The Nest [DVD] [2002]

The little seen but highly explosive French actioner Nid de Guêpes (retitled here as The Nest) finally blasts its way to American shores from the fine folks at Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Previously available on DVD overseas, this release marks the U.S. debut of this hard-as-nails Assault on Precinct 13 reimagining that took the international action-movie crowd by storm. Packaged here with little to no extras, the film itself is obviously the main attraction on the disc. Thankfully, Lions Gate was nice enough to not only present the uncut and untainted by "hip" Western music international theatrical release, but the venerable company also managed to squeeze in the original foreign-language track as well as an additional English-dubbed audio option (something from which the boys at Miramax could definitely learn). Both languages have been given their own 5.1 and 2.0 tracks, with only the highest transfer imaginable. With bullets ricocheting left and right, your surround sound system will have no trouble putting you in the midst of arguably the best and most intense action sequences outside of Asian cinema since the days of Die Hard. The dubbing, as would be expected, is not too great, so it's worth pointing out to those who choose that route that the film is already half in English to begin with -- never mind that the dialogue is almost slim to none already, so it's recommended that you stick with the French track. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen picture is superb in quality, continuing the fine presentation of the film. While no official trailer has been included, if you click on the Lions Gate logo on the main screen, you'll get a U.S. DVD trailer for the film along with others like Girl With a Pearl Earring and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. For those that missed out on its limited theatrical run or non-Region-free customers who never had the chance to grab the import before, now has never been a better time to cozy up to this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride.
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Special Features

  • 16 x 9 widescreen (2.35:1)
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • English and Spanish subtitles
  • Closed Captioned


The Nest
Directed by Florent E. Siri, Nid De Guepes chronicles the unlikey cooperation between a band of thieves and an elite group of judicial escorts. As several characters prepare for their various missions on Bastille Day, an unapologetic Albanian mobster (Angelo Infanti) is being flown in to stand trial. Despite extensive security, Nexhep's (Infanti) armed flunkies stage a violent diversion, and the escorts end up in the same warehouse where some young criminals are attempting to steal truckloads of expensive computers. Though the group of thieves are initially suspicious of the new visitors, they must quickly combine their efforts to stay alive amongst the Albanian mafia's dogged and potentially deadly determination to find their captured leader. Nid De Guepes also features Damy Naceri, Benoit Magimel, Nadia Fares, Pascal Greggory, and Sami Bouajila. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Samy Naceri
    Samy Naceri - Nasser
  • Pascal Greggory
    Pascal Greggory - Louis
  • Sami Bouajila
    Sami Bouajila - Selim
  • Richard Sammel
    Richard Sammel - Winifried
  • Valerio Mastandrea
    Valerio Mastandrea - Giovanni

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