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Deep End (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1970]


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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055OJUK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,824 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

ExtraFeatures:

  • 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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T Everson on 6 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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 - he wants to 'save' her.

But where any of us ordinary young men would have long stopped their pursuance of justice, young Mike here takes things to the very end, fulfilling the dreams of us mere mortals. You know all along that he'll never get the girl, that's never in any doubt, but the madness as is pushes him further into trouble.

That Mike's (John Moulder-Brown) 15 and just out of school and his first boss is the gorgeous and sexually aware Jane Asher and his job entails attending to allsorts at some public baths, including some randy older women, no wonder his hormones are all over the place.

It all starts out as light-hearted nonsense (the incorrigible Diana Dors scene a real hoot) but gradually gets darker, to a jet black and tragic end. The ending is one of the most profound and well mounted that I've witnessed and every frame of it perfectly staged.

In between, we have the fumblings of a sexually naive lad, he who gets his first pay packet and it goes to his head, finding that the bright lights of a (pretend, film was shot in Munich) Soho turn his few pounds to mere pennies as he goes from club to club. But, all he's actually doing is stalking the girl that he works with, as he sees how her 'other', more glamorous life, away from the bleach and rubber gloves at the baths, is both lived - and funded.

True, John Moulder-Brown's acting lacks depth, or finesse, but imagine a 15 year old actually in those scenarios. He'd be even more blunt and less eloquent that Mike is in this.

As others have said, this is a true little gem of a film.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Man Out Of Time on 13 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By M R Field on 31 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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