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Bad Boy Bubby [DVD and Blu-Ray] [1994]

Nicholas Hope , Claire Benito , Rolf de Heer    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito
  • Directors: Rolf de Heer
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BX4QAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, BAD BOY BUBBY with its hard hitting content of deprivation, mental illness and incest, shocked its audiences to become one of the most daring and controversial cult films of the 1990s. Nicholas Hope gives an astonishing performance as Bubby, a demented man-child kept locked for his entire life in a squalid apartment by his depraved mother who uses him for sex. When Bubby who can only communicate by mimicking what others say and do, escapes into the outside world, he soon discovers young women, crime, rock'n'roll, and pizza. Will this naive 'mad bastard' be destroyed by the realities of our cruel world, or does a higher calling ultimately await him in the most unlikely place of all?

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Future-Proof Obscenity Armageddon 30 Jun 2009
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
Isn't it fitting that, on the same week that Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" was passed uncut for viewing in the UK by the BBFC, that a super-deluxe version of Rolf De Heer's "Bad Boy Bubby" was announced by those scions of excellence, Eureka. The reason for this is perfectly clear : Both movies push the boundaries of Taste to a region scarcely visited by man and Cinema Afficionado. Strange that this film comes from a country who's view of stringent censorship borders on the fanatical sometimes, but there you go.

The movie tells the story of Bubby (Nicholas Hope), a 35 year-old man who has never set foot outside mother Claire Benito's house thanks to her informing him that poisonous and noxious vapours fill the air outside. Shades of the Victorian's fear of "Night Air" perhaps? Regardless, Bubby's father (Ralph Cotteril) returns after many years of absence and Bubby falls out of favour with mom - He is cast into the outside World for the first time and finds himself in an X-Rated version of Hal Ashby's "Being There", without the satirical elements about failing upwards. Oh, and did I mention it's a Black Comedy filled with incest, violence and animal cruelty? Rolf Harris does not approve.

So it's a film exclusively for those who seek out upset on purpose, really. You could live your Life quite happily without ever having seeing it, but for those who LIKE obscenity well, you've hit the motherlode with this one. And what's more, Eureka really justify re-issuing the film with this package. It's "future-proofed", as it consists of 3 discs which contain 3 different formats of the film... Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copy. Hence, you can buy this pack safe in the knowledge that no matter what hardware you own, you'll be able to watch and/or upgrade later (VHS Lovers were not available for comment). So, you can't complain, simple as that. Please.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than forrest gump, which it essentially is 19 April 2010
This film was on channel 4 (uk) a couple of years after it came out, as part of their 'extreme' season. I can't remember any of the others but for some reason I recorded bubby and am so glad I did. It came out at a similar time to mike leighs 'naked', and for me overtook it in terms of its optimism for us. Both brilliant films, naked shows johnny as a conscious social parasite, whereas bubby is naive in the extreme on his quest to fill the next hour. I didn't see forrest gump until 2000, and as soon as it started all I could think of was bubby. Gump and bubby (and yes chauncy gardner) are thrown into a world that has no want or need for them, and by random actions become celebrities through no fault of their own. Gump and bubby are the same person, except gump lives in a nicer post code. They learn through their mothers and repeat their lessons. Their fates are out of their tiny minds, and they're the better for that. Both bear sons and settle with a family, outcomes unthinkable at the start of each film. These two are anti anti heroes, kicking against a system they have no idea exists. They break rules they have no knowledge of, rules imposed and followed by those not questioning them, which is a total bummer, man. I've just read this and realised I haven't told you a thing about either film. Buy me a pint and i'll tell you all about it. I don't own the blu-ray three-disc "perfect until the next format comes out" (dam you gil bates, you cockpuncher) version yet but:

a) I'm about to go and buy it, and
b) so should you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EUREKA - 3 discer 2 Oct 2012
By jman jr
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Great film ...

From dark beginings to it's redemptive conclusion this is a must see movie masterpiece for lovers of Cult cinema ...

Nothing quite like it ...
But, Think Forrest Gump meets Eraserhead!!!!

This edition contains ...

Bluray, DVD & Digital Copy.

Nice 20pg booklet.

It's uncut.

The print is beautiful.

Extras include commentary.

20min interview with the writer - Taken from The Blue Underground DVD release.

This is the definitive version & at a Tenner it's good value.

all round ...

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