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Director: Shane Meadows     Starring: Paddy Considine Gary Stretch
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202847291
UPC: 876964000307
UPC 14: 00876964000307
Rating: NR
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Revenge Is In Us All.
Richard has always protected his simple-minded little brother anthony. When richard leaves the village where they've grown up to join the army, anthony is taken in by sonny, a vicious drug dealer and his gang. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and plaything. Seven years later, richard returns to settle the score.

"Gripping and artful.  Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"A film for the true connoisseur. Tight, well-made and evocative.  Reed, New York Observer
"An outright masterpiece...As powerful a piece of work as Taxi Driver was in its day.  S.F. Said, Daily Telegraph
"Gripping and artful.  "Jami Bernard, New York Daily News"
""A film for the true connoisseur. Tight, well-made and evocative."  "Reed, New York Observer"
"An outright masterpiece...As powerful a piece of work as Taxi Driver was in its day.  "S.F. Said, Daily Telegraph"

Editor's Note
Talented director Shane Meadows (A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS) teams up with fellow Brit Paddy Considine (IN AMERICA) for this exhilarating venture towards the dark edges of the human psyche. Considine plays Richard, a former military man who looks like life has chewed him up and spat him out in the most ugly way imaginable. As Meadows's film begins, Richard returns to his small home town along with his mentally challenged younger brother, Anthony (Toby Kebbell). It quickly becomes clear why Richard has returned: some years previously a gang of local thugs, led by the thoroughly unpleasant Sonny (Gary Stretch), tortured Anthony, and Richard is hell-bent on making them pay for their crimes. Meadows gradually allows Richard's psychotic tendencies and lust for revenge to unravel, crafting a number of scenes where Richard teasingly mocks Sonny and co. before delving into scenes of shockingly relentless violence.

An unusual film for Meadows, who has mostly plied his trade as a director of wry British comedies, DEAD MAN'S SHOES is packed full of unbearable tension and densely claustrophobic camera work. The film really belongs to Considine, whose impressive performance feels painfully real, often mirroring legendary on-screen psychopaths such as Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle (TAXI DRIVER) or Michael Caine's Jack Carter (GET CARTER). Although the violence is unremitting when it comes, Meadows carefully judges it so the film doesn't descend into meaningless slasher territory, instead choosing to steer his film into a satisfying fantasy-revenge scenario aimed at anyone who has been tormented by small-town aggressors.

Features

Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Magnolia
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10030
Video UPC UPC: 00876964000307
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gary Stretch
Video Cast Info Jo Hartley
Video Cast Info Paddy Considine
Video Cast Info Toby Kebbell
Video Cast Info Aphex Twin - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Celia Haining, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info Danny Cohen - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mark Herbert - Producer
Video Cast Info Paddy Considine - Writer
Video Cast Info Shane Meadows - Director
Video Cast Info Steve Beckett - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info "Celia Haining, et. al." - Editor

Awards


Nominee (2005)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Mark Herbert, Shane Meadows, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"With its raw, grainy texture and forceful sense of urgency, Shane Meadows's unsparing revenge thriller DEAD MAN's SHOES is reminiscent of a kind of film prominent in the 1970's, most notably Sam Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS." 05/12/2006 p.E10

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[G]ripping drama...thanks to a ferociously effective performance from Considine that turns the smallest of gestures and the gentlest of line readings into a controlled burn that takes no prisoners..." 07/01/2006 p.65

The Guardian 8 of 10
"There is carnage; there is bloodshed; but Meadows coolly keeps everything loping along at an unhurried pace. This is a world where blokes who've known each other since boyhood, and remain childish in everything but innocence, go round to each other's manky houses to hang about, doing not very much...It's a very confident piece of work though, and Meadows impresses a directorial signature on every scene. He is particularly good on the sense of place: the abject semis, the dank avenues, the rusting fences: the untenanted, unpoliced wasteland between suburbia and countryside, which becomes the bad guys' abattoir." - Peter Bradshaw

Reel.com 7 of 10
"With Dead Man's Shoes, his follow-up to the light-hearted Spaghetti Western homage Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, writer/director Shane Meadows has crafted a relentlessly dark and disturbing vigilante drama in the grim mold of Death Wish (1974). Although it's bleak to the point of ugliness, this graphically violent film is actually more intriguing than it first appears. There's a strong streak of black humor in this reasonably successful amalgam of different genre motifs, which takes place in the despairing squalor of a rural Midlands community. Unfortunately, the absence of emotionally engaging characters, combined with the cast's thick, unintelligible accents, undermines what could have been a taut and provocative exploration on the moral price of vengeance." - Tim Knight

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Considine,Paddy
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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