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  • Actors: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell
  • Directors: Shane Meadows
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006M4S1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A blend of horror, the supernatural, comedy and social realism. Richard (Paddy Considine) has always protected his simple-minded younger brother, Anthony (Tony Kebbell), but when Richard leaves his rural Midlands' village to join the army, Anthony is taken in by Sonny (Gary Stretch), a vicious local drug dealer, and his gang of thugs. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and it amuses them to bully him and corrupt his innocence. Seven years later Richard returns for revenge.


Harrowing thriller about a hotwired ex-soldier (co-scripter Paddy Considine from Cinderella Man) who returns to his sleepy Midlands hometown to dole out merciless revenge upon the booze and drug-sodden hoodlums who abused his mentally handicapped younger brother (the astonishing Toby Kebbel). Director Shane Meadows (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands) doesn't shy away from delivering scenes of gripping suspense and violence, but the end result hews closer to an ambiguous meditation on the nature and effect of vengeance a la Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs than a Death Wish-style grindhouse effort. Taut and thought-provoking, Dead Man's Shoes is a must-see for indie film aficionados with a taste for the grittiest of fare. The DVD includes some rollicking commentary by Meadows, Considine, and producer Mark Herbert; an intriguing and heartfelt featurette on Meadows and his own violent past as a teenage skinhead in 1980s England, from which he drew inspiration for this film; and an alternate (and somewhat less satisfying) final scene. -- Paul Gaita

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Fox on 13 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
I watched this film last night - for the umpteenth time and still found it almost as good as the first time. There are some segments that have the effect of stunning you when you first see them, but they are still incredibly powerful at the 20th time of viewing.
I can only echo the sentiments of other reviewers. In many senses this is minimalistic, stripped down film making but it's genius is that Meadows' writing (co written with lead Considine) and direction distill the very essence of organic film-making. The unknown Keppel is fantastic, ex-boxer Stretch an Oldman-esque revelation, whilst Considine gives a unique performance. The scene with Stretch at the roadside has more menace than the Godfather trilogy, Goodfellas and any other film you care to mention put together, and Joe Pesci never called anybody 'duck'.
The range of emotion is devastating, the performances brilliantly natural due to the direction of Meadows. In many ways this is like a fly on the wall documentary. The bonus features with commentary highlight the genius of Meadows approach.
This is the sort of film you'll want to introduce other people to and watch it with them to relive the experience of seeing it through fresh eyes yet again.
What more can I say other than this is one of the greatest films ever, and virtually untouchable in the modern era. Violent, yes, but never gratuitous. The story and the characters are at the heart of every scene, every moment. There is not an ounce of fat anywhere in the script or diection , every moment is crucial to the plot and the final majestic sweep of the Derbyshire countryside leaves you exhausted but exhilarated. A proper, proper film which heralds Meadows, without doubt, as a true Working Class Hero.
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
It seems almost pointless to add to the numerous reviews of this DVD, the majority of which are, quite rightly, gushing in their praise of Shane Meadows' fourth - and best - picture about a brother taking revenge on a gang of small-town lowlifes. But the quality of Dead Man's Shoes cannot be over-stated, and personally I found this to be one of the most moving and impressive feature films of recent years and as such feel compelled to recommend it further.

Paddy Considine, recently seen in Simon Pegg's comedy cop caper, 'Hot Fuzz', plays Richard - a former soldier who returns to his sleepy hometown in the Midlands with his younger brother Anthony (Toby Kebbel) in tow. The pair are on foot, and the reasons for their return are initially unclear. However, what quickly becomes apparent is the fact that Anthony is mildly mentally disabled; he is also extremely uncomfortable at being back in town. Fortunately, the steel-nerved Richard is more than willing to act on his brother's behalf...

The way the tale is told is superb - black and white flash-backs depicting the fateful events leading to Richard's vengeful and violent actions are interspersed with the often comical exchanges between the would-be victims. Considine's performance is colossal: Richard is possessed of a spine-chilling calm and a singularity of purpose that evokes awe and admiration in equal measure. Kebbel, meanwhile, is perfectly cast in his role - capable as he is of portraying Anthony with a sympathetic but wonderfully understated charm.

This film strikes the perfect balance between fantasy and reality; it is dark and psychological, visceral and violent and it moved me to tears on more than one occasion. However, it also made me laugh uproariously - I mean, really, what more could you ask for?

Matt Pucci
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jakethemuss on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
I was somewhat sceptical before seeing this, I wasn't expecting much to be honest. I was not familiar with Shane Meadows or Paddy Considine, both of whom now have my attention. I was expecting another boring unremarkable British drama, of which there seem to be many. But I must admit to being blown away with what I saw.

Considine stars as Richard, an ex-soldier who has returned to his hometown after a stint in the army. He is NOT returning for a social call, but something a lot more demanding. His mentally impaired brother Anthony (Toby Kebell in a brilliant performance) was subjected to a barrage of bullying and intimidation by a bunch of local degenerates afew years back, none of whom the viewer is meant to feel any sympathy for, as they feel none themselves. Richard is guilt ridden at not being there, so takes it upon himself to take revenge-in his own way.

Whats different about this film, is that this is no "by the book" revenge movie with a shining hero and a happy ending. Richard is the monster in this movie, and the bullies who tormented Anthony soon become the tormented. They start to feel the fear Anthony did, and soon realise Richard will not stop.

Low budget, gritty and upfront, Dead Man Shoes ought to be hailed as a benchmark movie in British cinema, seriously, it is top notch stuff.

DVD extras are great, with a short film starring Toby Kebell as a "wrestler", some interesting deleted scenes, an alternate ending and more.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon M. McKenna on 17 Jan. 2005
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This is easily my favourite film of 2004 and is best described as a cross between The Office (in terms of humour) and Taxi Driver. I have to admit that I had never heard of the director Shane Meadows before seeing this but I will certainly be seeking out his previous work after experiencing this fantastic piece of cinema, Hollywood could learn a thing or two from this guy. The same goes for lead actor Paddy Considine who gives a brilliantly believable performance as Richard, Considine is an extremely naturalistic actor who quite simply becomes the character and given the films docu-style approach you sometimes forget it is actually a film.
I found this film to be an extremely refreshing change from the bilge that Hollywood churns out nowadays, it is extremely funny one minute and then shockingly brutal the next although it does not depend on gore for shock value and strikes a great balance between humour and drama. Apparently some of the script was improvised during filming and this gives the whole film a believable edge which really adds to the whole story, ex-boxer Gary Stretch plays the bad guy at the centre of Considine's rampage and also gives a great performance. In summary if you're tired of formulaic Hollywood films and fancy something that's generally different check out Dead Man's Shoes, I've been spreading the word about how good this is and those who've have seen it all agree.
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