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Running Time (1997) Blu-ray: Effective crime thriller

Synapse Films is releasing director Josh Becker’s film-noir-styled heist flick, Running Time (1979) on Blu-ray. Stars Bruce Campbell.

Bruce Campbell (The EVIL DEAD Series, TV’s Burn Notice) stars as Carl, a man who launches a full-scale heist to steal mob money from the prison that just released him. With the help of an old friend (Jeremy Roberts, The People Under the Stairs), a driver and a safe-cracker, Carl’s attempt to carry out the heist is fraught with incompetence and bad luck. As the clock ticks and the circumstances turn tragic, Carl is forced to make the most important decision of his life.

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s ROPE and filmed over twenty years before Sam Mendes’ 1917, writer/director Josh Becker designed RUNNING TIME to play out using the “one continuous shot” technique with no computer-assisted trickery. Expertly photographed and edited on film to take place over 70 minutes of real-time, this gritty crime thriller was shot entirely on location in the streets of Los Angeles.

It’s the kind of dumb movie where you are encouraged to laugh at the pathetic losers on the screen.

Dennis Schwartz — Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Release date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Crime / Thriller

DirectorJosh Becker
CastBruce Campbell, Jeremy Roberts, Anita Barone
Production Year1997
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time70 minutes
FormatsBlack and white / 1.37:1
StudioSynapse Films

Special features

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Presented for the first time on video with the original theatrical stereo mix
Audio commentary with writer/director Josh Becker and star Bruce Campbell
“Run and Gun with Bruce Campbell” – All-new interview/featurette (22 mins.)
Q&A footage from the Freaky Film Festival Premiere at the University of Illinois
Original trailer
Reversible cover art from artists Wes Benscoter and Gerry Kissell

Running Time (1997) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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