The Audio Commentary is amazing. It is perhaps the best audio commentary that I have ever listened to. The whole group of the Director, Producer and, of course, the star Michael Caine are tremendously entertaining, offering up a few titbits into the production but mainly making hilarious comments throughout. Caine is on top form, from mocking the tiny credits he got at the beginning to his self-depreciating look at his own contribution. But he's not just funny, he also gives us some great little insights into his acting methods - including the one memory that he always goes back to every time he wants to cry for a scene - and plenty of interesting anecdotes. The roundtable discussion on the rose-tinted view Americans, generally, have of London is also extremely insightful. It's fantastic stuff, thoroughly engaging throughout, and whilst it may be a little thin on the technical front, there's enough in there for those more interested in how the film was made. Honestly though, Caine has a great sense of humour and a wonderful manner of storytelling and it really does make this a great listen, so if you like your Commentaries then it doesn't get much better than this.
There are some 17 minutes of Deleted Scenes, which could have all been added back into the movie (save for the removal of the visible boom mic) but were clearly cut for pacing reasons. The 'where was God' scene with Harry discussing the loss of his wife, daughter and best friend with the priest is a great little moment with Caine, but the majority of this footage - a 'ghost' sequence, and a couple of extended segments - whilst worth checking out, is probably fine left excised.
We get Interviews with all of the main cast members: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Liam Cunningham, Ben Drew and Jack O'Connell, as well as the Director Daniel Barber. Totalling some 43 minutes, we get some very interesting soundbites, with Caine discussing being interested in doing a leading role, as well as playing a character that is very close to home for him (an ex-soldier, who lived in the same area that Caine was brought up in), Ben Drew talking about his improvisation on the project, and the Director talking about this, his first project. The subjects include what attracted them to the project, a little about the characters they portray, input on the violence in the movie, filming on location, and also some interesting opinions on the cause of youth crime.
The Music Video is for the Chase & Status (featuring Plan B) song 'End Credits', which plays over the End Credits. Featuring excerpts from the film (and a few extra bits of swearing dialogue) this isn't a particularly original or involving video, but it is nevertheless a great track.
Michael Caine is Harry Brown. Featuring one of the best characters (and performances) from the legendary Brit actor, it is nice to see the man has still got a few leading roles in him. This could be the peak of this, the twilight of his career, and is simply not to be missed. With a great bunch of solid and authentic supporting performances, some skilled and stylish directing work from first-timer Daniel Barber and a haunting thematic score, this is much more than just Dirty Harry makes a Death Wish on an inner-city Council Estate, more than just a character-driven Brit take on last year's revenge sleeper hit Taken, even offering us some pause-for-thought social commentary into the already-potent mix. On Blu-ray we get a superior video rendition, and a solid aural accompaniment as well as a decent set of extras that include a few worth-watching deleted scenes and a not-to-be-missed Audio Commentary, with Caine on superb form. Fans shouldn't hesitate in picking up this release, and newcomers should deem this well worth a place in their collection. This isn't a rental, this one's a keeper. Highly recommended.
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