Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
40K ITEMS ON SALE Add to Cart
$5.93  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Fulfillment Express US Add to Cart
$8.50  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Ransom (Special Edition) (1996)

Mel Gibson , Rene Russo , Piotr Sobocinski , Ron Howard  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

List Price: $6.25
Price: $4.73 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $1.52 (24%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, April 18? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Blu-ray Deal of the Week: 50% Off the Mad Max Trilogy
This week only, save 50% on the "Mad Max Trilogy" which features Mel Gibson's iconic character in a genre-defining post-apocalyptic wasteland. The offer to own the "Mad Max Trilogy" ends on April 19, 2014. Shop now

Frequently Bought Together

Ransom (Special Edition) + Payback + Conspiracy Theory (Keepcase)
Price for all three: $21.63

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Paul Guilfoyle, Gary Sinise
  • Directors: Piotr Sobocinski, Ron Howard
  • Writers: Richard Price, Alexander Ignon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015YVDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ransom (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Extensive Deleted Scenes

Editorial Reviews

In this action-thriller, Academy Award(R)-winning superstar Mel Gibson (Best Director, BRAVEHEART, 1995) is Tom Mullen, a wealthy executive whose charmed life is suddenly shattered when his young son is abducted and held for ransom by a gang of ruthless criminals! That's when Mullen defies the experts and takes matters into his own hands ... boldly turning the tables on the kidnappers in a last-chance effort to rescue the boy! A critically acclaimed smash from Academy Award(R)-winning director Ron Howard (A BEAUTIFUL MIND, 2001) that features Rene Russo (THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR) and Gary Sinise (THE HUMAN STAIN) in an excellent supporting cast -- you'll find RANSOM pays off big with unpredictable twists and unstoppable excitement!

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELOUS MEL-O-DRAMA April 29, 2004
Format:DVD
RANSOM is probably Ron Howard's most fully realized film to date. Howard helms a tense, literate script, without letting its potential maudlin come through. Mel Gibson, who has "ruined" his career with the 350 million dollar+ gross of THE PASSION OF CHRIST (Notice tongue in cheek, folks) shows us what a powerfully commanding actor he can be. His role as the tortured, yet committed, father is beautifully performed. Mel doesn't parlay his looks into establishing his popularity. The Australian is a very good actor, and in some ways, has never been recognized for the fact. Rene Russo is amazing, too. Starting off in a cool, I've got things under control aura, she melts into a desperate, crazed, and passionate woman who loves her husband dearly, but can't believe he's risking their son's life. Gary Sinise once again brings a mercurial sense of villainy to his role as the mastermind behind the kidnapping, and his coldhearted murders only enforce his psychosis; Delroy Lindo as the head FBI agent gives a sturdy, tense and compassionate portrayal; Lili Taylor is devastating to watch as she crumbles under the pressure of her part in the kidnapping, but her cold hearted willignness to kill the little boy is frightening; Liv Schrieber and Donnie Wahlberg as the brothers are convincing, in view of their relatively little time on screen.
I liked this film a lot because it touched my emotions in the way a thriller of this type should. Nail bitingly good, it's one of Gibson and Howard's best works.
Was this review helpful to you?
35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WATCH OUT! This title is NOT anamorphic! March 19, 2004
Format:DVD
While I think the movie is great, I thought everyone should be warned that this is the exact same non-anamorphic transfer as the previous release. Amazon's technical details are in error. The back is absent of any 16x9 markings. Popping the movie in confirmed this. Stay away if you're looking to upgrade from the first disc.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Thriller! July 14, 2002
Format:DVD
Although this is actually a remake of a 1940s film in which the protagonist turns the tables unexpectedly on his child's kidnappers, this very well produced film directed by Ron Howard is quite contemporary and sophisticated. Mel Gibson shines as the controversial developer who has had shady dealings with union reps on his way to fantastic wealth, and is pursued unsuccessfully by the FBI even while they are suddenly called in to help on his son's kidnapping. When things go from bad to worst, Gibson takes control of the negotiation, and suddenly all hell breaks loose.
This is an entertaining and quite suspenseful film, wth a terrific supporting cast that includes Rene Russo as Gibson's wife, Gary Senise as a duplicitous local cop, and Mark Wahlberg as one of the kidnappers. The plot takes some interesting twists and turns, and although it is nt predictable, all works out quite well in the end. Or does it. In order to see, you'll just have to watch this very well made suspense thriller for yourself. Enjoy!
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game theory relevant film November 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
"Ransom" is one of the more intelligent movies I have ever seen. Apart from being a very well made thriller, it's thought provoking, too. In fact, "Ransom" is game theory relevant, because the strategies of the adversary, as I shall call him, and the father - can be analyzed from a game theoretic point of view, within "the game of ransom".
Optimal mechanism design suggests that some strategies dominate others on the part of the father. If we generalize the setup of the game a little, we will see that any organization facing a similar danger can be analyzed within a simple mechanism design setup. Let's stick to the film case in what follows. Given the objectives of the adversary, the father maximizes his objective function by never giving up to the adversary's requests, and thus removing the lever of advantage the adversary has on him. The sole power of the adversary stems from the fact that he came into possession of the good or a person, which or who is of enormous value to the father - in this case, the father's offspring. By applying a "commitment technology", the father eliminates the adversary's advantage, and as long as he is able to stick to his wits and his strategy, i.e. have a credible commitment, also apparent to the adversary, the latter has little incentive to continue, since the mechanism of terror he planned, and counted for - stopped working.

It's obvious that having acquired the offspring, the adversary has no incentive to keep him alive regardless of achieving his monetary goal. In fact, getting rid of the offspring permanently dominates the strategy of fulfilling his promise, and giving the child back.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome suspense -- unusual plot. March 8, 2001
By Rebecca
Format:VHS Tape
This movie isn't like most Hollywood flicks about ransom, it's actually completely different! The entire cast and supporting cast does a surpurb acting job. RANSOM is about an extremely wealthy, multi-millionaire, Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson). Tom is an airline owner, and his top priority in life is his family that includes his wife, Kate Mullen (Rene Russo), and one son, Sean Mullen (Brawley Nolte). Soon, an enemy of Tom Mullen and his gang are after Tom's money. To get what they want, which is about a million dollars, they kidnapp Tom's son, Sean, while the family is at a district science fair in their hometown of New York City. Tom and Kate are so desparate to find Sean and bring him back home that they will do just about anything in their power to bring Sean back alive and safe. All throughout the film, the guy who kidnapps Sean (I forget his name), tries to give Tom clues on how he can get his son back and where he is. The ending of this film may surprise some people, because it's definitely not the usual ending of a Hollywood suspense film. A must-see for any Mel Gibson fan and is very well-worth watching even if you don't like Mel Gibson. I very much enjoyed it!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ransom
great flick, good acting, suspenseful. Product arrived in a timely fashion and in good condition. Would recommend friends to watch movie, good thriller, realistic
Published 1 month ago by autumn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the ...
best movies I have seen. Would suggest it for all. Very good
movie for those who like thriller.
Suggest it strongly.
Published 1 month ago by leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it
If you haven't seen this movie you need too!! It is the precurser to all of the great ransom and "twists" movies available today. In fact I might rewatch it tonight
Published 2 months ago by Justin Case
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I enjoy this movie, Mel Gibson does it again with a quirk in the story, great movie, worth the price.
Published 5 months ago by Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story line.
Mel Gibson does and excellent job of acting in this "cliff hanger" and it keeps your interest through out the whole movie.
Published 5 months ago by Betty M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller, Surprising Twists
This thriller has some jaw-dropping twists. It also has all of the elements (great acting, writing, soundtrack, directing, cinematography, cast, etc.) that make up a blockbuster. Read more
Published 6 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
This was a good movie! I thought Mel Gibson did a great job in the role of the father in this film!
Published 7 months ago by David b. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Ransom
Good Movie and will keep you on toes. Good action as well and recommend for others to see or buy.
Published 7 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great ending was very special ,keeps you on the edge of your seat , great actors ,not for children great
Published 9 months ago by cafepatti
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the 1956 original version
This film is definitely better than the gripping original 1956 version of "Ransom," starring Glenn Ford, and in several ways. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Glenn W. Briggs
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xae118dc8)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Forums

Topic From this Discussion
SEAN CONNERY
They obviously have put the wrong picture up on this site. Apparently there is another movie called Ransom with Connery in it.
Mar 28, 2009 by Derek W. Pollard |  See all 2 posts
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions


Look for Similar Items by Category