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  • Actors: Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Nathan Jones, Robert Mammone, Tory Mussett
  • Directors: Scott Wiper
  • Writers: Scott Wiper, Andy Hedden, Rob Hedden
  • Producers: George Vrabeck, Graham Ludlow, Jason Constantine, Jed Blaugrund
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SM6FLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Condemned (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Jack Conrad is a death row prisoner in a corrupt Central American prison who is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer to take part in an illegal reality game show. Brought to a desolate island, Conrad finds himself trapped in a fight to the death against ni ne other condemned killers from all corners of the world. With no possible escape - and millions of viewers watching the uncensored violence online - Conrad must use all his strength to remain the last man standing...and earn his only chance at freedom.

Customer Reviews

Great movie... Lots of action.
Margaret Wilson
Whether you like Austin or not, this is absolutely one of the very best action films I have ever seen.
Jon A. Sonnen
Much to my surprise though, The Condemned isn't the total crud-fest one may come to expect.
N. Durham

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Dwane on July 28, 2008
Format: DVD
I got the DVD from the library so there was no great investment on my part and really expected to stop it after 20 minutes. But it surprised me. Robert Mammone, as the tycoon sponsoring this internet viewing only battle royal to the death, has solid acting chops along with the always interesting to watch Rick Hoffman. Of the group of combatants, Manu Bennet and Dasi Ruz show real chemistry and Vinnie Jones is always believable as a murderous bastard.

Okay, the premise is simple as any action movie tends to be whether it's escaping aliens ("Predator," "Alien") or stopping the thing that will end the world ("The Rock," "Armagedon"). A rich, pompous, self absorbed tycoon buys convicted criminals from jails around the world, brings them to a small island and offers them freedom if they're the last one alive after 30 hours while he broadcasts on the internet for $49.95. To their ankle is strapped an explosive device that will trigger if they try to remove it.

What makes a story interesting is it's execution from casting, directing, cinematography, dialogue, etc. Every romance story is the same boy meets, girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl reunite in the end. Director Scott Wiper knows he's not making a Merchant Ivory film and so focuses on the compelling fight sequences, the question of who will be left, and how they are eliminated.

Now, I've read critiques about Austin's acting and I don't think these viewers get it. As the director states in the commentary, Austin, like other action heroes before him, has the confidence to do nothing. His range is limited and it plays to his advantage. Looking back on the Schwarzenegger Stallone era, does anybody remember them acting other than cool under fire? Clint Eastwood made a career out of squinting and teeth gritting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2007
Format: DVD
If you think you've seen The Condemned before you wouldn't be entirely mistaken. It borrows elements from several films including Escape from New York, Running Man, and No Escape. Despite that, this is actually a pretty good action flick and really took me by surprise. Wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin is Jack Conrad, one of ten condemned prisoners who gets a chance at freedom. A wealthy producer named Breckel has brought Conrad and the other nine prisoners to an island near New Guinea where they will battle to the death with the lone survivor winning his, or her, freedom. Breckel will broadcast the event over the internet and his team has set up hundreds of cameras all around the island to capture the brutal action. Each "contestant" has been fitted with an explosive ankle bracelet to keep them in control.

Among the other prisoners is former SAS operative McStarley played by Vinnie Jones. Jones has virtually made a career out of playing similar tough guy roles including Juggernaut in X-Men 3. He plays McStarley to the villainous hilt. McStarley has formed an alliance with Japanese martial artist Saiga, and together they hunt down the rest of the prisoners. Yet another prisoner is played by former WWE wrestler and Strongman competitor, 6' 11" Nathan Jones. It isn't all just a beat-em-up however. A back-story on Conrad shows that he is more than just an average prisoner. He disappeared from his home in Texas a year earlier without a word to his girlfriend. Now his entire hometown is watching the action unfold over the Internet along with millions of other viewers.

Now, Steve Austin isn't a guy with a lot of acting range. But then again, guys like that (Chuck Norris, Steven Segal) have done quite well for themselves in action hero roles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.P. VINE VOICE on September 29, 2007
Format: DVD
WWE films always seems to put out movies that would have been a huge box office hit back in the '80s but not in this day in age. The concept here is very similar to the one in "The Running Man" where people murdering each other is turned into a game for other's entertainment & enjoyment. Unlike The Marine, they used humor correctly thoughout the movie as it was dry humor & fit in with what the situation was at the time instead of stopping the movie to throw in a bad joke. The fight scenes come off as real fist & martial arts fights instead of heavy "planned out" fights that you see today in other big screen movies that come out looking real fake. Multiple stories with each individual (prisioners & those behind the "show") being told that all come together at various times kept me interested as well. The alternative commentary with Austin is an interesting listen to as well.

DVD extras include 5 "The Making Of" featurettes, two sets of alternative commentary with the directior with one including Austin himself, Stone Cold signing autographs at Austrailia's Movie World, and Austin & Vinnie Jones looking back at their first meeting at the WWE Capital Carnage Show back in 1998.

Overall, this is a movie I would recommend for what it was.

Side Note: There is a dualpack with the full screen version at Walmart complete with a bonus disc of deleted & extended scenes with the director's commentary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Williams on September 23, 2007
Format: DVD
The plot is pretty straight forward. This rich media mogul buys 10 death row prisoners from various countries and sets it up so that they have to fight to the death on a remote Pacific island.
The purpose is to film it all and broadcast it on the net, for a $49.99 subscription fee, of course.
The point of the movie is to say something about the human propensity towards not only violence, in everyone, but the voyeuristic enjoyment that we get out of just watching fighting. The point that watching and participating, sitting in a comfortable chair at a monitor and out in the real world dying and the bifurcation of our mental worlds into false-net-computer and RL and how our morality and instinctual settings just don't seem to function right in this brave new world of on line fighting/gambling/etc.

Technically the movie is great, well filmed, absolutely beautiful. The actors, despite (or maybe because of) being WWE players are pretty good. The dialog flows much above average for fight movies, the writing is well above average for movies with violence and ku-fu type martial arts and lots of bloody pieces. Now it is not a slasher movie, not a horror movie (like it could have been), but a more genuine fight movie than most movies you'd put into this genre. How would an add read: "adrenaline pumping, action packed, no holds barred vision of big mean nasty guys (and 2 ladies) whalloping on each other for your viewing pleasure".

And that is the big point. The movie is about filming a movie about violence. The on screen movie team(those supplying the net feed of the action) are on the island, they are voyeurs and eventually RL participants in the show.
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