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The Angels' Share (Uncut Version) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Roger Allam, Paul Brannigan, James Casey, John Henshaw, William Ruane
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008TQ9Z08
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,367 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bitter sweet comedy caper which proves that sometimes all you need in life is a little spirit. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives--not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world.

This uncut version features adult swear words not included in the theatrical version available on DVD.

Special Features:
  • Deleted scenes
  • Making of: Distilling The Angels' Share


2012 boasted a collection of British films of real quality. Ken Loach's The Angel's Share was most certainly one of those. Considering Loach has a reputation for bleak, brilliant dramas, some might be surprised to see the light comic touch he's applied to this winning mix of comedy and drama. That said, it still has a fair amount to say.

The Angel's Share initially starts on a sombre note, as it's not long before we meet the main characters in a courtroom. Here, they're being sentenced for a series of offences, and young father Robbie is only saved from prison by the fact that his girlfriend is shortly to give birth.

But from these foundations comes a triumph of a film, as community service brings whiskey into Robbie's life. The Angel's Share also certainly makes a few points as it tells its story, and there's a political subtext here. Yet Loach injects warmth and humour into the film, and his young, inexperienced cast prove really rather special, too. Tonally, The Angel's Share shifts around a little, and it does have a change of direction that's likely to be divisive. Yet it's a smart, enjoyable film.

The disc includes a featurette that digs into the making of the feature, and it also includes some interesting deleted material, too. There's certainly enough there to make the film and Blu-ray both warmly recommended. A drop of whiskey to accompany it wouldn't hurt, either. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Swellms on 5 Jun. 2012
This highly enjoyable film attempts something quite difficult in combining gritty drama about mindless urban violence with feel-good, rural comedy. It succeeds in this, with the comedy coming to the fore in the second half of the film.

The Angel's Share tells the story of Robbie, a vicious Glaswegian thug, given one last chance by the system in the hope that his fathering of a child by a very sensible girlfriend will enable him to turn his life around. The hand of mercy is extended further by Harry (John Henshaw), who supervises Robbie's Community Pay-Back, offers him shelter, and introduces him to the rarefied world of single-malt whisky. Despite this, Robbie appears to be heading back into his world of hopelessness and violence, until a unique and extremely valuable barrel of single-malt, and his own sharp mind, present the opportunity for final escape.

At this point the film faces a conundrum. We are asked to sympathise with the well-intentioned attempts of a wayward but intelligent youth to escape from a life of crime, but he tries to do this through a heist. That the film succeeds in winning our sympathies was made very clear by the collective and audible gasp of anguish from all the people in the cinema at the point when Robbie and his friends suffer a massive set-back in their plans.

There is a lot to love about this film. Great characters and acting; some very poignant scenes (brace yourself for a harrowing episode in which Robbie meets one of his previous victims as part of a reconciliation scheme); some laugh-out-loud moments; a well-paced and clever plot; and some beautiful shots of Scotland's fabulous countryside.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2012
This film, which was a surprise winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, begins as a hard-edged and extremely realistic account of the fortunes of three young men and a girl, all offenders, who appear in court for a variety of minor crimes. One, however, has been in prison for a serious and brutal assault, and he is the central character in the film. Memorably played by Paul Brannigan, whose own life apparently has parallels with that of the character, he just escapes prison again, partly because he now has a stable relationship with a good woman, Leonie, and is about become a father ; he is ready to put his old life behind him if he can. But he has enemies, and they are out to get him, and the offer from Leonie's father of £5000 if he will leave and never reappear in Glasgow is one that, at one point, he gloomily sees as the only option. All four come under the wing of a kindly Community Service Supervision Officer, Harry, excellently played by John Henshaw, with whom they paint derelict halls and clean gravestones. But then, on his day off, he takes them to a distillery, where Robbie finds he has a 'nose' - a natural talent for judging and identifying fine whiskies. The plot moves on, with a second visit to what is probably the Malt Whisky Society and the news that a cask of 'malt mill', an exceedingly rare, distinguished and expensive whisky, is to be auctioned up north. The four young people form a plan and, donning kilts, make their way north, where various things happen ; and the end of the film is hopeful and distinctly 'feel-good'.

This film moves, as does Robbie, from the hard reality of a brutal and bleak, violent, drug-ridden council-estate life to escape and real hope for him, his partner and their child, Luke.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mp Harris on 6 Aug. 2012
This film was a surprise. I did not expect to be so moved to both tears and laughter-often at the same time. It showed a realism about the difficulties some young people face and can create for themselves and others and the humour with which they face life-limiting situations but, instead of wallowing in this, it provided hope of something better-through the support of a kindly father-figure, the love of partner and child and the discovery of an unforeseen talent. It made me think how many lives could be made meaningful by investing the millions some people do in a bit of flavoured water- "whisky"-into the lives of young people so that they can escape from poverty and brutality. Everyone who finds their special gift and has help to nurture it can make so much more of their lives. The Carntyne Whisky Appreciation Society did this and made me laugh. I think this is probably the best film I've ever seen-a great film about the need for young people to be given all the chances they need until they make something of themselves- as a result, I've decided to sponsor a room at Centre Point with the hope that it will help make a difference for someone. See this film- see behind the language, the thuggishness and criminality to the humanity and the possibility inherent even in the most damaged young people of the system. A great laugh while it makes you think and weep.
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Is Ken Loach Britain's very own Woody Allen? On the surface, the answer would most likely be no. Stylistically very different. Closer inspection, however, show greater parallels than one might initially imagine. Both are extremely prolific, well within their twilight years, both have to venture into Europe to secure their funding and both are completely and utterly adored by the French.

For Loach, forever on the periphery of popular culture (aside from Kes (1969), of course), things have never really been otherwise. In many ways, his films have provided a critical and unflinching picture of Britain throughout the last 40 years. Standing on the sidelines shining a light on the underdog and highlighting the gaps within the British class system, he has done so not with a crass voyeurism in the manner of a sneering class tourist, but with a sincere brushstroke of honesty. For all the destitution and violence, he has detailed the strong bonds that often exist within the deprived communities.

The Angel's Share marks the 12th film that he has directed with the accompaniment of writer, Peter Laverty; a fruitful partnership that started back with Carla's Song (1996). Sharing more in common with the lighthearted and breezy (for Loach) Looking for Eric (2009) than the subsequent Route Irish (2010), there is room for plenty of laughs with this particular band of merry brothers (and sister).

Opening with the sentencing of a number of delinquents to community service, the focus falls on young Robbie (Paul Brannigan), a ne'er do well who represents the latest in a long line of rogues born from his family's gene pool. With history seemingly set to repeat itself, and feuds with neighbouring families falling from one generation to the next, Robbie needs to break the cycle.
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