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Southcliffe [DVD]


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  • Actors: Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson, Kaya Scodelario, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: Sean Durkin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 186.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3SLZ22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A sudden inexplicable spate of shootings rips through the market town of Southcliffe. The lives of those left behind are torn apart. In this haunting four-part drama, a journalist reporting on the tragedy finds himself back in the small town he himself grew up in, looking for answers from the shattered community whilst trying to reconcile dark events from his own past.

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Elena Rossi on 24 Mar 2014
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I must confess that the story was a little confusing, specially with the going forward and backwards so often. The acting is good and so is the direction but at times I felt I was watching a Fellini movie with unrelated flashes that took on their own personalitiy. At the end it was like watching some French film where you make of the ending whatever you wish. But I enjoyed it after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anthony g potter on 24 Feb 2014
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No doubt some reviewers will comment on the sheer brilliance of how this production makes you feel as though you live in this village or even worse 'lived' there. I found it so dark in terms of plot,cinema photography and content that i struggled to get to the end. If you want a bit of dark and depressing realism based on fact then this is for you.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mister joe on 2 Sep 2013
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Gore blimey guv tv drama's now seem to be competing with one another in a misery fest contest from voyeuristic serial killer drama to emotional wrenching of The Mill and such.Southcliffe is an entry to this current canon of glum,this is no warm Horlicks and hot water bottle Downturn Abbey show to nestle into the sofa with.
Its pretty bleak.Essentially its about grief and it's consequences.
What attracted me to watch this series was Sean Durkin who previously directed Martha Macy May Marlene,i liked the idea of watching an "American" director work on a british tv programme,its nice to see a director not just following the normal career trajectory.The first episode for me was the strongest and most engrossing,Sean Harris ia a brilliant actor who if anything is criminally underused.I first came across him in See No Evil and then Red Riding Trilogy,immense in both.Intense would be an understatement.
I would bet a rather large sum of money that Tony Grisoni's script reads a lot different to the finished result,Durkin as a director at this moment is very much concerned with space,space between characters,events,actions....it is frustrating and very much what I believe has led to the woeful reviews and accusations of being dull and weak.
Durkin admits in an interview on the disc that what appeared little in the script became larger and what seemed larger became smaller.A reversal that most viewers will find annoying and flying in the face of a strong paletable narrative.And they would be right to a degree...there is a fine line between the profound and the ponderous.
It does feel at times that the style is getting in the way of the substance at the expense of characters and story.Somewhere within Southcliffe is an amazing show of such scope and depth.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Gates on 25 Aug 2013
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I was very impressed.

TV is a bit hit and miss for me. I wish more shows would treat it's viewers like adults and not pull any punches.

Southcliffe. It has many similarities to real life incidents and people but the town and it's characters are fictitious. A man goes around the town over the course of a single day and shoots numerous people. The show, believe it or not, is not about the spree shooting. It's focus is mainly on how people cope when a loved one is suddenly, violently, robbed from them.

I love the directors eye throughout the show. Bringing a movie makers perspective to a TV show. Full of protracted silences and seething unease. A tragedy beautifully played out. Full of great acting talent. Sean Harris who plays the role of Stephen Morton (the shooter) was fantastic! deserves an award. The character is quiet and not very extroverted but something dark and ugly is bubbling beneath the surface at all times and he played it fantastically in my opinion.

I was slightly disappointed with the last episode. A massive anti-climax. But thinking through it at the end I understood it's motivations.

It's a rare show. Not many on TV like this or handled with as much care and thought. The writing is great and the acting superb. Some Mary Whitehouse type people out there complain about the unnecessary violence and bad language. There's harder stuff on CBeebies. There is violence and language but not gratuitously so. It's not going to tickle everyone's fancy but I hope there's more like this on offer in future. Stuff with plenty of moxy, maturity and thoughtfulness and not spoon feed you kiddy gloved nonsense.

Very much recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Jones on 16 July 2014
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This is a cast to die for and a story that is so evocative and gripping that most directors would shy away from it. The problem is some things in cinema work better when you don't see them and some need visual confirmation. The horrors of the shooting in this are largely avoided and it's left to the viewer to fill in the blanks. It's is a traumatic plot but the director should have let everyone see everything for maximum impact. Great acting, slow and dull film.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Old Greybeard on 28 Aug 2014
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You won't thumb through many pages of the Oxford English Dictionary to find the apt word to describe this "work of art" which is supposed to be entertainment: AWFUL !
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T H Mitch on 5 Sep 2013
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What was done so beautifully in this small series is how much you sympathize which characters who are far from being perfect human beings. These characters have faults, which may even make you dislike them originally, but once you understand their pain of their losses; that is when the show really grips you.

An emotional journey,made possible and believable by fantastic acting.
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