“Relentless–It’s second to no film.” – Todd Gilchrist, Indiewire
“The best action film in decades.” – Twitch Film
“An expertly crafted explosion of good old fashioned hand-to-hand-to-machete-to-fist-to-head-to-wall brilliance.” - Yours truly
Few other words would accurately describe the experience of seeing The Raid: Redemption, the sensational sophomore effort from director Gareth Evans (Merantau). It’s fast, it’s relentless, it’s bloody and it features a killer score from Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. There will be no more exciting release this year. At least not one that doesn’t come with a big superhero team-up or a guy dressed like a giant bat. And now the whole thing’s coming to Blu-ray, so those of you who missed it can get caught up on all the action. Trust me, I know there are plenty of you who missed it. The film made $4 million at the box office, and at $10 per ticket that’s only 400k people who saw it in the U.S. There are 311 million people in this country. We’ve got a long way to go.
Check out the studio provided Blu-ray and DVD preview below, followed by the box art:
“The DVD and Blu-ray™ are loaded with bonus features, including commentary with Writer/Director Gareth Evans; six behind-the-scenes video blogs with Gareth Evans; a “Behind the Music” featurette with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and composer Joe Trapanese; “Inside the Score,” a trailer teaser for Mike Shinoda’s first feature score, and “An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese” feaurette. Also included are four featurettes in “Conversation with Gareth Evans and Mike Shinoda” on the hard shoot, score, stunts, and themes, as well as “An Anatomy of a Scene,” in which Gareth Evans talks in detail about creating the hole drop scene. “THE RAID TV Show Ad (circa 1994)” is a spoof of a 1994 Japanese anime TV commercial created by Phil Askin, with the idea that Gareth Evans may have seen it as a child and set off to make a live action version one day. Finally, “Claycat’s The Raid” features Lee Hardcastle’s UK claymation short film with a Mike Shinoda music score.”
Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, they find themselves stranded on the 6th floor with no way out. The unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission.
The Raid was directed and written by Gareth Evans. It was produced by Ario Sagantoro, with Rangga Maya Barack-Evans, Nathaniel Bolotin, Todd Brown, Irwan D. Musry, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian serving as executive producers.
Bonus Features Include:
- Commentary with Writer/Director Gareth Evans
- 6 Gareth Evans Behind-the-Scenes video blogs
- “Behind The Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese” Featurette
- “Inside the Score” trailer teaser for Mike Shinoda’s first feature score
- “An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese” Featurette
- “An Anatomy of a Scene” Featurette
- 4 “In Conversation with Gareth Evans and Mike Shinoda” Featurettes
- “THE RAID TV Show Ad (circa 1994)”
- “Claycat’s The Raid” Featurette
- English Dub
The Raid has a running time of 101 minutes and is Unrated.