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SUBTITLES: English SDH
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
1975 / Color
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Original Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units
“Close to stately in its manner—spacious, leisurely, and with elaborate period recreations… Offers excitement that makes you feel good; Walter Hill respects the loner myth…On its own pulp terms, Hard Times is a triumph.” —Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
“A powerful, brutal film containing a definitive Charles Bronson performance…Hard Times is a tough, bitter, evocative document.” —Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
Writer-director Walter Hill’s debut film, Hard Times (1975), stars the legendary Charles Bronson as a laconic street fighter who joins forces in Depression-era New Orleans with a fast-talking promoter (James Coburn) and a drug-addicted cut man (Strother Martin) to make some hard-earned cash in the illegal fight game. With its clean narrative, detailed period setting, superb cinematography by Philip Lathrop, and striking action sequences (elegantly edited by future director Roger Spottiswoode), Hard Times is an exhilarating jump-start for one of the 1970s’ most influential filmmakers.
Enjoy the extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art packaged with the Blu-ray disc.
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Great great tough guy movie,
no more excuse to just catch 1/2 of it on TV once every few years, when the DVD is out there for $12.
I'm going back through my list of all time favorite movies searching for the DVDs, or even better Bluerays to get,
and this one is on the short list.
There's something dystopian about 1970's movies that I really like,
maybe not relating to this specific film,
but the good guy doesn't always win, and we don't always get to know why things are the way they are.
There was no presumed happy ending back then, and no assumption of a neat little 15 minute wrap up at the end of the movie.
Bad stuff happens, and we might even leave everything hanging right at the end.
Again may or may not be specific to this movie,
that's 1/2 the joy of movies from this era.
Watch this one and enjoy great acting by Bronson, Coburn and Jill Ireland
as a rental, when it comes up on Prime again,
or jusy buy the DVD to rewatch again and again like me.
The whole story is wonderfully understated. There are several instances, for example, when someone says something insulting or provocative to Bronson and it’s all set up for him to deliver a cheap quip or a comeback. In 9 out of 10 other films, you’d get the predictable quip, the comeback. But in “Hard Times” Bronson’s character Chaney doesn’t say a word, he just gives a look. Or when fight promoter Speed (James Coburn) tries to rip him off, he just shakes his head sadly and says, “Stupid...” I love this economy of dialogue. This was Walter Hill’s directorial debut but he shows real mastery here.
Co-stars James Coburn and Strother Martin are superb. Coburn digs into his role as the hustler fight promoter Speed with lip-smacking relish, barely those big shiny teeth of his. And Martin is perfect as the sort-of doctor with a weakness for the needle. I wasn’t so impressed with Jill Ireland, though. She looks out of place in this Depression-era story and her acting is, well, just okay. I’ve since read that Bronson got on the outs with Walter Hill because he thought Hill cut out too much of Ireland’s performance. If so, Hill did right. Ireland isn’t so great. Overall, however, the movie remains so good that I can’t let this eat into my rating. I have to give “Hard Times” the full five stars.