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The Raid 2 to Kick Your Ass at Home

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The Raid 2: Berandal Opens Wide! New Character Poster!The long-awaited sequel to The Raid, The Raid 2: Berandal (review), is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics and we have the scoop on what to expect once it gets here kicking and screaming!

From the Press Release
Director Gareth Huw Evans reunites with star Iko Uwais for the sequel to their cult hit with the acclaimed, action-packed martial arts epic THE RAID 2, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD July 8 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen, Rama (Uwais) thought he could return to his normal life. Instead, his success puts himself and his family in danger, forcing him to go undercover to bring down a nefarious and powerful criminal by befriending his son. THE RAID 2 also stars Yayan Ruhain, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Julie Estelle, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo and Kazuki Kitamur.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include an English dub of the film as well as the original language version (Indonesian). The Blu-ray will also come loaded with extra content, allowing fans to immerse themselves in the making of the film, including more than 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes, as well as a deleted scene and filmmaker commentary. Gareth Huw Evans’ process of transitioning the story from the first film to the sequel is explored in the “The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel” featurette. In the “Cinefamily Foundation Q&A” featurette, Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais and Joe Trapanese discuss the making the film. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is the “Gang War” deleted scene and two additional featurettes. Fans can take an inside look at the elaborate fight choreography in “Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography,” and “Ready for a Fight: On Location” features the cast and crew on the challenges of filming in Indonesia.

The film is written and directed by Gareth Huw Evans and produced by Nate Bolotin, Ario Sagantoro and Aram Tertzakian. Executive producers include Rangga Maya Barack-Evans, Todd Brown, Irwan D. Mussry and Nick Spicer.

Synopsis
Immediately following the events of THE RAID, Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption taskforce led by the one person he can trust, Bunawar (Cok Simbara), he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, Bangun (Tio Pakusodewo). Finding a way in through Bangun’s son Uco (Arifin Putra), Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threatens to consume him- and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates crashing down.

Special Features

  • “Gang War” Deleted Scene (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Featurettes: (Blu-ray Exclusive)
    – “Ready for a Fight: On Location”
    – “Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography”

  • English Dub in addition to the original language version of the film
  • Director Commentary with Gareth Huw Evans
  • Featurettes:
    – “The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel”
    – “Cinefamily Foundation Q&A with Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais & Joe Trapanese”

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    • kiddcapone

      I’m assuming this is going to be an unrated cut? I remember reading very early reports that there was no way the MPAA would ever give this an R rating so I natually assumed it was cut down because I don’t recall anything in the film that was too over-the-top.

      In the end, it doesn’t matter, I’ll still be buying this the day of it’s release, I just hate double dipping.

      • Gus Bjork

        Really? I’m assuming I saw the R version in the theater andI have no idea how it got an R rating. I mean, I know action movies get a pass when it comes to hard violence compared to horror movies.I can’t remember the last time I saw a horror movie that was this ‘chunky’. And the sound. Wanna know what getting a chunk of meat getting pulled from a human body with a claw hammer probably sounds like?

        And if you’re going to pan sear a dude’s face on a stove top for that long you should at least use sunflower oil. That’s just good manners.

    Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.