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  • Actors: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: StudioCanal
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJ0RL7K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,659 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From director Michael Winterbottom comes the sexy, funny and outrageously true story of Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), the controversial entrepreneur and property baron who established the Raymond Revue Bar in the 50’s and went on to become Britain’s richest man by the early 90’s. The Look of Love is a real-life tale which focuses on Raymond’s relationships with the three most important women in his life: his wife Jean (Anna Friel), his lover Fiona (Tamsin Egerton) and his daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots).

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Paul Raymond Timeline
  • Interviews with Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton, Imogen Poots, Chris Addison, David Walliams, James Lance, Melissa Parmenter, James Pearson and Matt Greenhalgh

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 27 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
`The Look of Love' tells the story of the first `porn baron' of London, Paul Raymond - arguable the richest man in England to ever make his money in such an industry.

The first thing you need to know is that the casting of Steve Coogan is a sheer masterpiece. He's every bit believable as the sleazy, low-life kid from Liverpool who made his fortune in London. It's his film and he carries it well. There are a few famous faces popping up here and there and they all play their parts well, too. However, I thought the best co-star was (The Thick of It-famed) Chris Addison, playing yet another slimebag to perfection.

If you're even vaguely offended by (female) nudity, or drug usage, then you probably shouldn't watch this. Both vices are frequently portrayed from the opening act to the end.

Ultimately, the film charts the highs and the lows of Paul Raymond's career, although, if you investigate the man himself, you may feel that Coogan's portrayal of him and his industry is quite kindly. Sex, drugs and pornography are shown as the norm, rarely damaging anyone's life (other than the protagonist's). But that could be down to the film's running time being quite a condensed ninety minutes. Therefore, we're probably left to put two and two together to realise that such vices can sometimes carry far darker consequences.

If you're expecting `Alan Partridge' Coogan then you may be disappointed. The Look of Love is not that funny, but then it's not really meant to be. It's a (generous) life story of a very interesting may who was certainly not a saint. If you're a fan of Coogan, or just curious to know what goes on behind those alluring neon lights in Soho then give this one a go.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seveneight on 9 Sept. 2013
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Very enjoyable look at life before nudity and porn was only a click away. I loved Coogan's performance as Paul Raymond and found it really convincing - (a role he's always wanted to play according to the Blu-ray interviews.) Imogen Poots is outstanding as Debbie, the favourite daughter of Raymond - combining a degree of vulnerability and insecurity with a touching devotion to her 'Pa.' Favourite scene is where she drags her depressed dad out of bed for some serious 'dad dancing' in the heart of their beloved Soho. A good soundtrack, if a little predictable. Strong supporting roles from Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton, plus a sense of witty but natural improvisation around many of the key scenes, makes for a sentimental wander through central London.
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The usual White sex-obsession and emotionally-repressed hypocrisy, but no understanding as to why White culture is so sexually-degenerate. (This movie even spits on striptease as a form; without understanding its purpose.)

Such a superficial culture inevitably produces superficial personal relationships that inevitably produce superficial political films like this, where sincere human emotions are noticeably absent. There is no analysis of the kind of culture that produces pornography, nor of a culture that needs such masturbation aids for the sexually-inexperienced and the sexually-unimaginative. Whites should do sex more than they talk about it and then they would have no need to have sex by proxy via porn. Whites are so scared of emotion, that they willingly focus on sex, instead.

Steve COOGAN is not the consummate actor/comedian as someone like Peter Sellers was, and so cannot carry the dramatic weight needed by his part. His performance is, thus, amusing and self-amused, but lacks any real depth-of-understanding that could make his central character understandable. Only Imogen POOTS offers the audience anyone to empathize with, as his drug-addicted daughter Debbie.

Hard to see why this film was made, unless it was to titillate the same male audience attracted to Paul Raymond’s pornographic empire. For the rest of us, there is little to admire or to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Z A on 14 Sept. 2013
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Very enjoyable but not outstanding. Like most self made people the lead character had a dark side of very selfish behaviour. The cast did an excellent job and many faces showed up and did a turn which was a little distracting but not a real problem. It is a film where you know what you are going to get (so don't watch it with Granny) but few surprises.
It captures the time very well, warts and all.
I would recommend it but it is not mainstream entertainment despite the strong cast, it is a seedy story it is telling.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miss Karen L. Mason on 21 Aug. 2013
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I really enjoyed this, but I found it was the cast surrounding Steve Coogan I enjoyed more than the man himself. At times, Paul Raymond slipped into Tony Wilson (24 Hour Party People), and at times both men have slipped into Partridge (oo-er). I find Coogan cannot portray emotion very well and is at his best when he is being condescending and irritating.

But on saying that, The Look of Love is a good piece of social history, even if at times the female nudity does get a little too much to bear (I'm sure that would be different for male viewers). Imogen Poots probably gives the standout performance as Raymond's spoilt, but emotionally confused daughter Debbie, who ends up a drug addict. In contrast, is a rather sad scene where Raymond's illegitimate first son, Derry joins him for dinner and is promptly dismissed afterwards.

I feel the film had a bit of an identity crisis, not knowing if it was a comedy or a drama. If it was a comedy, Coogan was a good choice. If it was drama, I think they could have cast someone with a bit more range. But on saying that, it held my attention and I was curious on googling `Fiona Richmond' to find that Tamsin Egerton, who plays her, is actually better looking, despite Richmond being a major sex symbol of the time.
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