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Shifty [DVD] [2008]

Riz Ahmed , Daniel Mays , Eran Creevy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays, Jason Flemyng, Francesca Annis
  • Directors: Eran Creevy
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027DY9BY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,953 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Shifty is a sharply scripted, witty, urban thriller, from writer/director Eran Creevy. Set on the outskirts of London it follows themes of friendship and loyalty over the course of 24 hours in the life of a young drug dealer, the charismatic "Shifty".


Writer/director Eran Creevy makes an astonishing debut with SHIFTY, the powerful tale that charts 24 hours in the life of a crack dealer in a London suburb. Shifty (Riz Ahmed –DEAD SET) sells crack cocaine in his neighbourhood, living life a minute at a time and always one step ahead of a rival dealer who is intent on setting him up. When Chris (Daniel Mays – THE BANK JOB), a childhood friend, reappears in his life, and learning that his family is ready to disown him, Shifty is forced to confront the chaotic future he fast heading towards.

Extra Features
Commentary with Writer/Director Eran Ceevy & Riz Ahmed (Shifty)
The Making of SHIFTY
Behind The Scenes
Music Videos & Promos
SHIFTY Soundtrack Sampler
Theatrical Trailer

Music Videos & Promos from Director Eran Creevy
Music Videos
Riz Ahmed, Sway, Plan B: SHIFTY
Riz Ahmed, Sway, Plan B: SHIFTY (Uncut Version)
Utah Saints: Something Good '08 - EC13
Asher D: This Is Real
Nike: Sofia
Relentless: Morning Has Broken
Relentless: No Half Measure
Music Video Produced By Between The Eyes
Tinchy Stryder: Number One
SHIFTY Soundtrack Sampler
SHIFTY Theme by Molly Nyman & Harry
Frantically Calm by DJ Trax

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very British Bromance 13 Jan 2010
A Kid's Review
Eran Creevy produces the goods in this charming little film. I have read a number of reviews that criticize this film for not delivering the same amount of guns, bats and beatings per minute as your average British gangster flick but the beauty of Shifty is that it doesn't have to. The joint leads in this film deliver concise believable character portrayals the story, whilst contrived in places is rich with detail and intelligently structured. This film is well worthy of a place in your favorite DVD storage area.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One to look out for 11 Nov 2010
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This is a classic example of what it is that makes British cinema so brilliant. This is not high octane cinema; the characters are subtly understated, compared with what we are used to from American cinema, and they become all the more believable and convincing for that. This adds greater weight and credibility to the plot which builds steadily around the twin themes of friendship and a compromised drugs deal, cranking up the suspense and keeping it going to a satisfying end. Writer and director, Eran Creevy, is one to watch out for. He is already in talks with Ridley Scott and we are sure to hear more from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching. 8 Jan 2012
I liked this film, it is a good story set in the suburbs and the seedy world of crack cocaine, lowlife, money and greed. The acting is good, Riz Ahmed and Daniel Mays put in good performances, but to be fair the whole cast are good.

Shifty is a good film and well worth renting or buying the DVD. When you take a look at some of the rubbish that comes from Hollywood, we need the Cinemas to start showing some of these low budget British films that are sadly overlooked by our theatres. It is ridiculous to think that in the sixties we had more choice in cinemas than we do today. All we get where I live is two multiscreen theatres totalling 20 screens showing tripe or kids stuff most of the time.

At 100k this film was made for less than even a small Hollywood production spend on their star's chauffer driven cars, or what Bernie Eccleston's brats spend on champagne.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaky Ground 6 Jan 2010
It's not very often I feel this way about a movie, but after watching Shifty, I was really left wondering if this was a good movie or not? On one hand, I really like the friendship both Shifty and Chris make, but on the other hand this film is really slow for the sort of action you expect from dodgy, gritty movies from the UK, and with the premise of dealers working in dodgy estates where things do get heated, but really this film didn't really get to the highs they made it out to be.

Riz Ahmed is excellent as Shifty and does play the role well, but Daniel Mays wasn't that great, nether was Jay Simpson, a builder who's hard drug problem has landed himself into bother, and the role of the others were so mediocre it was a bit boring to say the least.

Shifty is a strange movie, you either like it or don't, but with me I was just left in the middle ground, so that's why I would suggest renting this before buying it, as it's a bit of an acquired taste. I like the way they went for an intelligent guy who just didn't deliver; that was a good move, but otherwise it's a bit slow - and at the end you really don't care whether Shifty does go or stay.

The extras are not bad for this blu-ray, you get commentary from the director and Riz, who plays Shifty, a behind the scenes look at the film; a music video with Plan B and Sway (which was OK) and a lot more stuff, including a sampler of the soundtrack, which I didn't understand, as most of it was in the film anyway! Eran Ceevy has put on some promos so we can see his work.

Not a bad Blu-ray, the sound was pretty good with it's 5.1 mix, but the video was not up to a good bitrate, but I guess this was due to compression. Don't get me wrong, the picture is good, but I would have liked to see higher bitrates like 25MB/s - but that's not really the issue, and the film looks pretty good on any screen.

So-so, definitely rent before buying though!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent British film - at last! 8 Sep 2009
I'm sure most people out there are as sick as I am about Mockney gangster films starring Danny Dyer and directed by people like Guy Ritchie who've never even been to East London. It seems that the people who made Shifty feel that way at least. It's an intelligent film that talks about life the way it is. It doesn't blow it up out of all proportions, it doesn't glamorise violence or misogyny, it doesn't pretend that Essex is like Compton. What it does do is show some brilliant actors at the top of their careers speaking funny, sharp and natural dialogue in a world that seems incredibly real - because it is. Everyone in the film grew up in these areas and understand what they're talking about, which is why they do it so convincingly and so well. It's easily one of the best British films to deal with this kind of subject matter. Up there with This Is England, easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut British Film 22 Sep 2011
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was very much torn between giving this 4 or 5 stars as I consider it an excellent debut film from Eran Creevy, who I notice has Daniel Mays and Peter Mullan (two outstanding British actors) lined up for his next film. As noted in many of the other positive reviews, this is a somewhat laid back depiction of suburban estate drug dealing. OK this has been done before but Daniel Mays and Riz Ahmed (another very promising British actor - see Four Lions) bring great realism to the film through their outstanding performances. The supporting DVD describing the process Creevy had to go through to get the film made is also extremely interesting and I'm just glad he's been able to secure a second feature. Encouragement of such new talent is exactly what the British film industry needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Society today.
An accurate portrayal of embedded problem in modern society of today.Daniel mays delivers a convincing performance to his usual high standard.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Patrick F. Loftus
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Not your usual gangster movie but very well paced. Don't buy this thinking it's a Peckham Miami Vice. There's very little violence. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S Ablett
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok low budget British drama
Not much to say other than it kept me watching and had an enigmatic ending not much to complain about but not much to praise either the DVD was pretty good as well had a decent... Read more
Published 7 months ago by patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent effort
I was encouraged to buy this by a friend who adores his British movies. I purchased it and watched it the night it arrived. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Horrorfan79
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the actors, script is a bit tedious
Bought this as think the actors are great, and big fan of brit flicks. Acting was great, but script and storyline not up to much. Is a shame, as it didn't showcase their talents.
Published 11 months ago by K1
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This was a great movie .I totally enjoyed to watch it and will do so time and time again.Many Thanks
Published 13 months ago by Ruf.Diamond21
5.0 out of 5 stars shifty dvd [2008]
this is an excellent film with all british actors well worth watching a good one for a boy's night in
Published 14 months ago by Julie Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars fresh and well written
well acted great writing plot and a confusing ending. lacks pace at times and is dialogue driven but well worth a watch.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Straves
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I saw a trailer and thought it might be different, but the plot is shocking. I like Daniel Mays as an actor but this is one of his worse choices to act in. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by JB87
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch
This film is good and worth watching, the acting is quality and has some really good characters in it. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by treeman
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