, whose previous films include the vivid and vicious "Pusher" trilogy, presents with unnerving relish and flair. Sometimes Bronson speaks directly to the camera in front of a black background. At other times he appears in black tie and music-hall makeup in front of a theater full of appreciative patrons. His monologues are punctuated by exquisitely choreographed and art-directed scenes of brutality, shot from low angles and accompanied by soaring arias or throbbing techno beats...The effect is a bit like Stanley Kubrick's Clockwork Orange reimagined as a one-man stage show and stripped of any political implications. Bronson's crimes become a kind of performance art, and the film becomes, bizarrely enough, the portrait of a genius misunderstood and marginalized by a bureaucratic and hypocritical social order...Bronson invites you to admire its protagonist as a pure, muscular embodiment of anarchy. And perhaps you will, but you may also be glad that he's still behind bars.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer A. O. Scott
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Bronson invites you to admire its protagonist as a pure, muscular embodiment of anarchy. And perhaps you will, but you may also be glad that he's still behind bars.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times ...Tom Hardy chomps down on his once-in-a-career role with stunning ferocity and never lets go. He's extraordinary.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com Bronson owes a little or a lot to Kubrick's Clockwork Orange, but if that's a crime I wish more people would commit it.

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