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Deep End: 3-Disc Collector's Edition [DVD + Blu-ray] [1970]

Jane Asher , John Moulder Brown , Jerzy Skolimowski    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jane Asher, John Moulder Brown
  • Directors: Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055OJUK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

DEEP END 3-Disc Collector's Edition

A Film by Jerzy Skolimowski

The Swinging Sixties are over and the long, grey morning after has only just begun. But there are still eye-opening new experiences in store for wet-behind-the-ears teenager Mike (John Moulder-Brown) when he takes a job at a rundown London swimming baths. After one of its more mature visitors steamily attempts to take advantage (Diana Dors, in a superb cameo), he gradually wises up to find himself adrift with an increasingly obsessive interest in sassy, self-assured, co-worker Susan (played by a seductive Jane Asher). Giddily he follows her into the grimy underbelly of Soho for a long dark night of the soul -- soundtracked with great intensity by legendary Krautrock band Can. Will Mike sabotage Susan's relationship with her fiancé and get together with her instead?

Jerzy Skolimowski's compelling, darkly poetic portrait of Britain in an era of uncertainty and changing sexual mores now makes a long overdue return to the screen in a beautiful new digital restoration. Contains exclusive bonus DVD featuring Q&A with Jane Asher and John Moulder Brown.


  • Dual Format Edition: includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and the extras
  • New High Definition restoration
  • Starting Out: The Making of Deep End (2011, 73 mins): an in-depth documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with Jerzy Skolimowski, Jane Asher, John Moulder Brown, and principle crew
  • Deep End: The Deleted Scenes (2011, 8 mins): featurette about sequences removed from the film
  • Careless Love (Francine Winham, 1977, 10 mins): Rare and disturbing tale in which a woman (Jane Asher) takes drastic actions to keep the affections of the man she loves.
  • This 3-Disc Collector's edition contains and exclusive bonus DVD featuring Q&A with Jane Asher and John Moulder Brown.
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new sleevenote essay by David Thompson. Contains exclusive bonus DVD featuring Q&A with Jane Asher and John Moulder Brown.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BFI Flipside # 19: Deep End 6 Aug 2011
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The 19th and latest entry into the BFI's celebrated 'Flipside' series, a collection exploring previously neglected British cinema and granting them the transfers and extras they deserve.
Deep End itself is possibly the most anticipated Flipside release so far, a critically acclaimed film that up to now has been very difficult to see, and even harder to find a decent home release of. This is a shame as this really is an excellent film, and hopefully it can now find a wider audience.

The film itself is directed by Polish filmaker Jerzy Skolimowski and was first released in 1970. Though it is technically a joint US-German film, with most of the film shot in Munich (though set in England), it is this English background, as well as the two leader actors, Jane Asher (looking absolutely stunning) and John Moulder-Brown, that categorise this as a 'British Film' and therefore worthy of entry to the BFI's Flipside collection.

Though it was filmed in Germany, watching the film it is not noticeable, and much of it is set in a public bath-house where 15-year old Mike (played by Moulder Brown) starts his first job after leaving school. This is where he meet Susan (played by Asher), who also works at the baths, and is older than him. The rest of the film follows Mike's increasing infatuation with Susan, building up to a shocking conclusion. This is an excellent film, and I found it hard not to feel some sympathy for Mike. Also, possibly because of the filming location, this feels a lot less like a film of its time, apart from a few posters and the age of the cars, I was surprised by how well it has aged. This certainly has an appeal outside of those with an interest in niche British cinema, and should be considered a British classic.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD! 13 July 2011
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At last!

I've banged on about this film for years much to people's blank expressions! A true rarity has finally got the official release it deserves. I'm pressing pre-order now, and cannot wait to replace my scratchy old 'copy' for this.

A true heartbreaking, sad and thought provoking film. This was emo before emo! If you've seen and enjoyed the recent British indie film The Scouting Book For Boys then you'll really love this.

The beatiful and radiant Jane Asher for the boys, and the sensitive, seemingly angelic John Moulder Brown for the girls. Plus a deeply unsettling cameo from Diana Dors!

The flipside of 60s London, this is the celluloid version of the morning after the swinging parties. As such it's probably a much truer reflection and time capsule of that life.

Brilliant score by Cat Stevens, the haunting 'I Might Die Tonight' will remain with you just as much as the images within this film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep End 17 Aug 2011
An outstanding restoration of an iconic film. I last saw this film in the 70s at the cinema and on TV a few years later. It has stood the test of time extremely well and does not appear in the least bit dated. The interviews with the principals are fascinating and add much to the enjoyment of the film. Technically the restoration is one of the best that I have seen. A generous package that is highly recommended.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep End - an unsung 'gem' 31 May 2011
Deep End is one of those `classic' films that had a limited circulation when it first came out, has been shown only rarely on TV and which has otherwise totally disappeared off the radar. I'm sure I remember first seeing it in 1969 in London, despite the 1971 release date credited elsewhere, and I've been waiting ever since for an opportunity to buy my own copy . The film is basically a story of a young man who suddenly discovers his sexuality and has a fixation on the slightly older woman who supervises him in his first job. Originally it was exciting to think that the `older woman' was Jane Asher - then the ex-girlfriend of Paul McCartney - and that she ended up naked at the end of the film. But! 40 years later we've hopefully moved on and we can accept the film for what it is - a `quirky' production that deserves any accolades that we can throw at it. With guest appearances by character actors such as Diana Dors and Burt Kwouk, it's well worth watching and I thoroughly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film in perfect presentation 11 Sep 2011
This was a film I only read about for many years. Thanks to the BFI, this region free blu-ray is available to the world. The colours are marvelous, the cinematography incredible, the story perplexing... all in all a very worthwhile purchase. The documentary is an excellent bonus feature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and mesmerising film 31 Mar 2013
By Linton
This gem from 1970 is a deeply evocative story of sexual tension from a variety of perspectives. That it is so redolent of late 60s /early 70s Britain is perhaps surprising since it was filmed in Germany by a Polish director! People of a certain age will identify with the sense of time and place and understand the boy's feelings, even if they find his actions extreme.The print is superb and brings out the director's fascination with the symbolic use of colour. Enjoy the way he contasts Asher's strawberry blonde hair against the green walls of the corridors and highlights the red painting of the walls behind Asher as the film starts to take a turn towards a dark outcome. There is much to enjoy in this film from an aesthetic point of view, even if some of the acting is a little stilted and mannered. Asher has never been better, though!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, But Visually Rather Innovative
This 1970 film written and directed by Pole, Jerzy Skolimowski, is often categorised under the 'cult film' heading - not always a good thing, of course, but, despite being very... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars underwater wonderful shots
I want this soundtrack to soundtrack my life. beautifully shot. Jane Asher is dazzling, slight surreal humour works very well throughout. Thanks to BFI!
Published 7 months ago by Jack Leahy
4.0 out of 5 stars ...Still a gorgeous mouvie...
I first saw this film when it was first released (-in France -), in the early seventies...when I was just 16 !. 40years later, the emotion is still here !!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jean_Pierre_2013
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best from its era!
Well directed and superbly acted film evocative of the time and yet timeless in its subject. First saw it in episodes on You Tube and looked forward to seeing the whole film... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. N. D. C. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep End
Have bought it for a gift and haven't seen it yet. Great to be able to get these old films on dvd though
Published 16 months ago by DP
4.0 out of 5 stars Extras are free...
I love the BFI series. Hidden gems, wierd forgotten mystery's, and mid-20th century oddities. It's great fun to pick up your movie pick and mix and see what happens. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Jackal
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest load of old cobblers I've seen in a long time.
That's an hour and a half of my life I'll never get back.
I've just watched it on telly. There ain't no way I'm ever gonna blinkin' buy it !
Published 20 months ago by C. YOUNG
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing so fine
in many ways, this film is one of the finest of its kind ever made. that rare beast, it follows a character that is filmed entirely from his psychological perspective. Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Cousins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Price of Infatuated Love....
Deep End is so true to Life - for any teenage boy who becomes infatuated with an older (but young and sensual) woman who he then sees romantically with a chauvinistic and nasty man... Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Tim Kidner
4.0 out of 5 stars Typos or misspelt?
I thoroughly enjoyed P.D.James, Death in Holy Orders. It is a good story but spoilt for me by the numerous spelling mistakes, some suggesting that there had been no... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by jillwithaj
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