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Ransom (Special Edition)

4.4 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews


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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!

Special Features

Extensive Deleted Scenes|"What Would You Do?" Featurette With Cast & Crew|Commentary With Director Ron Howard|Captivating Behind-The-Scenes Special With Cast And Filmmakers|International Theatrical Trailer

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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015YVDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ransom (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on 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!
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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.
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If you like watching your movies from a tank with a small window, then this is the movie for you. I refuse to watch a movie that has been mastered like this. Just terrible. I want to throw this one out of my window and see a train run over the stupid thing. Too bad I don't have an old screen to watch this. UGH
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This film is definitely better than the gripping original 1956 version of "Ransom," starring Glenn Ford, and in several ways. While the original was very dramatic and well made, the ending was quite disappointing, and never seeing the criminals who abducted and held for ransom his son actually detracted from the story line. The possibilities were excellent, and these were exploited in the Mel Gibson version. Whatever you think about Gibson's personal challenges, forget them as you watch this film because he is at his dramatic best here, as he takes an incredibly controversial stand in refusing the kidnappers' demands, at the possible expense of everything he holds dear in life.

The casting for the film is truly excellent, and Gary Sinese is superlative in his role as the policeman-turned-villian. Outstanding story line! The ending of the film was very well done, and will satisfy the viewers who believe that in dealing with criminals who harm children, "what goes around MUST come around!" This was lacking in Glenn Ford's original version of the story, where there was no visible accountability for the criminals' actions. Of particular dramatic value is the believability of the inevitable conflict between Gibson and his wife, well-portrayed by Rene Russo, when Gibson announces on the media that he will not meet the kidnappers' demands, and that between Gibson and the public in general.

While being very violent in places, this film has a welcome place among my favorite dramas, and is well worth owning.
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Mel Gibson really turns it on in this movie about a wealthy father who's young son is kidnapped. Without giving away the plot, Mel's character responds in an unusual way that launches an exciting storyline. Three scenes in this movie are amazing; the first is when Mel breaks down on a balcony with his wife played by Rene Russo. The second is when Mel goes on TV. The third is when...well I won't give the third one away.
A must see if you enjoy suspense/crime thrillers.
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Great Mel Gibson / Rene Russo movie! Looked wonderful on Blu Ray! Great story line of Bad Cop/Good cop. Makes you wonder how true this could be in big cities especially.My second favorite under the Lethal Weapon Films.Lots of Suspense,Action and Drama!
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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!
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