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Shane Meadow's Collection (Twenty Four Seven, A Room for Romeo Brass, Dead Man's Shoes, This Is England) [DVD]

Thomas Turgoose , Stephen Graham , Shane Meadows    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Gary Stretch, Joe Hartley, Toby Kebbell
  • Directors: Shane Meadows
  • Producers: Imogen West, Mark Herbert, George Faber, Charles Pattinson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 371 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,882 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four films showcasing the career of the British director. 'This is England' (2006) is Meadows' gritty portrait of teenage urban life in Thatcher's Britain of the early '80s. With schools breaking up for the summer, 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) makes his way home after a fight. Living at home with his mum in a rundown coastal town, his dad killed in the Falklands, Shaun spends a lot of time on his own and dreads the long summer break. Expecting the worst when he runs into a group of skinheads, Shaun's surprised when they turn out to be friendly and adopt him as one of their own. Suddenly the summer feels a whole lot better as Shaun discovers girls, parties, braces and an identity. But the good times are threatened with the appearance of Combo (Stephen Graham), an older, in-your-face racist, just released from prison, who leads the group down a darker, violent road. In 'Dead Man's Shoes' (2004), Richard (Paddy Considine) has always protected his simple-minded younger brother, Anthony (Tony Kebbell), but when Richard leaves his rural Midlands' village to join the army, Anthony is taken in by Sonny (Gary Stretch), a vicious local drug dealer, and his gang of thugs. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and it amuses them to bully him and corrupt his innocence. Seven years later Richard returns for revenge. In 'A Room For Romeo Brass' (1999), when a stranger saves 12-year-old friends Romeo and Gavin from being badly beaten up, they agree to exchange the favour by helping the stranger date Romeo's sister. However, their new 'friend' then proceeds to draw the two youngsters into his obsessive and violent world, eventually even threatening the pair's friendship. In '24/7' (1997) Tim is out walking in Nottingham when he comes across Darcy (Bob Hoskins), his former mentor, now living as a down-and-out. Tim recalls how five years ago Darcy started a boxing club for the bored youths living on the local council estate, organising them for a contest against a rival club and giving them a sense of purpose.


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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Shane Meadows is the new Ken Loach, Mike Leigh , Alan Clark...delete as appropriate , or not as the case may be. Whether you do agree with any of the following its hard to deny that Meadows has carved out a niche for himself with his docu-drama type approach to film making and his empathy with working class characters . Meadows , though is probably more empirically sympathetic to these characters and is closer in nature to them than any of the above film makers. That means they have a real frisson of veracity and a tarnished cadence of truth . Mainly though they are by turns funny , moving , shocking or just entertaining .It's not a bad mix anyway you look at it.
This collection unfortunately misses out "Once Upon A Time In The Midlands" for some reason. It's the weakest film Meadows has made , but it's still worth a viewing and it would have been nice for anal completist reasons to have it included here .
Meadows first film "Twenty Four Seven " (1997) is a tale of dragging inspiration from alienation as Alan Darcy (Bob Hoskins) tries to motivate the delinquent youths of a Midland town by forming a boxing club. Shot in grainy black and white with a cast of largely unknowns the film never descends into the sort of sickly sweet barely credible overcoming the odds tripe that Hollywood excels at , but instead subverts our expectations with an out of the blue tragedy that leads to a very moving coda that showcases how the challenges of making the world a better place often come at a price for the most altruistic .
A Room For Romeo Brass (1999) like Twenty Four seven was written by Meadows with collaborator Paul Fraser and is essentially a buddy movie the buddies being young Romeo Brass (Andrew Shim) and Gavin" Knock Knock" Wooley (Ben Marshall) .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles 3 Nov 2010
By Ilcuoco
"This is England" it's a GREAT uplifting film!!!
"Dead man shoes" should have subtitles in english and other languages [Ex Spanish]
I recommend!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars can i have it in writing? 8 Jan 2011
OK.. Shane Meadows! Previous to purchasing this dvd collection i had seen 'this is england' and 'dead mans shoes' and give both of these films 5 out of 5. so i figured its gotta be worth getting this collection to find out what his other films are like. Yes it was, 'twentyfourseven' was a smashing tale and 'a room for romeo brass' although the storyline was not the greatest, it was very entertaining. so 5 out of 5 for the films..
Downside - NO SUBTITLES! This may not be the biggest issue in the world to you, but if you are hard of hearing or not familiar with the strong nottinghamshire accent (kind of northern english)you probably would find it quite useful to have subtitles. A lot of the language used in all Shanes films is a slang/regional dialect and although i would say the language used realy adds to the feeling of the movies it can be quite frustrating for some.
Example - I am from North Yorkshire and have no problem understanding the dialect. My girlfriend is from Denmark and although her English is excellent she finds it very helpful to have subtitles (in English) when strong regional accents are used. I really wanted to share the greatness of Meadows films with her and although she enjoyed them, not having subtiles did spoil the experience for her.
I found it quite strange that there was no subtitles and cant recall ever not being able to have that option on any dvd. (usualy theres a few subtiltle languages to choose from)
I also have friends from all over the world who love watching british film but realy do need subtitles (at least in english if not there own language) also i believe deaf people love movies too and some subtitles would be essential..
Anyway thats the reason i give 4stars, the movies are great but no subtitles..
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 7 Jan 2013
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really good box set by a great director . two films i didnt know hed done , great british films
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shane Meadows is excellent 26 Oct 2010
By Tasha
Brilliant box set from one of my favourite cult directors.
All four films worth watching, and at such a good price.
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