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Shallow Grave [DVD] (1994)

Kerry Fox , Christopher Eccleston , Danny Boyle    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Ken Stott, Keith Allen
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Writers: John Hodge
  • Producers: Allan Scott, Andrew Macdonald
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KITA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,955 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Possessed of startlingly fresh performances and a visual style of genuine panache, Shallow Grave was deservedly a BAFTA Best Film winner in 1994. This was clearly a film that deserved attention. Sure enough, the principal talents involved (Director Danny Boyle, Producer Andrew Macdonald, Writer John Hodge and actors Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor) have gone on to huge successes both together (Trainspotting) and apart. The thriller's plot is simple enough: three flatmates take on a fourth (Keith Allen) who unexpectedly dies, leaving a mountain of cash behind. Who are your friends? Who can you trust? How far would you go for money? These are the questions facing Juliet (Kerry Fox), David (Eccleston) and Alex (McGregor) as the scenario spirals out of control around them. Somehow no matter what they do, the decisions seem to lead to one gruesome event after another. The film's often breakneck pace--backed by tunes from Leftfield--quickly became a much-copied style. Most agree that the copies pale beside the original, and this ice-cold morality poser remains the best view of post-80s greed on screen.

On the DVD: Although presented in widescreen anamorphic format, both picture and sound are not much better than an average video playback. Add a static menu and just one trailer and this release will probably disappoint today's DVD collector. --Paul Tonks

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small murders between friends 12 July 2009
For those who have yet to see it, Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave (1994) is a British horror/thriller that contains more laugh-out-loud moments than many co-called comedies. It is a very well written story of three Edinburgh flat-mates who rent out their spare room to Keith Allen, only for him to die in his bed shortly afterwards, leaving behind a suitcase full of cash. The flat-mates eventually decide to keep the money and bury the body. They think the loot will enhance their lives - but it doesn't, instead their world becomes a living nightmare.

Many would expect Ewan McGregor to be the star of this film - giving his current status as a Hollywood A-lister, but in fact Christopher Eccleston acts everyone else off the screen. He's superb as David the mild chartered accountant who slowly descends into madness. The scene in which he threatens to put a man in a bin bag is simultaneously hilarious and chilling (it's worth owning the DVD for this one scene alone). There are many other great moments, including Cameron's revenge on Alex in a toilet cubicle.

There are however several gaps in the storyline - for example, the flatmates never consider the obvious possibility of hiding the money then reporting Hugo's death to the police, and it is never explained how the two bad guys traced Hugo's disappearance to the flat. The film may not be perfect, but it has definitely stood the test of time. And I think having a low budget works to the film's advantage, as it is very lean, with no unnecessary scenes. The running time is just under 90 minutes, which is about right for this film.

As for the DVD itself, there are no problems at all with the sound and picture quality.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Share your house? Watch this film! 20 April 2002
By A Customer
Shallow Grave is basically about what happens to a group of flatmates/friends when faced with the dilemma of having a suitcase full of money and a dead person in your flat! A humorous film that descends into claustrophobia racked with feelings of guilt as the three flatmates lose friendship,trust and ultimately sanity. There are some darkly funny moments in the film, especially the shopping scene in B&Q!
Christopher Eccleston gives yet another fine performance and it suprises me that he hasn't received the plaudits that are saved for Ewan McGregor. Kerry Fox as Juliet is also very engaging. If there is a criticism of this film it is that none of the flatmates are particularly likeable, and as such you watch their downfall through neutral eyes. Had the viewer empathised more with the characters the film would have been more hard-hitting and viewed more favourably in retrospect.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Although there is no room on the name plate at the front door to their flat, Juliet Miller (Kerry Fox), David Stephens (Christopher Eccleston), and Alex Law (Ewan McGregor) are interviewing for a fourth, to rent out the red bedroom. However, their way of interrogating prospective flat mates makes it seem that they will never find a fourth wheel. Alex, the reporter, asks most of the insulting questions, the nicest of which is probably asking "When was the last time you heard these exact words: 'You are the sunshine of my life'?" But Juliet, the doctor, asks things like, "This affair you're not having, is it not with a man, or not with a woman?" while David, the accountant, likes to inquire, "How would you react, then, if I told you I was the Antichrist?" There is no way that anybody is going to get a passing grade from all three of this trio.
In fact, Hugo (Keith Allen) talks to only Juliet before he makes it to a dinner with the boys, where Alex wants to know if Hugo can pay for the flat (a large wad of bills suggests that he can) and David just wants to know if Hugo has ever killed a man (Hugo lies on this point). These answers are sufficient for him to move in, although Hugo is clearly a bit older than they are and is not as amused by the trio's wit as they are. However, the next morning Hugo is lying naked and dead in the red bed, the victim of an overdose. Alex immediately starts checking out everything that Hugo left behind, apparently never thinking that the police might want to take a look at things first. Just as Juliet is about to report the corpse, Alex finds the proverbial suitcase filled with cash. Immediately, Juliet and the boys are reviewing the situation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Rejoice! Finally a British film to be proud of, by the renowned Danny Boyle, sorrounding flat mates who really test the boundaries and defey the limits of friendship. Alex (McGreggor), David (Eccleston) and Juliette (Fox) are three unconventional twentysomethings, living in the Scottish capital and inevitably each different personality contrats from one another, creating a rather effective juxtapostion.
Hugo,the morning after being crowned their new flat mate, he is found to have died during the night of a heroin overdose. But the plot thickens, a large suitcase crammed with cash is also discovered under his bed.
The conflicting emotions of should they/ shouldn't they, don't last very long, otherwise they would not be a film worth speaking of. But this catalyst then reshapes each chracter's personality, most noticably the insanity of David.
The dynamics are remarkable and the acting is superior to the likes of Trainspotting. Witty dialouge and a samuri sharp plot line, derailed with twists and turns, makes this, one of British cinema's most proudest achievements.
Unlike Trainspotting-for which Boyle received more acclaim for- this film is not littered with pretentious pop-culture references and does not try to derive itself from being a superb little film, that does not nearly get as much recognition as it deserves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great low budget C4 film
Great cast. Good story. Simple tale told well on a low budget. Hard to like any of the characters but how would you react in the same situation?
Published 20 days ago by Richard Merson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ewan McGregor.
I like every film of his I've seen and want as many of them on DVD as I can find.

Shallow Grave was a very good film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nevillearrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive first feature for Danny Boyle
At his best, Danny Boyle is one of our finest living filmmakers. And if this 1st feature isn't quite up to the level of the
best of his work, it still shows one heck of a lot... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive first feature for Danny Boyle
At his best, Danny Boyle is one of our finest living filmmakers. And if this 1st feature isn't quite up to the level of the
best of his work, it still shows one heck of a lot... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars A likeable film about unlikeable people
First of all, I'll address what seems to be the primary criticism about `Shallow Grave,' i.e. the three main characters are as shallow as the graves they dig for their victims. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Albatross
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh I get by with a little help from my friends (THE BEATLES)
The film starts out with a blatant disregard for capitals (like a unix programmer). Vary noisy back ground music (named Leftfield Right) and a Blair Witch run through the city. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Present
Buying this as a present for someone who likes Ewan MacGregor. I have seen this film many years ago and I think she might like it
Published 9 months ago by Julieb
5.0 out of 5 stars great service
The DVD arrived very quickly and before the time advised! well packaged and reasonable price for a piece of nostalgia.
Published 12 months ago by laural
3.0 out of 5 stars Misanthropic fictional spectacle
One often hears of notorious films and eventually catches up on them at long last...I'm not a fan of sadistic chav or Yuppie criminal films but in this film the articulate... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ken Raus
5.0 out of 5 stars Shallow grave blu-ray
I loved this film when it came out years ago, was great to see it again!! When watching it, I couldn't remember what happened in the ending.
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Dipinto
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