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Director: James Wan     Starring: Kevin Bacon
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Format: DVD
Sku: 206230016
UPC: 024543491873
UPC 14: 00024543491873
Sales Rank: 5369
Category Keywords: Action  Gangs  Revenge  Theatrical Release  Violence
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Protect What's Yours.
Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a loving father with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.

"Violent, vicious...very effective.  Hollywood.com
"Well-made, often intensely gripping genre piece.  Justin Chang, Variety

Editor's Note
A white-collar revenge fantasy in the vein of DEATH WISH (and based on a novel by the same author, Brian Garfield), DEATH SENTENCE ponders the nature and limits of retribution, asking if murder can ever be justified. Director James Wan (SAW) delivers a high-end exploitation film, complete with a washed-out, grainy appearance and some startling violence, but with complex, thrilling action sequences.

Kevin Bacon is Nick Hume, a successful businessman with two children and a lovely wife (Kelly Preston). While driving home from his older, college-bound son's hockey game, Nick must pull into a gas station in a tough part of town. When the boy goes into the store to buy a drink, his throat is slit during a bloody robbery attempt. Nick identifies the killer, but with him as the only witness, the case is unable to go to trial. Discovering that the murder was merely a gang initiation, Nick is pushed over the edge, taking on the deadly gang headed by the fierce Billy Darley (Garrett Hedlund). Payback becomes all-encompassing for Nick: it not only takes over his life, but it also causes a startling physical transformation. Wan forgoes emotional impact in favor of souped-up, visceral, and occasionally thrilling setpieces. Bacon makes Nick's transformation from a suburban, suit-and-tie family man into a gaunt, shaved-headed angel of death startling and believable. Full of interesting contradictions, DEATH SENTENCE lets viewers have it both ways--fulfilling their bloodlust while ensuring that Nick's targets are despicable people who deserve their fates. Ultimately, though it serves to remind us that, as a solution, violence only begets more violence.

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Video Features DVD, Unrated, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/6/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2249187
Video UPC UPC: 00024543491873
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aisha Tyler
Video Cast Info Garrett Hedlund
Video Cast Info John Goodman
Video Cast Info Jordan Garrett
Video Cast Info Kelly Preston
Video Cast Info Kevin Bacon
Video Cast Info Leigh Whannell
Video Cast Info Stuart Lafferty
Video Cast Info Andrew Sugerman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Brian Garfield - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Charlie Clouser - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Howard Baldwin - Producer
Video Cast Info Ian Jeffers - Screenplay
Video Cast Info James Wan - Director
Video Cast Info John R. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Julie Berghoff - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael N. Knue - Editor
Video Cast Info Rosa Palomo - Art Director

Professional Reviews

Reel.com 8 of 10
Thirty-three years ago, Charles Bronson made violent revenge fashionable when he took to the streets of New York to avenge a horrible crime in Death Wish, a thriller based on a Brian Garfield novel. It is back to those bad old ways with Death Sentence, also based on one of Garfield's books and directed by Saw's James Wan. Starring Kevin Bacon as a suburban white-collar dad pushed past the limits of reason, it is taut, visceral, and unapologetic in its brutality. It is an ugly movie, but then it has an ugly story to tell...Wan and screenwriter Ian Mackenzie Jeffers aim to evoke that horror of random violence visited on undeserving people. The film is well cast; Preston and the two young actors playing the Hume sons are likeable, while Goodman, Hedlund, and the other gangsters are appropriately despicable. As the drama's rattled, desperate, and increasingly merciless center, Bacon is excellent, vulnerable and scary at the same time. Logically, the story does not completely hold water (in fact, if the movie were a boat, it would sink), but Wan keeps the action moving and the suspense percolating, so that the gaps hardly matter. In living up to its title, Death Sentence is not exactly a fun time at the movies, but it is riveting. - Pam Grady

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bacon,Kevin
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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