Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2010

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"Harry Brown" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Harry Brown

Synopsis

In London, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown (Caine) spends his time playing chess with his friend Leonard Atwell (Bradley). They watch drug dealers in the bar doing business while they play.

The police come to see Harry one evening and tell him that his friend Leonard was murdered by drug dealers. This is very difficult for Harry to take, especially since his wife has also recently passed away.

So, Harry, calling on his skills as a Royal Marine, takes the law into his own hands, and puts some of the drug dealers in the morgue, with name tags on their big toes.

 

 

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley
  • Directed by Daniel Barber
    Rating
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: Explicit
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Revenge is one of the most satisfying of human emotions, and movies play to this year after year. Perhaps the most famous is the Death Wish series, with Charles Bronson. I think there were four of them in the series, and they all felt terrific, even if they were low budget. Harry Brown is a bit more visceral than the Bronson series, but only because our standards have changed as to how violent movie images are allowed to be.

Technical

The picture quality is superb. Surround sound is satisfactory.

Extras

These include The Director and Cast's Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and BD-Live.