New Release: The Boxer and the Bombshell DVD

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Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne each have ulterior motives in The Boxer and The Bombshell.

Screen Media released the 2008 Australian movie The Boxer and the Bombshell, starring Hugo Weaving (The Wolfman) and Rose Byrne (Insidious), on DVD on Sept. 27, 2011, for the list price of $24.98.

Written and directed by Jonathan Ogilvie (Emulsion) and entitled The Tender Hook when it was released in theaters Down Under, the film tells the story of a love triangle set against the backdrop of Sydney’s crime-filled boxing underworld in the 1920s. Filled with deception, scheming and murder, the story is about the rise of femme fatale Iris (Byrne) to the tip of a pyramid that includes her English con man lover McHeath (Weaving) and a young, aspiring boxer (Matt Le Nevez).

The drama played a couple of film festivals in the U.S. but is premiering commercially on these shores on DVD.

The movie received some acceptable reviews, and we’re a bit curious, particularly as it stars Byrne, who has been making some noise in theaters in the movies Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class.

The trailer gives me the impression that it’s an Australian-flavored film noir:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.