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The Mechanic: (Blu-ray) Charles Bronson

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Twilight Times The Mechanic is featured in limited edition of only 3,000 copies made. Special features include isolated score, audio commentary and theatrical trailer.

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  • Format: Limited Edition, Blu-ray
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: twilight time
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KVRN52C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 1, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Charles Bronson (1921-2003) left us a legacy that spanned nearly five decades of acting, in many different styles. Though good at comedy as well as drama, he will mostly be remembered as a tough and gritty man of action, remaining very macho and attractive way into his gnarled, craggy later years, never losing that perspicacious glint in his eyes, or his masculine appeal.
"The Mechanic" is one of his best; a unique film with a taut script by John Lewis Carlino, that remains interesting after many years and many viewings.
The first memorable 15 minutes of this film are silent except for the tense, eerie score by Jerry Fielding, and set up the character of Arthur Bishop, who is a hit man with expensive tastes and a heart of steel. It is a part that fits Bronson like a velvet glove, with its complexity, bravado, and action sequences, which are well paced by director Winner, and photographed by Richard Kline. Jan-Michael Vincent is excellent as the cocky, cold-as-ice young man Bishop takes on to teach his "trade", and Jill Ireland (who was married to Bronson for many years) does well in a miniscule part.
Michael Winner made several films with Bronson, another favorite being "Chato's Land", which is an unusual, and very special Western.
The intricacy of the plot will keep you guessing; this is not your typical, predictable action movie, and like most films made in the '70s, it is fun to watch, with its nifty fashions and slightly tacky décor.
A must see for those that like intelligent thrillers, and a great film to celebrate Charles Bronson's life and talent
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This film along with 'Mr. Majestyk' and 'Death Wish' represent Charles Bronson's early 70's classic movie trifecta. Though he created many memorable characters in a variety of films I believe his cinematic identity can be traced back directly to this trio. In each of them he creates an indelible character as only he could do - each film is uniquely Bronson, they belong to him and him alone.
What this film has as its strength is it's central character, Arthur Bishop, who we watch with great interest. Bishop is a cultured, mannered, well-educated man; he has an appreciation for the arts and lives a solitary, isolated existence in a luxurious and extravagantly furnished house. Seeing him alone in this spacious dwelling influences us that he desperately needs someone - anyone - to make a positive connection with. A little later in the film he will pay a call girl to portray a mistress who has been pining away for him. Still later he sits idly by while a young woman commits suicide, coldly relating to her the statistical facts about her particular method of attempted suicide. Bishop is the son of a deceased criminal kingpin who continues to associate with his father's former cronies. He forms a bond with the son of one of them and that is what forms the crux of the story. The excellent screenplay concentrates more on character study than supplying a liberal amount of action sequences that typically augment so many movies of this genre - and this decision helps raise it to a higher level.
Though the movie is relatively low-key for the most part there are the requisite action scenes that mark a typical Bronson film. Undoubtedly, the opening of 'The Mechanic' is among the most memorable introductory sequences for a film of the action genre.
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Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson) is a 'mechanic' -- a contract killer. Given an assignment, Mr. Bishop studies his target's habits, lifestyle and schedule, seeking weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Mr. Bishop then decides where and how to complete his assignment, using martial arts, weapons, explosives, or anything else deemed necessary. Mr. Bishop is an expert in a stress-filled occupation, but Mr. Bishop is beginning to experience anxiety attacks in his daily life.
Steve McKenna (Jan Michael Vincent) is the jaded son of a deceased crime boss. At Steve's urging Arthur accepts Steve as an apprentice. Arthur teaches Steve the tricks of the mechanic's trade. Their first assignment together is awkward. Their next assignment is a rush job and it blows up in their faces ...
Charles Bronson's career is marked by violent characterizations. The Arthur Bishop role is interesting because Arthur Bishop is an aesthetic -- Arthur Bishop treats contract killing as an art form. If Charles Bronson normally plays bludgeon characters, Arthur Bishop is a scalpel. And Jan Michael Vincent plays Steve McKenna both with sensitivity and with his usual attractive swagger. Coupled in a well-written plot, Bronson and Vincent's performances make "The Mechanic" a memorable film.
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I've been waiting to get this movie on DVD for a long time. Thanks to MGM for bringing it out. Today when I found it on the shelf at the HMV store in Hong Kong, I forgot where I was & screamed out.......
This has gotta be the best of Charles Bronson. This is a must see classic by good old Charlie. A tongue in cheek performance by master of action movies & with an excellent ending. Jan-Michael Vincent also is good in this one.
It's quite unfortunate that there's no subtitles on this DVD. As for the picture quality, I should say that it's ok. Go for it guys, rent it or buy it & enjoy yourselves.
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