Italian Job(Blu-ray)

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The plan was flawless. The execution was perfect. Charlie Croker pulled off the crime of a lifetime. The one thing that he didn't plan on was being double-crossed. Now he wants more than the job's payoff...he wants payback.

Mark Wahlberg is electrifying as Croker in this "fast and furious action-adventure" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times). Along with a drop-dead gorgeous safecracker (Charlize Theron), Croker and his team take off to re-steal the loot and end up in a pulse-pounding, pedal-to-the-metal chase that careens up, down and below the streets of Los Angeles.

With an ensemble all-star cast that also includes Edward Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def, Franky G, and Donald Sutherland, The Italian Job is "Hot!" (Leonard Maltin, Hot Ticket)


Studio Paramount
SKU 203119064
UPC 097361183145
UPC 14 00097361183145
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/27/2015
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 346
Los Angeles, California
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note F. Gary Gray's thoroughly entertaining caper film--a remake of the 1969 crime classic starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward--doesn't merely imitate the original, and that is what makes it such a pleasant, wholly refreshing surprise. Mark Wahlberg stars as Charlie Croker, a smooth thief who orchestrates a flawless heist in Venice with the help of his mentor, safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland). Together with his cronies--explosives expert Left-Ear (Mos Def), tech whiz-kid Lyle (Seth Green), adrenaline junky Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), and the shady Steve (Edward Norton)--Charlie walks away with $35 million worth of precious gold bars. But just when the gang appears to be headed to freedom, Steve performs a heist of his own, killing John and running off with the gold, thinking that Charlie and his mates are all deceased. A year later, Charlie has located Steve, who is gradually selling off the gold bars in Los Angeles. With the help of John's beautiful daughter Stella (Charlize Theron), a brilliant safecracker in her own right--as well as those adorable Mini Cooper sports cars--Charlie orchestrates a revenge heist that will teach Steve a valuable lesson about loyalty once and for all.
New York Times "...[A] sleek, ticking remake....[The film] puts together the familiar elements with an impressive skill and considerable wit....[With] impeccable timing, steady kinetic drive and superbly choreographed chase sequences..." 05/30/2003 p.E13
Los Angeles Times "...A fast and furious action-adventure...The film's big plus is that its director, F. Gary Gray, takes a relaxed, light touch with the proceedings while keeping it all moving briskly..." 05/30/2003 p.C8
Entertainment Weekly "...Timing is everything in a climax like this, and watching THE ITALIAN JOB, you can feel the audience get in synch with every slashingly edited, technologically split-second moment..." 06/06/2003 p.55
Rolling Stone "...THE ITALIAN JOB is a triumph for the machines..." 06/26/2003 p.87
Chicago Sun-Times "...A slick caper movie with stupendous chase scenes....There are a couple of nice dialogue touches..." 05/30/2003 p.35
Total Film "[T]he eventual heist is carefully engineered by canny scriptwriters to pack in the core elements of any good JOB....[With] some sparky turns and a pair of great robberies..." 04/01/2004 p.121
F. Gary Gray
Edward Norton
Charlize Theron
Mark Wahlberg
Cast & Crew
Charlize Theron - Actor
Christopher Rouse - Editor
Donald De Line - Producer
Donald Sutherland - Actor
Donna Powers - Screenplay
Edward Norton - Actor
F. Gary Gray - Director
Jason Statham - Actor
John Powell - Original Music By
Kelly Brook - Actor
Mark Wahlberg - Actor
Mos Def - Actor
Richard Francis-Bruce - Editor
Seth Green - Actor
Tim Bevan - Executive Producer
Troy Kennedy-Martin - Based On Screenplay By
Wally Pfister - Cinematographer
Wayne Powers - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 11831
UPC 00097361183145
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The 2003 version of The Italian Job is less of a straightforward remake of the 1969 picture than it is a complete re-interpretation. Enough has changed that it's possible to see the two films not as the same story separated by three decades, but as distinct entities. Expectedly, there are plot similarities (the centerpiece heist contains many of the same elements, including the minis), but the chemistry and motivations of the thieves is different, and the playful, semi-comedic tone of the original has been replaced by something a little less lighthearted...It's easy to do a heist movie wrong -- the genre is littered with countless examples, some by prominent filmmakers. F. Gary Gray (director of the recently released A Man Apart) has discovered the right recipe -- keep things moving, develop a nice rapport between the leads, toss in the occasional surprise, and top with a sprinkling of panache. The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done. There are some problems (in particular, the climactic car chase -- the one featuring the minis -- goes on a little too long), but, for the most part, I was entertained. There's a fair amount of suspense, and I was generally impressed by the thoroughness of the caper plots...The Italian Job has occasional busts of smart dialogue ("There are [thieves] who steal to enrich their lives, and ones who steal to define their lives"), but not enough to elevate it to the level of David Mamet's most recent caper movie, Heist. And, while it boasts a less fatuous tone than the original (no Noel Coward or Benny Hill), there are times when it goes for the funny bone...The Italian Job delivers all that one could reasonably hope from it, and that makes it worth squeezing in between The Matrix Reloaded and The Hulk.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review Even though the 1969 original Italian Job had Michael Caine in the title role, carrying out the plans of imprisoned criminal mastermind Noel Coward (a role eliminated in the remake), this new version has it all over the original. Writers Donna Powers and Wayne Powers imaginatively rework Troy Kennedy Martin's screenplay for the original film to create a fast and furious action-adventure. The film's comedy counts for as much as the clever and risky ways in which Wahlberg and company go after the nasty Norton, who has holed up in a Bel-Air mansion with a world-class security system.
Reviewer Kevin Thomas
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I saw "The Italian Job" in a Chicago screening room, in the midst of a rush of new summer releases. I recollect it now from the Cannes Film Festival, which has assembled one unendurable film after another for its worst year in memory. That doesn't make "The Italian Job" a better film, but it provides a reminder that we do, after all, sometimes go to the movies just to have a good time and not to be mired in a slough of existential despond. Don't get me wrong. I like a good mire in despond now and again; it's just that the despond at Cannes has been so unadmirable...F. Gary Gray's "The Italian Job," on the other hand, is nothing more, or less, than a slick caper movie with stupendous chase scenes and a truly ingenious way to steal $35 million in gold bars from a safe in a Venetian palazzo. The safe is stolen by a gang led by Donald Sutherland, who must be relieved to note that Venice has no dwarfs in red raincoats this season. His confederates include Charlie (Mark Wahlberg), a strategic mastermind; second-in-command Steve (Edward Norton); the computer whiz Lyle (Seth Green); the getaway driver, Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), and Left-Ear (Mos Def), who can blow up stuff real good...there are nice sequences in which traffic lights are manipulated by the Seth Green character, who hilariously insists he is the real inventor of Napster, which was stolen by his roommate while he was taking a nap, thus the name...There are a couple of nice dialogue touches; Edward Norton is not the first actor to say, "I liked him right up until the moment I shot him," but he is certainly the latest. The ending is suitably ironic. This is just the movie for two hours of mindless escapism on a relatively skilled professional level.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby
Product Attributes
Actor Mos Def
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner Crisp, uncluttered and wildly playful.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper at the Movies ...a real marvel of filmmaking.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post It cheerfully puts the escape back in escapism.
Gene Shalit, Today ...a captivating joy ride.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times ...feels like a smooth, exciting whoosh down a ski slope.
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post It cheerfully puts the escape back in escapism.
Thelma Adams, Us Weekly Full-throttle entertainment.

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