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Payback (1999)

Mel Gibson , Gregg Henry , Brian Helgeland  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke
  • Directors: Brian Helgeland
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland, Donald E. Westlake, Terry Hayes
  • Producers: Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JDIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Payback" on IMDb

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  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Editorial Reviews

Mel Gibson gives an unforgettable performance in this explosive film from director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), which features a superb supporting cast including William Devane, Maria Bello and Lucy Liu. The Director's Cut allows you to see PAYBACK like you've never seen before: through the eyes of its director. Experience a different version of Porter's (Gibson) drive to avenge those who took his money and leave him for dead. Witness the real PAYBACK. The Director's Cut allows you to see PAYBACK like you've never seen before: through the eyes of its director. Experience a different version of Porter's (Gibson) drive to avenge those who took his money and leave him for dead. Witness the real PAYBACK.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternate version worth taking a look at! May 18, 2007
Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
If you're a fan of Payback at all, I think it's imperative that you watch this version not only because of how differently it plays out but because it is a great opportunity to see how a director's vision can be compromised by the studio system.

From the very beginning, you know you're in different waters when the tone of the film settles in. They do away with the voice over and there is far less humor in this version. Instead of the blue tinted palatte of the original, this film has a more lush and natural quality to it. The character of Porter (Mel Gibson) in this version is even more brutal and cold blooded, which is a big reason as to why the film was asked to be recut by the studio. I watched both versions back to back and I think I can say that this new version is almost like watching an entirely different movie. I like them both equally and this new version really adds to the experience.

That being said, this HD-DVD has several great supplementary features that should make your day. One in particular is a half hour doc that goes into why Brian Helgeland's original cut was rejected by the studio and contains insightful comments by key members of the cast and crew, including Mel Gibson himself who I have to give credit to for being involved with restoring this version and giving a genuinely humbling interview. The picture on this disc looks great and the sound really kicks in during scenes of gunfire and general action. I strongly recommend it, especially if you like the original cut!
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mel Gibson's lost kick-butt movie found April 17, 2007
Format:DVD
The best action movie I've seen this year isn't in theaters. You may think you've seen it, but probably haven't. "Payback" is back, this time the way the director envisioned the film, not the suits. "You don't make pictures for the elite," producer/star Mel Gibson says today, explaining why Paramount and Warner Bros. took the noirish gangland movie away from freshman director Brian Helgeland. After 10 days of reshoots, a new final (third) act was tacked on, voiceover was added a la "Blade Runner" and Kris Kristofferson walked on as a new major character. Audiences still were amazed how brutal the Gibson character was when they had to "Get ready to root for the bad guy," as the marketing had it.

Same old story about artists and Hollywood, but this time came a happier ending. In 2005, Paramount and Gibson gave Helgeland another shot at the film, eight years after its release. The tapes turned up missing, so Helgeland and his editor recut the film using film. And so we have "Payback: Straight Up -- the Director's Cut."

Now, this is one hard-boiled movie. Gibson plays a criminal who comes back to town looking for the partner who stole half his loot, and his wife, following a heist. Along the way he single-handedly takes on both the syndicate and Asian drug dealers, slugs a woman (a scene the studios cut), and stirs up a John Woo-like shootout as the bloody finale. Supporting actors Lucy Liu, Gregg Henry and Maria Bello all do fine work.

There are multiple DVD extras, including a director's commentary, but the one to catch is the half-hour "Same Story -- Different Movie," all about the film's resurrection. Audio and video are sharp on the DVD -- and better on high definition discs, although in places the colors seem a bit too jacked up for a gritty, bleach-bypass film. "Payback" comes from the same book as "Point Blank" with Lee Marvin, an even better film from 1969.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie done went and got great! April 10, 2007
By Jason
Format:DVD
Like one review has already stated maybe one reason this movie didnt recieve all the glory it deserved is maybe american movie audience wasnt ready to see Mel Gibson in such a dark roll,thats my take on it to.Now with this unrated directors version its even better,gone is blue filter over the picture replaced with a remasterd version which colors are vibrant,crisp,its really has a great picture quality,its more vilolent and to the point,gone is Mel's voice over(which also makes it better),its got a completely new musical score,basicly the story is the same but its told diffrent with a completly new ending.There's also really great special features that includes a 30min piece on why and how this directors cut was made.I'm glad the director finally got his movie and way to go paramount this is not some hoax special edition like so many others its a diffrent kind of film a special edition worth picking up for sure...way to go Paramount
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Payback Pays Off January 13, 2000
Format:DVD
What a straightforward, action packed flick this was with no confusing sidebar twists or excess baggage plots. This is the first film I've seen Gibson portray a character only described as a good-bad guy. This time he has the upperhand (most of the time) and does a bit of the damage control; It's always the real bad guys that get that privelage. Without giving away too much of the film's minor portion of comical slapstick, there is one scene where Gibson's character Porter is repeatedly slapped in the back of the head by one of the movie's shadier characters (this is a funny scene, especially when America remembers a time when Mel was US Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in the past). His dead panned expressions and deep serious voice let the bad guys know he is not kidding around. Lucy Liu, from Ally McBeal fame, turns in one of the most kinkiest performances without actually using any nudity ! She adds quite a sensational spark to the movie. All in all, from the previous mixed reviews, people should take it for what it is; A typical action/comedy/drama flick done Mel Gibson style !Mel's antics rate top 5 stars and the story rates 3 stars. It was also a real hoot to see some old Hollywood heavyweights: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and William DeVane. The only question is still why all that for 70 grand ?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Muito satisfeito!Obrigado!
Published 2 days ago by Judson Eduardo G.Ribeiro
1.0 out of 5 stars this one was a waste of
The directors cut destroys the film. PC is what it is. Saw the original years ago and everything made sense.. this one was a waste of money
Published 5 days ago by Robin O. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars It's decent.
Not one of the Mel's best movies, but not horrible either.
Published 10 days ago by Kyle F
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original
Wow. I thought this would be even better than the theatrical released version, boy was I wrong. Steer clear of this one and stick with the original version.
Published 14 days ago by LVMoxie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good stuff.
Published 14 days ago by jazzman
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The ending is not as goog as the standard virzon
Published 28 days ago by Daniel R Knox
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks!
this movie SUCKED!; it is NOT the original theatrical release; there should be a CLEAR warning on this item; if i'd have read the reviews, i def would NOT have bought it; now i... Read more
Published 28 days ago by MikeC1960
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite movie. I laugh all the way through it ...
Probably my favorite movie. I laugh all the way through it though I don't think its suppose to be a comedy
Published 29 days ago by Gerri
5.0 out of 5 stars Library of GREAT Films
A great movie beginning to end - So glad to add to my library of films.
Published 1 month ago by james bugaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Payback
This is a short but very well done Mel Gibson Vehicle
A sort of retro movie about how to do it old style.
I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Asa Pace
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