With Gareth Evans’ acclaimed Indonesian action vehicle “The Raid: Redemption” topping our DVD/Blu-ray picks for the week, we’re happy to announce that we’re giving away copies of the film to three lucky readers.
A hit at the indie box office, where it did solid numbers despite opening the same weekend as “The Hunger Games,” “The Raid: Redemption” revolves around an elite task force’s attempt to permeate a safe house filled with criminals in the slums of Jakarta. As the battle rages on with Special Forces leader Rama (Iko Uwais) at the helm, the druglord watches from his top-floor lair via a group of monitors.
“Bones break, blood flows and swift, excessively complicated fight choreography puts virtually everything released in North America since ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ to instant shame,” wrote Eric Kohn in his glowing review. “‘The Raid: Redemption’ stands out not only because of the speed of its execution but also because of the number of onscreen deaths portrayed with relentless unease. Director Gareth Evans exploits violence for the sake of entertainment along with the best of them, but he never makes it easy to watch. I swear my face hurt coming out of the theater.”
Extras on the packed disc include audio commentary with Evans, six behind-the-scenes video blogs; a “Behind the Music” featurette, “An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese” featurette, “An Anatomy of a Scene” featurette, “In Conversation with Gareth Evans and Mike Shinoda” featurette, and much more.