The Raid 2 to Kick Your Ass at Home

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.

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's picture

    Truth be told, I loved the first Raid more than the sequel. That's not a knock in the slightest, it just lacked the claustrophobic suffocating atmosphere and no single fight scene impressed me as much as the first film's two fight sequences with mad dog.

    I definitely need to see it a 2nd time now that it's on Blu Ray. I just haven't had a chance to pick it up yet. It could be possible my expectations were too high and I'll appreciate it more now.

    Submitted by kiddcapone on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:28pm.
    GODFLESH69's picture

    Just watched and I'm exhausted! I didn't think the first could be surpassed but Evans & crew up their game with this one. This one opens things up with different locations and a car chase that goes down as one of the best ever filmed. There are so many EPIC action sequences in this making it an easy 2 & a half hrs of BADASS . The fight Choreography is astounding I cant imagine having to be a stunt man for these films so physical. Evans is working on a prequel to this one and another flick called The Night Comes For Us only a matter of time before Hollwood studios sign him up for a big film.

    Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:08pm.
    frank_dracman's picture

    I was exhausted also, but not for the same reasons. The first had a tight, simple story that made the action seem believable. This one was just fight after fight with a story that was all over the place. I didn't feel for his wife and kid, the prison sentence didn't hold the gravity that it should of, and the returning character (no spoilers) had a pointless sub plot that made zero difference in the end. The story was severely lacking and it felt like just an excuse to jam as much action in as possible.

    Then again, the action was phenomenal. That car chase was the single best thing I've seen all year. Baseball Boy and Hammer Girl, while cool, were just gimmicky characters thrown in to have some clever fight scenes. All together, I'd give it a 3-4 rating, depending on your patience. An overstuffed, meandering movie with some of the best action you'l see this year. I hope he pulls back for his next movie and gives us quality, not quantity.

    Submitted by frank_dracman on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:43pm.
    GODFLESH69's picture

    I didn't mind the length of it i really dont sit through subtitled flicks unless they deliver and this does in spades the best action i've seen in a flick ever. The car chase scene along with every other EPIC fight scene were masterfully done. The cut I saw was full of gore red stuff all over , is there another rated version?

    Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:58pm.
    kiddcapone's picture

    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.

    Submitted by kiddcapone on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 7:30am.
    Gus Bjork's picture

    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.

    Submitted by Gus Bjork on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:14am.

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