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Author: Michele Bennett, (Producer)Andrew DominikEric BanaSimon LyndonDavid Field, (Actor)All authors
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment : [Century City, Calif.] : First Look Home Video, [2001] ©2001
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"I'm just a bloody normal bloke. A normal bloke who likes a bit of torture," says Mark "Chopper" Read. Read is one of Australia's best-selling authors, in part because before he became an author, he was one of Australia's most brutal stand-over men. "Chopper" tells his story with a kind of fascinated horror, a study of the mystique of criminal notoriety, and portrait of a cunning, ruthless killer who is a legend in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Action and adventure films
Drama
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Prison films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
DVD-Video discs
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Bennett, (Producer); Andrew Dominik; Eric Bana; Simon Lyndon; David Field, (Actor); Dan Wyllie; Bill Young; Vince Colosimo; Kenny Graham; Kate Beahan; G Hall; Kevin Hayward; Ken Sallows; Mick Harvey; Paddy Reardon, (Production designer); Terry Ryan, (Costume designer); First Look Pictures,; Australian Film Finance Corporation,; Mushroom Pictures,; Pariah Film (Firm),; Image Entertainment (Firm),
OCLC Number: 48255650
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Adapted from the books by Mark Brandon Read.
Special features: Original theatrical trailer (2 min.); Audio commentary by director Andrew Dominik and Mark "Chopper" Read [audio feature] ; Deleted scenes (12 min.); Weekend with Chopper [featurette] (16 min.).
Credits: Directors of photography, Geoffrey Hall, Kevin Hayward ; editor, Ken Sallows ; original music, Mick Harvey ; production designer, Paddy Reardon ; costume designer, Terry Ryan.
Cast: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Dan Wyllie, Bill Young, Vince Colosimo, Kenny Graham, Kate Beahan.
Event notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2000.
Awards: Winner, 2000 Australian Film Institute Awards for: Best Achievement in Direction-Andrew Dominik; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role-Eric Bana; Best Performance by an an Actor in a Supporting Role-Simon Lyndon.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated R.
Description: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS 5.1; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical presentation, enhanced for 16x9 televisions.
Contents: Main titles/Freak show --
Done himself a mischief --
Wack --
You're going to kill me, right? --
Victim of crime --
Show pony --
Hacked off --
Given up crime --
Welcome home --
Bojangles --
Who are you kissing? --
Now loot what you have done --
No cash --
Put it away --
I don't bloody bite --
Do I look like Mother Theresa? --
Whose team are you on? --
Cuck, cuck, cuck! --
Scallywag behavior --
Tourism Victoria --
Self-styled crime commando --
End credits.
Responsibility: Image Entertainment ; First Look Pictures ; Australian Film Finance Corporation and Mushroom Pictures present ; a Pariah Film production ; produced by Michele Bennett ; written and directed by Andrew Dominik.

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"I'm just a bloody normal bloke. A normal bloke who likes a bit of torture," says Mark "Chopper" Read. Read is one of Australia's best-selling authors, in part because before he became an author, he was one of Australia's most brutal stand-over men. "Chopper" tells his story with a kind of fascinated horror, a study of the mystique of criminal notoriety, and portrait of a cunning, ruthless killer who is a legend in his own mind. In prison, Chopper is a composed, dynamic, lean survival machine. Out in the real world, Chopper is a going-to-seed paranoiac prone to uncontrollable rages. But this enigmatic criminal exudes charismatic bravado as he plays the raconteur, and the larger-than-life anti-hero he imagines himself to be. If it seems like the universe of "Chopper" Read is the wrong way round, it may be because the film does not designate a point of view from which to observe him. Celebrity, killer, or maniac--it's your call.

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