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Old 05-02-2005, 00:09   #1
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The Charles Bronson Thread

Recently I've really gotten into Charles Bronson's work, mainly through watching the Death Wish movies.

I've just finished watching Sergio Sollima's Violent City starring none other than Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas.

Was pretty good but not as good as the other Bronson stuff I've seen. Anyone got any favourite Bronson movies?

Out of the one's I've seen I'd have to plump for Death Wish 2 + 3 and Murphy's Law.

I'm still to see White Buffalo, Telefon, Mr Majestyk and The Mechanic and a lot more.
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Old 05-02-2005, 00:16   #2
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My favourite Chuck Bronson films are:

- Death Wish 1 & 2
- 10 to Midnight
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- The Mechanic
- Mr Majestyk
- Murphy's Law
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Once Upon a Time in the West
The Mechanic
Dirty Dozen
Magnificent Seven
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You might get more response to this in the"classic" thread as all of his best stuff was pre-mid 80's.
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I've become a bit of a fan too.

Favourites are:

Once Upon a Time in the West
The Mechanic
Hard Times
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Recently reviewed Breakheart Pass here and just received the R2 of Red Sun which looks to be a full frame open matte presentation from Cinema Club.

Bronson had no great range, but always had great presence; he's great in Hard Times, Once Upon a Time in The West and knew how to yuck it up in a small part in Pat & Mike.
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He showed a tad more range in The Indian Runner...

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He's wonderful in "Hard Times" and I've always thought he brought a measure of dignity to the "Death Wish" films that they didn't deserve.

I'm also guiltily fond of the ultra-reactionary "Ten To Midnight" and "Murphy's Law".
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"Bronson had no great range"

Steady on. He was an excellent actor, and I've said on this forum before that 'fans' would start to come out of the woodwork after his death - the very same people who lazily mocked him for years.
Check the Valachi Papers for a great 'in every scene' performance, and anything from the afore-mentioned Indian Runner to the last minute of From Noon Till Three, both of which never fail to bring a tear to the eye.

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Wasn't referring to you of course John
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It's probably more to do with the fact that he was rarely invited to step outside the envelope; he was a great pro, knew where his strengths lay and was just happy to get on with the jobs offered.

I love the guy; his name on a film is usually the guarantee of a good time, and I thoroughly enjoyed Red Sun yesterday - a much better film than I remembered it. It is open-matte, and of good enough quality to zoom into the correct ratio without too much degredation.

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My favourites are:

Hard Times (nice turn by Coburn as well), Mr. Majestyk (very faithful adaption of it's source novel) and the Dirty Dozen.
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It's probably more to do with the fact that he was rarely invited to step outside the envelope; he was a great pro, knew where his strengths lay and was just happy to get on with the jobs offered.

I love the guy; his name on a film is usually the guarantee of a good time, and I thoroughly enjoyed Red Sun yesterday - a much better film than I remembered it. It is open-matte, and of good enough quality to zoom into the correct ratio without too much degredation.
Are you 100% sure its open matte?
What was the original ratio?
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Shot in Vistavision; 1.85:1. And I'm perfectly satisfied that it is open-matte - the framing was perfect at that ratio.
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I have an early R0 release of Red Sun, which is 4:3 and a grainy transfer, got it in about '99, I`ll have to check out if that one is open-matt
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managed to watch Death Hunt and Kinjite:Forbidden Subjects this week.

Death Hunt was really enjoyable, with Bronson, Lee Marvin and Carl Weathers. The region 1 disc I watched is decent enough, shame theres no extras on it apart from a trailer, but it was cheap.

Kinjite is probably the weakest of the Bronson movies I've seen so far. Although it did have James Pax in it, who played one of the 3 storms in Big Trouble in Little China.

Think I'll give Messenger of Death a watch tonight, and try to get hold of The Mechanic and Mr Majestyk if I can find them cheap enough.
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