If you missed out on The Raid: Redemption when it was released in theaters earlier this year, then that’s too bad because the movie is really entertaining. Usually, films that don’t dominate the box office get a pretty bare-bones DVD/Blu-ray release, but Sony Home Entertainment is doing right by Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial arts flick. The Raid will be released unrated on DVD and Blu-ray, and while I’m not sure what violent craziness was removed for an R-rated cut (if any; you can stick a few seconds of footage on a movie, not show it to the MPAA, and qualify it as “unrated”), but I’m hoping for at least 33% more machetes.
Hit the jump to check out the press release and a full list of special features. The Raid: Redemption hits DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download on August 14th.
Here are the special features:
- 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
And here’s the rest of the press release:
“Relentless–It’s second to no film.” – Todd Gilchrist, Indiewire
“The best action film in decades.” – Twitch Film
When There’s Nowhere Left to Run or Hide … You Fight or Die
THE RAID: REDEMPTION
Official Selection at Toronto, Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals
The Action-Packed, Critically-Acclaimed Film Debuts on
Unrated DVD and Blu-ray™ with UltraViolet™ and Digital August 14th
Loaded with Bonus Features, Including Writer/Director Commentary, and Multiple Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (June 18, 2012) – Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim star as members of a rookie SWAT team tasked to infiltrate a safe house containing the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters in the hard-hitting, jaw-dropping, martial arts action extravaganza The Raid: Redemption, coming to Unrated DVD and Blu-ray™ with UltraViolet™ August 14th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. When the SWAT team’s cover is accidentally blown, they become stranded inside the dangerous high rise with no way out and must fight their way through the city’s worst criminals to survive their mission. The film also stars Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian and Pierre Gruno and features music by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.
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.
The Raid has a running time of 101 minutes and is Unrated.