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44 Inch Chest [Blu-ray]

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How far would you go to avenge betrayal? Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone, Sexy Beast) is about to find out in this gritty, provocative thriller. After he breaks down over the dissolution of his marriage, he kidnaps his wifes lover, and his rage pushes him to the brink of murder as his motley crew of buddies urges him to exact brutal revenge. Ian McShane (HBOs Deadwood), John Hurt (V for Vendetta), Tom Wilkinson (RocknRolla) and Stephen Dillane (Spy Game) unforgettably co-star in this compelling story that contemplates the nature of love and asks what it takes to be a man.


The writers behind Sexy Beast, David Scinto and Louis Mellis, pick up where they left off in 44 Inch Chest. Ray Winstone stars as Colin Diamond, a gangster with some fiercely protective friends. There's mercurial Mal (Stephen Dillane, The Hours), mama's boy Archie (Tom Wilkinson, The Ghost Writer), velvet-voiced Meredith (Ian McShane, Winstone's Beast-ly costar), and a misanthropic, marble-mouthed piece of work named Old Man Peanut (John Hurt at his greasiest). When Liz (Joanne Whalley, Scandal), Colin's wife of 21 years, reveals that she's leaving him for French waiter Loverboy (Melvil Poupaud, effective in a thankless role), Colin's pals decide to teach the lad a lesson. After they kidnap Loverboy, lock him in a wardrobe, and encourage Diamond to do his worst, photographer-turned-filmmaker Malcolm Venville flashes back to the previous evening's events (at least those concerning Colin, Liz, and Meredith). Mood lighting and rain-slicked streets aside, the film feels stage-bound due to the minimal establishing shots and David Mamet-like dialogue, including a self-deluding disquisition on marriage (to Colin, it means letting Liz "watch what she wants on the telly"). While Winstone's broken, yet brutal turn recalls his performance in Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth, 44 Inch Chest starts out like a Guy Ritchie-style lark before heading off in a deeper direction. Those who look to British cinema for refinement and sophistication may wish to look elsewhere, but those who prefer the grit of Mike Hodges to the grace of Merchant Ivory would do wise to give this one a go. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • Commentary with Director Malcom Venville
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Epilogues
  • Interview with Malcom Venville
  • Trailer

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane
    • Directors: Malcolm Venville
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
    • Run Time: 95 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00393SG4W
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "44 Inch Chest [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    Format: DVD
    There are movies that offer some of the best storytelling the world has seen. And then there are movies that offer perhaps not the best stories but something else that has great value. Such is the case here with 44 INCH CHEST, a movie that offers some of the finest acting seen on screen in some time. It shares two things in common with GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS: great acting to be seen and the foulest language the English vocabulary has to offer.

    The story begins with Colin (Ray Winstone) lying on the floor of his home surrounded by the shattered possessions he owns. No, Colin hasn't been robbed or mugged. He's just been told by his wife Liz (Joanne Whalley) that she's leaving him for another man.

    Distraught and not knowing what to do, the film jumps back and forth in time and space and we next have Colin's friend Archie (Tom Wilkinson) show up to help him. Archie contacts Colin's best friends and together they kidnap the young lover, a Frenchman who works as a waiter.

    The largest part of the movie takes place in what appears to be a soon to be demolished flat. The flat has little more than a few chairs, a sofa and a wardrobe in the corner. It is inside this wardrobe that they young lover is being held as Colin's friends console him and discuss what to do. Shall Colin kill the victim in an attempt to regain his manhood, or shall he allow him to live and leave?

    Each character offers up their own ideas of how to treat the situation but for the most part they all seem to feel that death would be the best option. First in line for this line of thinking is Old Man Peanut (John Hurt) who hurls obscenities at the wardrobe and tells Colin that the best route he can take is to not let this young punk get away with it.
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    3.5 stars

    When will Ian McShane get the perfect starring role he so clearly deserves? His turn in Kings was very fine but Deadwood is about the only thing that has really made full use of his deep well of talent. He is by far and away the highlight of 44 Inch Chest, but is as usual in a supporting role. Without him, this movie would just be a nasty, blustery shamble.

    The plot is basic enough: a guy's wife cheats on him so he and his pals kidnap her paramour and hole up in an abandoned warehouse (or something; we're never told why they can do as they please there with no people ever around in the streets), deciding whether to kill him, or wot. There's plenty of f's to go around, more than plenty in fact, and lots of brogue and bluster as well. But there wasn't enough truly sparkling dialogue for my taste (or for a film this non-stop talky), and I got bored an hour in.

    Each actor is fair enough, though John Hurt's hammy staginess is a lowlight. But
    blame the script: it's a little too self-satisfied yet empty in the long run. Plenty of pseudo-philosophical rambling about the sanctity of marriage etc, and insinuations that all men are frustrated would-be killers, but after a while it all goes nowhere fast and I began longing for something, anything, to relieve the onsetting boredom of watching the cuckold simmer in his own sour juices.

    Fortunately someone had the wisdom to cast McShane, who walks away with this film as is usual when he appears in anything.
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    Colin Diamond is having a crappy day. His wife of 21 years has left him for a hunky young French waiter. He beat his wife up over this, drank himself into a stupor, destroyed his house, and now he and his friends are holed up in an abandoned building with "loverboy" tied up in a cabinet. One should always beware of sleeping with Papa Bear's honey; he may be a murderous gangster.

    This is the premise of "44 Inch Chest," a modest if stagy British film that features a few of my favorite actors. Ray Winstone is Colin, who is hurt, confused, vengeful and unsure of what he should do now that his life is destroyed. John Hurt plays Old Man Peanut, a greasy, profane thug who would be happy to slowly torture Loverboy to death, because that is what real men did back in the day. And then there's Ian McShane, the super cool gay gambler who seems to be the most rational (and therefore, the most deadly) of this band. He's happy to flaunt his sexuality, but not flamboyantly. It's more like a taunt; give him and his "9 and a half" any guff, he'll kill your puny butt and leave no witnesses.

    Tom Wilkerson and Stephen Dillane round out the crew, and they all spend most of this movie cajoling Colin into manning up and getting rid of the punk that stole his woman. Other than the set-up and some effective flashbacks/dream sequences, the story plays out in the room where the gang has their hostage. Gangsters or no, this is no action movie. There's a lot of talk about the sanctity of marriage, what it means to be a man, what love means, and about the movie "Samson and Delilah." Frankly, without McShane, "44 Inch Chest" would not be all that compelling. It's time he got a lead of his own.
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