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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220028547
UPC: 097361166643
UPC 14: 00097361166643
Rating: Game Rating Code
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|Based On a True Strory.
Academy Award® Nominees Mark Wahlberg*(The Departed), Christian Bale** (The Dark Knight) and Amy Adams***(Doubt) star in this “remarkable†” film. Based on a true story, two brothers, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family and give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride. Micky Ward (Wahlberg) is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky (Bale), a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down - but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption. †Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"An exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for.  Adam Smith, Empire
"...entertaining from beginning to end...  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
" thoughtful as it is rousing...  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...a warrior's movie that rises to the bell.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. David O. Russell directs from a script by 8 MILE's Scott Silver and Paul Attanasio (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM).


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced

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Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/4/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 115 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2010
Video UPC UPC: 00097361166643
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

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Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

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Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Fighter - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Rich Knight Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/17/2011 4:17 PM
A lot of people make the argument that The Fighter is great for its acting but not so much for its storytelling, but I have to disagree. While, yes, the acting in this film is impeccable -- Academy Awards for both Christian Bale and Melissa Leo are proof of that -- but I still think that this film is one of the best movies of the past 10 years. It's got heart, its got humor, and it never slows down, which is rare for a drama these days. The pacing for this movie is the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Amy Adams
Video Cast Info Melissa Chessington Leo
Video Cast Info Mark Wahlberg
Video Cast Info Christian Bale
Video Cast Info Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Alison Folland - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Bo Cleary - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sue Costello - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sugar Ray Leonard - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jack McGee - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Frank Renzulli - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Dendrie Allyn Taylor - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Mark Kamine - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Scott Silver - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Happy Walters - Music Director
Video Cast Info Michael Brook - Composer
Video Cast Info Paul Tamasy - Story
Video Cast Info Paul Tamasy - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Michele Ziegler - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Ben Bray - Stunt Coordinator
Video Cast Info Season Kent - Music Director
Video Cast Info Ray Siegle - Stunt Coordinator
Video Cast Info Hoyt van Hoytema - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Keith Dorrington - Story
Video Cast Info Eric Johnson - Story
Video Cast Info Eric Johnson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Kate O'Brien - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Bonnie Aarons - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ross Bickell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ted Arcidi - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Brian Christensen - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jenna Lamia - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jeremiah Kissel - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Eric Weinstein - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Matthew Muzio - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Paul Campbell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Anthony Molinari - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Raul Vera - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sean Doherty - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jill Quigg - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sean Malone - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Dale Place - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Brian Nguyen - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jerrell Lee - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Mickey O'Keefe - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Melissa McMeekin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Bianca Hunter - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Erica McDermott - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Caitlin Dwyer - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Chanty Sok - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jose Antonio Rivera - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Richard Farrell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Steven Barkheimer - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Art Ramalho - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jackson Nicoll - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Thomas Benton - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ray Greenhalge - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Tino Kimly - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Epifanio Melendez - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sean Eklund - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Roeun Chea - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rich Kleiman - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Michael Dell'orto - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Paul Locke - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kim Carrell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Colin Hammell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Eddie Lee Anderson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Joseph Lupino - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Walter Driscoll - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Matt Russell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info A. Joseph Denucci - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Richard A. Eklund - Co-Star
Video Cast Info George Michael Ward - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Richard Eklund Jr. - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jack Greenhalge - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kevin Paige - Co-Star
Video Cast Info David A. Ramalho Sr. - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ziad Akl - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Simon Hamlin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gerald Greenhalge - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Matthew Russell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Tommy Eklund - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rita Mercier - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Deborah Bolanger - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kerry Moore - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Philip D. Herbert - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jack Lally - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Carlos L. Smith - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Hugh K. Long - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Catherine Lynn Stone - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Miguel Espino - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Anthony Ace Thomas - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jen Weissenberg - Co-Star
Video Cast Info David O. Russell - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[THE FIGHTER] is quick on its feet and packs a mighty punch....Mr. Bale's performance is astonishing, in part because he so completely conquers a daunting set of physical and psychological challenges." 12/09/2010

Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Russell directed THE FIGHTER with furious energy -- the overlapping dialogue out-Altmans Robert Altman -- and an exuberant sense of place. The director has an unerring feel for his working class characters..." 12/10/2010

USA Today
"Russell's jangly camera style meshes perfectly with Bale's tweaky energy. Bale is astounding as a strangely charismatic weasel, giving probably the best performance of his career." 12/10/2010

Los Angeles Times
"[With] yet another splendid performance from Wahlberg, who stabilizes the picture by bringing his trademark masculine presence to bear as well as his deep knowledge of Ward and his socio-economic background." 12/10/2010

Entertainment Weekly
"A true-life rise-of-the-underdog boxing saga, directed with volatile handheld immediacy by David O. Russell....This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO." -- Grade: A- 12/08/2010

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Wahlberg lucked out big-time with Christian Bale. To watch these two dynamite actors spar is one of the purest pleasures of the movie season." 12/09/2010

Washington Post
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE FIGHTER possesses the light-footed dexterity and spontaneity of the most sensitive pugilist, circling its characters with equal parts discretion and confrontational zeal." 12/17/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
"[Bale] transforms himself....Melissa Leo is merciless in her depiction of Alice..." 12/15/2010

A.V. Club
"Bale's live-wire performance typifies the many major and minor elements that elevate the THE FIGHTER from the deeply conventional sports movie it might have been into the endearingly offbeat sports movie it turns out to be." - Grade: B 12/09/2010

Rolling Stone
Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "Gifted director David O. Russell refs in high style." 12/24/2010

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Inspired, funky, filled with passion, THE FIGHTER is a boxing movie that everyone can love." 03/01/2011

4 stars out of 5 -- "THE FIGHTER proves that the boxing movie still has life. It also underlines just what a distinctive actor Bale has become." 03/01/2011

Entertainment Weekly 9 of 10
...what makes the movie such a satisfying, emotionally rounded tale of pugilistic passion and family psychodrama is that the answer isn't as simple as it looks. Wahlberg, doing his soft-spoken/explosive sensitive-bruiser thing, is perfect as the young man who must consider dropping his dysfunctional clan to triumph in the ring. And Bale, cadaverous and google-eyed, with a jack-o'-lantern grin and an energy so manic it borders on the obscene, finally takes the compulsion toward Method eccentricity that's been driving him for close to a decade and makes it pay off. His Dicky is that rare thing: a wing nut with soul and a touch of tragedy, too. Melissa Leo, in a glue-spray bouffant, is vital as the kind of boxing-world stage mother who could kill a kid with love, and Amy Adams, as the bartender who becomes Micky's girlfriend, has a spot-on tough-chick allure. There's a certain predictability to The Fighter, yet that's part of the appeal of the fight genre. This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO. - Owen Gleiberman

Variety 7 of 10
The best boxing movies aren't about the sport, but what happens outside the ropes. If "The Fighter" doesn't quite measure up to the greats, it's because director David O. Russell seems confused about what to do between bouts. Strangely, that unfocused quality -- vs. any breakthrough narrative angle -- gives the film its punch, injecting Russell's affectionately patronizing portrait of blue-collar pugs "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) with chaotic energy. - Peter Debruge

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