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Damned United(Blu-ray)

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From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers and his 44 controversial days at the helm of reigning champs Leeds United. Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Twilight Saga: New Moon) triumphs as Clough starring alongside a winning ensemble cast that includes Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen) and Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). This inspiring and humorous sports drama is about the power of friendship in the face of adversity and the stubborn will of one man to play by his own rules.


Studio Sony
SKU 213650880
UPC 043396334175
UPC 14 00043396334175
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Meaney,Colm
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ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review Having the skill to bring authentic stories to forceful and persuasive dramatic life is a gift not all writers have, but no one has it more than Britain's Peter Morgan. Best known for having written The Queen and Frost/Nixon, Morgan does it again in his potent script for The Damned United...The subject of this excellent film, British soccer coach and manager Brian Clough, is barely known in this country but is as celebrated and analyzed in Britain as is Vince Lombardi, Phil Jackson or Tom Lasorda, though, as it turns out, he's a lot more controversial than all of them put together...Though his notoriously big mouth often got him into trouble, Clough is a great character for Sheen to play because his personal charm invariably -- but not always -- got him out of the difficulty. Sheen captures this duality, showing us a man who was delusional to the point of oblivion about how what he was saying would be received by the world at large...The Damned United opens at the start of a pivotal moment in Clough's life. Don Revie (Meaney), the veteran crusty coach of powerhouse Leeds United, the dominant force in British soccer, has just resigned to coach England's national team. Revie's replacement, however, is not someone he admires but one of his most vocal critics, the man who has become his nemesis: Brian Clough...An unpretentious operative whose knowledge of soccer was unparalleled, Taylor was the perfect Mr. Inside to Clough's Mr. Outside. Spall, a splendid actor who doesn't get the flashy parts, performs the same essential role in the cast that his character does in the film: While Sheen's role may be more flamboyant, his is just as crucial...Though it is nominally about what partisans call "the beautiful game," there's barely any on-field footage in The Damned United. What we get instead is fine acting and directing, splendid dialogue and a story too outrageous to be made up. When you come to think about it, after all, part of coaching is acting a part, and these guys were some of the best.
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Imagine if Al Lopez, not long after leading the White Sox to their 1959 pennant, had resigned to take Casey Stengel's job at the Yankees, insulted the players and fans, and plummeted the team into a losing streak. That would parallel the career of Brian Clough, who led the underdog of Derby County to British football glory, and then took the manager's job at its hated archrival, Leeds United, and informed the players they were hooligans...That we haven't heard of Brian Clough in this country is no reason not to see The Damned United, the story of a man and the nature of professional sports. Football, known as soccer on this side of the waves, inflames passions in a way unknown to American football fans. To insult a Brit's team is to defame his mother. It's more democratic than U.S. football, because all it really requires to play is a ball. What must they think of us around the world when they witness pro football with its fearsome protective equipment and brief spurts of activity? "How do you find the patience to watch it?" I was asked by a London friend. I countered with cricket, the nearest thing in sports to a timeout...The film is not primarily concerned with showing the game. It skillfully uses some archival footage, which evokes the pitch of feeling during a match. Soccer crowds are a mass of unanimous emotion and not so much a collection of individuals. Fans lose themselves in the surging collective like Japanese men at an annual festival of a god...The film focuses squarely on Brian Clough. We sense what wounded love his admirers felt. He was so good, so true and fell so swiftly after joining the other side; today in Britain, all you have to do is mention "the 44 days" and everyone will know you mean Clough's brief tenure at the damned Leeds United: "Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself".
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
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A.O. Scott, The New York Times The rare sports movie that deals with -- indeed positively relishes -- humiliation and disappointment
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle It stands out as one of the best films of the genre, on the strength of the storytelling and wonderful performances.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.

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