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Four Lions [Blu-ray]

Kayvan Novak , Julia Davis , Lol Crawley    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kayvan Novak, Julia Davis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Preeya Kalidas, Will Adamsdale
  • Directors: Lol Crawley
  • Producers: Chris Morris, Mark Herbert
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M8OHVU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,140 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It really shouldn’t work. A black comedy that’s basically about four terrorists, planning an atrocity on UK soil? That’s surely a film that’s designed to wind up tabloid newspapers? In the wrong hands, it certainly could have been. But under the diligent stewardship of Chris Morris, Four Lions emerges as one of the best films of the year.

It’s a perfectly pitched, at times rightly uncomfortable comedy, that brings together a quartet of inept terrorists, who when we meet them, can’t even put a video together without it falling into farce. It’s an opening scene that sets up Four Lions perfectly. And led by the terrific Riz Ahmed and the scene-stealing Nigel Lindsay, the company of actors rise to the challenge that Chris Morris sets them.

Four Lions isn’t a perfect film, though. The tone is a little uneven at times, and it’s very much one that’s going to feel more at home on a television than a cinema screen. But it’s still a daring, risky and at times extremely funny piece of work. And it’s one not afraid to pull the rug on you, either, never shielding itself away from the undercurrents of its subject matter. It’s the most ambitious comedy in a long, long time, and it’s credit to all concerned that it works as well as it does. --Simon Brew

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned about the treatment of muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj (Kayvan Novak) has ever heard. Better still it's a no brainer because Omar does his thinking for him. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay). He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism - If he had half the self knowledge of a duck. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is the odd man out. He can make a bomb - but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has "started eating newspaper". Instead he's training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face? SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Sundance Film Festival, ...Four Lions (2010) ( Tesseris leontes ) ( 4 Lions ) (Blu-Ray)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars four lions with an open mind 7 Sep 2011
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Watched this hoping it would make me see how rediculous suicide bombers were. But unfortunately I liked the characters! There are some side-splitting moments that make me involuntarily giggle every time I think of them. (embarassing sitting on a bus!!!) Still too radical a subject for me, but an extremely well acted film. Poignant in placces too. Watch it with an open mind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 15 Sep 2011
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comedy is all pervasive - even when it comes to the hot topic of religeous extremism and terrorism. the film isn't without its faults but its 5* simply based on its brave approach to the topic. nigel lindsay for me is especially brilliant in this. a must buy
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lionheart of a film 17 Oct 2011
By Lat
Lets start with the film itself before we review the dvd. Hilarious. No doubts. This was a risque subject matter but it was handled well. The bufoon bombers are typical uneducated who seriously dont have a clue why they are doing what they are doing and this probably goes to all these idiots that blow themselves up taking innocent lives with them. These people are cowards and this film exposes their cowardice in a laughable manner.

The character of Barry is priceless. Easily the funniest in the film. They should make a movie about the buffons in the BNP too and call that cowardly lions because I think a film exposing their idiocy needs to be done.

The dvd itself:- No commentary. Definately should have had a commentary track. The deleted scenes are hilarious too. Cannot understand why they were deleted other than timing reasons possibly but good to see these included.

Other extras include a few short making off interviews.

The cover is a bit offputting to any marketing campaign. In the front is a picture of a crow. In the back a character from the film dressed as an Ostrich. The title "Four Lions" but other than that nothing to explain what this film was all about. Very strange! Clearly bad campaigning for a great film.

I only bought it because I had seen it on television. If I did not know the subject matter I would not have a clue what this was all about.

However buy this as this is British comedy at its best
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Hilarious 9 April 2012
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The film is about a group of incredibly inept suicide bombers and their struggle to become martyrs. An interesting premise for a comedy but Four Lions makes it work fantastically. The film attracted lots of controversy and given the subject matter that is not surprising. It treads a fine line but one of the reasons it works is because it takes such a serious and controversial subject and has a bit of fun with it in a world where everyone is stereo-typically inept. It doesn't try to make a political statement (other than perhaps about free speech and that nothing should be off limits in the realm of comedy), it doesn't mock the victims or the jihadis, it even makes you care about the characters and it most importantly never forgets that it is a comedy pure and simple. To summerise this is one of the best comedies I've seen in a long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. 26 Dec 2011
By stuart
A comedy about suicide bombers is not the easiest type of undertaking but this one is right on the mark.
Brilliant acting. Brilliant writing. Illustrates the fact that most suicide bombers in quest of the promised virgins in heaven
are virgins themselves and not all that bright.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another British Comedy Classic! 11 Oct 2011
By S. Nair
Didn't know a thing about this film, never even heard of it, I think I must have been out the country at the time. I saw it on TV initially but bought it straight away!! I haven't cried with laughter like that from a film in a while. Brilliant film. I didn't think it was offensive unless you really nit-pick in my opinion. Anyway I think its a satire of the issue as a whole and was well done and highlights a lot of things as well as being brilliantly written and acted I must say. Highly Recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very clever film 8 Sep 2011
There's not much I can add to 122 (and counting) other reviews, but do make an effort to watch this film. Morris and his ensemble have truly got under the skin of their characters. I lived for years among this exact demographic group, only 40 miles from Sheffield, and can attest to the perfect portrayal of the bizarre logic and blind reasoning which characterizes these otherwise generally likeable young people (except the convert, of course). The police response is 'funny because it's true' too. It's also poignant, but no spoilers here.
Watch it and laugh, then think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film as a Weapon 6 Sep 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Death on the Installment Plan and Journey to the End of the Night finely sieved through the rotary blender and then distilled as an acidic bitter bile, finally infused with helium and blasted with nitrous oxide, finally transported to the 21st century.

This is as raw and open as it gets, taking on a popular herd theme, to expose the sense of the deep absurd in a caustic acidic tale of self immolation. The Police attacks on the wrong suspects, absolutely red dot, spot on. My neighbour was one of them- they released him 12 hours later- after poking red dots through our windows for 12 hours....sorry wrong house!

The picture of the terrorists as young lads gone awry, was and is prescient. The long term effect of P bashing in the 60's, finally has turned around, wanting to bite back. Training camps reminded me of Baader Meinhof clash of cultures in that epic, the clash of cultures. The notion of bombing your own, the idea coming from the convert was also grim with its elucidation as he floored his clapped out Sierra. The attention to detail in this film was mesmerising the costumes, the symbolism of the clapped out Ford Sierra, the water pistols, the drone bomber, the fake attack by the would be bomber with party bombs as a stunt all have absurd reality stamped upon them. This film cracked a whip against every stereotype constructed over the past 40 years, then with gale force wind it blew it apart.

A finer piece of anarchistic film making has yet to be made. This when you connect to the groove is the funniest gross political film ever made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie
reminds me "of mice and men" in the beginning and then goes down hill from that, now i realise only idiots believe what they think is real, for once a bad British movie....
Published 15 days ago by Roland J Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
An all time great film would recommend it to the man, do not be misled by the packaging that is just how the packet is, in order to get the best understanding out of it you have to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Harry A. Bowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb black comedy
This film has to go down as one of the great directoral successes, bearing in mind it takes on the current issue of Islamist terrorism and manages to do so in a way that is... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Martyn
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Recently purchased this DVD on the recommendation of a friend. I didn't find any of the content remotely funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
I have been told to see this film by lots of friends as they found so funny, it was ok
Published 1 month ago by mr john kirby
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny show, but you have to watch it with an open mind.
It was a good movie and I enjoyed the witty humour. Definitely laughed throughout the movie, but you have to watch this with an open mind.
Published 1 month ago by Shaun Tham
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Brit films ever
Loved this film made me laugh out loud. Then slowly and I mean days after watching the laughter turned to unease and a sense of futility. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark spark 85
5.0 out of 5 stars good
This has been a very good purchase and invaluable. I would advocate it to my family and friends. Glad I bought it.
Published 1 month ago by louise murdoch
3.0 out of 5 stars gets old
We got tired of watching this film. After a while the jokes just blurred together. And the actress from Nighty Night has a very minor role, nothing hilarious.
Published 1 month ago by Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable mayhem
P Incorrect , but very very funny, blowing up the crow is one the highlights, film showing why we should not b afraid to laugh at each other, brits are good at this , its others... Read more
Published 1 month ago by chrisb
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