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  • Directors: WALTER HILL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DDXL88E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
1975 / Color

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Original Theatrical Trailer

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"Close to stately in its manner-spacious, leisurely, and with elaborate period recreations... Offers excitement that makes you feel good; Walter Hill respects the loner myth...On its own pulp terms, Hard Times is a triumph." -Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

"A powerful, brutal film containing a definitive Charles Bronson performance...Hard Times is a tough, bitter, evocative document." -Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

Writer-director Walter Hill's debut film, Hard Times (1975), stars the legendary Charles Bronson as a laconic street fighter who joins forces in Depression-era New Orleans with a fast-talking promoter (James Coburn) and a drug-addicted cut man (Strother Martin) to make some hard-earned cash in the illegal fight game. With its clean narrative, detailed period setting, superb cinematography by Philip Lathrop, and striking action sequences (elegantly edited by future director Roger Spottiswoode), Hard Times is an exhilarating jump-start for one of the 1970s' most influential filmmakers.

Enjoy the extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art packaged with the Blu-ray disc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Filmed as The Streetfighter but changed to Hard Times in the US to avoid confusion with Sonny Chiba's movie (though still called The Streetfighter in the UK to avoid any raised eyebrows at Bronson trying his hand at Dickens), this is a terrific little movie that never quite got the attention it deserved in the mid-70s. In many ways it's almost a kind of Depression-era Midnight Cowboy with bare-knuckle brawling replacing the sex-for-sale, as James Coburn's ducking and diving street fight promoter teams up with Bronson's drifter and sees his chance at the big time. Naturally it doesn't work out that way, but en route to the inevitable fall debuting director Walter Hill draws a vivid portrait of people trying to survive in brutal times any way they can - with added brutal fights.

The plot and characters aren't particularly complex, but they're vividly drawn, from Coburn's ability to seize financial disaster from the jaws of triumph when his passion for losing his winnings on the crap tables and borrowing from one loan shark to pay another to Strother Martin's eloquent `cut man' who patches up fighters in return for enough money to indulge his drug habit ("This month's financial condition has prevented certain journeys of the imagination"), while Bronson, as ever, says the most without words as the kind of man who never puts down any roots and never looks past the next bend in the road. There's a rich cast of familiar 70s faces among the supporting cast - Robert Tessier, Bruce Glover, Frank McRae, Felice Orlandi - and an elegant turn from Michael McGuire as Coburn's upmarket rival, almost literally a big fish in a little pond who isn't best pleased that he no longer has the best streetfighter in New Orleans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first ever Charles Bronson bluray October 2, 2013
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The transfer is absolutely incredible, so sharper than my dvd-version and the sound and the soundtrack is unbelievable good, I give toprating for the transfer, the movie, well I am a big fan of Bronson and Hill so it says it all I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It. September 9, 2013
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although this is a limited release,it is a must have for Bronson fans.previous version was a full screen sham,and this Blu-ray is wonderfully done in widescreen will want this in your Blu-ray collection.Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Times on Blu-Ray!!! July 28, 2013
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Hard Times is the classic directorial debut of Walter Hill, and it stars Charles Bronson and James Coburn. This film is a classic in every sense of the word and the blu-ray restoration looks incredible! I absolutely love this film and anyone who appreciates a good movie will love it too! My only complaint is the lack of extras, "making of" featurettes, deleted scenes and the likes. Before Walter Hill released this film back in 1975, he cut about 40 minutes of it, none of that footage has ever been seen, and would've have made this release perfect, but I digress. Still, this is one of the greatest films ever made. Five Stars!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 2, 2014
just a great movie mye favorit bronson movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Bronson Movie June 21, 2014
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This is my favorite Bronson movie! I loved seeing this movie in widescreen Blu-Ray (at last). The pan and scan DVD was all that was available until now and was a disappointment. The only knock is the limited edition price of nearly $50! Some extra features like a "making of" documentary or deleted scenes would also have been nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hard times June 10, 2014
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This is my favorite CB movie. I just had to get the blu ray version for years of clear viewing enjoyment. Now all I need is Jan Michael Vincent, White Line Fever in blu ray and I'm set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bronson's Best April 9, 2014
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This is my favorite Charlie Bronson movie. A compelling story and a perfect character for Bronson. James Colburn has never been better, and Struther Martin is perfect. The only weak spot is Jill Ireland, who Bronson forced on the director, Walter Hill.
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