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Sex & Drugs & Rock N Roll [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Andy Serkis , Tom Hughes , Mat Whitecross    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andy Serkis, Tom Hughes, Clifford Samuel, Joseph Kennedy, Arthur Darvill
  • Directors: Mat Whitecross
  • Writers: Paul Viragh
  • Producers: Andy Serkis, Alex Usborne, Charlotte Knight, Damian Jones, Ian Neil
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJDNU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,677 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-knocks to magnificence. 29 July 2010
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
Ian Dury's life was tumultuous, but maybe not quite as exciting as this film. From the thrilling Peter Blake animated montage opening to a glorious 'coming of age' moment experienced by Baxter Dury at the end, the film won't let the viewer relax.

Andy Serkis is painfully realistic as Dury, forever imprisoned in his calliper and haunted by memories of being struck down with Polio, agonising confinement in an iron lung, and his time in the Chailey hospice for disabled children. The message of Chailey that stayed with Ian throughout his life was that if you fell down, you get yourself up again: which is all well and good, as long as those meant to encourage you are not sadists. The warder in charge of Dury's ward provided further inspiration for his irascibility. Dury's reaction to the man's fate is understandable, only shocking if you were 'on the board' and not in the ward.

There are surely few men whose wives and mistresses actually bond through the shared experience of living with, caring for and putting up with a man as 'difficult' as Dury. Olivia Williams and Naomie Harris give passionate performances. Ray Winstone gives a touching portrayal of father Bill Dury - himself ordering his son to get himself onto his feet - loving and gentle, despite a gruff demeanor.

This is as much Baxter Dury's story as it is his father's: From the moment of his birth, we follow Baxter's difficult childhood and his father's idiosyncratic involvement. In fact, Baxter shared the role of right-hand man for his father with Chaz Jankel - both in the band that started as the Kilburns (Kilburn and the High Roads) and evolved into the Blockheads - and in everyday life.

This is a tremendous acheivement.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and drugs and Ian Dury 29 Aug 2010
I must be in a bit of a music biography mood, but why not when there are a couple of cracking examples of the genre currently on the DVD rental market? This one concerns the life and times of the late Ian Dury, a boy crippled by polio in his early years who forged a career as a new wave poet and musician, but had a difficult family life and strained relationship with his eldest son, Baxter.

The central performance by Andy Serkis was a masterpiece; he managed to attain all of Dury's mannerisms, speech patterns and movement to a tee, which was no mean feat. The young actor playing his son Baxter (Bill Milner) was impressive, although he didn't seem to age much during the film, which was a little odd? The other central roles of Dury's first wife Betty (Olivia Williams) and his partner Denise (Naomie Harris) were also truly believable. The narrative form jumps around a bit and uses Dury's music hall inspired performances to show some of his backstory, especially the time when he was sent to an institution for the disabled and others of his distant, but loving father Bill (Ray Winstone),

Probably the best thing about this film, as well as the music, is the fact that the screenwriter and director didn't shy away from showing Dury's volatile and often violent nature, which is a fact often missing from more sycophantic films. In conclusion, myself and my husband really enjoyed this film and it's a must see for any music fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great biopic that perfectly captures all the facets of the genius that was Ian Dury. As befits the man, his tale is told in a quirky fashion with much humour and pathos. It doesn't shy away from our hero's less than heroic qualities, especially the way he treated those around him, which is to the picture's credit. It charts his rise to success and the huge amount of graft he put in to make himself the star that he was. It shows the effect success had on him and those around him. In flashback it shows just why he was the way he was. It's deftly scripted and moving. It has a feeling of realism, perhaps due to the close involvement of the Blockheads and Dury's family. Andy Serkis' portrayal is a real tour de force. He just IS Dury. Ray Winstone in a short but powerful cameo casts a brooding presence that threatens to dominate the film. The film shows the highs and lows of this true individual, and even if you don't appreciate the music you will appreciate the story. Great stuff.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For all you Blockheads out there 17 May 2010
I have seen Ian Dury & The Blockheads in concert several times, the best for me being their gig at Ronnie Scotts. So clearly I'm a fan. I therefore enjoyed this biopic of the man and his band. However I think to really enjoy this biography you would have to be a fan, given that it is drawn out ever so slowly.

There are numerous flashbacks to Dury's younger days, and much of the story centres around his relationships with his wife, his son, his dad, his mistress (played by the very beautiful Naomie Harris), and somewhat surprisingly, Kirk Douglas as Spartacus. But given Ian Dury and the Blockheads' main claim to fame, there's not as much music as I would have expected.

That said, Andy Serkis shines throughout with a mesmerising performance. It's not just that he looks like Ian Dury, but he got the nuances of the man just right.

A must see film for any Blockheads out there. Whether others will enjoy it as much remains to be seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 day ago by june phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quick delivery and very pleased.
Published 9 days ago by Lesley Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars 'IT'S GREAT TO BE A LUNATIC' - HIT ME'
I tend to agree with an reviewer, you really don't need to be a 'fan' of his music to enjoy the movie. Read more
Published 18 days ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 29 days ago by Simon Button
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Published 1 month ago by Rob Tattersall
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Performance by Naomie Harris, but a bad film
The only thing that makes this film worth watching is Naomie Harris' appearance in it. She really abandons herself into every role, and even if you don't like the character she... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Samuel Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars A film about the man, not just the disability
Version I saw: UK DVD release
Actors: 7/10
Plot/script: 7/10
Photography/visual style: 7/10
Music/score: 8/10
Overall: 7/10
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Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. A. Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars So what?
I'll admit I was personally never positively affected by the music of Drury and the Blockheads, although objectively I could see its originality - traditional English music-hall... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen E. Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad life of Ian Dury
Andy Serkis is marvellous as Mr Dury and the supporting cast are terrific. However, it is such a sad tale that I doubt I will watch it again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rosie Gamgee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances
'What a waste' That's what a waste that such a great talent was taken from us before his time. RIP Ian
Published 4 months ago by Steve McCarthy
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