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Ashes [DVD]

Ray Winstone , Jim Sturgess , Mat Whitecross    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess, Luke Evans, Lesley Manville, Jodie Whittaker
  • Directors: Mat Whitecross
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A6HL66E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jamie (Jim Sturgess), after many months of searching, finally tracks down his estranged father (Ray Winstone), and together they embark on a dangerous road trip. However, with Frank becoming more unstable and Jamie s motives unclear, the journey gradually unravels their dark and sinister pasts. With a supporting cast including Luke Evans (Immortals), Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block) and Lesley Manville (Vera Drake), Ashes is a gripping crime thriller with a grimly satisfying twist.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab film 24 Feb 2013
By Ben
Format:DVD
This film was absolutely fantastic. The acting is incredible and ray winstone deserves great critical acclaim for his portrayal of a man suffering with Alzheimer's. Funny, heartfelt and beautifully shot with a brilliant twist. Highly recommended!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film - Winstone is incredible! 29 Jan 2013
Format:DVD
I brought this expecting a gritty, dark english `gangster' film, how wrong i was!
The basic plot is James (Jim Sturgess) has spent months trying to track down his father (Ray Winstone), whom he finds sectioned in a secure hospital after suffering with Alzheimer's.
After breaking out of the hospital they embark on a road trip south, for Jimmy to take his father home.
It is funny, sad, tear-jerking, thought provoking, and has a good twist at the end.
Ray Winstone's performance is incredible, and easily worthy of an oscar!

Can't recommend highly enough!
Great film, must see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film 14 Feb 2013
By Mabely
Format:DVD
Read an article about Ray Winstone's take on doing this film his admitted unawareness of people with Dementia and his approach to understanding it and people with it and his decision to do the film
I felt it was an amazing film and agreed it should not have gone strait to DVD but the backer's? only play safe with the money issues in filming.
Ray Winston's portrayal of the father at times was both harrowing and amusing it even made me wonder could his flash backs even be possible the condition is so complex the performance of his son was overwhelming.Well worth the watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes dvd 19 Feb 2013
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Demetia, an uncomfortable subject for a film, maybe a bit slow at times for some viewers, but
brilliant acting all round by everyone, especially Ray Winston.
Good storyline with an unexpected twist at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acting 30 May 2013
By Jody
Format:DVD
I bought this film expecting another Ray Winston, British gangster film, but I was so impressed with this film, Ray Winston's performance is certainly Oscar worthy, his portrayal of a dementia/Alzheimer's sufferer is so moving and you will love the way the journey unfolds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This film took me by surprise. This is Ray Winstone as you've never seen him before but he is excellent.
Beautifully shot with excellent performances, this is not a dumb movie but recommended for those interested in cinema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alzheimers. 31 Mar 2013
By lizzie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Yes Ray Winstone, you can be proud of yourself.
He portrays a man suffering with alzheimers extremely well.
Some bits made me laugh and the film has a good twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This emotionally powerful film features what may well be the best performance of Ray Winstone’s career, but don’t watch it expecting the average Britcrime gangster caper. Ashes is nothing of the sort, although it draws on all the themes of what might happen to an aging London mobster when his world comes crashing down… but not from enemy action, but rather being eaten away from within, by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The result is a stunning if at times excruciatingly uncomfortable 90 minutes, a kind of Rain Man with Brit grit and hard-faced authenticity. A young man goes looking for Frank, and finds him in a care home, medicated and incoherent. They take a road trip together, but while Dustin Hoffman’s bonding process with Tom Cruise was soppy and sentimental, there’s a far darker side to the transaction going on here. The young man has problems of his own and Frank – fragmenting into a confused mishmash of past memories and present incomprehension – is his solution.
Winstone is simply brilliant, shifting from a drooling idiot in one breath to the living spectre of the hard man he once was in the following instant. Violence feels ever-present, a lurking subtext to his life, one which is now so miserable that he can’t even remember his own sins, never mind why he has been abandoned… or even who has abandoned him.
The ending, poignant and powerful, is entirely appropriate.

Not the sort of film for a Saturday night entertainment; Ashes blends the reality of dementia and the fragmentation of the self with the possible sins of a criminal man. It’s bleak, ridiculously funny at times, and refreshingly original. A truly excellent and unexpected film.
9/10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quite intense and at times hard to follow.
Published 4 days ago by Stephen Bristol
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes
This is yet another ganster film that was enjoyed and will be played many times more well played by all
Published 1 month ago by Flos
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Ray Winston is one of my favourite actors, i enjoyed this film very much, its a good Saturday night film.
Published 2 months ago by Lily
2.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing portrail of Altziheimers.
A well acted film but very depressing. Having been through the cycle of seeing elderly family members deteriorating this was not the film for me.
Published 2 months ago by THE FLY
5.0 out of 5 stars SOO SAD
The film is fine...but the story line is a sad one, anyone that has dealt with or knows someone with Dementia, will have their heartstrings tugged... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kristine
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Boring and a bit pointless. Only outstanding thing about this film was Ray Winstones performce. Expected it to be so much better and have a decent storyline but it wasnt there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Telboy
1.0 out of 5 stars Winstone at his best?
Not really for me, despite once being a fan of Ray Winstone. He is well past his sell by date. Sorry Ray.
Published 4 months ago by E. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent drama
Did not disappoint. The movie is not available (that I can find) in the U.S. so I had it shipped from the UK. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Ashes
Great film loved watching it and it came within a couple of days. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a good dvd to watch
Published 9 months ago by Julie Lamprecht
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film
A splendid script and sensitively directed. A brave subject to choose and I am amazed that it went straight to video - I would have liked to see it in a cinema!
Published 9 months ago by ann queensberry ann queensberry
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