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Unleashed (2005)

Director: Louis Leterrier     Starring: Jet Li Morgan Freeman
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40720555
UPC: 025192879326
UPC 14: 00025192879326
Rating: UR
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A gripping action-packed story about a man raised from childhood by a ruthless crime boss. When a blind piano tuner takes him in, danny tries to start a new life, but his brutal past follows him, forcing him to fight back.

"Unleashed is easily [Li's] best, most consistently exciting film in quite some time.  Jeff Vice, Desert News, Salt Lake City
"Unleashed...is top-grade...  Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Editor's Note
Martial arts superstar Jet Li reteams with French writer-director Luc Besson (KISS OF THE DRAGON) in this psychological action film shot in Glasgow, Scotland. Li stars as Danny, a human attack dog for a powerful mobster he calls Uncle Bart (Bob Hoskins, looking resplendent in white suit after white suit). When Bart and his men go out on their collection runs, they bring Danny, who has been trained since he was a child to fight to kill. When Bart takes Danny's collar off and commands, "Get 'im," Danny goes to work, an unstoppable machine, using the only weapon he knows: his body. But when a turf war ends up in bloody carnage, Danny escapes and is taken in by a kind family consisting of blind piano tuner Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his teenage stepdaughter, Victoria (Kerry Condon). They teach Danny how to be a real person, to be able to act civilly in society. They also allow Danny to explore his love of the piano, where a specific tune haunts him, bringing up repressed memories from his long-ago past. Just when Danny thinks he has escaped from his former life, he is pulled back in, but he is no longer the trained dog Bart thinks he is. Written by Besson and directed by Louis Letterier (THE TRANSPORTER), UNLEASHED is a gripping, heart-wrenching film fueled by the music of Massive Attack and a relentless visual style. And having taken acting lessons for the first time in his career, Li more than holds his own in the presence of such masters as Hoskins and Freeman.

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Video Features DVD, Unrated

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/27/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 28793
Video UPC UPC: 00025192879326
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bob Hoskins
Video Cast Info Jet Li
Video Cast Info Kerry Condon
Video Cast Info Morgan Freeman
Video Cast Info Bernard Grenet - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jacques Bufnoir - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jet Li, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Louis Leterrier - Director
Video Cast Info Luc Besson - Writer
Video Cast Info Massive Attack, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Nicolas Trembasiewicz - Editor
Video Cast Info Pierre Morel - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"Li is action poetry in motion." 05/19/2005 p.85

New York Times
"The infinitely silly, unconscionably entertaining action film UNLEASHED earns most of its juice from the martial-arts star Jet Li, the eminent martial-arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping and the fine British actor Bob Hoskins in full terrifying lather." 05/13/2005 p.E13

Entertainment Weekly
"[H]eartfelt, heart-stopping....Bounding out of the gate like a greyhound, UNLEASHED needs only its first 30 seconds or so to elevate itself well above the average action potboiler." 05/20/2005 p.53

USA Today
"The staging and editing of several fights are tops even by the standards of Yuen Wo-Ping..." 05/13/2005 p.6E

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10
Unleashed is two radically different movies fused into one. On their own, each of the films might have stood a chance of working, but, brought together in concert, the radical shifts in tone create a weird dichotomy that will distract and disorient some viewers. As if that isn't bad enough, the storyline contains elements that are so patently ridiculous that you half-expect members of the Monty Python troupe to show up on screen to say, "And now for something completely differentÉ" - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
The film is ingenious in its construction. It has all the martial arts action any Jet Li fan could possibly desire, choreographed by Yeun Wo-ping, who is the Gerald Arpino of kung-fu and creates improbable but delightful ballets of chops and socks, leaps and twists and kicks and improvisations. Everything happens in a denatured sepia tone that is not black and white nor quite color, but a palette drained of cheer and pressing down like a foggy day. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Li,Jet
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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