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Sexy Beast [DVD] [2000]

Ray Winstone , Ben Kingsley , Eddie O'Connell    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, Cavan Kendall
  • Directors: Eddie O'Connell
  • Producers: Roque Baños
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010LAZV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,909 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Fed up with the seemingly endless succession of Brit gangster flicks? Or just wish that someone would reinvent the genre? Either way, Sexy Beast is for you. While reintroducing some of the well-worn characters of recent years, the film at least attempts to take a sideways look at the genre. Centred on the lives of two ex-con ex-pats and their new lives in Spain, the story is one concerning the conflict between the past and the present. Ray Winston is Gel, who, enjoying his life of early retirement in the sun, finds his loyalties called into question when asked to return to Britain to take part in an audacious heist. There's not much else to say plot wise, but the script and cast is so strong that the film gets away with it. Eschewing the younger brat pack in favour of the likes of Winston, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman (sadly under-used) and Ben Kingsley (whose ultra foul-mouthed Don steals every scene) gives the film a calm authority. Quite violent--although more in language than action--but not without its moments of brilliant humour, Sexy Beast is an intelligent, enthralling and welcome addition to the gangster-film genre. --Phil Udell

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Best 6 Dec 2008
This is a brilliant British gangster film. Up there with Get Carter,The Long Good Friday et al. It works superbly on all levels. The cast including occasional ham Sir Ben Kingsley are outstanding. Even ex Lovejoy lothario Ian Macshane is pretty good as the metrosexual crime boss Teddy Bass.
Its the best use of a bank job themed film since the original Italian Job.Sexy Beast got a bit lost in the plethora of Brit Gangster flics but it is head and shoulders above them all.The disc has lots of interesting extras. The plot twists and turns,"like a twisty turny thing" and the denoument is sheer class. Buy this film.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Don't be fooled into thinking that this is another gangster film because it isn't, in fact it doesn't really fit into a genre at all. The main theme of the film is more of a love story between Gal (Ray Winstone) and Didi (Amanda Redman), which also has a very dark theme to it.
Ray Winstone is excellent as usual, but Ben Kingsley really steals the show as the Psychotic Don, a character from Gal's murky past which he is trying to escape from. Gal has retired to Spain and is living this idyllic life until Don appears like a bolt out of the blue with a job for Gal, and he will not take no for an answer.
Jonathan Glazer's directing is excellent and his use of the camera is impressive. He also get exceptional performances from the whole cast.
This is an excellent film which is simply a must buy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonny Magic 24 Jun 2003
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Sexy Beast it is quite simply fantastic.
I would rate this movie as being in the top three British gangster films of all time, along with Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, way ahead of other recent splurges of cinematic mockney psychopaths running amok.
Ex-criminal Gary 'Gal' Dove (Ray Winstone) has built a happy life by the pool for himself and wife his Dee-Dee (Amanda Redman) somewhere in Spain. The idyllic bubble is burst one day by the arrival of 'old friend' Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), who is intent on persuading Gal to return to London to perform one last big heist. Drawn by the psychotic Logan into a battle of wills, Gal risks everything to protect his carefully constructed world and the woman he loves. Returning to London to take part in a sensational safe deposit robbery.
Beautifully directed by Jonathan Glazer (him of lone surfer Guinness advert fame). The genius stroke is the casting of Ben Kingsley, Shakespearian actor, winner of an Oscar playing the world's greatest pacifist as Gal's nemesis, Don. He is brilliant as, quiet frankly, an absolute nutter. There are also excellent, but warped cameos by James Fox and Ian McShane.
It is stylish, sexy and compelling.
It is a beauty.
Buy it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, average video quality 22 Jun 2009
By Dion
To begin with, in 1,78:1 you see more of the picture, since the movie was filmed in 16:9 and then cropped to 2,35:1 for the cinematic and DVD releases. I do not know which aspect ratio was intended for being the "true" one, but on this Blu-ray, you see everything you saw on DVD - and more. You'll find a comparison of screenshots on the DVDBeaver-Website, so you can decide which one you like better.
On the other hand, this release has some serious technical drawbacks - a 1080i-picture on a BD-25 is not what I expect from a release of a movie that was shot only about ten years ago. Although the image quality is clearly superior to the DVD, there's much room for further visual improvement. The audio is also not lossless, which may be due to the fact that the movie takes about 18 GB of space on the single-layered disc.
There's nothing to say about the movie itself - in my opinion, it's one of the best crime-comedys of all times. So if you do not own this movie on DVD, you can buy this Blu-ray and enjoy it - or just wait for a re-release with a 1080p-picture.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Do the job" 7 Mar 2007
By stephen
An extremely well made british gangster movie with some excellent performances. Ben Kingsley is a million miles away from Ghandi thats for sure, also Ian Mcshane exhibits a chilling menace. I particularly liked the way he kept questioning Ray Winstone on Don Logans whereabouts, you got the feeling he knew he was lying. What can you say about Ben Kingsley in this film, he knew everyone hated him yet he didnt care. Talking to himself in the mirror inspired scene. Ray Winstone looks far more at home here than he did in the Departed a man looking to escape his gangster past.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 27 Dec 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Few British gangster films (up to, and including The Long Good Friday and anything by Guy Ritchie) have plumbed the depths of the British crime genre as thoroughly and plausibly as this one.
A no-frills outing, it finds Ray Winstone and his missus down on the Costa, enjoying the fruits of his life of crime and generally lying low in the sun. Enter Ben Kingsley as Don Logan, a messenger from the London underworld who insists that Winstone get himself back to London for 'one, last job'.
This would be worth watching alone for Kingsley's truly terrifying performance as the crazed Don, but every member of the small-ish cast is superb; from Winstone's terrified Gal, to Ian McShane as Teddy Bass, the London-based mastermind of the robbery in question - a difficult and work-intensive hit on a safe deposit vault, to every last one of the molls and scumbags who bring up the rear. Kingsley should have got an Oscar for this, but didn't. He deserves something. Don Logan is unlikely to be forgotten by anyone who sees this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good film.
Good film.
Published 3 days ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 7 days ago by george austin
5.0 out of 5 stars ace gangster film
I watched this film 6 years ago and can watch it over and over its a brill movie and BUY IT...
Published 21 days ago by j h
1.0 out of 5 stars Aspect ratio wrong
Great film ruined by channel 4 releasing this blu ray in a cropped aspect ratio. The original film had an aspect ratio of 2:35:1 but we only get a 1:75:1 (16:9) ratio, must have... Read more
Published 29 days ago by P. Copland
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingsley and Winstone at their best!
Great story and acting. Ray Winstone's probably best performance to date.
Ben Kingsley- a revelation! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rad
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A great DVD. I think that this is a film everyone should watch (except kids as there are a few swear words in it.)
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. H. Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars An anti-gangster film
I hate English gangster films and any depiction of this kind of behaviour, thugs swaggering around. This is not one of those films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Max Renn
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Beast (2000) - Review by Todd Von Joel
The critically acclaimed Sexy Beast won the British Independent Film Award and was nominated for a Bafta, Oscar and a Golden Globe. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd Von Joel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gangster film.
This is one of those films that come along once in a decade that you can watch over and over again. Excellent cast and good storyline.
Published 2 months ago by D R Keeble
5.0 out of 5 stars don logan - magic
Absolutely top film. I cant stress how cool ben kingsleys character is - a total nutter!!! Could watch again and again
Published 2 months ago by andrew middleton
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