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Romper Stomper
     

Romper Stomper

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Director: Geoffrey Wright, Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie

Cast: Geoffrey Wright, Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie

 

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The controversial Australian drama Romper Stomper comes to DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with this single disc release. The image transfer is offered in both anamorphic widescreen and full-frame versions. The audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Extra features include an audio commentary from director Geoffrey Wright and the

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The controversial Australian drama Romper Stomper comes to DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with this single disc release. The image transfer is offered in both anamorphic widescreen and full-frame versions. The audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Extra features include an audio commentary from director Geoffrey Wright and the original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Russell Crowe (Gladiator, The Insider) gives a mesmerizing early performance in Geoffrey Wright's brutal drama about a group of skinheads in Melbourne, Australia. As the gang wages an ongoing battle against Asian immigrants, the skinhead's vicious leader (Crowe, in one of his first major roles) and his right hand man (Daniel Pollock) vie for the attentions of a wealthy girl (Jacqueline McKenzie) who's on the run from her sexually abusive father. There's precious little sentimentality in Romper Stomper, just extended scenes of chilling gang violence, Nazi iconography, and diatribes on racial purity (complete with a quotation from Mein Kampf) all served up with arresting style. The fight sequences, shot with frantic camera moves and set to ear-splitting punk rock, are awash in blood and inter-cut with frenetic sex scenes. And Crowe, with his shaved head and swastika-covered body, is a charismatic monster whose explosions of overpowering rage are truly frightening. Romper Stomper is not for the squeamish, but it is a powerful, unflinching look at disaffected youth and the dark side of human nature. The Fox DVD includes audio commentary by the director, two documentaries, and interviews with the director and with Russell Crowe.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A visually stylish but brutally violent film that manages to be both thoughtfully entertaining and viscerally effective despite its controversial subject matter, Geoffrey Wright's feature debut offers future mega-star Russell Crowe in a repulsively effective early performance. Sparking initial controversy for its alleged ambivalence regarding its protagonists' lifestyle, the vigilant viewer sees through this somewhat transparent attack upon witnessing the ultimate fate of the majority of the vicious gang. As with subsequent efforts such as American History X, however, Romper Stomper offers no easy answer or escape for the hateful protagonists, only the cold reality that you get out of life what you put into it. Positive or negative, nothing is spelled out for viewers in Wright's world, with fate speaking for itself in no uncertain terms. Don't be mistaken though, Wright's characters are decidedly human despite their grotesque beliefs and the horrific actions they result in. By laying the issue of race aside as the story progresses, the viewer is drawn into a universally human story, albeit one with startlingly violent consequences. Moving at a clip thanks to skilled editing and upbeat pacing, even viewers with initial hesitation are sure to be drawn into the story before they realize what hit them. In the end, anyone who accuses Romper Stomper of glorifying the lifestyle it portrays has simply been blinded by the subject matter. The message is indeed there, it's just that {c$Wright takes delight in making his audience work for it.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
UPC:
0024543048077
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Subtitles: English ; Both Pan & Scan (aspect ratio 1.33:1) and anamorphic Widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1) versions; Audio: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Russell Crowe Hando
Daniel Pollock Davey
Jacqueline McKenzie Gabe
Alex Scott Martin
Leigh Russell Sonny Jim
Daniel Wyllie Actor
James McKenna Bubs
Tony Lee Tiger
John Brumpton Magoo
Ann Morell Barmaid
John Raaen Plain Clothes Policeman
Neil Foster Skinhead in Plaster
Don Bridges Harold

Technical Credits
Geoffrey Wright Director,Screenwriter
Elisa Argenzio Production Manager
Bill Murphy Editor
Anna Borghesi Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Hagen Cinematographer
Steven Jones-Evans Production Designer
Christine Miller Makeup
Chris Odgers Asst. Director
Ian Pringle Producer
Daniel Scharf Producer
Peter Stubbs Special Effects
John Clifford White Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The New Reich [3:39]
2. Hot House [3:39]
3. Watering Hole [2:45]
4. The Jacket [4:11]
5. Dawn [3:21]
6. War Relic [3:11]
7. Aftermath [4:59]
8. A Flame Ignites [5:01]
9. Justice [6:14]
10. Retreat [4:04]
11. Lost Bunker [3:31]
12. Takeover [3:22]
13. Seizure [3:32]
14. Gabe's Homecoming [3:02]
15. Home Invasion [3:52]
16. Retribution [3:59]
17. On the Run [2:23]
18. Gabe's Exit [3:22]
19. Blowing the Whistle [3:55]
20. Love [3:45]
21. Bad News [3:14]
22. A Rocky Coast [5:58]
23. Showdown [4:17]
24. End Credits [3:08]

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Romper Stomper 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very cool film to watch with a few beers and your boys. Not a bad message delivered in this film though you might feel uneasy in the beggining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story neither promotes nor condemns racism outright, but lets you decide what to think of it on your own. Although disturbing to many people, it is an excellent movie. Take from it what you will...