Warrior (Blu-Ray)

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Better Than the Fighter

on 7/21/2013

Warrior is better than the Fighter. The plot is better, the acting is better. I only had one complaint about the entire movie and that is just how one fight ended. This is one of the few movies on blu-ray that I watched twice within 24 hours. Very entertaining. I recommend this to any fight fan or fan of action films.

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The youngest son (hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (nolte) returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament -- a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his older brother (edgerton).

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 225873359
UPC 031398147213
UPC 14 00031398147213
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/22/2015
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1301
Family Life
Editors Note
Note Two estranged brothers and Mixed Martial Arts fighters confront the forces that tore their family apart as they prepare to do battle in the ring in this drama from director Gavin O'Connor (PRIDE AND GLORY). Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) is an ex-Marine from Pittsburgh who's never quite shaken his troubled past. Upon learning that the purse in an upcoming MMA tournament is the largest in the league's history, Tommy recruits his father, Paddy (Nick Nolte), a former coach and recovering alcoholic, to whip him into shape in time for the competition. Meanwhile, as Tommy steadily ascends the ranks by defeating one powerful opponent after another, his brother, Brendan, struggles to provide for his family with his job as a public school teacher. A former MMA fighter with a devastating punch, Brendan begins to wonder if he, too, could have a shot at winning the coveted purse. In time, Brendan and Tommy both emerge as dark horse contenders in the competition, setting the two brothers on a brutal collision course. But Tommy and Brendan's biggest battle won't be fought in the ring -- it will be fought in their hearts and minds.
Hollywood Reporter "WARRIOR makes for a sturdy, visceral entertainment....It grabs you in early scenes, intense though low-key before all hell breaks loose, then keeps you riveted..." 08/09/2011
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "WARRIOR makes some unexpected choices that allow the film to punch above its weight." 08/30/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "This is a rare fight movie in which we don't want to see either fighter lose. That brings such complexity to the final showdown that hardly anything could top it -- but something does, and WARRIOR earns it." 09/07/2011
USA Today "WARRIOR is a relentless, emotionally engaging family drama and underdog saga with touches of ROCKY mixed with THE FIGHTER." 09/09/2011
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "It's Cain and Abel battling it out in the face of a decidedly ungodly father before humanity goes down for the count. Strong stuff." 09/15/2011
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Hardy's talent for tempering fierce masculinity with deep, soul-aching complexity is given a full airing in this tale..." 10/01/2011
Entertainment Weekly "The gifted director Gavin O'Connor brings the film an affecting, ripped-from-the-guts spirit." -- Grade: B 09/09/2011
Sight and Sound "O'Connor orchestrates a surprisingly rousing, full-bore melodrama..." 11/01/2011
Film Comment "It's a forceful, literate drama that balances intense mixed martial arts fight scenes in the ring, with emotional battles in the no-less-fraught domestic arena." 01/01/2012
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "If you like your Method acting raw, you'll relish WARRIOR." 03/01/2012
Tom Hardy
Jennifer Morrison
Frank Grillo
Nick Nolte
Cast & Crew
Tom Hardy - Star
Jennifer Morrison - Star
Frank Grillo - Star
Nick Nolte - Star
Joel Edgerton - Star
Vanessa Martinez - Co-Star
Bryan Callen - Co-Star
Kurt Angle - Co-Star
Noah Emmerich - Co-Star
Tammy Townsend - Co-Star
Carlos Miranda - Co-Star
David B. Nowell - Photography
Mark Isham - Composer
Ron vonBlomberg - Set Decorator
Gavin O'Connor - Story
Gavin O'Connor - Screenwriter
Brian Ross - Music Director
Gary Summers - Sound Re-Recording
Jamie Marshall - Assistant Director
Amanda Williams - Hairstylist
Christian P. Minkler - Sound Re-Recording
Charlene Olson - Post-Production Supervisor
Julie Pearce - Music Editor
J.J. Perry - Fight Choreographer
J.J. Perry - Stunt Coordinator
Mishell Chandler - Hairstylist
John Grillo - 2nd Unit DOP
Heather Mages - Makeup Designer
Cliff Dorfman - Story
Cliff Dorfman - Screenwriter
Masanobu Takayanagi - Director of Photography
Derek Bird - Optical/Digital Effects
Anthony Tambakis - Screenwriter
Diane Collins - Costumes
Catherine M. Riley - Costumes
John J. Kelly - Production Manager/UPM
Calvin Scott - Makeup Designer
Aaron Strickland - Special Effects
Robert L. Girard - Special Effects
Michael Hauck - Special Effects
Gedney Webb - Music Editor
Kevin Dunn - Co-Star
Maximiliano Hernandez - Co-Star
Jeff Hochendoner - Co-Star
Aaron Kleiber - Co-Star
Fernando Chien - Co-Star
Jake McLaughlin - Co-Star
Nate Marquardt - Co-Star
Rashad Evans - Co-Star
Denzel Whitaker - Co-Star
Amir Perets - Co-Star
Anthony Johnson - Co-Star
Stephan Bonnar - Co-Star
Roan Carneiro - Co-Star
Yves Edwards - Co-Star
Anthony Tambakis - Co-Star
Laura Kenley - Co-Star
Daniel Stevens - Co-Star
Dan "Punkass" Caldwell - Co-Star
Tim "Skyskrape" Katz - Co-Star
Etta Cox - Co-Star
Joshua Rosenthal - Co-Star
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom - Co-Star
Sam Sheridan - Co-Star
Nick Lehane - Co-Star
Capri Thomas - Co-Star
Lexi Cowan - Co-Star
Julia Stockstad - Co-Star
Erik Apple - Co-Star
Hans Marrero - Co-Star
Jimmy Cvetic - Co-Star
Jace Jeanes - Co-Star
Jake Digman - Co-Star
Richard Fike - Co-Star
Andre Mason - Co-Star
James Houk - Co-Star
Raymond Rowe - Co-Star
Lambert R. Strayer - Co-Star
Roman Vasylyshyn - Co-Star
Jonathan Matthew Anik - Co-Star
Michelle Dawn Mooney - Co-Star
Tim Bickel - Co-Star
Jack Fischer - Co-Star
Armon York - Co-Star
Adam Christian Stanley - Co-Star
James Dreussi - Co-Star
Kevin P. Hanley - Co-Star
Sandy Notaro - Co-Star
Francesca Ortenzio - Co-Star
Jaime Sinue Aguirre - Co-Star
Tracy Campbell - Co-Star
Thomas McCue - Co-Star
Gavin O'Connor - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00031398147213
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 140 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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