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Filth [DVD] [2013]

James McAvoy , Imogen Poots , Jon S. Baird    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Iain De Caestecker
  • Directors: Jon S. Baird
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 94.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FL31Q40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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James McAvoy stars as a corrupt, sociopathic Edinburgh cop in director Jon S. Baird's fast-paced black comedy, adapted from the novel by Irvine Welsh. Bored with his duties as a Detective Sergeant in the Edinburgh police force, Bruce Robertson (McAvoy) gorges himself on a mixture of cocaine, alcohol, sexually abusive relationships and endless junk food, whilst plotting to get one over on his colleagues in his quest for a promotion. But although he nurses hopes of getting back together with his ex-wife Carole (Shauna MacDonald), Bruce soon finds his life spiralling out of control, when his drug addiction and unchecked psychological issues combine to test his grip on reality and push him over the edge.

Extra Content
Feature audio commentary with Writer/Director Jon S. Baird and Author Irvine Welsh
Deleted Scenes
Extended Scenes
Outtakes
Interviews

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth? ...Filth (2013)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Described by critics as likely to leave its audience feeling soiled inside and out, this latest adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel depicts a Scotland so seamy and sordid that the country's tourist board will be having many a collective sleepless night. Opening with the brutal kicking to death of an innocent Japanese student, the film quickly introduces its anti--hero, the thoroughly amoral and mind-bogglingly lecherous DS Bruce Robertson, in the form of an outstanding James McAvoy, oozing malice and corruption from every conceivable pore.

Alongside colleague and friend Ray Lennox - a wolfish Jamie Bell (if it's possible for such a monster to have a friend), Robertson snorts vasts quantities of cocaine, masturbates furiously in an agony of self-loathing (the latter symbolised by his seeing himself as a grunting, malicious sentient pig in regular hallucinations), physically and verbally abuses suspects, and at one point forces a fifteen year old schoolgirl to give him a blow-job. The despair and nihilism projected by this character is contextualised by his only other real `friend', the neurotic and bashful Clifford Blades, ably played by the naturally hangdog Eddie Marsan, who Bruce persistently and systematically tries to bring down to his level. As Bruce's superior, John Sessions provides quality support, as does Jim Broadbent as an increasingly deranged psychiatrist and the manifestation of the tapeworm that is steadily growing in Bruce's guts and which is contributing in no small part to his toxic personality.

I approached the film with some trepidation after reading of its stomach-churning tone and reprehensible characters, however it wasn't nearly as horrifying as I expected (or maybe I've been desensitised?!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grubby in a good way 11 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
This is another film adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel that was referred to as "unfilmable", although when reading the book when it first came out I for one was struck by the tightness of the narrative and the cinema-friendly focus on a single protagonist.

The antihero in question is Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a dodgy copper trying to make the most of a promotion opportunity by ruining his rivals through a series of cruel intricate schemes. Meanwhile, his mind is deteriorating, and he's haunted by flashbacks, waking dreams, and humanoid livestock. The film is fairly faithful to the source, and the changes (including some understandably blunted edges) are down to the different artform.

Irvine Welsh has said that McAvoy's performance is better than De Niro's in Taxi Driver. I don't think this is a suitable comparison. Scorsese's seminal feature was about a post-traumatic depression, whereas Jon S. Baird's film is more manic. For me, the film Filth most resembles is A Clockwork Orange. Like Kubrick's masterpiece, the entire aesthetic is informed by the subjectivity of the central character. And there are subtler nods: the use of classical music, the bleached windows, Jim Broadbent's reinvention of the Deltoid character (a probation officer then, a psychiatrist now), and the visual reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Before the film's release, I wasn't convinced by the casting of McAvoy, but after watching it I can safely say he's transformative - to capture such bipolar savagery and the fear in a single facial expression is the sign of a special performance. The supporting cast provides a colourful blend of caricatures. Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan and Imogen Poots all make an impact in the few moments when McAvoy isn't dominating the screen.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect A Comedy 6 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
This film, whilst having occasional moments that are genuinely witty and funny, is not a comedy. This is a crucial distinction to make, as the trailers and posters are billing it as such. It is actually a very sad, honest and truthful film about a man, with a mental condition, having a complete breakdown.

The film begins with the unkempt and repellent Scottish Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) informing us in one of the film's many fourth-wall-breaking episodes that he wants the new staff promotion that's in the running, and he is going to play each contender off each other so that he ends up with the title Inspector. So far, so In-Bruges-lite black comedy, with a very antiheroic antihero. But it's not long before Bruce has descended into a dark, Scottish vision of hell involving underage sex, copious drug use, tapeworms, Jim Broadbent with a huge head, and dirty phone-calls with the woman who played Moaning Myrtle, and the comedy is there no more.

And so the film goes on, and on, and by the end I found myself crying. At some point, the film became something tragic, and I found myself touched and saddened; this kind of thing happens every day, with people, and it isn't very funny at all. Bruce is trapped in a vicious cycle of behaviour that isn't really his fault, but is entirely his own making. He is horrible, abusive and violent to people, but all of a sudden something happens and he's in tears. He's standing on his best mate's glasses and trashing an art museum, but then, suddenly he's trying to save the life of a man in the street. You might argue that this is the film tonally pulling itself apart, but these patterns and behaviours are true to life.

In the end, the film does a very tricky thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This Movie is a work of Art the main Actors should be very happy with themselves, as they have made a modern masterpice.Some Movies can be a work of Art and this is one of them. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of film Filth
I had read the book and thought I may be disappointed with the film. However the casting is brilliant and James Mcavoy is totally brilliant as always.
Loved it.
Published 1 day ago by edwina
4.0 out of 5 stars good but I hope PORNO gets better treatment
quite faithful to the book with a few minor exceptions. well acted but mcavoy wouldnt have been my first choice. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rob 'Dirk' Diggler
4.0 out of 5 stars Filth (2013)
Another Irvine Welsh adaptation - probably a good country mile better than the novel,
A very uneven film. James McAvoy and Jamie bell are excellent. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nigel
1.0 out of 5 stars Filth - good title
Absolute and utter crap. Good acting but listed as a comedy - what's that about? Didn't laugh at all - very crude. Read more
Published 7 days ago by chemicalken
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This movie is one of the sleeper hits of last year and is a great take on Irvine Welsh's book of the same name. Read more
Published 7 days ago by John Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars pish
although it was never going to be an easy adaptation, it just didn't cut the mustard for me. Not a bad job at portraying a spiralling downfall by the lead, however he just didnt... Read more
Published 11 days ago by A. Burton
3.0 out of 5 stars Very dark film
Not really my type of film but I did watch it right to the end.s. It is a very dark film.
Published 11 days ago by KP2
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, accurate depiction of the book
This film takes you on a twisted journey through the mind and thought processes of someone on the verge of a mental breakdown. Well worth a viewing.
Published 11 days ago by Steven Wickens
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird
Very dark and depressing film. We watched it through the Wii so paid an extra 1 for 'high definition' to actually watch it in 'standard definition'. Read more
Published 12 days ago by tondutt
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