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High Hopes (Mike Leigh's) [Blu-ray] [1988]

Philip Davis , Ruth Sheen , Mike Leigh    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philip Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Dore, Philip Jackson, Heather Tobias
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fabulous Films
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IZ3VLS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A film by one of Britain's most celebrated film makers and multi-award winning director of Life Is Sweet, Naked, Secrets and Lies, Topsy Turvy and most recently Vera Drake. Fabulous Films presents for the first time on DVD this critically acclaimed slice of life dark comedy, Mike Leigh's, HIGH HOPES. Wayne left home because of an argument about pies. Cyril would like to machine gun the Royal family. Rupert and Laetitia Boothe-Brain play yuppie sex games, while deep in suburbia Valerie fails to arouse her husband Martin with a suggestion that he be Michael Douglas and she a virgin. Mrs Bender gets locked out of her house and is criticised by her neighbour for selfishly occupying a whole house in an increasingly fashionable area. And Cyril's girlfriend Shirley wants to start a family, but gets no encouragement from Cyril, who feels that the world should be spared more babies until everyone already here has a job, a place to live and enough to eat. This disparate cast of characters swim in and out of each others lives against a background of London and its suburbs seamlessly orchestrated by director, Mike Leigh. DVD Contents - Original Theatrical Release (108 mins), Mike Leigh On High Hopes (4 mins), On Set News Footage (4 mins), Subtitles, Original Production Notes, Original Biographies, Stills Gallery, Poster Gallery.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Posters, Production Notes, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In this early film, award-winning director Mike Leigh uses a loose, open-ended narrative structure to unsettle cinematic expectations and create a truly inventive and very honest film. High Hopes opens with the arrival of Wayne, a small-town lad in his twenties, in the London metropolis. Completely lost in the hustle and bustle, Wayne asks for directions from a cyclist named Cyril. Unable to assist him, Cyril brings Wayne to his house to examine a map and meet his long-time girlfriend, Shirley, also a working-class intellectual. After the opening credits roll, Wayne, equipped with directions, leaves and turns to wave goodbye to the helpful couple. Completely unexpectedly the camera stays with Cyril and Shirley, Wayne exits the film as a minor character, and the viewer's notions of what to expect from a narrative drama are completely shaken. Throughout, High Hopes' seemingly innocuous events turn out to be crucial incidents in the characters' lives. After this abrupt change of direction, Cyril and Shirley pay a visit to Cyril's aging mother, Mrs. Bender, and meet her neighbors, the vapid Boothe-Braines. In a parallel story, we meet Cyril's high-strung sister, Valerie, who perpetually neglects her mother as she herself is neglected by her wandering husband, Martin. The remainder of the film explores the dull, unfulfilled lives of the middle class and the wasteful and purposeless lives of the upper-middle class (the Boothe-Braines), and Cyril and Shirley's struggle to decide if they should bring a child into this mess of a world. As with his other films, Leigh did not work from a script in filming High Hopes, relying instead on the actors' improvisations wh...High Hopes (1988) (Blu-Ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Do you still have your original features?" 7 Feb 2012
As you expect from a Mike Leigh film, this is primarily a film about ordinary folk, people you can relate to. But not all the characters here have that edgy realism, some are shown as caricatured buffoons and that only serves to add to this comedy about life in Thatcher's Britain.

Cyril is an old-school socialist, resisting any suggestions he ought to set up on his own in order to better himself because to do so would be to turn his back on his personal ideology and become one of those he looks down on. He and Shirley are the main characters in High Hopes and their 'bottom rung' social status is a point of comparison with the other couples in the film. His sister follows the latest trends and aspires to be seen as middle class while on the surface ignoring her dead marriage. And his mother is the last council tenant on a street full of middle class 'invaders' desperate for premium London addresses - her neighbours are shallow and showy; awful hoity-toity types who speak only to impress.

The film manages to show that although Cyril and Shirley's relationship isn't without issues (having a child is a thorny issue), the two are comfortable with each other and the warmth between the two is captured perfectly, they share a lot of intimacy and by that I don't mean scenes of a sexual nature - instead we see them laid together and enjoying shared jokes or chatting and being on the same level as each other - it's a relationship which is established on a solid history together and there's genuine happiness gained from their company. Such companionship is less evident, or even completely absent, in the couples who spend their energy trying to appear as though they are bettering themselves, there's little substance between them.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible picture quality 5 Mar 2011
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This reviews concerns solely the technical quality of the Blu-ray version of this title.
The Blu-ray version is clearly sourced from a standard definition video master (and a bad one at that!). This constitutes a deliberate misleading of the consumer by the label (Fabulous Films), as one would expect a high definition transfer when buying a Blu-ray disc. The only way to put an end to such deplorable practices by film labels is to avoid sub-standard products like this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good film. Truly dreadful Blu-ray 12 Mar 2011
"Fabulous Films" are anything but and have perpetrated a huge con in putting this title out on Blu-ray. It looks like it was sourced from a VHS tape and is not HD at all. Even for SD it is soft, craggy and pixelated. This is the second title from this company where I've seen the logo and groaned at the low resolution. I am returning the product for a refund and will avoid anything else the company puts out because putting this sort of material out on Blu-ray is a total fraud. It's like the early days of CD when some of the less reputable companies put out titles where you could hear the needle being placed on the worn copy of the vinyl that had been used to produce the recording. The film may be great, but the picture qualityw as so awful I couldn't bear to watch it. If I'd wanted a VHS tape I'd have bought one.
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