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Ned Kelly DVD


Making no pretence to be factually accurate, Ned Kelly is at least an engaging action film with its heart in the right place. You don't need to be a student of Australian history to know that a picture detailing the life of the notorious folk hero and outlaw is not going to be a light-hearted romp through the outback. Injustice, persecution and unlawful imprisonment are the meat of his story, all presented here with not too much of a rose-tinted perspective amid generous doses of obligatory action. Rebellious teenager Ned Kelly (Heath Ledger) is wrongfully imprisoned for stealing a horse and, when he returns to the bosom of his large Irish family, finds that the police won't let him go straight. After being accused of a crime he didn't commit, Kelly is left with no option but to go on the run. Accompanied by his gang (among them Orlando Bloom) he robs banks to survive and also to try and get the money together to free his family from prison. There is some considerable romanticising of the story and the man himself, due in part to Ledger's affable Robin Hood-esque working-class hero portrayal. Bloom is wide-eyed and daring as Kelly's main man, and Naomi Watts as his married mistress has the thankless task of breaking up some great action sequences to play the unnecessary love interest. --Kristen Bowditch

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play From the producers of Elizabeth and About A Boy comes the true story of one of the most notorious outlaws of all timeNed Kelly Persecuted by the police and hunted by an Empire Ned Kelly had the largest reward in the world on his head Forced into hiding whilst his friends and family were unlawfully imprisoned Ned and his gang became folklore Featuring the late Heath Ledger ( The Dark Knight Monster s Ball) Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean Lord of the Rings) and Academy Award®-winning Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean Intolerable Cruelty) in a dramatic and exciting story of one of Australia s most famous legends

Biopic of the notorious Australian outllaw and folk hero, played by Heath Ledger. From a family of Irish immigrants in the Victoria area of Australia, Kelly has long been the target of a prejudiced police force. Sentenced to three years in prison for theft, Kelly finds a job tending horses on a ranch when he is released. But when Kelly falls foul of crooked policeman Fitzpatrick (Kiri Paramore), he finds himself on the run after being accused of a crime he didn't commit. Together with his brothers, Kelly forms a bank-robbing gang and is pursued by bounty hunter Francis Hare (Geoffrey Rush), leading to a final stand where Kelly armours himself with steel plate, determined to go down in a blaze of glory. Orlando Bloom also stars.

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