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BMW Films Presents, The Hire: A Series of 8 Short Films (2003)

Clive Owen , Tomas Milian , John Frankenheimer , Ang Lee  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Tomas Milian, Mason Lee, Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro González-Iñárritu
  • Producers: Tony Scott, David Fincher, Ridley Scott
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BMW Films
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GV1VRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The Hire: A Series of 8 Films The 8 films included are: Hostage: Stars: Clive Owen. Director: John Woo Ticker: Stars: Clive Owen, Don Cheadle, F. Murray Abraham. Director: Joe Carnahan The driver rescues a mysterious messenger carrying an even more mysterious briefcase after an ambush on a rural highway. As a helicopter gunman relentlessly pursues them, a game of political intrigue plays out, with an unforeseen ending. Beat the Devil: Stars: Clive Owen, Gary Oldman, James Brown. Director: Tony Scott Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), the driver soon finds himself entangled in fiendish plans. Ambush: Stars: Clive Owen, Tomas Milian. Director: John Frankenheimer Chosen: Stars: Clive Owen, Mason Lee. Director: Ang Lee The driver meets a ship carrying an eight-year-old Tibetan boy at a dark, deserted New York shipyard. But he's not the only one waiting. The Follow: Stars: Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Forest Whitaker. Director: Wong Kar-wai The cunning and tactics of trailing another car quickly evolve into a mystery rife with deceit, as The Driver is hired to follow a woman accused of cheating on her famous husband. Star: Stars: Clive Owen, Madonna. Director: Guy Ritchie The driver faces perhaps his most perplexing challenge: Coming face-to-face with a hugely talented and successful rock star. But beneath her beauty lies a problem she always gets what she wants. Powder Keg: Stars: Clive Owen, Stellan Skarsgard. Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Clive Owen's earliest and best work April 3, 2007
How does this sound for you: 8 short films, directed by the likes of John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan, and Tony Scott!

That's some serious power. Multiple Academy Award nominations and countless millions in box office.

But as great as these directors are, what holds this series is Clive Owen. Ever wonder what might have been if Owen had been cast as James Bond? Wonder no more. Owen is the Driver, the cypher who adapts to any situation but brings a calm competence and more than a bit of world-weariness. Owen grounds the sometimes over-the-top action with his excellent performace, although he is helped along by a cadre of excellent guest stars, including Gary Oldman, James Brown, Stellen Skarsgard, Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Dennis Haysbert, F. Murray Abraham, Ray Liotta, Madonna(!) and Marilyn Manson(!!!).

Almost every one of these films stands on its own as an excellent piece of short filmmaking. Some of them focus upon the high speed car action(Frankenheimer's Ambush, Ritchie's Star, Carnahan's Ticker, Scott's Beat the Devil) while others use the conceit of the Driver to tell something with a bit more depth(particularly Kar-Wai's haunting The Follow and Inarritu's political Powder Keg). Lee and Woo also bring their trademarks to their films in interesting ways. Lee creates a ballet of rival cars in Chosen and Woo invokes plenty of slow motion in his Cellular-esque piece.

Proof positive that commercials don't have to be crass, but that they can be art as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BMW's Director's Mash-Up! November 17, 2007
Okay so it isn't exactly a mash-up, but BMW has provided a great venue for power directors to dabble in the sort film medium. Each episode is not related to the last but the main character, Clive Owen, is always the hired driver. Think of his character as a modern "Man with No Name" like Clint Eastwood.

Each piece is great and are often rooted in action but feature a central theme or story that is easy to follow and intriguing to watch. Given the short amount of time, the talent of these directors are clear as they create characters, a plot and an ending that an audience can follow, invest in and appreciate.

Other notable talent is included in some of the films aside from Clive Owen. The series is a high production, finely crafted set of films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good and Great Marketing! November 24, 2011
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I actually got these because of my interest in their revolutionary marketing (at the time). It is very interesting to read about why they decided to make a film series on the new cars. BMW is a really cool brand and their marketing at the time was truly revolutionary. That makes these films so cool and if you love BMW these are a must have in the DVD cabinet. It is a piece of car/marketing/film history. How cool is that?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly contemporary cinematography classic February 6, 2011
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bmw films managed an outstanding way to promote their vehicles and do a perfect branding for a niche.
the directors different perspectives, to approach the safety issues and needs for unique passengers, helps you in having a front row seat as if you are actually seating on an m5 on madonna's self-ridiculousness; or on a 540 or on a 740 or even better, on an x5, racing drug cartels over a sugar cane field in a cruel González Iñárritu classic language.

Mr Owens outstanding acting, outburst the drama each one of Frankenheimer, Lee, Kar-wai, Ritchie, González Iñárritu, Woo, Carnahan, and Scott films was meant to be.

a truly contemporary cinematography classic

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem. February 10, 2010
By Mickey
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This is a great gem if you want to find small shorts film makers have came together to create for bmw. Its a little spendy but its outta print. So the cost is worth it.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clive Owen the BMW Story July 17, 2012
Clive Owen-a BMW hell-driver is the better viewing in eight shot movies of car-racing crime-style (The Hostage, Ticker, Beat the Devil, Ambush, Chosen, The Follow, Star, Powder Keg), bullets fly around and on any continent police/special forces were somehow behind.

Also stories are of a different gender, police/political thriller mostly and some comedy, regardless of context,BMWs were supposed to be the major point of attraction understandably while, once again, semi-mute C. Owen eclipsed all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NON-THEATRICAL FILM MAKING AT ITS BEST January 17, 2014
By azindn
Take eight of the most venturesome and exciting directors in the film business today, add one enormously sexy screen actor as the main character, and put them together with beautiful BMW sedans around the world and it's magic! Clive Owens is The Hire, his role, drive these amazing cars in short films with stunning camera work and some world class passengers. These are excellent short films that made me yearn for a BMW hoping Clive was a standard option and not a dealer extra. Alas! But the films are worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The contents of the short stories can be found on Wikipedia or critic websites.

What's awesome about the product is the "Behind the Scenes" footage. They give you alot of insight from the directors and talent as well as crew men. It's refreshing that there was so much detail involved with the special features before it was even possible to share it with viewers on a disc medium. There aren't many discs available that will take a viewer as in depth as this one will.

The shorts are a great way to teach students the importance and simplicity of story telling while the special features reveal how basic and complicated the production can be.

The only thing better than enjoying the dvd was the opportunity to get it under $6, shipping included.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Awesome!!
Spectacular! Each movie draws you in to the pont, you don't want the movie to end! I've given this dvd to my friends as gifts and they love it as much as I do! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Currydogg
5.0 out of 5 stars for son-in law
He has had this on his list for quite some time and he was surprised when he got it this year as part of christmas.
He really likes it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen B Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars just great
Being looking for this video for a long time. Just awesome. Great piece for a collector. Nothing to complain .
Published 3 months ago by Andrea M. Gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!
Unusual advertising technique. Mini-movies each featuring Clive Owen and a BMW. My favourite is James Brown as the devil to whom you sell your soul! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Siobhan
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb series get yourself a copy if you can!
excellent series of films. My particular copy had a glitch so one of the films I cannot watch but if I could I am sure it would be as great as the rest. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GMan58
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good at all
This movie was not what we expected at all! It was supposed to include 6 or 8 short films..can't remember how many and there were 3 or 4...wish I could've gotten a refund!
Published 18 months ago by Carly
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool collectible
Great directors and great casts in this collection of action-packed shorts. Product was new in the original packaging and was shipped & delivered on time. Read more
Published 20 months ago by EzPzy
2.0 out of 5 stars Video is not full screen
I love the BMW films, I used to watch them online and share them with my friends a lot. This dvd sucks, even the case and cover art are crappy. Read more
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