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Rider on the Rain

3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Marlene Jobert
  • Directors: Rene Clement
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Trinity Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTITWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
This is one of the worst copies of a movie on DVD I have ever seen. It looks like it was copied from a video tape. The sound is even worse, in a lot of places it sounds like it was taped on a tape recorder with weak batteries, the sound problems are almost entirely during the music and background voices. The main characters can be clearly understood. I am a big Charles Bronson fan and hadn't seen this movie and was glad to finally be able to get it on DVD. The movie is very good, but the DVD transfer is pretty bad.
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***Update Feb 2010 - Optimum Home Entertainment in the UK have released Rider On The Rain on Region 2 DVD and can be found on Amazon.co.uk. The transfer is perfect and has the English and French versions, but you will need a Region free DVD player. If ordering Optimum's DVD release, do not get it mixed up with Orbit Media's release of Rider On The Rain which has similar cover art and is an even worse version than this Region 1 release.***

I got my DVD through [...], the cover art is the same as this one listed on Amazon, DVD sleeve is purple in colour with a photo of Bronson(waste up on the right side of the DVD cover with Bronson facing to the left) in a dark gray t-shirt (photograph is not related to this film), the words RIDER and RAIN appear in large capitalised red lettering with "on the" in lower case white lettering along with Bronson's name also in white in lower case lettering with the C and B capitalised, all top centre of the DVD cover. The [...] version is half the price of the amazon.com version.

Assuming these are the same DVD transfers, it is another public domain non DVD quality release. It appears to be taken from a medium quality VHS. It is anamorphic as described on the [...] website and it also does appear to be in widescreen although I'm not sure if it is original aspect ration widescreen but nothing appears obvious to be missing from the left or right based on the framing of scenes. I watched this DVD through a projector onto a 140" screen so perhaps the following picture quality description may not be as negative on a 30", 40" or 50" TV screen, the picture quality is watchable but is very soft in places with background actors, buildings, objects etc having no detail at times which is expected from a VHS copy.
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This is one of Bronson's best films,you haven't seen it you should definitely check it out. Its definitely one of his more unusual roles and you get to see his more comedic side at times. The film is heavy on atmosphere and it might take you a couple of viewings before you really "get it".

The picture quality looks just like my vhs copy of the movie. However, don't let that deter you from getting this dvd if you haven't seen the film before. For a vhs to dvd bootleg it doesn't look that bad, believe me I've seen much worse (and I'm sure you have too if you buy cheap ass bootleg quality dvds.)

I'm not holding my breath for a nice region one dvd release of Rider On The Rain (maybe some dvd company will prove me wrong but I doubt it). The dvd is cheap enough that its worth it, even though its full frame and vhs quality. If you just want to see the film go ahead and get this dvd. Don't expect a stunning transfer, just a stunning film.
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I am sort of a Bronson fan I suppose and, in my opinion, this film,along with Hard Times, From Noon Till Three, Honor Among Thieves, and Red Sun, is one of his very best. I own two biographies of Bronson and he is quoted as stating that this film and Red Sun are probably his personal favorites. Rider on the Rain(1969) was really the first film where Bronson was the only starring male. His huge fame in France began with Honor Among Thieves(1968) but he co-starred with Alain Delon in that film. In Rider on the Rain, Bronson's acting shows quite a broad range and is literally fun to watch. I often wonder how he would have done with a comedy role. With the right director and the right script, Bronson was actually capable of acting with a humorous twinkle in his eye. In Rider on the Rain, Bronson gets to show confidence, anger, sympathy, affection, violence, determination, and a curious fearlessness. His female co-star, Marlene Jobert, is a wonderful mix of helplessness and strength and adds tremendously to the films overall success. Of course, the directing and the dialogue also add greatly but in this particular film, without Bronson's presence, the film would have, in my opinion, failed thoroughly. If you are a Bronson fan, and even if you are not, I heartily recommend this one!
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Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film on its run in US theaters in 1970. Not unlike a Hitchcock film, the tension is built on character development. Bronson still a bit before he reached superstar popularity, in an understated, superb performance. But for me, his co-star, Marlene Jobert, really heats up the screen, with a complex, multi-layered portrayal, in this sophisticated tale of rape, survival, romance. Clement's direction deserves recognition: the rich hues, the weather blend with continually fluctuating moods on a rather intimate level to tell the story. Good show.
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By A Customer on May 12, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is Bronson at his finest. It is full of suspense romance, and intrigue. The only drawback I can find on this movie is it is not yet available on DVD form.
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