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Loving Memory / Boy and Bicycle (DVD + Blu-ray)

David Pugh , Roy Evans , Tony Scott    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Pugh, Roy Evans, Rosamund Greenwood
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,798 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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LOVING MEMORY (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Tony Scott

An extraordinary debut from one of Hollywood's most bankable UK ex-pats, Tony Scott's Loving Memory (1970) tells the disturbing tale of a brother and sister who live in isolation with a grisly secret.

Critically acclaimed on its release Loving Memory was beautifully photographed by celebrated cinematographer Chris Menges - who captures perfectly the misty mystery of the Yorkshire Moors - and features a stunning, sinister performance from Rosamund Greenwood (Village of the Damned, The Witches) as a haunted innocent.

Special features

  • All films presented in both Standard Definiton and High Definition (DVD and Blu-ray)
  • One of the Missing (Tony Scott, 1968, 27 mins): taut psychological short about the lonely fate of a confederate soldier in the American Civil War
  • Boy and Bicycle (Ridley Scott, 1965, 28 mins): follows the adventures of a truant schoolboy - played by the young Tony Scott - as he cycles round Hartlepool
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by Kim Newman and production notes on the film

UK | 1970 | black and white | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles |52 minutes + 55 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1

Disc 1: BD25 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD5 |PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)

Region 0 PAL DVD
Region Free Blu-ray

Review

remarkable…in the vein of a macabre Harold Pinter --Alexander Walker

a hypnotically well-made film --The Observor

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Memoriam 12 Nov 2010
`Loving Memory' is a beautifully understated monochrome study of isolation, obsession and the day-to-day minutiae in a secluded, self-contained universe. An incident at the beginning of this short film (which I won't spoil) colours the progression of the two principal characters - a brother and sister living by a disused railway track in Yorkshire. The scenery is often breath-taking and an eerie yet strangely comforting atmosphere pervades throughout. The sound design is superb - everything is emotionally charged from the tinkle of a teacup to the creak of a floorboard and Rosamund Greenwood's soft, sibilant Yorkshire burr. The film is moving, melancholic and above all macabre but you develop a strange sympathy with this odd semi-silent pair (in fact the brother never utters a sound...)

I would recommend this heartily to admirers of Sleep Furiously for the scenery and to fans of the dark intimacy of a Pinter play for the general ambience. One thing you will find yourself doing instinctively at the end of this marvelous piece of cinema is heading straight for IMDB and double-checking that, yes, this IS the same Tony Scott who directed Top Gun and Beverley Hills Cop II. An astoundingly odd career arc.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving Memory (only) 21 Sep 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
This hour-long feature debut was shown recently on Film 4, in tribute to British director, Tony Scott, who had just died.

Shot in a softish, greyish black & white, it's a character study of an elderly couple, brother and sister, up on the Yorkshire Moors, who've been tainted and traumatised by WWII, in which, we presume the woman's son was killed.

Out driving (this is set in the 1950's, I'd guess), they hit a young lad out on his bike. He dies from his injuries at the scene. The couple, mostly lead by the woman, an excellent Rosamund Greenwood, seem to be transported back to wartime and believe that this casualty is one from war and proceed to dragging his body to their car and taking him to their isolated house.

She starts to dress the corpse with her son's clothes and reciting anecdotes from personal wartime experiences. Her brother collects wood for a coffin.

This all sounds very dark and psychological, grounds for a horror movie, even. But it's shot and follows through so gently and eloquently that any mawkishness or creepiness is held at bay. It certainly makes one think about the scars from wartime, the things folk didn't talk about, because it wasn't the 'thing' to do.

For a debut feature, it's a brave and really quite perceptive piece - not to everyone's taste, for sure. An old BBC2 'Play for Today' perhaps? Scott hasn't gone beyond his means, he's made the best of what he was able and comfortable with and this confidence shows. It is little wonder that Tony Scott was to make his mark so easily on Hollywood.
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