The Wrestler DVD

The Wrestler DVD

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"A great actor in a great movie." - Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

Starring Golden Globe Winner BEST ACTOR Mickey Rourke

Real Pro Wrestlers Share Their Secrets * Special Feature *

The mystery of Mickey Rourke's career comes to a grungy apotheosis in The Wrestler the much-battered actor's triumphant return to the top rope. He plays Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a heavily scarred and medicated battler who's twenty years past his best moment in the ring. But he still schleps to every second-rate fight card he can get to, stringing out the paychecks (more likely a fistful of cash) and nursing what's left of his pride. His attempts to adjust to a more normal kind of life form the most absorbing sections in the movie, whether it's flirting with a stripper (Marisa Tomei is in good form, in every sense), establishing a bond with his understandably angry daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), or working behind the deli counter at a nondescript megastore. Rourke is commanding in the role; he obviously spent hours in the gym and the tanning salon, and his ease with the semi-documentary style adopted by director Darren Aronofsky allows him to naturalistically interact with the colorful real-life wrestlers who crowd the movie's ultra-believable locations. All of which helps distract from the film's overall adherence to ancient formula. You might find yourself waiting for the scene where the risk-taking Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) pulls the switch and reveals his true motives for pursuing this otherwise sentimental story, but there's no switch. The Wrestler is an old-fashioned hoke machine, given grit by an actor who doesn't seem to be so much performing the role of ravaged survivor as embodying it. --Robert Horton

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Within the Ring - a No-Holds-Barred One-on-One with Wrestlers and Filmmakers
  • "The Wrestler" Music Video - Written & Performed by Bruce Springsteen

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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Good movie!, 4.11.2009
Reviewer: Keith Simmons (Charlotte, NC)

"I saw this in the theater and still play on buying the DVD. I'm curious to find out what the extra features on the DVD will be. Anyone who's ever been to an indy wrestling show will appreciate the in-depth look at what the life of a top wrestler can end up like as their career winds down. Heck