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  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Region: Region 4 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011V72VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Description Australians see Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read as a celeb crim, an underworld folk hero who writes best-sellers and does the rounds of the television chat shows when he's not serving time. Andrew Dominik, making his feature debut as a director, has adapted Chopper's memoirs with the enthusiastic consent of their author, and reveals him as a psychopathic egomaniac with an explosive and dangerous temper, who is virtually devoid of any moral sense. Although Eric Bana better known in Australia as a stand-up comedian, plays him as an engaging villain with a deft talent for grotesque behaviour and caustic one-liners, the background is sad and violent.

Customer Reviews

Simply the best book i have ever read.
M. Haines
The film seems so realistic, the brutality, the dialogues, the places, the characters, it's all so well adapted to the kind of movie that Chopper is.
Lunchbox
Much like the book, this movie gives you a glimps into the life of Mark "Chopper" Read.
Mike McG

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John S. Harris VINE VOICE on September 4, 2002
Format: DVD
There are plenty of reviews here that deal with the content and storyline of "Chopper". But I want to discuss Bana's amazing physical transformation to play this part.
Not since Robert DeNiro's chameleon-like transformation into Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull" has an actor so thoroughly entrenched himself in the physicality of a role. Bana made his early career as a stand-up comic Down Under, but look at what he has done here! Watch "Black Hawk Down" to catch the "normal-looking" Bana, then watch "Chopper", his earlier film, to see the lengths he went to to gain some 80 pounds of fat/thickness to play this hulk (no 2003 movie pun intended -- okay, maybe it is intended) of a thug named Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, one of Australia's most conspicuously (in)famous criminals.
At the start of the movie, and early in the filming of the movie, Bana/Chopper is a physically imposing yet fit figure. As the years pack on the pounds, Bana gained the girth to mirror Chopper's. A truly amazing and brave acting choice!
Now read other reviews if you want opinions on the film (I liked it, by the way). But somebody tell DeNiro that Bana is close on his tail.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on September 30, 2004
Format: DVD
"Chopper" is one of the more interesting films I have seen in the last year or two. An Australian picture, the movie purports to tell the story of one of that country's most notorious criminals. Films dealing with criminals or the crime underworld are far from rare, of course, as one need only to look to "The Godfather," "Goodfellas," or practically anything made by Quentin Tarentino for proof of this assertion. "Chopper" differs from these films in several significant ways. Arguably the most important distinction involves how we should perceive criminals. American films, perhaps tapping our age-old love of the outlaw, tend to glamorize the ugly brutality of criminal pathology. The Godfather films don't do this as much as Tarentino's pictures do, to be sure, but it's always there in some form or another. "Chopper" can't help but deal with the very public side of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, considering he published a series of smash bestsellers detailing his sordid adventures, but a close examination of the film reveals a very subtle portrait decrying a thug and the society that idolizes them.

When we first meet Chopper Read (Eric Bana), he's serving a sentence in prison. Just as in American penitentiaries, Australian lock-ups have gangs, and Chopper is on the bad side of a particularly loathsome brute. What to do in such a situation? Why, walk up to the chap in the commons and stab him repeatedly in the throat with a sharp object! Moreover, when the guy thrashes on the floor in a spreading pool of blood, look concerned, ask if he's o.k., and offer him a cigarette. Obviously, the authorities don't take kindly to inmates carving up other inmates, so they haul Chopper and a couple of his pals in for questioning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2001
This is the most magnificent acting job (Bana in the title role) that I have ever seen. The word magnificent might seem a bit fancy when you consider that I am describing a comic portraying a killer, but I can think of no other word. Chopper is a self-proclaimed killer and all around tough, but he also has more confidence and chutzpah than any film character I can remember seeing. (DeNiro in Taxi Driver was a sociopath, plain and simple, no ifs, ands or buts, and fascinating to no end, but no chutzpah, just gaffes). I once read in a women's magazine that confidence is the single most attractive trait in a man, and yes, that is evident here, in spades. This man cannot be described in words--unless you consider his own, in his 8 books, the first of which describes almost all the deeds done in the movie (Chopper: From the Inside). Everything in this movie clicks and rings true for film as well as the true escapades of a killer. I am even having trouble getting Don't Fence Me In (by Frankie Laine) out of my head. It was sung over the opening credits, and a more appropriate choice couldn't have been made. Movies like this were made for video so they can be viewed again. And again. This is real movie-making! Australia should be proud, and I hope the US doesn't forget it when awards time comes around. (But it probably will)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on January 25, 2004
Format: DVD
Old Chopper is not the kind of guy you would like to meet but he is the kind of guy who you would like to study under more controlled conditions. Here you get to do just that as first time independent director Andrew Dominik takes us into the quite twisted world of a guy who really has fallen on the wrong side of the tracks.
This is a good character study of a man who has deep-seeded psychological problems of the psychopathic paranoid personality disorder kind and who does not shy away from getting hold of a screwdriver to make himself feel better, only to end up feeling worse by end of his latest homicide.
Chopper is set in the more backward areas of Australia and is loosely based on the best-selling autobiography of the same name. This is a mash of fiction and reality and at times it is hard to see which is which as Chopper tells his stories from several different angles and several different versions result. The film starts in a prison and has some very horrific violent scenes. Chopper does some nasty mutilations to himself and gets paroled. When out he just can not control his anger and paranoia and ends up doing nasty things to people who he... well... loves... in a sort of strange way because all of his "friends" are either skanks, hookers, drug dealers or cops.
The film sort of plays itself out "Pulp Fiction" style and for a first timer this Indy film has lots of great camera work and lighting. Chopper looks great and the atmosphere is all there. Chopper does not really have a story per se. It is just about Chopper and Bana is almost in every frame and steals every frame too. By the closing credits you come away quite attached to this character. He is like you gone wrong. You feel sorry for the guy.
This is what got Bana noticed and it is not hard to see why.
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