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The Raid: Redemption (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : Indonesian, English
- Parcel Dimensions : 17.2 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm; 458.13 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 44 minutes
- Release date : Aug. 14 2012
- Actors : Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
- Language : French (DTS 5.1), Indonesian (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Alliance Films
- ASIN : B0089ATBU8
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,085 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
- Customer Reviews:
As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord named Tama from a rundown apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, Tama offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, gangster and thief in the building in exchange for the intruders' heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team's fallen leader and use every bit of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and room – to complete the mission and escape with his life.
A lid-flippingly kinetic blast, this martial arts marvel from Indonesia proves you don't need huge budgets or CGI assists to craft a top-tier action film. Writer-director Gareth Evans's (Merantau) plot turns on a fiendishly simple hook: a SWAT team mounts an assault on a mob-controlled apartment building, only to meet with heavy resistance from the machete-favoring tenants. That's it, really, but even a step-by-step recap would prove incapable of conveying the ridiculous, escalating carnage that Evans and his star/action choreographer Iko Uwais pack into virtually every inch of their cramped location. (The music score wisely references John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, which shares the same claustrophobic ingenuity.) While the sheer amount of rewind-worthy set pieces on display are undoubtedly the main selling point here, they would be unlikely to make as much of an impact without Evans's intelligently spartan directorial style, which takes a clean, no-frills approach to everything in the film not directly involving people getting kicked in the head. (Aspiring filmmakers should take note of how everything we need to know about Uwais's main character--his fierce family loyalty, his devout religious faith, his ability to punch at roughly the speed of light--is shown within the very first scene.) By the time The Raid's final fight--a brutal three-way death match in a room slightly larger than a broom closet--rolls around, it's hard not to feel a bit exhausted from the infernal, unceasing rush. The majority of viewers, however, should find it to be a pleasant kind of exhaustion, of the sort that comes from watching an action movie that knows exactly what it's trying to achieve. From nearly the first frame until the last, it achieves a state of perpetual motion. --Andrew Wright
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Sound is good either in English 5.1 or Thai 5.1. But the image definitely needs (and God knows it deserves it) a good remaster. Expect an image quality slightly above DVD, nothing more.
It's still a must-see for any action fan tired of the same old thing.
Supplements are okay, especially the ones concerning the stunt work.
My G-Town Hammer 4 Point Punch-Out Rating Scale for Martial Arts Movies (4 being highest)
Plot/Story - 1/4 - could have wrote it on a napkin - light tap
Action - 7/4 - is there a 7 rating on this scale??? Well, there is now...karate chop to the brain and eyeballs several hundred times!
Romance - 1.5 / 4 - well, our hero does need somewhat of a selfless reason to make it out honour intact for his future child!
Violence- yea, no number is high enough on this one...
Course Language - 2/4 - a couple of good body blows - it's subtitled so, yup, can read AND hear it
Short Story Summary (no spoilers):
1 minute intro where you see our hero conversing with his soon to deliver pregnant wife. Next scene and all ones after, nothing but all out mayhem. An elite squad of police raid a fortified apartment block in order to capture a crime king pin. Unbeknownst to the team, the team leader (a shady Lt.) for reasons not really known other than some premise of greed and payoff, has taken them rogue - meaning, no one at HQ knows they are there and there is no back up coming in case s*it happens. Plus, the crime boss offers free rent and immunity to all residents that "attack their infestation of vermin..." Cue the carnage...
It falls to our Rookie Hero to try to lead the way out, capture the baddie in the process, and make it home to his sweet young bride and unborn baby. Somewhat interesting twist part way through that makes it at least not 100% predictable. However, you are not watching this for the gripping story - you are watching this cuz you like guns, knives, explosions, swords, hand to hand brutal martial arts style fighting with improvised weapons....
And please note: This is a SUBTITLED movie - not that the dialogue is much to follow but just saying. Also, One man's opinion only: Parents, if you have kids, don't watch it with them until they are older - it is rated 18A+ for a reason!!!
- there are several special features, like behind the scenes etc.
- this is not a special edition
- great price
I love this move, but it is again one of those movies where one needs to love the genre to begin with. There will be no winning over of hearts of people who just want to "try it on for size". Very violent action, but not as brutal as the part 2. Great stunt work and martial arts. It hits you like a bullet.
It starts out with a kind of same old, same old action movie vibe but once it gets rolling... WOAH!!!! I've never seen so much and such brutal action! You can actually see the fight scenes instead of the jumping around like a jack rabbit Hollywood films.
You see the punches, kicks, slams, knife wounds happen right there on screen, as well as some very creative kills and injuries. When this thing does stop to let you breathe, it doesn't stop long!!!!
Yeah you kinda sorta know the ending but getting there is so much FUN!!!
Not for the squimish, but if you can handle some gore and heavy duty all out fighting, you'll watch it at least twice and then again and again and again... buy it. Trust me!
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The film never advertised itself in the above way, so maybe you should read up on a film in future, unless you go out of your way to buy films to moan about them. And funnily enough, it's an Indonesian film, set in Jakarta, so why do you think it would/should be in English?
This is exactly what it said on the tin. A non-stop action movie.
Not something to watch with the kids, or those of a gentle disposition, but if you want constant fighting, using a variety of weapons, including bare hands, then this is the film for you.
I watched it in both directions on a flight to/from Vegas, then came home and bought the DVD to watch again.
Anyone with a passing interest in hand-to-hand combat or martial arts will love this film for the speed of the fight choreography - and there's plenty of shooting scenes if that's your preference.
Don't worry about the subtitles, it's very easy to follow.
Also it may not have the cheesy one liners or too many huge explosions that many other action films are praised for *cough* Expendables *cough*.
However I will try and describe this film in 2 sentences (without trying to spoil too much)...
Its got an intense atmosphere and a real feeling of terror at first, with gun fights and emergency actions.
Then the intensity continues with massive sections of (Ong Bak style) martial arts, weapon combat and brutal fatalities.
It has a great soundtrack, (done by that dude Mike Shinoda I think his name is? from Linkin Park).
The action never stops either, so much ass gets kicked in this film, the main characters in this film must be on steroids to fight for all that time.
I generally think anyone who thinks this is a bad film is simply trolling, if you like drama and action, you simply cannot go wrong with this film. A must watch.
The next thing I found (and this shows my ignorance about the movie) is that I was presented with subtitles, but I soon realised that the action took over the need for detailed dialogue so it turned out not to be an issue for me.
Some of the comments on here mention about the action from start to finish and short of the first 10 minutes of the film the action doesn't really stop.
The stunts performed are some of the best I've seen in any a film and I bet there must of been some injuries in the filming as they are just so good. The fight scenes have excellent timing and whilst the odd fight seemed to go on well beyond any human could endure, they all seemed to keep me glued to the screen because of their variety. The camera work is good and right on top of the action.
If you're expecting to see a gun fest you will be disappointed as the use of guns becomes quickly taken over with martial arts moves which then become the mainstay of the film.
If you want to see an action movie with little dialogue, practically zero gung-ho and some polished martial arts choreography with a straightforward story from a genre that doesn't often hit the blockbuster spot these days then you could do worse than buy this movie.
On the strength of this first movie I will buy Raid2.