Man on Fire [DVD] [2004]

  • SKU: 6736874
  • Release Date: 09/14/2004
  • Rating: R
Tony Scott's kidnapping thriller Man on Fire gets a fully loaded initial release to DVD. The image is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include a pair of commentary tracks. Tony Scott's commentary will please fans, but critics who find his films to be socially irresponsible trash will be able to point to it for evidence of their distaste. A second commentary track with producer Lucas Foster, screenwriter Brian Helgeland, and co-star Dakota Fanning is a more light-hearted track and offers insight into how the film came together. A making-of featurette rounds out this release from 20th Century Fox.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (565 out of 576)

Special Features


  • Includes audio commentaries by director Tony Scott, co-star Dakota Fanning, producer Lucas Foster, and screenwriter Brian Helgeland
  • Making-of featurette
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Man on Fire
A man whose ideals have been shattered for the last time is out for violent justice in this thriller. Creasy (Denzel Washington) is a former United State intelligence agent-turned-mercenary who has seen too much of the violence and corruption in the world and has become jaded and withdrawn. Creasy is hired to act as a bodyguard for Lupita (nicknamed "Pita", played by (Dakota Fanning), a ten-year-old girl whose wealthy family (a Mexican father and American mother) currently lives in Mexico City, where kidnapping has become a near epidemic. While watching over Pita, Creasy becomes fond of the girl, and finds himself regaining some of his faith in humanity. But things take an ugly turn when Pita is abducted by gunmen who shoot Creasy and leave him to die in the streets. Enraged beyond reason, Creasy recovers and sets out to find the men responsible for kidnapping Pita, no matter who he has to kill along the way. Man on Fire is based on a novel by A.J. Quinnell, which was previously filmed in 1987 with Scott Glenn as Creasy. Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, and Mickey Rourke highlight the supporting cast for this remake. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Denzel Washington
    Denzel Washington - John Creasy
  • Dakota Fanning
    Dakota Fanning - Lupita Balletto
  • Christopher Walken
    Christopher Walken - Rayburn
  • Giancarlo Giannini
    Giancarlo Giannini - Manzano
  • Radha Mitchell
    Radha Mitchell - Rika Balletto



Overall customer rating

4.7
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a very good movie

    Posted
    setupman

    This is a very good movie to watch. I for one love to watch movies that have great surround sound since I have a home theater system. This movie is not ideal for enjoying a home theatr system since it is probably more alone the lines of a action/drama. Besides that though the movie has a very good plot/storyline if you have never seen it before. There are also very good actors that make the movie even better. I really enjoyed watching this movie. This was one of Denzel's best movies in my opinion. If you are purchasing this movie for the Blu-ray video thats fine. It does have good sounds however the surround sound could use a bit more work. I would recommend this movie to any one who likes action, drama, and suspense. This movie has it all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Mr. Washington Classic

    Posted
    Icefell
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    This is a very good film to say the least. Had enough action to satisfy any fan, and yet the plot was very good. I really enjoyed the film,and had me hooked from start to finish. Added blood and gore in there, but brought the realistic nature of what happens to the front of the film, and even had a tear jerker ending for many people i should think. It is a must watch for anyone. Seen many reviews, slating the film, but to be fair, most the films that get bad reviews, turn out to be some of the best. this proves it once again. Rent this film, buy this film, just go out and watch this film. You will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A gripping film but not for the squeamish

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    Beatlefan
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    Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning are terrific in this film. It's touching to see their relationship develop from purely "it's my job to protect you" to mutual affection. He starts out by trying to keep the little girl at arm's length but gradually becomes her friend as well as her bodyguard. When things go suddenly wrong, the action begins and it does get messy (the film is rated R for language and violence and it's deserved). The plot takes a couple of unexpected twists and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The only criticism I have is the jumpy editing which gets annoying at times. Still, an excellent film that's more than just Action/Adventure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of Tony Scott's Best Films!

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    Bitto925
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    "Man on Fire" showcases Denzel Washington as Creasy, a man with a troubled past that learns to live again while protecting Pita (Dakota Fanning) . Washington's performance is one of his best of his career. He has never been better as the damaged and brooding assassin turned bodyguard. Christopher Walken's supporting role is also a highlight to the production. It's a much deeper and darker version "Taken". Great action and emotional acting make this a must-see! One of Tony Scott's best films!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Tony Scott's best films.

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    Avid
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    Tony Scott is often known as a simple action filmmaker, but he was really a painter with his cinematic aesthetic. This is a great film. Well thought out story with excellent character development, but it's true gift is its experimental play of image and sound. If you appreciate something different check this out. The image and sound of this bluray release does not disappoint - though sadly it does not have the extras of the DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely one of Denzel's best

    Posted
    FireMike

    This movie is an awesome respresentation of what Denzel Washington is capable of. And, Dakota Fanning is incredible in this movie! Man on Fire is certainly full of action, storyline, and acting in a way that any movie lover will enjoy! Get this movie... you won't be disappointed! Add in Christopher Walken, and add in some grainy cinematography that drops you right in the lap of Mexico and you have an incredible movie work!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fairly awesome

    Posted
    Dexter999

    I'm not normally an action flick fan, but I really enjoyed this movie. The story does not drag at all, it seems everyone involved in the kidnapping is corrupt, even our hero Creasy, but it is also surprisingly touching at a couple of points. The action sequences are really well done and I like the overall dark, gritty feel. Denzel Washington gives a superb performance, as does Christopher Walken, but young Dakota Fanning absolutely shines.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Underrated Film

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    WallaceJones
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    Tony Scott, may he RIP, was one of the most underrated filmmakers of our time. Many people knock this film strictly because of it's unique editing, but it only enhances and brings this intense story to life. Great performance from Washington, Fanning, and surprisingly Marc Anthony! Great score as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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