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Bronson [Blu-ray] (2009)

Tom Hardy , Matt King , Nicolas Winding Refn  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Matt King
  • Directors: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XTXFU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bronson [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Charles Bronson Monologues
Making of Documentary
Training Tom Hardy
Interviews with Nicolas Winding Refn (Writer/Director), Tom Hardy (Actor - Charles Bronson), Matt King (Actor - Paul Daniels)
Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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In 1974, a misguided 19-year-old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself, and so with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams, he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to seven years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. Provocative and stylized, BRONSON follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson, who gave himself the nickname Charles Bronson, from a petty thief into Britain's most dangerous prisoner.

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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Charlie Bronson/Michael Peterson is quite a character. I'm told that the events and details in this film stray a little here and there from the truth, but all in all it makes for a quite entertaining look at one of the most violent prisoners in the UK's history. Actor Tom Hardy, who got amazingly buffed-up for this role, brings the right amount of humor, pathos, and dangerous zaniness to the title role.

You can't help but cheer for Charlie Bronson, though you will be glad you are doing it from a safe distance.

Bronson the man has quite a story. "Bronson" the movie is a tour-de-force of bravura and playful acting by Tom Hardy, and deserving of all its accolades. No one I have spoken with who saw this movie failed to be entertained by it.

Buy it, rent it, I don't care. Just watch it. [Big grin]
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, humerous, and brutal February 12, 2010
Everyone has heard of Charles Bronson. Well, THAT Charles Bronson anyway, the title character here is definitely a far cry from the hardened film hero of the same name. This Charlie Bronson was originally born Michael Peterson, who despite having a decent upbringing, grew up to be a criminal, and much, much more surprisingly. Known as Britain's most notorious prisoner, Bronson manages to capture the ferocity of the man with tongue-in-cheek humor and sheer unpredictable moments. Tom Hardy, who has been in quite a bit ranging from Star Trek: Nemesis, Layer Cake, and Rocknrolla among others, gives a star-making performance that should be seen to be believed. Besides undergoing a physical transformation in bulking up, Hardy's performance may very well be akin to what Eric Bana managed to do some years ago with Chopper, in which he ironically enough, played famous prisoner Mark "Chopper" Read. All in all, though it definitely isn't for everybody, Bronson is wholeheartedly worth your time, mainly thanks to the ferocious performance of Tom Hardy, whose stardom should most definitely (and deservedly) be on the rise.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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To say that lead actor Tom Hardy is gonzo-brilliant is nearly as understating as the complete overlooking of his performance throughout award season. Director Refn's approach here is as viscerally punctuated and artistically daring as anything in his excellent "Pusher Trilogy."
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody, Violent, Disturbing, and Incredibly Effective October 10, 2011
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"Bronson" is based on the real life of a man often referred to as "the most violent prisoner in Britain". "Charlie Bronson" is a moniker the prisoner (real name: Michael Peterson) assumed as a sort of stage name. According to the film, Peterson desired to be famous and went about garnering that fame by perpetuating heinously violent actions against other prisoners and prison guards.

The film is bloody, violent, disturbing, and incredibly effective. Tom Hardy is a powerhouse in the role in every sense of the word. He's an imposing figure to start. His powerfully built wrestler's physique makes the improbabilities of his physical altercations believable. He captures the audience's attention in a stranglehold of a performance, playing straight a role that could have easily turned into an insane human cartoon. Instead we watch a credibly complex sociopathic character unfold who is apparently choosy about upon whom he will wreck his carnage (primarily the heavily armed and numerous prison guards). His mirthless laughter at the beginning of the film puts the audience off-kilter, not quite able to regain balance until some time after the end credits roll. You're never quite sure what Hardy's Bronson is going to do next. He's so pitch perfect throughout the film, it's hard to take your eyes off this living disaster.

The film is essentially presented from Bronson's point of view, which lends itself to some strange storytelling considering his sociopathic bent. Some self-narrated fantasy asides are at first quite bizarre as they're occurring with Bronson telling his story on stage in full makeup. There is a heavy dose of
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless August 9, 2012
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Acting was fantastic. But the character of the protagonist was so gross that there was nothing you could do with the movie to make it likeable. A totally empty individual who loved pain and loved to inflict pain and never redeams himself is worthless. The warden that appears at the end of the movie knew what and who he was dealing with. He did a great job in the short amount of time to tag Charlie. I liked it well enough to stick through it, unfortunately I thought he might gain insight into why he created his own chaos. He didn't, nor did he try. Sad through and through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performance, OK story March 3, 2013
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I really wish I could do a split review for this movie. The story itself, about one of the most famous prisoners in the British penal system is really not very deep. Bronson is a guy that is more comfortable in prison than out in the world, that much is made clear, but it never really goes beyond that as to why that is the case. The movie is a little repetitive in that the basic story is that Bonson attacks guards and prison officials at almost every opportunity that he has. They move him from prison to prison and put him in solitary, but it is the same cycle. I realize that this is actually the truth and close to reality for 30 years in real life, but that repeated cycle does not make for an engaging story. 3 stars.

With all that being said, Tom Hardy is masterful in his portrayal of a clearly disturbed individual. Everything about him is almost unrecognizable. His expressions, movement, and gait are all transformative. What an outstanding performance, especially since there are many segments in which he is essentially doing a one man show in front of an imaginary audience. The closest thing that I can think of in relation to inhabiting a character would be Daniel Day Lewis as Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York (oddly enough, a character with a similar facial look). Hardy's performance is even more impressive in that he carries the entire movie, every scene and all the narration. 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars decent movie, nothing special
If the whole movie was as good as the opening sequence I would have a new top-ten film. Unfortunately everything after the 4 minute mark is a bit choppy. Read more
Published 9 days ago by apartment owner
5.0 out of 5 stars On the inside I'm someone no one wants to f*** with!
I love this guy! It has become a cult movie with me. I've probably seen it 20 times in the last couple years.
Published 11 days ago by Timothy Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Mess Of A Movie
Saw Animal Kingdom.Was expecting a similar realistic look into the societies under belly, cinema verite like movie. This is just an unbelievable, absurdest artsy-fartsy mess. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jpgdog
4.0 out of 5 stars HE was born this way...was he?
brutal story of just one mans reality that seems hard to comprehend. But in my line of work I see it. This is extremely mature movie not for kids or most teens.....
Published 28 days ago by RL.
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Prison Drama!
Tom Hardy is brilliant! The supporting cast is excellent, but it almost becomes a 'one-man show'. Not for the weak-of-heart or stomach, but if you fancy really fine films, this is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill L. Matthews
2.0 out of 5 stars Britain's most boring prisoner
Good performance by Tom Hardy, but the script is excessively boring. With virtually no characters or dialog, the viewer is stuck with Bronson, who constantly reminds us that we... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Stenitzer
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch at your own risk
I found this movie revolting within 30 minutes or less. I watched this movie to see what made this man become this way but in less than 30 minutes I decided I couldn't care less. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NOF
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Picture to watch
Overall this is a good picture to watch
I base this on many hours of watching movies, and this is a good one
Published 2 months ago by Abudull Rahie
4.0 out of 5 stars Clockwork Orange of prison films
Interesting movie , kind of the Clockwork Orange of prison films , very well done on all fronts . Highly recommend for the adventurous film lover .
Published 2 months ago by Holly Pickerel
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying and Amazing
Stunningly great acting from Tom Hardy!!! Disturbing commentary on lack of opportunity, dysfunctional penal system, and misunderstanding of mental health. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robin Runia
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