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Bloody Sunday [DVD]

James Nesbitt , Tim Pigott-Smith , Paul Greengrass    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Gerard McSorley, Kathy Keira Clarke
  • Directors: Paul Greengrass
  • Producers: Mark Redhead
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63ZHY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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If it was a piece of fiction, they'd say that it could never happen. Bloody Sunday is a dramatisation of one of the most shameful episodes in recent British history. Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Derry civil rights march and also the re-opening of enquiries into what really happened, the film is one of the most incisive, explosive works ever to emerge from British cinema. The premise is simple--to follow what took place in the city on 30th January 1972, when an anti-internment march descended into violence and left 13 unarmed civilians dead at the hands of the British army.

Abandoning traditional filmmaking methods in favour of a more documentary style, Bloody Sunday is frighteningly realistic, especially when detailing the chaos into which the peaceful demonstration descended. Those who are only familiar with James Nesbitt through his lighter work (Cold Feet for example) may find this something of a shock, but he excels in the role of local politician Ivan Cooper. Admittedly there is a danger in presenting historical facts in a dramatic manner, no matter how painstaking the research, even though much of the dialogue here is taken straight from testimony and actual military transcripts. But if any question of bias arises, it’s worth remembering that this film was written and directed by an Englishman, stars a Derry protestant as well as a young man whose uncle was killed during the march, and was produced as an Anglo-Irish project. The result is an unforgettable and unflinching piece of cinema not to be missed.

On the DVD: Bloody Sunday absolutely has to be seen on DVD. The slew of extra features not only complement the film, but place it in the overall context of the past, present and future of Northern Ireland. The various interviews with cast, director and producers paint a picture of a film that sets out to heal wounds and build bridges on all sides and to break the cinematic mould. Thus the majority of the cast were not actors but ordinary people from the Derry area, with the majority of the British soldiers played by ex-military personnel, some of whom had served in Northern Ireland themselves. As more and more of the story behind this remarkable film is revealed, so its impact becomes more intense and its aims and purpose more successful.--Phil Udell

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James Nesbitt stars in this docu-drama looking at the infamous events which took place in Derry on 30 January 1972. The film traces what happened when British soldiers started using live rounds on the civilians assembled by MP Ivan Cooper as part of a civil rights protest march. The violence resulted in 13 dead, 14 wounded, and proved to be a major turning point in the history of the modern Irish troubles.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the most moving film I've ever seen 22 Sep 2011
By Shorty
This film is astounding. From the opening frame its aesthetic qualities, skillful direction and pitch-perfect performances immerse the viewer in the emotional context of Derry in the early 1970s. To this day (after many, many viewings!), as the events of the day unfold, I find myself squirming in my seat, grimly aware of what is, inevitably, to come.

Paul Greengrass does a fantastic job of capturing the chaos and terror of Bloody Sunday (aside from one minor careless mistake - the famous 'Free Derry' walk features as is does today, as a free-standing gable wall, when it was actually still part of an end-terrace house on the day!). I cannot recommend this film strongly enough. I have never had a comparable experience of a second-hand account of such an event. This film will stir passion in the viewer and help to contextualise the situation in Northern Ireland at the time.

See this film!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Sunday 30 July 1972 was a turning point in Northern Ireland for all the wrong reasons. I'm no expert on the conflict but I do know that the rash actions of the paras that day created a watershed that led to 25 years of civil strife and murder and mayhem in the Province. Of course, there were killings before that fateful day (on both sides) but the situation radically changed and a new politics arose thereon (including direct rule from London).

As for the movie, it's a very watchable 105 minutes. It's based on the events of that single day from dusk till dawn and revolves around the organiser, Ivan Cooper (a local MP from the Protestant community), various individuals among the marchers, several top brass officers and a number of soldiers who opened fire (shooting a total of 27 people and killing 13 of them on the day).

The film is very gritty and down to earth, so expect shifting cameras and a bit of variety in the quality of the sound during dialogues. It has the feel of the teledrama. It's low budget, but somehow that adds to the authenticity of what you see on the screen. On the downside, there are no subtitles (these would have been handy).

It's worth noting that the extra features are very worthwhile on this DVD. For example they include over an hour of interviews with the director, the main actor and even Mr. Cooper himself.

Overall, an award winning film that is both controversial and thought provoking at the same time.

Let's hope such events are consigned to the past and that all the people of Northern Ireland can share in a prosperous and peaceful future.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving, honest, neccessary. 31 May 2004
By jon
The cover of the dvd did not really betray what was to unfold on the screen. Relating a story of such tragic events is not an easy task to do; objectivity and sensitivity are the key to providing an honest and believable account. The issue is an emotive one for many in the UK and so tackling it was bound to be tricky. I have to say, they have dealt with it extremely well.
The use of ex-serving soldiers from N.Ireland and residents from Derry who present during the riots 25 years ago adds genuine authenticity. There are no flashy production techniques, no Hollywood style melodrama, more a documentary feel. The footage is beautifully shot; you feel like you are the eyes of a unwitting observer, and this makes it all the more involving.
The story unfolds rapidly before your eyes, a sense of growing tension is realistically recreated. At times the footage is hard-to-watch, but yet utterly compelling; the tragedy transfixes your for the duration of the film. Nesbitt performs his role with subtlety and quiet dignity, easily his best role to date.
As the film finishes, you arise with a much deeper understanding of both what happened, and why it happened. You understand how the conflict affected all parties, you begin to understand the lasting emotion the day has given to so many.
In summary: a superb account of the UK's darkest days, shot with sensitivity and acted with genuine care.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding piece of work 17 April 2009
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Outstandingly moving and engrossing film. Its documentary style works incredibly well, and the films treads successfully a supremely fine line as a piece of distanced observation of incident and the background issues that led up to it, and lets you the viewer, come to a conclusion, rather than as a political polemic of one side or another.

Kudos to Mr Greengrass and Mr Nesbit in particular for their directing and acting performances. There are also some excellent interviews on this disc in the special features section
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5.0 out of 5 stars True to life. 11 April 2014
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A superbly acted enaction of a brave truthful script. Don Mullan , writer, has been a constant factor for positive progressive change throughout the course of "Troubles".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Greengrass 7 Mar 2014
It’s an odd experience to watch an event that happened a few months before I was born and something so tragic which partly kicked off the troubles in my native N.Ireland like the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand kicked off the First World War. James Nesbitt is also from this part of the world and plays a man from the Protestant community (just like my father was from the Protestant community) who wanted equality for the Catholics who were being discriminated against in the work place and I think it’s important to point out there were Protestants that wanted fairness for all. Sadly, this has taken a long time to come about and I had to live through the troubles as a teenager in Belfast. I should also mention the soldiers in the British Army were also in a tough position as they were constantly under threat which is a very stressful position to be in. There were no ‘winners’ in the troubles as the families of victims of sectarian violence can tell you from both the Protestant and Catholic communities as well as the relatives of slain soldiers. What I’ve learnt from this period in history is that entrenched views, an unwillingness to negotiate and inability to try to understand the perspective of the other side will get us all nowhere and extends the bloodshed and violence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but essential viewing
Makes the whole tragedy come alive. James Nesbitt is wonderfully cast as are all principal roles.Direction and production makes this so moving even after several viewings.
Published 2 months ago by Maureen C
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody sunday
This DVD was bought as a Christmas pressie, Person wanted to know what things went on years ago so this DVD showed a bit of what went on
Published 2 months ago by ang
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I bought this as I am trying to understand more about the Troubles after visiting Derry. The film seems to follow the actual events very closely. Jimmy Nesbitt magnificent as ever
Published 5 months ago by Jenny Seymour
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood on the Streets
This film portrays the tragedy and injustice of the event in Derry. It also coveys the confusion at the time, and the subsequent cover-up.
Published 7 months ago by Harry McComish
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
I had never studied the history of the "troubles" in Ireland, but a couple of years ago a man I know recommended this dvd. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lindan Quetelard
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Sunday
very good dvd, shows the troubles at a peace rally in Derry northern Ireland, well worth watching, also worth purchasing
Published 10 months ago by JoRoMa
4.0 out of 5 stars a good movie
A very intense movie. Not to much dramatised. The truth was dramatic enough.
The sound of the film could be better especially in the beginning.
Published 11 months ago by hans
4.0 out of 5 stars Even Handed and well acted account
Credit due to the makers of this drama documentary. James Nesbitt gives a fine performance and the film depicts convincingly how events spiralled out of control and panic set in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Seoulprovider
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase
the reason I chose this product is becuase I like blu-ray movies and it works great on the playstaion or blu-ray player
Published 13 months ago by Angelos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition
Bought for sons GCSE's as an aid to revision. Worked a treat and was here in no time at all!
Published 13 months ago by helsbels
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