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Director: Alan Clarke     Starring: Gary Oldman Tim Roth
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40249212
UPC: 827058300490
UPC 14: 00827058300490
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Editor's Note
The cinema of Alan Clarke shines an unflinching light on the deteriorating UK society he saw crumbling around him in the 1970s and '80s. This collection gathers four of his made-for-TV films, alongside a fascinating documentary on Clarke. SCUM is the earliest work presented here, and comes in two versions: the original 1977 production, and a theatrical reworking from 1979. Both star Ray Winstone (SEXY BEAST) as a hapless victim of England's juvenile prison system, offering a damning indictment of a corrupt and brutal regime that caused incredible damage to Britain's troubled youth. MADE IN BRITAIN (1982) features Tim Roth in a lead role for the first time, portraying an unconventional skinhead named Trevor. Intelligent, yet excessively violent, Trevor bucks the cinematic stereotypes often attached to such figures, with Clarke lending a sympathetic slant to a character who boils over with rage. Six years later, THE FIRM saw the ever in-tune Clarke turning his attentions to another disease gnawing away at the bones of society: soccer violence. A huge fan of the sport, Clarke sought to distance the game from the acts of violence that tarnished its name. Gary Oldman stars as Bex, the leader of a gang of brutal hooligans. Embodying traits familiar to many of Clarke's central characters, Oldman perfectly juxtaposes Bex's above-average intellect with extreme, mindless violence. ELEPHANT (1989) rounds out this set of films, offering a unique drama based on the troubles that beset Belfast in the late 1980s. A movie with barely any dialogue or narrative, Clarke simply let his wandering camera follow numerous murderers as they encounter and shoot their victims; the title inspired the 2003 Gus Van Sant film of the same name, and is an austere final entry into Clarke's cinematic canon, made just one year before his death.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Rhino
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/31/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 412 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1977
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3004DVD
Video UPC UPC: 00827058300490
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 5

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Philip Davis
Video Cast Info Gary Oldman
Video Cast Info Lesley Manville
Video Cast Info David Threlfall
Video Cast Info Tim Roth
Video Cast Info David Baldwin
Video Cast Info Phil Daniels
Video Cast Info John Ward - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Clive Parsons - Producer
Video Cast Info Chris Menges - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David M. Thompson - Producer
Video Cast Info Danny Boyle - Producer
Video Cast Info Margaret Matheson - Producer
Video Cast Info David Leland - Writer
Video Cast Info Roy Minton - Writer
Video Cast Info The Exploited - Music
Video Cast Info Alan Clarke - Director

Professional Reviews

"[Filmed] with an utterly unflinching eye..." 07/01/2004 p.114

Film Comment
"[G]roundbreaking....An essential primer on the work of a great TV director who died in 1990 a he was poised to become a world-class English filmmaker." 09/30/2004 p.79

Sight and Sound
"[A] monumental introduction to a singular and uncompromising talent..." 11/01/2004 p.75

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Clarke,Alan
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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