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Ill Manors [DVD]

Riz Ahmed , Natalie Press , Ben Drew    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Riz Ahmed, Natalie Press, Ed Skrein, Mem Ferda, Jo Hartley
  • Directors: Ben Drew
  • 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: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087P3P8E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



He may be better known in some quarters as hip-hop musician Plan B, but Ben Drew opened up a fresh career for himself as a movie director with his confident debut, Ill Manors. Drew also wrote the script for this crime drama, which follows the lives of eight characters across seven days in a violence-infested London.

That's a lot to balance for an established director, which makes Drew's achievement with Ill Manors all the more impressive. He juggles intertwining stories with real confidence, and finds interesting angles on themes that have been explored many times before in cinema. It's not an easy film to watch at times, mainly because of its refusal to flinch, but it is a very impressive one.

The disc is bolstered by the inclusion of two further short films, as well as a piece looking at the making of the movie. A series of deleted scenes are included as well. It's a good mix of material here, and there's a lot to explore.

But it's the film that lingers in the mind long after the credits have rolled. Without giving anything away, Ill Manors has its ups and downs, but its confident, impressive and engrossing at its very best. A strong debut from a real talent. --Jon Foster

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Music Video, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: We are all products of our environment. Some environments are just harder to survive in. Welcome to London, 2012. Home of the Olympic Games. Behind the veil of newly injected prosperity lies a community that's impossible to enter and even harder to escape. After 15 years in prison ex-dealer Kirby wants three simple things; to take back his turf, to get laid and to take revenge on the gangsters who have disrespected him. But a humiliating run-in with his former protégé sparks a chain of violence, vengeance and lethal reprisals that ripple through the community of drug dealers pimps, and innocents all swept up into the cycle of violence and deception. Then there is Aaron, street-wise yet vulnerable, just trying to get by and do the right thing while his ruthless friend Ed will stop at nothing to reclaim a mobile phone leading to deadly consequences. The highly anticipated feature length debut of award-winning musician Plan B (aka Ben Drew) iLL MANORS is an explosive unique crime thriller. Narratively linked through original music from Plan B himself, the film is a groundbreaking, visually stunning and gripping experience, laced with street-wise humour. ...Ill Manors (2012) ( Lenticular )

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
If you're a fan of Plan B and his music then you'll adore this in-your-face, intense blast of aggressive urban realism. The big surprise for me - movie enthusiast - was that it's also a cinematic knockout. Stylish and compelling; great characterisation, vibrant but not overwhelming soundtrack, and some very deft plotting of multiple narratives involving the ensemble cast. If this had been produced in LA it would be a worldwide winner.

The themes, situation and even the overall style of Ill Manors aren't anything new, however. Imagine a mash-up between the first season of The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD] and Clockers [DVD] [1996], set in the skanky London backstreets of Misfits (Series 1), and you've nailed the mood. Spike Lee melded street music, brutal drug-culture street life and the corrosive effects of gang culture at least 15 years ago, and Ill Manors interprets those same themes on the streets of contemporary London.
But that doesn't diminish Ill Manors in any way - it tells a gripping storyline, packed with punchy 'didn't see that coming' moments of startling drama. It veers from blunt street violence to examining the nature of friendship and loyalty in a snapshot. If you ever wondered how 'nice kids' get dragged into gang, drugs and gun culture then this film sheds light on the power of peer pressure, on the need to conform, to gain respect... even at the expense of another human life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best British film since 'This is England' 31 Aug 2013
By Henry
This is truly a fantastic film by Ben Drew - AKA Plan B. It depicts several crime-based stories all set in Forest Gate, London. The stories connect like Pulp Fiction, only far more brutal and harrowing, giving the viewer an accurate image of just how hard times are in places. Watching this film also makes the soundtrack album much more enjoyable than it already is. Forget 'The Avengers' or any other 2012 film - Ill Manors is the one to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for your collection 22 Aug 2013
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Worthy of the hype, 'Ill Manors' is a gritty, powerful anti-LockStock, making Kidulthood look like an amateur production. The multi-talented Ben Drew is a genius, and if he branches out into other genres in future films, he could prove to be one of the greatest writer-directors this country has produced. Nice touches include raps that link and explain scenes (something I don't think has been done before in film), and the inclusion of punk poet John Cooper Clarke (btw, where's the punk album you promised us, Plan B?). Riz Ahmed's acting is as fantastic as always, and he's supported by a fantastic cast.

This film is, simply, a vital addition to your home movie collection.

Karl Steiger
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim, exciting, unique movie 21 Sep 2012
This is a truly unique movie, both in terms of style and content. I won't spoil it for others by going into detail, but suffice it to say that the violence is brutal, the acting superb, and the storyline very believable. The occasional contrast between the grim backstreets and run down estates of the East End of London with the shiny new Olympic Park just round the corner is inspired, as is the inclusion of a bit of poetry from John Cooper Clark. It's a great film, one of the best I've seen for some time, overly violent in places, but nonetheless, totally compelling.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare is dead; Long live Ben Drew 1 July 2012
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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I really didn't know what this film would be like: There was very little publicity when this was released - 'The Avengers' took the hype before 'Prometheus' turned up. I didn't even know Ben 'Plan B' Drew was making a film.

Now let's face it, Musicians making films whilst usually financially successful can be hit (Aretha et al turning up in 'The Blues Brothers', Eminem in '8 Mile') or very, very miss ('Spiceworld', the Beatles films are fun but ultimately meh, ditto Elvis, Whitney Houston in 'The Bodyguard' and ...shudders...Vanilla Ice in anything he's been in and Madonna post 'Desperately Seeking Susan').

I heard of Ill Manors (a pun Shakespeare would have written then, pleased with himself, gone home for the day to watch Countdown) through the EP release. A typical thought provoking rap about dysfunctional London - notably the squalor of the East End in the shadow of the Olympics - which underlies the film beautifully.

The film itself, like a Shakespearean tragedy, follows the fortunes of several characters at various places along the scum spectrum. For the most part focussing on two men making their way through London and life selling small amounts of dope and their relationship with familiy, friends and rivals (bitter and respected), it tells of brutality, love and it's replacements, hope and fear and death and violence -as well as self-sacrifice and honour. It has everything a tragedy play should have and truthfully a stage version of this would not be out of place at The Globe.

In many ways a video for a concept album, this is truly superb. Gritty , realistic and yet like life, puntuated with emotion and characters that you can enjoy on many levels, this could well be a gem that many people pass by because of the blockbusters this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent all round :)
Published 20 days ago by nathan simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars which he went on to tell me that sick means really good, brilliant
i bought this film for my son, so i havent actually watched it, but asked my son what he thought, his answer was yeh it was really sick film, which he went on to tell me that sick... Read more
Published 23 days ago by karen thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film, well done Ben
Published 1 month ago by carol Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars great item
fast delivery.. great item
Published 1 month ago by michelle cryer
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film!
Pleased with every outcome that come from this dvd, P&P was bang on what it said
If you're not a fan of strong language and strong violence then this film may not be for you.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an intreresitng film
Loved this film was 100 times better than adulthood or kidulthood and I loved it such a great film! Wow very entertaining!
Published 3 months ago by Lucy Kirkham
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
film,of london street life plan b is excellent in it.. great plot,well worth seeing or buying.-gritty /trueto life drama-great entertainment
Published 6 months ago by dark magic
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
One of the best underground movies I have seen, Ben Drew is a fantastic director and gives hope to others who want to break into the industry.
Published 6 months ago by Justin
3.0 out of 5 stars You're a bad man now........
I wasn't looking forward to this at all. It looked like it was some pop star who had just fallen in the right place, and wanted to cash in on his fame. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
one of my fav movies, great price, if u like street type urban hood movies, buy this, plan b also gives this a great soundtrack,
Published 7 months ago by Emma Benson
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