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Hobo with a Shotgun (Collector's Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Rutger Hauer , Jason Eisener  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer
  • Directors: Jason Eisener
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XQO8PK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hobo with a Shotgun (Collector's Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A train pulls into the station it's the end of the line. A hobo jumps from a freight car hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. This is a world where criminals rule the streets and Drake, the city's crime boss, reigns supreme alongside his sadistic murderous sons, Slick & Ivan. Amidst the chaos, the hobo comes across a pawn shop window displaying a secondhand lawn mower. He dreams of making the city a beautiful place and starting a new life for himself. But as the brutality continues to rage around him, he notices a shotgun hanging above the lawn mower... Quickly, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with that gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber...

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A movie that truly lives up (or is that down?) to its title, Hobo with a Shotgun brings on the giggly ick with a zeal that recalls the glory days of legendary exploitation mavens Troma Studios (The Toxic Avenger, Surf Nazis Must Die, Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid, etc.). Beginning with an awesome Ennio Morricone homage, the film follows the nameless title character (Rutger Hauer) as he hops a train to a new town with dreams of buying a lawnmower and settling down, only to run afoul of an evil drug kingpin and his two severely messed-up sons. Disgusted by the level of corruption surrounding him, he stumbles into a sporting goods store and… well, the title tells you the rest, really. Expanding on his notorious short of the same name (the winner of a trailer contest originated by Grindhouse's Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez), writer-director Jason Eisener maintains a delicate balance between black comedy and ridiculously gross money shots, with precious little of the downtime between inspired gags that plagues so many films of its type. Anchored by Hauer's more-committed-than-it-probably-needed-to-be performance, this assuredly guilty pleasure ranks as a real rarity: a tribute to '80s VHS trash that functions beyond mere parody. Keep your thumb poised near the rewind button at all times. --Andrew Wright

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I used to be like you..." April 3, 2011
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Really liked this movie. Yes it's violent and over the top, but hey, this is grindhouse. The characters are wonderful and almost every one is iconic in their own right. The movie makers created a gritty world with strange and twisted people mostly committing vile acts. Kind of like if Troma had made Robocop. This was less of an homage to grindhouse movies of the 70's and 80's and more like an actual grindhouse movie. The film had bright bleeding colors and harsh contrast that helped to give this film a very uniquely gritty look. There were lots of scenes of murder, mutilation and torture, but there were also scenes in this movie that elevate it to something more than a "B" horror movie. The hobos talk to the newborns, a certain death scene, the Plague, and even the wickedness of the main bad guy. This was definitely a grindhouse flick and more. Looking forward to seeing more from this director and crew.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars well done explotation film May 13, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This is a not a good film in any sense. But it is a good film within its genre. Its pure violent pulp exploitation with no pretensions and in many respects its the purity of the concept which elevates it to something more than it would otherwise be. Its kind of like the old Sergio Leone westerns or something like the original Beastmaster or Road House or the first Boondock Saints.

The film had its start as a phony trailer in an earlier bigger film. The trailer was a funny two-minute joke. But they managed to make it work for real as a film.

A nameless hobo gets off a train in a new town with dreams of buying a lawnmower to start a business. But the streets are out of control and the hobo is forced to clean up the town on his own. The town is run by a violent goof named "Drake" and his two sons...one of whom looks like he stepped out of old Tom Cruise film like Risky Business. The villians are really easy to hate. The hobo is a no-nonsense hero.

The film is slightly different than the old "Death Wish" formula because there is a clear wealth and class subtext to it. Most vigilante films feature middle class or rich victims taking revenge on psychotic criminals. But "Hobo" is about a man at the very bottom taking revenge on a corrupt system run by the wealthy and powerful who exist beyond the reach of any law. Going after the "bumfights" guy, going after the rich goof (Drake) and going after the idiot sons of the rich goof are all powerful concepts.

And like all exploitation films, we get things that just don't make a bit of sense. Two Junior Iron men eventually show up with no particular explaination. But its so goofy, it works.

The only thing that I have against it is that its too violent.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Epic and Violent Grindhouse Film!!! May 5, 2011
Format:DVD
I've been wanting to see this movie for a long time, and I finally watched it with some friends, and all I have to say is...wow! This movie was so incredibly and insanely violent. People lose their heads, get ripped open with a baseball bat covered in razor blades, and get shot to death by an ass-kicking hobo. This movie based on the trailer from Grindhouse has more action than Machete. If you are easily offended by children being burned alive or being watched by a pedophile Santa Claus, you should stay away. This was a fun movie to watch, and all the gore scenes are hilarious and epic.

Rutger Hauer stars as a Hobo who comes to a new town, overrun with corruption. He befriends a hooker named Abby. While a Pawn shop is getting robbed, the Hobo can't take it anymore and decides to shoot the robbers down with a shotgun. He becomes a vigilante and goes around shooting anybody involved with crime. Never ever cross a HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 Stars - An assured classic of its kind September 18, 2011
Format:DVD
Disclaimer: I viewed this film as a streaming rental, and as such, cannot comment on the audio or visual quality of the product. My review is concerned with the entertainment quality of the film only.

Those viewers who consider the lawnmower slaughter scene at the end of Dead Alive to be pure cinematic brilliance, or chuckled at the gold-standard black comedy of Danny Trejo rappelling down the side of a building using the entrails of his last victim for rope in Machete, will doubtless find all their movie needs met in 'Hobo with a Shotgun', a film that really needs no introduction because...well, because the title sort of gives the whole thing away anyway. Both the title and the cover art are important here: this is a definite 'what you see is what you get', so if exploitation and trash cinema do not appeal to you, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. If, on the other hand, you feel as though 98% of films do not go far enough while exploring the limits of sadistic gore and violence, then don't wait, run to your nearest outlet and feast on the utter lunacy of 'Hobo with a Shotgun'.

For what it is, I really can't think of any other film that I've seen that tops 'Hobo'. I can't claim to have seen all the classics of trash cinema, but I have seen a lot of bad exploitation, and as far as acting abilities and effects, 'Hobo' is at the very top. Rutger Hauer is as good here as he's ever been, and even if some of the rest of the cast can't quite measure up, that's no more than usual for the standard formula for these films.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This is pure garbage.
Published 4 days ago by Richard Hanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action movie with a solid cast
One hell of a ride!!!!! Great action movie with a solid cast!!!! If your a member of the NRA this flick is a must see!!!!! It's great to see Mr. Hauer in a movie made just for him. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Bubbe
5.0 out of 5 stars must watch
great movie amazing classic
Published 9 days ago by Noreen
2.0 out of 5 stars stupid humor
If you like stupid humor you'll like this
Published 11 days ago by Lanmaster82
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with this Hobo!
A movie that is definitely not meant to take seriously with a lot of gory scenes. Hobo with a Shotgun won't win any awards but will entertain you while you're viewing it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by George Lopez
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
God awful.
Published 15 days ago by James Heatherly
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth watching.
Bad acting and poorly written script. I watched the whole movie thinking it would get better. It didn't.
Published 23 days ago by Ron M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Garbage
While this movie has an interesting and amusing premise, this movie is so full of filth that I outright hate it.
Published 27 days ago by Koudoawaia
5.0 out of 5 stars Splatterfest
A grind house film that is a splatterfest
Almost Tarotino in nature
Published 29 days ago by Richard Bolin
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in AMAZON
Don't waste your time. This movie is absolute trash. No options for negative stars.
Published 1 month ago by T. Regula
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