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LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: English SDH
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
1975 / Color
94 MINUTES
RATED: PG
REGION FREE

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.


Product Details

  • Actors: CHARLES BRONSON, JAMES COBURN, JILL IRELAND, STROTHER MARTIN
  • Directors: WALTER HILL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DDXL88E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Charles Bronson stars in this depression-era movie about a man who is forced to take up bare-knuckled fighting to earn enough money to survive. Bronson arrives in New Orleans with a few coins in his pocket and no prospects. Fortunately for him (and unfortunately for his opponents) he comes across a betting fighting match hosted by two local sharpies. Bronson studies the situation with cold calculating eyes and realizes that he could earn some much needed food money with a few bouts of his own. Introducing himself to one of the local sharpies, (James Coburn, who is superb in his role of a quick talking con-man in constant trouble with the local mob), Bronson and Coburn set out to win a small fortune on the match-making skills of Coburn and the hard punishing fists of Bronson.

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

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First of all, Columbia-Tristar released a WS and FS edition (2 sided disc) of the DVD on its initial release but reissue with a full screen only. So those interested in the title must search for the older release which contains the WS edition.

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.
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Hard Times (known as 'The Streetfighter' here in Australia) is Bronson's best movie alongside Death Wish. The film is set in the 1930's during the depression, and its recreation of this period is outstanding. This is not a movie for hard-core action/fighting fans. Like 'The Karate Kid' and 'Rocky', Hard Times has a real story and interesting characters. Bronson's character, Chaney, is humble, quiet, a bit of a loner - this contrasts nicely with James Coburn's portrayal of Speed, a compulsive gambler who sets up fights for Bronson. Strother Martin and Jill Ireland (Bronson's real-life wife until her death some years ago) are also great in their supporting roles. Nice to see an old forgotten classic like Hard Times released on DVD.
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Many like to laugh at Charles Bronson(myself included) because of his typecasting in 80s vigilante style action flick where he's usually portrayed as a senior citizen taking out the scum of the earth. You won't be laughing at him in Hard Times. Bronson made good movies, played good roles(see The Great Escape for another good example). Hard Times is one good movie. Bronson is the textbook definition of "tough guy". He plays a street fighter in the 30s who doesn't say much, but can knock the taste right out of your mouth. Basically, it's the Bronson version of Every Which Way But Loose, minus the laughs and the ape. Watch him beat the snot out of guys who think they're tougher than nails, and woo Jill Ireland in the process. Watch James Coburn give another great performance(as usual). Watch the movie, man!! It's astounding that Bronson was 54 when he did this. 54!!! He's solid muscle in this film, you'd have to be crazy to want to fight the guy! Vin Diesel? Russell Crowe? Amateurs! Tough guy wannabees! You won't see them looking like this and kicking tail when they're 54, that's for sure. It may be an all but forgotten film now, but thank god for dvd. That means you'd better march your butt down to the video store. Pronto.
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This has got to be one of CHARLES BRONSON'S BEST.Why this QUIET MAN never received an oscar in his liftime is beyond me.Co-starring his late wife,JILL IRELAND..good friend also gone...

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.
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