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Format: DVD
Sku: 210905976
UPC: 883929033164
UPC 14: 00883929033164
Category Keywords: Race Relations  Racism  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Disgruntled korean war vet walt kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young hmong teenager, who tried to steal kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 gran torino.

"Simply terrific, enormously watchable and an absolute must for all Eastwood fans. Gotta say it: this film will make your day.  Angie Errigo, Empire
"The performance of a lifetime.  Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
"...a terrific, career-capping role for Eastwood, who claims he's now retired as an actor.  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...supremely entertaining -- and often hilarious.  Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Editor's Note
For his fourth directorial feature in the span of two years, Clint Eastwood tells the story of a grizzled Korean War vet's reluctant friendship with a Hmong teenage boy and his immigrant family. Set in contemporary Detroit, GRAN TORINO tackles the shifting cultural and economic landscape of not only the Motor City, but America as well. Eastwood stars as Walt Kowalski, an unabashed bigot who never heard a racial insult he didn't love. Bitter, haunted, and full of pride, Walt refuses to abandon the neighborhood he's lived in for decades despite its changing demographics as he clings desperately to a mindset long since out of step with the times. When his Hmong neighbor Thao tries to steal his prized muscle car as part of a gang initiation, Walt is forced to grapple with the world around him.

GRAN TORINO's approach to the complicated issue of race relations is equal parts Archie Bunker and CRASH. That is to say, there is nothing subtle about Walt's bigotry, yet his misanthropy knows no bounds, and Eastwood does a remarkable job of finding the humor in Walt's equal opportunity racism. More than simply a racial morality tale, however, GRAN TORINO is about the unlikely bonds that people form to navigate the subtle complexities every day life. Like MILLION DOLLAR BABY, GRAN TORINO explores the challenging yet rich new world that can open up when individuals let down their guard, even if for just a moment. Estranged from his family and his church, and without any sense of personal peace, Walt offers all that he has to Thao and his family, namely wisdom and protection. When tragedy strikes the family, Eastwood allows a little classic Harry Callahan to poke through, but the surprising finale posits a hero that Dirty Harry would never have the guts to be. It's a potent symbolic gesture to Eastwood's own growth as a storyteller.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Ingram Micro
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/18/2009
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000041155
Video UPC UPC: 00883929033164
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Gran Torino - DVD Review
By: Sean O'Connell DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/29/2009 2:39 PM
Do you miss Archie Bunker? Are you curious to find out how Carroll O'Connor's stone-cold bigot would have reacted to our current, culturally diverse society? And did you ever dream of seeing racist old Archie packing heat as he spewed bile all over the "spooks," "gooks," and other non-Caucasians who were unlucky enough to cross his path? Then Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is the movie for you. Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) served his time in the military, paid his dues at the auto plant -- American cars only, of course -- and wants to spend his days as a widower in peace. the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Brian Howe
Video Cast Info Geraldine Hughes
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood
Video Cast Info Scott Reeves
Video Cast Info John Carroll Lynch
Video Cast Info Christopher Carley
Video Cast Info Dreama Walker
Video Cast Info Bee Vang
Video Cast Info Ahney Her
Video Cast Info Jenette Kahn - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Nick Schenk - Story
Video Cast Info Nick Schenk - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Tom Stern - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Tim Moore - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Producer
Video Cast Info Bill Gerber - Producer
Video Cast Info Kyle Eastwood - Composer
Video Cast Info Michael Stevens - Composer
Video Cast Info Dave Johannson - Story
Video Cast Info Robert Lorenz - Producer
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Director


Golden Globe (2009)
   Video Award Name Clint Eastwood, et. al. ("Gran Torino"), Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "[W]ell worth the ride....Told in a pared-down style, this is a humanistic tale....Earnest and understated, GRAN TORINO is an unflinching examination of themes that have fascinated Eastwood in most of his recent films: family, war, loss, faith and unexpected human connection."us 12/12/2008

New York Times
"Mr. Eastwood's loose, at times very funny performance in the early part of the film is one of its great pleasures." 12/12/2008

Los Angeles Times
"Eastwood has, with his impeccable directing style and acting presence, turned GRAN TORINO into another in his ongoing series of films that ponder violence, its place and its cost." 12/12/2008

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him." 01/08/2008 p.120

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] movie at once understated and radical....This is subtle, perceptive stuff. '' Grade: A- 12/19/2008 p.40

Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood plays the character as a man bursting with energy, most of which he uses to hold himself in. Each word, each scowl, seems to have broken loose from a deep place." 12/17/2008

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Youthful supporting players and Eastwood's hot-button portrayal give GRAN TORINO a chance to strafe the mainstream." 12/12/2008

Washington Post
"In GRAN TORINO, Clint Eastwood delivers a breathtaking performance in a by turns appalling and hilarious role that recalls great ghosts of Eastwood vigilante thrillers past." 12/25/2008

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[It's] disarmingly earnest, exploring the themes of vengeance, violence, hollow heroism and past that have fascinated Clint for decades." 03/01/2009

4 stars out of 5 -- "Eastwood the actor grabs you with his first growl and has you between his clenched teeth for the duration....His direction is lean, clean and spare..." 03/01/2009

4 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood continues his streak of excellent movies, and this is the ideal on-screen farewell for an icon..." 06/08/2009

ReelViews 8 of 10
Gran Torino is an amazingly over-the-top anti-racism parable but, despite its obvious shortcomings, it is nevertheless effective and affecting. The storytelling style is old fashioned in what it does and unsubtle in the way it goes about doing it, and Eastwood doesn't plumb any new depths in his stereotyped portrayal of the film's central character. Yet, perhaps because the ending doesn't unspool quite as expected and perhaps because the film has something to say (even if it is presented with a heavy hand), it's hard to deny that Gran Torino works on a certain level. This is far from Eastwood's best work as a director, but it's a respectable effort and is more successful that his tepid earlier 2008 effort, Changeling...Speaking of Eastwood, his name has been mentioned alongside the phrase "Best Actor nomination" in a number of places, but to award the venerable filmmaker/actor with such a tribute in this case would be an injustice. Eastwood is playing a variation of Dirty Harry - a hard-bitten loner who at times is so over-the-top nasty that he borders on self-parody, such as when he literally growls when someone does something of which he disapproves...The film gets points for its unconventional resolution, which I will not disclose here. Suffice it to say that this is a rare movie that doesn't implode during the last reel; the filmmaking team obviously put some thought into the best way to construct the conclusion...As parables go, this one is almost shockingly obvious but, in thinking about it, it's not that far away from Million Dollar Baby, with both films featuring key interactions between Eastwood's character and a priest. And, while Eastwood may not turn in a great performance, he's a strong reliable presence whose participation somehow makes it okay to shed those tears. Despite its flaws, I appreciate Gran Torino, although I do so more with my heart than with my head. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
I would like to grow up to be like Clint Eastwood. Eastwood the director, Eastwood the actor, Eastwood the invincible, Eastwood the old man. What other figure in the history of the cinema has been an actor for 53 years, a director for 37, won two Oscars for direction, two more for best picture, plus the Thalberg Award, and at 78 can direct himself in his own film and look meaner than hell? None, that's how many..."Gran Torino" stars Eastwood as an American icon once again -- this time as a cantankerous, racist, beer-chugging retired Detroit autoworker who keeps his shotgun ready to lock and load. Dirty Harry on a pension, we're thinking, until we realize that only the autoworker retired; Dirty Harry is still on the job. Eastwood plays the character as a man bursting with energy, most of which he uses to hold himself in. Each word, each scowl, seems to have broken loose from a deep place...Among actors of Eastwood's generation, James Garner might have been able to play this role, but my guess is, he'd be too nice in it. Eastwood doesn't play nice. Walt makes no apologies for who he is, and that's why, when he begins to decide he likes his neighbors better than his own family, it means something. "Gran Torino" isn't a liberal parable. It's more like, out of the frying pan and into the melting pot..."Gran Torino" is about two things, I believe. It's about the belated flowering of a man's better nature. And it's about Americans of different races growing more open to one another in the new century. This doesn't involve some kind of grand transformation. It involves starting to see the "gooks" next door as people you love. And it helps if you live in the kind of neighborhood where they are next door...If the climax seems too generic and pre-programmed, with too much happening fairly quickly, I like that better than if it just dribbled off into sweetness. So would Walt. - Roger Ebert

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