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Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins (1985)

Fred Ward , Joel Grey , Guy Hamilton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston, George Coe
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Christopher Wood, Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
  • Producers: Dick Clark, Judy Goldstein, Larry Spiegel, Mel Bergman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092Q5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins" on IMDb

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When a street-smart NYPD cop (Fred Ward) regains consciousness after a bizarre mugging, he has a new face and a new identity! Now heÂ's Remo Williams, the #1 recruit of a top-secret organization, and heÂ's toppling evil at every turn – even atop the Statue of Liberty – in this Â"spectacular and funny adventure filmÂ" (Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune)! Trained by a quirky Korean martial arts master (Joel Grey) to dodge bullets, brave terrifying heights and thwart attackers with his bare hands, Remo becomes the ultimate criminal exterminator. But when he faces off against a corrupt millionaire and his army of henchmen, the real adventure begins!

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for the movie, 1 star for the DVD! August 13, 2003
By Lulu
I can't tell you how disappointed I was when Remo Williams FINALLY was released to DVD and MGM had the temerity to release it in FULL-FRAME (pan and scan) rather than widescreen in its original theatrical aspect ratio! It's 2003, MGM...people are savvier about film than they used to be, and we want to see our favorite films the way they were originally presented in the theater! I don't even demand "extras" like commentary or making-of documentaries...just a crisp transfer in anamorphic widescreen with enhanced sound. Is that so much to ask?
Four stars for the movie "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" - a wonderfully engaging '80s action-adventure flick that doesn't take itself too seriously, featuring terrific performances by Fred Ward and Joel Grey - and one star for the crummy presentation it received on DVD. Remo deserves so much better than this.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nooooooo! Full Screen Format?! Why?! July 27, 2003
It wasn't until after I purchased this DVD that I realized it was full screen format. WHY, WHY, WHY?! Don't studios realize that we want widescreen? At the very least, they could put a large disclaimer on the front. This bites. Remo Williams is a great movie and deserves better than this cut rate DVD.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I was one of the many who wanted to purchase this movie and have been waiting for a DVD release. I'm no big fan of the movie, but it is a fun-filled action romp that just about everyone should find enjoyable in one way or another.
Unfortunately, MGM continues their short-sighted position that movies that do not qualify as epics or blockbusters do not deserve the appropriate and correct widescreen version that it deserves. The notion that only particular movies deserve to be butchered for the sake of an apathic general public is mind-numbingly absurd.
This continues to astonish videophiles such as myself in that MGM has released less-appealing and less-popular movies not only in widescreen but also in anamorphic widescreen for higher resolution on widescreen TVs.
This DVD could have been a superb DVD had it been given the right treatment. Even DVD authoring packages meant for the home are capable of 16:9, widescreen presentations. The fact that a major studio cannot put forth the same DVD creation effort that someone can do in their own home is completely mind boggling.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depends on if you're a fan of the book or not. April 26, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film gets a lot of bad commentary by people who did not read the book series that it was based on. The.......... review has this problem as well. This movie was based on a series that currently has 123+ books in it. If you are a fan of the books, the character acting by Joel Grey and Fred Ward is pretty right on, not a political correctness faux pas as the review suggests. It was not stereotypical acting, but a near perfect depiction of a character whose personality has developed over the course of a 100+ books. Yes, the action scenes are a little lukewarm primarily because it was not really possible to depict the capabilities of the book characters with the technology of the time. If you are a Destroyer fan, you will most likely love this movie and the life it brings to Chuin and Remo, and even Harold Smith (although Wilford Brimley is a little too portly to be the gaunt, perfectly groomed Smith, although he accomplishes the lemonyness perfectly).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Widescreen Version? Boo! September 11, 2003
This is a classic 80s film that I enjoyed greatly when I was much younger. I only buy DVDs these days because of their superior features and longevity compared to VHS. So I was happy to learn Remo Williams was finally coming out on DVD so I could add it to my collection.
Alas, my hopes were shattered when I went to my local video store to pick up a copy. The movie only comes in FULL SCREEN. I am so disappointed. One of the best reasons to own a feature in DVD is to see it in widescreen, without the sides of the movie cut off to fit TVs with a 4:3 aspect ratio. But for some ungodly reason the studio has released Remo Williams in full screen. This is a very entertaining flick I want to see again in all it's silly, nostalgic, widescreen glory. I cannot forgive the people responsible for leaving it visually incomplete. Unless of course 4:3 IS the original format the movie was filmed in, which I seriously doubt.
I give 4 stars for the movie, 1 for the format.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Film - Would Benefit from a Sequel June 12, 2004
A late-night cable favorite since its creation, REMO WILLIAMS has always been close to my heart and revisiting this DVD recently reignited my wishes for a sequel.
REMO WILLIAMS' strong point has always been its weakness as well. "The Adventure Begins" the title tells us up front, and presents a tale devoted almost entirely to character origin and development. Whereas lesser films would have thrown in a training montage across three minutes of film, Remo's lasts ninety. And it's not even over. Never "ready" to be unleashed as the assassin he's meant to be, Remo Williams spends the entirety of the film under Chiun's tutelage, forced into action only by circumstance. Only in the final minutes does he seem ready to begin the life he has been designed for.
How does this affect the film? Well, it will feel downright slow for the Fast and Furious generation weaned on quick-cut, shallow films like XXX which speed along from one explosion to the next. For those of us who used to read way back when and enjoyed seeing these pulpy characters fleshed out onscreen - as well as those of us who dug Kung Fu Theatre on Sunday afternoons (check out KILL BILL Vol 2's "Cruel Tutelage of Pai Mai" sequence for the heavy influence of Chiun), it means this is a simultaneous delight and letdown (the latter only because, realistically, we know there will never be a sequel to continue this story).
My only other minor criticism of REMO WILLIAMS is its relatively bloodless onscreen presentation. Not that I'm looking for gore, but for an assassination film, this one is very tame. On the upside, one could feel very comfortable sharing this film with pre-teen action enthusiasts.
The REMO WILLIAMS DVD is a bare bones, full-screen affair, but at its bargain price, who can really complain? You know what you're getting and it looks better than a TV re-run. A deluxe edition DVD would be nice but this viewer isn't holding his breath.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It is great to get the whole thing in an easier format ...
I taped this from tv onto a vhs tape back in the 80's. It is great to get the whole thing in an easier format for watching scenes again and again. Great fun summer action movie. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ludus Societus
1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy
The movie wouldnt play at all, so it was horrible.
Published 22 days ago by Juice13
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Around Most Every Corner!
What a great, entertaining movie! Fred Ward is fun to watch, as well as the performance by Joel Grey. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was so good when I first saw it that I couldn't believe...
I thought this was so good when I first saw it that I couldn't believe there weren't further adventures. I think all the main characters were good, but Joel Grey was exceptional. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carmen C. Keeler
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Cult Classic
I've shown it to new people recently and they didn't get it. Perhaps you have to grow up on it. I still think the Statue Of Liberty scene is one hell of an eye popper. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pattk77
5.0 out of 5 stars better than you think
this movie was an underground success. it had kung fu and secret government organizations and some kind of ninja master quality along with some ultra cool bullet dodging moves. Read more
Published 2 months ago by will crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Heros
This guy is one of the best heros. Trained in shinangue and I don't know how to spell it but anyway it is a must see.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Mcconkey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a hero's welcome
In 1985, no name was more synonymous with action than REMO WILLIAMS. Directed by veteran 007 helmer Guy Hamilton and starring Fred Ward in what was to become his signature role,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by LP Quagmire
5.0 out of 5 stars Remo Williams
awesome movie. a cop is recruited by and underground agency which answers directly to the president and uses
mysterious ways of training people and accomplishing their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gman
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie
This is a wonderfully entertaining film, that has a jewell inside - It's Joel Grey, who is simply magnificent as he creates a brilliant being of grace, astonishment, and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Sawyer
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