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Performance [DVD] [2004]

James Fox , Mick Jagger , Donald Cammell , Nicolas Roeg    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michelle Breton, Stanley Meadows
  • Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KCI92E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"I like that. Turn it up!" Performance is the Altamont of '60s cinema; psychedelic and hallucinatory, decadent and depraved, polymorphous-perverse. And you can dance to it! Melding the sex, drugs, and rock & roll ethos of swinging '60s London with the gangster film, Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell's genre-bending cult classic is so mind blowing that star James Fox did not act in a film again for nearly a decade. Fox stars as Chas, an "out of date" enforcer for crime kingpin Harry Flowers. Chas is a "nutcase," who likes "a little cavort," but when he kills someone he wasn't supposed to, he is forced to go on the run. He takes refuge in a basement room belonging to Turner (Mick Jagger), a former rock star who has "lost his demon" and now lives as a recluse in his dilapidated house with his secretary/lover, Pherber (Anita Pallenberg, who was Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards' girlfriend at the time), and an androgynous French girl (Michele Breton). They enjoy a little cavorting themselves and in these drug-strewn surroundings, worlds collide and identities merge. "I know who I am," Chas tells Harry early on. He (and viewers) will become less sure as Performance unfolds.

Completed in 1968 but shelved for two years, Performance was originally rated X and has been redesignated R. But it's still strong, potent stuff. With its elliptical editing, mirror images, and echoed dialogue that bridges the two worlds, Performance may not become clearer with repeat viewings, but there are fresh discoveries to be made each time. The killer soundtrack features Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, rap revolutionaries the Last Poets, and Jagger's own astounding "Memo from Turner." "I know a thing of two about performing, my boy," Turner tells Chas at one point. "The only performance that makes it... that makes it all the way, is the one that achieves madness." Performance makes it all the way. As Roeg is quoted in a featurette produced for this DVD, "After all this time, its mystery is part of its magic and attraction." --Donald Liebenson

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've finally gone and done it!! 15 Mar 2007
Well I am delighted to say that this version is a DVD master from the 2005 BFI print of the movie with all the original cast dialogue intact. Johnny Shannon (Harry Flowers), John Bindon (Moody), Laraine Wickens (Lorraine) whose original voices had all been dubbed in the only commercially available video versions up to now (even those broadcast by all the major TV networks in the past 20 years) have been restored. I would like to thank Warner Brothers Home Video team in London with whom I have been campaigning since 2005, for making sure that Warner Bros in Burbank didn't just release the US VHS version on DVD which was what was going to happen. Also for adding the very informative documentary feature included on the disc. For everyone who has been waiting for this, here it is. For those of you who haven't seen it but love film, buy it. This is probably the best British movie ever made. And now down to under a fiver. Criminally cheap. Every English film lover should own this so buy it for someone you love!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Stunned to realise that, after many, many years, Performance has finally come out on DVD - and not just any old version: the real, "proper", correct, undubbed version... I used to see this film regularly years ago.... early 70's... The Paris Pullman, The Electric Cinema and The Essential in London... Happy days. Then it disappeared, other than in the criminally dubbed version available previously on VHS. In about 1997 Alex Cox was going to show Performance as part of a series he was running on - I think - BBC2. A friend of mine and I called the Beeb and warned them that that the version they were likely to be about to show was the tarnished version. Give Alex C his due, they took it seriously and did some excellent work to try as far as possible to link an original soundtrack with the visuals. However, even here they missed a couple of the crass overdubs, but a very creditable 9 out of 10 for trying. This version? It has gone straight to 11 out of 10. Loads more could have been done as regards "extras".... interviews with Jagger, Fox, Johnny Shannon (if he's still around), Marianne Faithfull who was not in the movie but who has occasionally spoken about the film since then... Still, the slim extras at least include Sandy (Producer) Lieberson telling the story of the showing of the original cut to Warner Bros execs and their wives and concubines... hilarious! Now that is one showing I'd have loved to have attended!

And, by the way, this is Cammell's film, not Roeg's. Roeg has, over the years, sought from time to time to distance himself from Performance. His photography is very, very good, but the whole philosophy, style, presentation, characterisation is strictly Cammell. The greatest British film since Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger rode the range.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a gangster filem 31 Jan 2004
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Its almost easier to define this film negatively - that is by what it is not: It's not a gangster film; it's not a film about rock stars in the London of the 'swinging sixties'; it's not social realism and it's not a vehicle for any of the 'celebrities' who just happen to appear in it's cast.
This film is a beautifully constructed work of art that transcends narrow classification, with a narrative that challenges our very perception of ourselves as unitary beings in a space-time universe; it forces us to ask questions about our psychic continuity and questions our 'common sense' notions of self/other.
How does it do this? well Performance achieves it's goals through a dazzling display of psychedelic and mythical symbolism - the sheer creative power of which carries the film beyond it's genre, and the veiwer beyond the limitataions of his or hers rational mind.
When we compare this visionary work to the current productions from Hollywood and elsewhere it is like receiving a message from another universe! There is no comparison. This is a unique work. Just don't expect a hollywood ending. This film is an enigma.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Performance, but sadly over-looked. 8 July 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It was the film that made me love films. I first saw it at a cinema after a beautiful night of hedonism (part of an all-nighter in Bristol; U.K), and it was screened at about 5.00am. Later that day, I saw Jagger and co. at Bristol football ground.
I don't think I can add much more to some of the eloquent reviews already posted. I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of it, and have lost count ( 20+?) of the times I have seen it.
If only the full cut had been released.
If I waxed lyrical about it, I wouldn't know where to stop.
Just two points. Read Nabokov's "Despair", as it was being read by both Cammell and Roeg whilst they were filming it. The novel connects with the film. Also : a companion piece to this masterpiece is "The Servant", in which James Fox also appears.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic - on DVD at last. 5 Mar 2007
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
It has taken too long, but Performance has at last made it to DVD. I have watched and enjoyed this film so often in the late showings on the BBC and have sometimes been enraged at the number of adverts interrupting it when on ITV or Channel 4. Utterly insulting to this extraordinary film.

James Fox gives a tumultuous performance as Chas, stuck in his dead end job as a mobster's hardnut. Mick Jagger plays himself - rock star stuck in his own mire of peculiar cliches. Anita Pallenburg supplies a chillingly effective portrayal of a 'partner' for Jagger's Turner (dodgy mushrooms and an awful lot of flesh).

To add to the stunning visuals, there is a killer soundtrack composed and arranged mainly by Jack Nitzche and Randy Newman. The set piece 'Memo from Turner' is an undoubted highlight, and Merry Clayton (famed for her vocals on 'Gimme Shelter') puts in more stunning blues wailing and vocalise. Guitar fans can pick out Ry Cooder and Keith Richards. And the sound of Randy Newman rocking out at the start and end of the film is to be relished.

All in all, a terrific sonic and visual feast. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Performace
I first watched this film about 20 years ago and it was great, a real contrast of gangsters the first half of the film, then, enter Mick Jagger and hippies the second half of the... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by betty boop 1
5.0 out of 5 stars A heady mix of mobsters and mushrooms.
One of the great all time "cult" movies,this still potent mix of gangsters,drugs,bi-sexuality and identity works on many levels, with its treasure trove of literary... Read more
Published 1 day ago by mihos
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Is Dubbed!!!
Please be aware the above rating is for the Blu Ray release and NOT the film itself!

I was really excited when I saw this was available on Blu Ray and immediately... Read more
Published 13 days ago by S. Muzyka
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classis
One of the greatest British movies ever made.
Published 19 days ago by Ralph Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance Blu-ray review
I'm not going to review the film itself as most fans will know what it's about. I'll just review the disc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by brassbound
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ACTING FRM JAMES FOX
Published 4 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars of it's time.
I have not received this DVD. I saw the film at least 30 years ago. It is very dated,as you would expect. Passing off the psychedelia of the sixties in a clever twist.
Published 7 months ago by Tracy Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars get the book then the film
very good film but more understanable if you read the book about john bindon which was a very good book too
Published 9 months ago by Jr Hyams
4.0 out of 5 stars arrived on time, good condition
Still has it even 40 years on. Jagger and Pallenberg can't act, but James Fox puts modern day hard men (Jason Statham and other Guy Ritchie types) into the shade. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bill mumford
3.0 out of 5 stars Of it's time
...But just about hanging on to its credentials 40 years later. simple plot, making it into a feature through observation of apparent contradictory lifestyles which ultimately show... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MV
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