Hard Times [Blu-ray]
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SUBTITLES: English SDH
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
1975 / Color
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Original Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units
"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.
Top Customer Reviews
Although clearly aging, Bronson is a natural and beleiveable fighter, with a lean muscular body certainly capable of knocking out his opponents. With initial success, Bronson is matched with increasingly tougher opponents, culminating in two "championship" bouts that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Intertwined between the bouts is Bronson and his co-star Jill Ireland (his real-life wife), and their effort to establish a relationship.
I won't spoil the ending for you by revealing the ending, but I will say that if you missed this movie when it was first screened in the mid-1970's, you don't want to miss it again! Although it does not belong on your "classic" shelf, "Hard Times" is one of Charles Bronson's best movies and it will be a treat to view on a Saturday nigh
This is a great film, one of Bronson's best and also directorial debut of the great Walter Hill. Set in depression era New Orleans, where Bronson had to earn his dollar by "street fighting". James Coburn and Jill Ireland costar as his manager/promotor and love interest (Obviously) respectively.
I would like to give this DVD a full 5 stars, but with its lack of special features, I can only give 3 stars. A must have DVD though, the 2.0 mono sound is fine and the WS image is ok but deserved to be cleaned up a bit.
Now with all of the principal stars gone (Bronson, Coburn, Ireland), I am surprised that Columbia has yet to issue a special edition of this movie, while releasing several titles over and over (Fifth element, Leon The Professional, Jumanji, legend of Zorro, etc). Please issue a special edition, as this is more deserving movie. I don't think there is any special edition DVD of Bronson's movies. Not even the first Death Wish. I hope Hard Times will be the first in many special edition DVDs to be released. Remember, Charles Bronson is one of the biggest movie star in the world.
JAMES COBURN & STROTHER MARTIN..all gone now...BUT not forgotten by me.The opening & closing THEME MUSIC is great.The story very believeable.I mean when they fight..during the depression time it was very believeable..can't compare to "ROCKY".The real rugged life as it was.BRONSON..should never be forgotten for such a very good role in his career.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome movie! These are real old school fighting flicks! Before there was Dirty Harry there was Charles Bronson the man!Published 15 hours ago by michael fuentes
Good fight scenes Bronson very believable as a street fighter. Coburn was good. As was Strother Martin. Bronson's opponents were very believable too. Read morePublished 4 days ago by erich K Schunemann