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Hard Times (1975) [Blu-ray]


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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bronson and Hill's very best in a beautiful Blu-ray transfer Oct. 13 2013
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Filmed as The Streetfighter but changed to Hard Times in the US to avoid confusion with Sonny Chiba's movie (though still called The Streetfighter in the UK to avoid any raised eyebrows at Bronson trying his hand at Dickens), this is a terrific little movie that never quite got the attention it deserved in the mid-70s. In many ways it's almost a kind of Depression-era Midnight Cowboy with bare-knuckle brawling replacing the sex-for-sale, as James Coburn's ducking and diving street fight promoter teams up with Bronson's drifter and sees his chance at the big time. Naturally it doesn't work out that way, but en route to the inevitable fall debuting director Walter Hill draws a vivid portrait of people trying to survive in brutal times any way they can - with added brutal fights.

The plot and characters aren't particularly complex, but they're vividly drawn, from Coburn's ability to seize financial disaster from the jaws of triumph when his passion for losing his winnings on the crap tables and borrowing from one loan shark to pay another to Strother Martin's eloquent `cut man' who patches up fighters in return for enough money to indulge his drug habit ("This month's financial condition has prevented certain journeys of the imagination"), while Bronson, as ever, says the most without words as the kind of man who never puts down any roots and never looks past the next bend in the road. There's a rich cast of familiar 70s faces among the supporting cast - Robert Tessier, Bruce Glover, Frank McRae, Felice Orlandi - and an elegant turn from Michael McGuire as Coburn's upmarket rival, almost literally a big fish in a little pond who isn't best pleased that he no longer has the best streetfighter in New Orleans. The plotting, like Hill's visual framing, is straightforward but eloquently economical with no sense of padding or waste, so perfectly crafted that you're never left feeling that you haven't got more than your money's worth.

The kind of film that people seem to have forgotten how to make these days, it's definitely more than the sum of its parts, and Twilight Time's Blu-ray release offers an outstandingly good and detailed transfer that really compliments Philip Lathrop's excellent Scope cinematography. Also included are the original trailer, isolated score track and booklet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first ever Charles Bronson bluray Oct. 2 2013
By Patrick Lukassen - Published on Amazon.com
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The transfer is absolutely incredible, so sharper than my dvd-version and the sound and the soundtrack is unbelievable good, I give toprating for the transfer, the movie, well I am a big fan of Bronson and Hill so it says it all I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It. Sept. 9 2013
By Steven P. Troy - Published on Amazon.com
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although this is a limited release,it is a must have for Bronson fans.previous version was a full screen sham,and this Blu-ray is wonderfully done in widescreen format.you will want this in your Blu-ray collection.Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Times on Blu-Ray!!! July 28 2013
By Shane McIntire - Published on Amazon.com
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Hard Times is the classic directorial debut of Walter Hill, and it stars Charles Bronson and James Coburn. This film is a classic in every sense of the word and the blu-ray restoration looks incredible! I absolutely love this film and anyone who appreciates a good movie will love it too! My only complaint is the lack of extras, "making of" featurettes, deleted scenes and the likes. Before Walter Hill released this film back in 1975, he cut about 40 minutes of it, none of that footage has ever been seen, and would've have made this release perfect, but I digress. Still, this is one of the greatest films ever made. Five Stars!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Bronson's best Aug. 25 2014
By Carl O'Shea - Published on Amazon.com
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Twilight Time Blu Ray.Picture quality is great.No commentary though.There has to be someone out there who was involved with the making of this film who could have given commentary...such a missed opportunity!They could have told us what Charles Bronson was like to work with,his preparation for the movie and how he stayed in shape etc(the guy was nearly 55 when he made this and looked as fit as a professional athlete). "You had better get the money." and "you owe me money." Two lines delivered by Bronson in the movie in true superstar fashion.Would love to see the deleted fight scenes one day..the DVD has stills of Charlie fighting two opponents that do not appear in any version I have seen(would have been nice if those actors had given their input on the blu ray edition)!Think Charlie should have accepted Walter Hill's "The Driver" after this as he would have been perfect in it.Check out St Ives which Bronson made just after Hard Times which by the way was called "The Streetfighter" here in the Uk.

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