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The Italian Job [Blu-ray]
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Though it bears little resemblance to the original 1969 thriller starring Michael Caine, the 2003 remake of The Italian Job stands on its own as a caper comedy that's well above average. The title's a misnomer--this time it's actually a Los Angeles job--but the action's just as exciting as it propels a breezy tale of honor and dishonor among competing thieves. Inheriting Caine's role as ace heist-planner Charlie Croker, Mark Wahlberg plays straight-man to a well-cast team of accomplices, including Mos Def, Jason Statham, and scene-stealer Seth Green in a variation of the role originally played by Noel Coward. As the daughter of Croker's ill-fated mentor (Donald Sutherland), Charlize Theron is recruited to double-cross a double-crosser (Edward Norton in oily villain mode), and once again, speedily versatile Mini Coopers play a pivotal role in director F. Gary Gray's exhilarating car-chase climax. It's perhaps the greatest product placement in movie history, and just as fun the second time around. --Jeff Shannon

Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 09/14/2006 Run time: 110 minutes Rating: Pg13

Customer Reviews:

  • Great Caper Film
    This is a good cast and a fun story, and what I really like about it is not everything they do works for them the first time, so it seems more realistic that way. There's suspense and action and great characters. Theron and Wahlberg play off each other well and are both great actors as is most of the cast. I highly recommend this if you are into the "root for the theif" type of movie. It's one of those movies where everyone's a bad guy and you get to root for the anti-hero. Oh and Edward Norton plays a great bad guy. You really love to hate this jerk.

    Nothing unique, but loads of fun....more info
  • Blu-ray review
    This is in regard to the Blu-ray version of this movie. The film itself is quite enjoyable and worth watching. I bought the BR edition of this a few days ago, the menus and all look good, no problems there. The problem came in when I started watching the film itself...in the very first shot I could tell that something wasn't right. The picture quality was grainy and awful, it was annoying. I took it out and put in one of my other Blu-ray movies(thinking maybe my player was acting up) but it looked great. I bought it new so I don't know why it would look like that. Some parts (very few) looked the way they should, but mostly the picture was worse than most standard DVDs I've seen. So, I give the Blu-ray version one star, the movie itself I give four stars....more info
  • The Italian Job
    This is a real "thriller". The plot moves right along and the acting is excellent. We watch this movie frequently....more info
  • Italian A+ Job
    The cast perform well together, the action is top-notch and the storyline keeps you interested. A worthy remake of an old film....more info
  • Good Cast-Good Movie, BRING ON THE SEQUEL!
    The Italian Job brings to the screen the story of a group of thieves bent on revenge on one of their own who betrayed them by murdering their leader and running off with the gold.
    Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sunderland, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, and the rest of this AMAZING cast, have outdone themselves with their performances, which are commendable to say the least. All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows! Very well written and very well presented, the movie is without a doubt guaranteed to provide more than just a few thrills, not to mention a few laughs.
    The setting, the plot, the dialogues, the humor, and the music are all wonderful!
    In short, The Italian Job is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection!
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  • A F.I.N.E. Movie
    The Italian Job was fun to watch. It was a good double-cross/revenge story that kept me thoroughly entertained all the way through.

    Kudos to Director F. Gary Gray for making such a good feature film when his directorial resume mostly consists of rapper videos. Gray's other most recent notable feature films were 2005's flop sequel to the classic Get Shorty (1995) and 2003's A Man Apart (which I have not seen).

    Storywise, The Italian Job really worked well. It had a good flow that kept you interested. There were way too many of the typical over the top Hollywood action film sequences that are just plain old unbelievable: cars driving down busy sidewalks at high speed; driving through a busy subway; people surviving sure-death situations; absolutely zero police response to what would realistically summon a cavalry of cops...these kinds of surreal action take a bit away from the movie.

    The cast is pretty good, and the acting is very good. The story is familiar enough as it is popular throughout the history of film: A heist is made by a group of thieves/one of the crooks goes rogue/the group seeks revenge.

    So if the genre is up your alley, then by all means The Italian Job should work for an evening of entertainment. And if you like it, you're in luck....A sequel has been announced for 2008 called The Brazilian Job with (mostly) the same cast and director (the most important aspects in a recipe for a successful sequel).

    Let's hope in the sequel that Gray keeps a better handle on reality. I'm sure that it'll be F.I.N.E.



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  • :0)
    Again for this movie great cast, plot, movie and i love when movies entertain me and this did it for me i can't get enough of it..I understand they were suppose to be doing a sequel to this not sure if they are...BUT man i hope so........more info
  • Great
    Never saw the original but this remake is great. Love the car scenes and all the planning and underhandedness. ...more info
  • The Italian Review
    I live right around the corner from a Mini Coop dealership and I'm an Italian-American, so I thought it fitting that I finally rented this movie. It's a remake of the 1969 original starring Michael Caine. Whereas that film took place in Italy, the remake stays there only for the introduction and then swiftly moves to California.

    I love heist films. Like Ocean's Eleven or Heat, it's all about the cast. You can see a pattern in the characters:

    THE WHEELMAN: This is the guy who mans the getaway vehicle, be it helicopter, jet, or car. Handsome Rob (Jason Statham, my favorite action hero) plays a decidedly scrappy, suave wheelman. This also happens to be almost the exact character from The Transporter. Hopefully, Statham will move beyond this type of character, but it's a testament to action tropes that he can actually be typecast as "the wheelman."

    THE TECH: This guy is almost always a nerd and usually the comic relief. Lyle (Seth Green) nails this role and actually steals the show with his jokes. One ad-libbed sequence of Lyle mocking Handsome Rob is the funniest part of the movie. Of course, the challenge with this sort of character is that he needs to be able to pull off seemingly magical feats of technological wizardry without overshadowing the expertise involved. When Lyle manages to take control of the entire traffic system, you really have to wonder if he couldn't be better off striking out on his own. He's almost too good for the movie.

    THE DEMOLITIONIST: The demolitionist's job is to blow things up. Sometimes he's a homicidal maniac, other times he's cool and collected. Left Ear (Mos Def) is a cool customer. And he doesn't like dogs. He gives Lyle competition for the funniest line in the movie:

    Left Ear: This dude got dogs. I don't do dogs... I had a real bad experience, man.
    Charlie Croker: What happened?
    Left Ear: I had. A bad. Experience.

    THE OLD MAN: You've seen this guy before. He's probably the former leader of the group. He's seen too much, been around the block too many times, and he knows his days are numbered. He just wants one last, big heist so he can retire forever. He almost always dies in the film. That pretty much sums up John Bridger (Donald Sutherland).

    THE HOT CHICK: A recent invention, the hot chick's purpose is to keep men interested. She can have a variety of roles (tech, wheel-err-woman, demolitionist). Sometimes she has her own unique set of skills as safecracker. That's John's daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron), who competes admirably in the sea of testosterone.

    THE LEADER: Handsome, smart, a safecracker himself, this guy is the one who pulls off a sneaky job right under the bad guys' noses. Unfortunately, Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) is more narrator than anything else. He seems to have very little to do, and that's a shame, because Wahlberg's talented enough to do much more.

    The villain is Steve (Edward Norton) a thief turned bad. He knows all of our protagonists' tricks, so he knows how to counter them. And since he stole the gold from the original Italian Job, he's the perfect foil. Norton plays him with just the right amount of shifty-eyed sleaze.

    The Italian Job has lots of cool car chases, lots of near misses, and a lot of twists and turns (literally and figuratively) that make it a brisk, entertaining movie. You get quickly caught up in the machinations of the characters, which allows the film to get away with a lot of unbelievable nonsense. But who cares? From the funky flashbacks to the quippy asides, it's clear that Italian Job doesn't take itself too seriously.

    Although it's more Job than Italian, the Italian Job is still a fun ride.
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  • Good action movie
    High action movie keeps you at the end of the seat. Its one of the best collection in my library....more info
  • Lots of surprises, good and bad.
    Lots of surprises, good and bad. Acting is superb from all. Just a few slow spots that upset the pace a bit, but I really enjoyed this film four stars worth....more info
  • Great film, poor transfer
    I agree with one of the other reviewers here. The picture is quite grainy on a Full HD 1080P screen. 19.95 is a great price if you don't have it yet but I think the DVD looks a bit better even on a HD telly because you don't get the digital noise. Also only has Dolby Digital soundtrack so not much to be gained in terms of sound either....more info
  • steadily satisfying entertainment
    As a veteran action-flick fan, I found this film very satisfying on all fronts: the plot was believable and coherent, the bad guy was compellingly evil and arrogant; the technology was current and appropriate, the settings - specially Venice - were interesting, the female lead (Theron) was sexy and a nice mix of feminine, seductive, vengeful, and hard-nosed; the main and suppoorting characters were clearly-drawn, human, and interesting, the violence/action scenes were well spaced and paced, And the (classic) ending was predictable and still satisfying. I commend the writers, producer, and director for maintaining a steady level of "What's going to happen next?" suspense throughout the flick. Worth investing in, if you're an action fan! ...more info
  • One of my favorites from Summer 2003
    The Italian Job was the thrid best movie I saw back in summer 2003. After the below par A Man Apart, F. Gary Gray redeems himself with this slick hesit film. The problem with Gray's last film was the script and given the right material Gray shows his talent as a director , hence his work in his previous films The Negotiator and Set It Off. The Italian Job sharp and witty written by Donna & Wayne Powers is a huge improvement over the previous film Valentine, the Powers duo get great performances out of everyone in the cast from the star Mark Wahlberg to Franky G. Walhberg and his team which consit of Mos Def, Seth Green and Jason Statham decide to reccuit Charlize Theron to bring the evil Ed Norton. The trailer pretty much gives away the plot of the film so I won't ruin it here but the film is a lot of fun and considering the lack of gun battle violence that's really suprising. Seth Green and Mos Def are real scene stealers as always and Wahlberg has great chemistry with everyone in the cast. My advice go see this movie and just have a good time. ...more info
  • Bad Quality BluRay!
    I see I'm not alone! I just purchased this movie when it was on sale here a few weeks back. I'm sorry I didn't read any of the reviews! The grain was awful! For a moment I thought my children played with the remote and changed some settings! It's bad! The movie is a fun action movie, but to call this HD is a joke! I had to adjust the filters to the high setting to reduce the grain and snow in the dark areas, and you can see the pixel squares in the bright segments. What were they thinking?? I loaded my old dvd copy to upconvert and compare the quality, I must say, I think the dvd won! They need to rework this movie and make a special offer to the BluRay copy owners, because I think we've been ripped off! ...more info
  • Italian Job (Blu Ray)
    First of all, the film is terrific for its plot, acting and beautiful scenes but when you see it in Blu Ray you feel as though you can reach out and touch it. Crystal clarity and natural colors elevate the movie experience causing me to want to see it over and over again. Enjoy...more info
  • Good Actors Great action and good plot
    This was a pretty good movie. So much so that I will buy it again in Blue Ray. Just seeing Charlize, with Mark Walburg, Norton and Sutherland in one movie should say it all but also having Jason Statham was a great bonus. Very good story plot and surprise ending was great. ...more info
  • Fun movie
    A clever movie that is action packed. A definite must see. Mark Walhberg does a job in pulling off a heist in all sorts of creative ways....more info
  • Action flick must have
    I love any movie with Jason Statham. This movie is action packed and fast paced. This is a great movie to add to your collection....more info
  • Good Movie
    The acting is very good in this movie as the actors are very good in their parts. Edward Norton does a great job as he plays a sleazy traitor who kills several people. Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron do equally great jobs in their roles as they are very emotional and do a very convincing job. The rest of the supporting actors do a great job as thieves who all have their own personality. The short performance by Donald Sutherland was very good and believable.
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  • Everything you want in an action thriller
    I love a movie that you have to watch from beginning to end to fully understand. The Italian Job is that kind of engaging, but action-packed thriller. The cast has an exciting chemistry that keeps things interesting throughout the movie. And, of course, there are the Mini Coopers. Well worth the watch, lovers of an exciting, but intellectually stimulating action thriller will love this one....more info
  • Italian Job - Blu-Ray, Great Movie, poor quality video
    I recently rented this movie from Netflix and I'm glad I didn't buy it due to the poor video quality. The picture is grainy at 1080P like others described especially at low light levels. When you spend the money upgrading to Blu-Ray, there is a certain expectation that the quality will be substantially better, and in this case it is awful. A pity since this is a great movie. Paramount, shame on you....more info
  • Great Movie, Not a Great Blu-Ray
    The Blu-Ray version of this movie is disappointing, while the movie itself is incredible. The story, acting, etc. are all very good, and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. However, having just recently picked up the Blu-Ray release, I would advise to stay clear until it is re-released.

    At many points in the movie, there is a lot of visible grain, a result of over-sharpening of the picture in the transfer. Furthermore, the audio quality is only lossy Dolby Digital, instead of the DTS promised on the exterior of the box. If you aren't a videophile or audiophile this disk may prove just fine, and an enjoyable Blu-Ray experience. However, if picture and audio quality are extremely important to you, I'd advise you to wait until a re-release....more info
  • 2.5 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Wooden performances by the protagonist Wahlberg and antagonist Norton (who by his own admission had no interest in doing the film) overcome a sometimes clever updating of 1969's The Italian Job; it's a fun enough watch but not a memorable film....more info
  • Great Movie, Great Price
    Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com
    Though it bears little resemblance to the original 1969 thriller starring Michael Caine, the 2003 remake of The Italian Job stands on its own as a caper comedy that's well above average. The title's a misnomer--this time it's actually a Los Angeles job--but the action's just as exciting as it propels a breezy tale of honor and dishonor among competing thieves. Inheriting Caine's role as ace heist-planner Charlie Croker, Mark Wahlberg plays straight-man to a well-cast team of accomplices, including Mos Def, Jason Statham, and scene-stealer Seth Green in a variation of the role originally played by Noel Coward. As the daughter of Croker's ill-fated mentor (Donald Sutherland), Charlize Theron is recruited to double-cross a double-crosser (Edward Norton in oily villain mode), and once again, speedily versatile Mini Coopers play a pivotal role in director F. Gary Gray's exhilarating car-chase climax. It's perhaps the greatest product placement in movie history, and just as fun the second time around. --Jeff Shannon
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  • The Italian Job in HD
    Although HD DVD lost the HD war, I still love it. The Italian Job looks great on a 1080p TV....more info
  • Disappointed
    This DVD was purchased as a Christmas present. I just found out that it is defective. Now it's too late to exchange it. ...more info
  • BELISSIMO
    MY HUSBAND AND I SAW THE ITALIAN JOB ON BIG SCREEN AND WAS BLOWN AWAY. I BOUGHT IT ON VHS( OLD SCHOOL) AND WATCHED IT AGAIN IN THE COMFORT OF MY HOME. I DECIDED TO PURCHASE IT ON DVD AND WAS AMAZED AT HOW FAST AND INEXPENSIVE AMAZON WAS. QUALITY WAS GREAT. I WATCHED IT THE DAY IT ARRIVED. THIS FILM IS FANTASTIC. THE ACTION IS THRILLING, THE ACTING SUPERB. I'M A BIG FAN OF MARK WAHLBERG AND CHARLIZE THERON. I'M ECSTATIC TO HAVE THIS MOVIE IN MY COLLECTION.
    SINCERLY,
    BRENDA MORAJKA...more info
  • The Italian Job
    I saw part of the movie on televison and did not know when I would be able to see the ending. Good movie....more info
  • Good movie, decent HD transfer
    This is one of those movies I like while watching it, but soon after forget the plot. It has a great cast, lots of action, but leaves me feeling a bit empty afterward. So for me this is a rental and will not be added to my collection. The picture quality is decent, but I'm not sure I would replace the SD DVD with the HD version (if I owned it.)

    The whole Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD argument is getting a bit tedious, but I'll weigh in. I've owned my Toshiba HD DVD player since launch day and I've enjoyed it. I was originally going to wait until a format "won", but the release of Serenity pushed me off the fence. If HD DVD dies, I'll still have a collection of dozens or hundreds of movies to watch-much like I did with laserdisc after DVD killed it.

    Right now, Blu-Ray only has single layer 25 GB discs and Sony is using the inefficient MPEG-2 codec (compared to Microsoft's VC1 used in nearly all HD DVD titles). This has resulted in a poorer picture and fewer extras. Dual layer discs are on the way, but studios may not use them (they may be too expensive in the near term.) Also, the studios could switch to VC1, but again that is up to them. While the picture quality on even the best HD DVDs is excellent, most will not notice the improvement over standard DVD unless they view both side-by-side. This makes an HD DVD player purchase difficult to justify. The lower picture quality of Blu-Ray, combined with the much higher player price is even harder to justify and will keep me from getting Blu-Ray until it can at least match HD DVD's quality. ...more info
  • Slick panoramic crime caper
    "The Italian Job" is a fast paced crime thriller is actioned packed with a excellent ensemble, a terrific musical score and some awesome cinematography especially when filmed in Venice and the Italian Alps. It suffers however from mostly pedestrian acting performances and often uneven plot.

    Mark Wahlberg plays Charlie Croker, the mastermind of a elaborate heist in Venice of $35 million of gold bullion. His team is bolstered by his mentor and father figure John Bridger, a career thief played by Donald Sutherland. The brilliantly conceived plan goes off without a hitch however team member Steve played by Edward Norton decides to double cross Wahlberg. He kills Sutherland absconding with the gold and is convinced that he's also terminated the remainder of Wahlberg's crew.

    The film then turns into a tale of retribution as Wahlberg who does little more than flex and smile recruits Charlize Theron, Sutherland's daughter Stella who is a high tech security expert and safecracker, to join his crew. Even the talented Norton fails to deliver a notworthy acting performance and computer geek Lyle played by Seth Green steals the show with his performance.

    The action including an excellent car chase scene featuring a trio of Mini Coopers roaring through gridlocked Los Angeles streets is unrelenting. The plot suffers from a lack of imagination when the scheme to recover the loot from the villainous Norton utilizes the same mechanism used in the original theft....more info
  • It's a so so job. No suspense. Action scenes are average. The tiny cars look cute.
    It's a so so job. There's no suspense. The action scenes are average. The tiny cars look cute. I would not want to watch it twice....more info