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TWO HANDS: DVD

Jimmy (Heath Ledger) is spruiking at a strip club in Sydney’s Kings Cross but hopes to move up in the underworld when the top dog in the area Pando (Bryan Brown) offers him a courier job, delivering $10,000. Jimmy’s attention to the task is distracted by the lovely Alex (Rose Byrne) and the money is stolen, leaving him in dire straits with Pando. Jimmy seeks help from his dead brother’s wife, Deidre (Susie Porter) to get him into a bank robbing job with her contacts so he can repay the money and get Pando’s thugs off his back. (His dead brother’s spirit also plays a small part in helping Jimmy. )The heist goes horribly wrong, but is not entirely unsuccessful. When Jimmy finally sorts things out, he realises that Alex is more attractive than a life of crime.

"Down to earth Australian style interviews on set during filming (straight off the low budget EPK [Electronic Press Kit] and it shows, but never mind, it works) are the only extras – unless you count the trailer. Bryan Brown is getting something done by a crewmember just off screen while he talks about his admiration for Gregor Jordan, noting how cunning the young filmmaker is. "He tells you you’re the only person in the whole world who can play the role. How can you say no to that? Then he tells you he hasn’t got any money to pay you. Very cunning," he says with a smile.

Heath Ledger is low key and humble, likeable and clearly chuffed at working with Brown. The interviews are short and light, but add a sense of involvement. I would have wished for a debate about the exclusion of several short scenes featuring Jimmy’s dead brother, The Man. In the original cut I saw, this gave the film an extra dimension, lifting it even further out of the ordinary. The commercial decision was to ditch much of this, as it was feared audiences wouldn’t understand it, or like it. I wonder. At least we should have a look at it on the DVD.

Navigation is simple and it works, and the star of the DVD is the film itself.

Instantly engaging, as it was on the big screen, Two Hands rejoices in a fresh script and a tone that Jordan worked sharply at in order to keep the film’s edginess balanced with its heart. The result is a thriller with unusually rounded corners, and a long shelf life."
Andrew L. Urban

Publication date: December 26, 2001

NOTE: RETAIL RELEASE OF TWO HANDS - JAN 22, 2003 WITH SPECIAL FEATURES. DISTRIBUTOR Magna Pacific

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TWO HANDS (MA )
(Australia)

CAST: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, Rose Byrne, Dave Field

DIRECTOR: Gregor Jordan

RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Becker Home Video
DVD RELEASE: December 13, 2000

Special features:
Widescreen presentation

Interviews with: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, Rose Byrne, Gregor Jordan
Theatrical trailer







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