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Radio on [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

David Beames , Lisa Kreuzer , Christopher Petit    DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: David Beames, Lisa Kreuzer, Sandy Ratcliff, Andrew Byatt, Sue Jones-Davies
  • Directors: Christopher Petit
  • Writers: Christopher Petit, Heidi Adolph
  • Producers: Keith Griffiths, Peter Sainsbury, Renée Gundelach, Wim Wenders
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Plexifilm
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,028 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



'Gloomy weather in the English soul never looked more beautiful than in Chris Petit's downbeat arthouse gem...' --Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Radio ON!!! 15 Oct 2008
By Sizzle
If you're looking for a movie to while away a dull couple of hours & want some "easy viewing" then look elesewhere.

However, if you a reminder of the bleakness of Britain in the early 80's then check this out. I was so taken with the photography & soundtrack that the plot & characters assumed a supporting role.

Look at how bleak (not to mention empty!)the A4 looks & also Bristol.This was very much the analogue age with cassette tapes, no mobile phones, service stations which were not self service,'s amazing.

Yep, this is Britain as it was....
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn the radio 'back on' 4 Jun 2008
Ignore the previous review if you like serious film, 'Radio On' is a key British film of the 70's. A compelling look at Britain on the cusp of Thatcherism, and a rare document of the desolate state of the nation at that time. The performances are fine, and you can spot familiar faces galore from the cast (Sue the punk from Eastenders anyone?).

Add to that, one of the finest soundtracks you could wish to hear, post-punk classics from Bowie, Devo, Lydia Lunch, Kraftwerk and more contribute to the overall feeling of nostalgia. Treasure this rarity available on DVD for the first time, and don't be put off with the fact that Mr Gordon Sumner stars in it, he doesn't get enough screen time to do his cameo spoilers a la Quadrophenia.

Turn on, tune in and you won't drop off!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your DVD is filmic reality 24 times a second... 31 Mar 2009
Hard to believe this marvellous film is now thirty years old. I can't think of anything else like it. If you like DVDs, this is surely a must-have.

If the plot can be summarised as "A man drives his Rover from London to Bristol along the A4, then goes to the pier at Weston Super-Mare" it is also hard to believe it could be cool.

I'm not even mentioning getting the train from Minehead...

...because if it's in black and white with a Kraftwerk/ Bowie/ new wave soundtrack, it's different. What a film should be. Makes you look at things differently and think about them.

In fact, much of the film actually has less of a soundtrack than 2009's sporting highlights do!

And there's the shots of the Westway and the pylons.


Ideas like "we are the children of Wernher von Braun" are interspersed with things like "Free Astrid Proll" graffiti. If you weren't there, it sounds like an advert.

Then there's the humour. "Why do people go to the sea to die?" "I suppose it's a kind of last resort".

A beautifully-made film. Is there a moral? Don't have a girlfriend who has 28 tellies - and make sure your car insurance is third party, fire and "abandoned in quarry"...? If you can't pigeonhole it, it's because it's a landmark...

Get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands out (at least 300 yds.) 18 Dec 2011
By meeky
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This is one for those of us who don't like to either pigeon hole or be pigeon holed, and you can tell that the makers aren't going to be easily lumped in themselves. Radio On, is a classic to my mind, it effortlessly makes you feel that you have been somewhere, and you have. You meet some people along the way, and yes one of them is Sting. At the end though, well that is where you get off, or more to the point, you ain't getting on, cos that's another story. Five stars, and each of earned three times over. The film stands out so far It spills out onto the pier at one point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Road Movie, Great Soundtrack 20 Nov 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
As soon as I saw Lisa Kreuzer's name on the credits of this 1979 'road movie', a film debut, written and directed by Chris Petit, I suspected there may be a link between Petit's film and the work of German Wim Wenders (who is actually Associate Producer of Petit's film), in particular with his 1976 film of the same genre, Kings Of The Road (which also featured Wenders' future wife, Kreuzer). Indeed, Petit's film is also a slow, narrative-light, but at times stylish and innovative, study of, in this case a single man's (Radio DJ, Robert B - an unanimated David Beames) journey, across a (mostly) desolate late 1970s England - from London to Bristol, to be precise - superficially to trace the roots of the recent demise of his brother but, in practice, what turns out to be more a philosophical voyage of self-discovery. In the end, despite featuring what is an outstanding, vibrant soundtrack (Bowie, Kraftwerk, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Devo), for me, Radio On never does quite live up to Wenders' earlier homage to the (potential) loss of cinema (among other things) - however it is a film whose hypnotic effect I have found has grown on me somewhat on repeat viewings.

Petit's film opens intriguingly as, accompanied by Bowie's song Heroes, cinematographer Martin Schafer's camera tracks slowly through a flat before alighting on an immobile (dead?) body in a bath. Thereafter, Petit's film adopts an evocatively austere, modernist depiction of 1970s Britain, via Schafer's (predominantly) bleak black-and-white shots of industrial landscapes, snow-covered fields and seemingly endless motorways, as Petit's central protagonist pursues his brother's mysterious death.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Monochromatic 23 Dec 2013
This is a 1979 film in black and white. I'm not sure if there's a plot. In fact there isn't really a plot. But what you will see are scenes beautifully shot. This is not a film that will appeal to the masses, but there is a lot going on visually. It a boring film, but it's cinematic. It appeals, but it doesn't appeal. It's hard to categorise or define. There's no other film like it that I've seen.

That's not really that helpful I guess, but take a risk. I did and my thoughts are not straight. Maybe that was intention.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting period piece. Very dark and brooding with ...
An interesting period piece. Very dark and brooding with a very simple story. Fascinating to look at an England from not so long ago in years, but a much different world from... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Gary Byrne
1.0 out of 5 stars Turn it OFF!
Was sad to say that this film was even more boring & depressing than I expected.
Even though I love some things about the 70s & 80s, this was just boring & bleak, I kept on... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elvira
2.0 out of 5 stars radio off
Art house cinema never got so boring.
Yes, very well filmed. Trying to be an Anton Corbijn video...but speed it up a bit. Read more
Published 8 months ago by B. S. Barker
3.0 out of 5 stars A Wim Wannabe
Opening scene: like a badly lit YouTube vid with camera tracking around a dingy flat in the dark.

A lot of dinge. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by Jan Mecir
4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of history
I first saw Radio On in a art house cinema, not long after it was released . Its stark in outlook & captures the times, but is also timeless in so much that the under lying theme... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2009 by Turnbull paul
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
Britain looks suitably gloomy in this well shot black & white existential road movie. Unfortunately the cinematography is the only thing this film has going for it (unless you're a... Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Grant Fitzgerald
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother - switch the radio off
As road trip movies go, this is possibly one of the worst you could see. It's incredibly slow, lacking in realistic scenario's and containing characters with no appeal whatsoever. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by K. Butler
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