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  • Actors: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Dominique McElligott, Liam Cunningham
  • Directors: John Michael McDonagh
  • Writers: John Michael McDonagh
  • Format: DVD + Blu-ray, Subtitled, NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 3 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WKH3AI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,073 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) of Galway is crass and abrasive and interprets the law a bit freely, all to glorious comic effect. Paired with strait-laced American FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), Boyle seeks to solve a couple of murders and disrupt a massive drug shipment in what could have been a trashy fish-out-of-water buddy comedy--but, through a combination of sharp and witty writing, ruthlessly speedy editing, and understated but spot-on performances, The Guard is a marvel of character-based storytelling. Gleeson (28 Days Later, In Bruges) and Cheadle (Devil in a Blue Dress, Hotel Rwanda) are peerless actors, the kind who rarely star in blockbusters but who bring dynamic life to any scene they're in. The supporting cast is chock-full of off-kilter talent, turning even the most incidental role into a memorable character. Writer-director John Michael McDonagh makes a remarkably accomplished feature debut; The Guard moves forward with gripping efficiency, yet every moment seems casual and often beside the point, crammed with colorful language, incidental comedy, and a deliciously eclectic soundtrack. The result is hugely entertaining. One of the best films of 2011. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

The Guard, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (Ned Kelly) and starring Golden Globe® nominee Brendan Gleeson (2009 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, In Bruges; 2010 Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television, Into the Storm), Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle (2005 Best Actor in a Leading Role, Hotel Rwanda), Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes) and Fionnula Flanagan (TV’s Lost) will include:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • The Second Death Short Film
  • The Making of "The Guard" featurette
  • Los Angeles Film Festival Q & A
  • Commentary with Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh and actors Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 29 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Michael John McDonagh has previously written the screenplay for Ned Kelly starring Heath Ledger which I remember as a good movie. His brother Martin has won an Academy Award nomination, for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges, which also starred Brendan Gleeson, and what I consider the best performance of Colin Farrell's career, and an Academy award for the short feature Six Shooter, A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films, which had rabbitcide, matricide, traincide, and an exploding cow also starring Brendan Gleeson, and at least two other characters you will see in The Guard, written and directed by MJ.

As the movie begins we see Gerry Boyle, the guard played by BG, in his white squad car parked behind a stone wall, when a red car whizzes by. He does not respond to the speeding car. His response to what happens next, has no words, yet it establishes the nature of the character, as he rummages through pockets, and does something with the drugs. We can deduce that here is a guard that does not follow the established rules, and in fact may even be corrupt.

Next we see him responding to a murder scene. Here we get a truer sense of his character by how he acts around the new cop who will be his partner. Here the comedic tone of the movie gets established. He likes to push buttons and get a reaction. They theorise about the murder, a potted plant placed on the victim's crotch, the significance of the number 5 1/2 painted on the wall. Perhaps he was the 5 1/2th victim, the young one theorises.

Like another reviewer I was struck by the parallels with the Coen Brothers, particularly Fargo, and No Country For Old Men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R Collins on Feb. 5 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Brendon Gleeson's character Sgt. Gerry Boyle is hilarious. His Irish brogue is strong to the point that by times subtitles would be helpful. The plot of murder, drug dealing and police corruption is not complicated but remains interesting and compelling throughout. This is a very funny movie, not silly or slapstick just 90 plus minutes of down to earth side-splitting enjoyment. Language is a little strong but not done in an offensive fashion. Glad I didn't miss this one.
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By OpenMind TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The Guard's writer-director, John Michael McDonagh, has created a film every bit as enjoyable as his brother Martin's "In Bruges". Both films benefit from a great balance of darkish comedy, breathtaking setting, careful character development, suspense, and stark violence without ever becoming heavy-handed or melodramatic. They also both feature Brendan Gleeson, better known as Mad-Eye Moody from the "Harry Potter" film series.

Gleeson plays what at first appears to be a callous, dimwitted cop who could care less about his job, let alone the lofty virtue of justice. As the film progresses, it becomes obvious that this man (who in the opening minutes strips valuables from the inert bodies of car crash victims) has a heart and morals. And even if he doesn't entirely enjoy his work, he is at least SOMEWHAT good at it. He loves his mother, he loves beer. His simple pleasures, however, conceal his keener-than-anticipated intellect and resounding wit. Not that he cares if people think he's a lowbrow cop.

Enter Don Cheadle, the strait-laced, by-the-book foil to Gleeson's "unorthodox" manner and methods. The two policemen certainly don't see eye-to-eye on many things but are forced to cooperate (to a degree) on the case of international drug smuggling occurring in the peaceable and beautiful town of Galway in Ireland. Their differences are evident: Cheadle's character likes procedure; Gleeson's likes prozzies. Cheadle's character is African-American (duh) and has a "fish out of water" element to him; Gleeson's character exploits their apparent racial and cultural differences, but obviously accepts them, too. The unwitting partners learn from, play off of, and eventually grow on (even look out for!) each other.

I appreciated the pseudo-cliffhanger ending.
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By Smartviewer on March 17 2012
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How can you go wrong with Brendan Gleeson? He makes the movie and everyone else has to try and keep up. Overpriced as a most Blueray and DVDs, but at least it's worth spending money on. Laugh out loud funny in parts. The combo pack is silly, however. Just gimme one DVD and cut the price in half. Like that'll ever happen.
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Brendon Gleeson makes this movie.....well conceived plot but the acting stole the show. Gleeson's best including 'In Bruges" I'm a big fan of Don Cheadle as well but his part was limited and he had to play it straight for it to work. I will be watching it over many times.
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By Devo on Jan. 7 2013
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There is plenty of swearing in this, but if you pay attention to the subtle undercurrents, this movie is surprising on several levels. It is clever, witty and yet shows how one man, tired of the system still makes it work while keeping his sense of humour.
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By Kathleen Wilson on Dec 30 2012
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This is the best movie I have ever viewed. There is humor, drama, not a throw away line in the script, every word is brilliant! Beautiful cinematography! Saw it three times with my husband and knew we had to own a copy.
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