Featured In Issue 147, March/April 2010

WSR Score5
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Magnolia Home Entertainment
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Violent and disturbing content, graphic nudity, sexuality and language
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Nicolas Winding Refn
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Based on a true story of one of the world's most violent prisoners (still in prison in England), Bronson is the story of a misguided 19-year-old named Michael Peterson (Hardy), who in 1974 decided he wanted to make a name for himself. So with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams, he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to seven years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in
solitary confinement. This follows the metamorphosis of Peterson, who gave himself the nickname of Charles Bronson, from a petty thief into Britain's most dangerous prisoner. (Gary Reber)

Special features include Charles Bronson Monologues (SD 17:16), a making-of featurette (SD 15:22), "Training Tom Hardy" (SD 05:47), three interview segments (SD 47:59), behind-the-scenes footage (SD 11:41), the theatrical trailer, BD-Live functionality, plus up-front previews.

The 1080p 1.85:1 AVC picture is stylized and visually engaging, with terrific deep and solid black levels and superb shadow delineation. The color palette is naturally rendered, with varying levels of saturation, from full-on to subdued. Fleshtones, thus vary, but are generally recognizable, and at times, perfectly natural in appearance. Resolution varies from sharp and clear to soft. Shot in Super 16 mm, with the higher resolution segments shot in Super 35 mm, the picture exhibits, at times, noticeable grain and, at other times, the imagery is pristine. This is a highly unusual and visually stimulating movie that is unforgettable. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is terrific and just as engaging as the picture. Dialogue spatial integration is, at times, wonderful, sounding perfectly connected with the imagery and scenes. The music score is varied and dynamic sounding. The score is well recorded and extends effectively into the surrounds. Bass extension in the .1 LFE channel is deep and powerful. The SPL, at times, is highly energized and dynamic. Atmospheric sound effects are subtle but effectively directionalized within the soundfield. The sound is often holosonically® enveloping, particularly in close-in prison cells and in theatre engagements, enhanced with aggressive orchestral scoring. This is a unique, creative soundtrack that is impressively engaging. (Gary Reber)