In Bruges(Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

Hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) have been ordered to cool their heels in the storybook city of Bruges (it's in Belgium) after finishing a big job. But since hit men make the worst tourists, they soon find themselves in a life and death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss (Ralph Fiennes

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 215378601
UPC 025192046896
UPC 14 00025192046896
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/13/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Actors
Black Comedy
Crime
Criminals
Drugs
Hit Men
Irish
Killers
London, England
Prostitutes/Whores
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Playwright Martin McDonagh makes an impressive feature film debut as the writer and director of this tragicomedy as rich, dark, and complex as Belgian chocolate. The story unfolds over the course of a few days, as Irish hitmen Ken (the appealingly bear-like Brendon Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell, in a loose and sympathetic performance) are ordered to lay low in the tourist-laden town of Bruges, Belgium, after a bungled shooting back home. Their only directive is to stay grounded and wait for further orders from crime boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes, gleefully playing evil), but both underlings--nervous and delightfully talky--chafe with the waiting. The childlike Ray is inconsolably antsy and withdrawn, and after a time we learn that his restlessness is borne of something deeper and more disturbing than mere ADD. The more paternal and patient of the duo, Ken, takes the opportunity to enjoy Bruges's lush, buttressed beauty, but he, too, undergoes some soul-searching by movie's end.^The plot snakes cleverly (and at times touchingly) around flashbacks of the Dublin murder as the garrulous killers philosophize and interact with locals and tourists, including an acerbic American dwarf, the proprietress of the B&B, Dutch prostitutes, and a local enchantress. McDonagh's absurdist black humor asserts itself as hilarious dialogue and dreamlike visuals (supported by Carter Burwell's unsettling score) that shift seamlessly from sweet to grotesque, like a Grimm's fairytale come to the big screen. McDonagh's command of the film medium puts to rest any reservations about playwrights-turned-directors. Viewers who can accept the somewhat contrived situation presented here will enjoy the crackling banter, vibrant performances, and beautiful scenery.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson enjoy themselves mightily....The roles are big, broad, violent, and strategically funny..." 02/15/2008 p.44-45
New York Times "[U]nmistakably sincere....[W]ith Mr. Gleeson's solid, stolid physicality and performance giving ballast to Mr. Farrell's lilting, fluttery turn." 02/08/2008
Los Angeles Times "A dark comedy with a melancholy streak and punchy sense of humor....Farrell turns his mercenary killer into a wide-eyed innocent, hilariously vulnerable..." 02/08/2008
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It is easily one of the best debut feature film in recent memory....As the story unspools, it grows more intriguing." 02/09/2008
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] winning turn, with playwright-turned-director Martin McDonagh wringing bloody laughs from a jet-black farce..." 05/01/2008 p.48
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "McDonagh has been compared to Quentin Tarantino before, and it's obviously not something he's running away from....Gleason's beatific performance is a significant bonus..." 05/01/2008 p.123
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Farrell isn't carrying this engagingly digressive caper alone...Gleeson makes the perfect foil..." 05/01/2008 p.40-42
Sight and Sound "[I]t's a handsome picture....As a director, McDonagh's most obvious skill lies in his work with the actors. Farrell's performance has an appealingly goofy vulnerability that reminds us why we liked him in the first place." 05/01/2008 p.69
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "[With] Ralph Fiennes in an oily, fang-bearing, hilariously harrowing performance..." 02/06/2007
Wall Street Journal "The violence can be shocking, but Martin McDonagh's film is also very funny, and a morality play that's deeply affecting." 04/02/2010
Directors
Martin McDonagh
Actors
Colin Farrell
Brendan Gleeson
Ralph Fiennes
Cast & Crew
Clemence Poesy - Star
Jordan Prentice - Star
Colin Farrell - Star
Brendan Gleeson - Star
Ralph Fiennes - Star
Jérémie Rénier - Star
Jeff Abberley - Executive Producer
Eigil Bryld - Director of Photography
Peter Czernin - Producer
Graham Broadbent - Producer
Julia Blackman - Executive Producer
Carter Burwell - Composer
Martin McDonagh - Screenwriter
Tessa Ross - Executive Producer
Martin McDonagh - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
UPC 00025192046896
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Features
English, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com Dark, hilarious and oddly moving.
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun Tightly scripted and intricately plotted, the buddy film manages the neat two-step of being simultaneously profane and engaging.
Claudia Puig, USA Today Sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching.
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader ...deepens from odd-couple comedy into Catholic-themed drama, but it remains marvelously funny throughout.
Jeremy Mathews, Film Threat In a film full of great performances, Ralph Feinnes steals the show as Harry, the boss.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost in.

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