Eric Bana Cult Classic ‘Chopper’ gets a re-release two decades after its initial release by Vertigo

Vertigo Releasing announces the UK re-release of CHOPPER, based on the real-life exploits of Australia’s most infamous criminal, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read. The brand new remastered version will be released in key cinemas and on digital platforms on March 25th 2022.

CHOPPER is the award-winning smash hit debut from writer-director Andrew Dominik, who went on to helm Brad Pitt starrer The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mindhunter and the forthcoming Marilyn Monroe-inspired Blonde with Ana de Armas. It features Eric Bana (Munich, Dirty John) in his iconic breakout role. The Australian crime masterpiece is based on the bestselling biographies of the notorious ‘celebrity’ gangster, that nowadays would surely be the subject of an everyone-is-talking-about Netflix docuseries. Critically acclaimed upon release, it went on to become a firm home video favourite in the early 2000s.

The film details Mark Read’s life in and out of prison, including all of the shootings, stabbings, drugs and mayhem that it involved. Playing the titular role, Eric Bana – complete with gold teeth, tattoos and a shotgun – is mesmeric and truly “unforgettable” (Roger Ebert). Dominik’s slick and assured film has infectious energy and swagger to spare.

Rupert Preston, CEO of Vertigo Releasing, distributed CHOPPER in the UK and Ireland during its original release. Preston said, “CHOPPER is a stone-cold classic movie that launched the careers of some incredible talent. What an exciting opportunity it is to re-launch it for a whole new generation of film-lovers”.

Riotously rude and packed with quotable dialogue (“Beethoven had his critics too, Keith, see if you can name three of them”), CHOPPER is also darkly disturbing, and includes some brutal, wince-inducing violence. This stone-cold crime classic now looks better than ever, digitally remastered from the original 35mm print – guaranteed to “knock the fluff off [your] cappuccino!” (Chopper).

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