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Submarine [Blu-ray] [2010]


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  • Actors: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Yasmin Paige
  • Directors: Richard Ayoade
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TFCVTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Producers Warp Films (This Is England, Four Lions) and director Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) present a comedy which follows a 15-year old boy (Craig Roberts, Jane Eyre) with two objectives: to lose his virginity to the girl of his dreams before his next birthday, and to stop his mother (Sally Hawkins) from leaving his father (Noah Taylor, Shine, Life Aquatic) and hooking up with a new age mystic (Paddy Considine, Dead Man’s Shoe’s). Featuring original songs by Alex Turner and executive produced by Ben Stiller.

Special Features include:
  • Audio Commentary with director Richard Ayoade, author of the original novel Joe Dunthorne and Director of Photography Erik Wilson
  • Cast and Crew Q&As
  • Alex Turner’s Piledriver Waltz Music Video
  • Through The Prism with Graham T. Purvis
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Ben Stiller Message
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Test Shoot
  • Trailer

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Based on the book by Joe Dunthorne, Submarine is a terrific British coming of age drama, with an outstanding central performance by relative newcomer Craig Roberts.

The film tells the story of Roberts’ character, Oliver Tate, a 15-year old who’s something of a social outcast. However, he’s a social outcast who appears to have attracted the attention of Jordana, played by Yasmin Paige. Naturally, things aren’t quite that simple, and their story is played out engagingly over the ensuing hour and a half. It’s refreshing that the path of the characters doesn’t tread predictable lines, too.

What’s remarkable about Submarine isn’t just the performances, though. For it’s hard not to be won over by the confidence and skill of first-time writer-director Richard Ayoade. Ayoade is, of course, best known for playing Moss in The I.T. Crowd, but he’s got an even brighter future behind the camera on this evidence.

It’s a terrific piece of work. The characters are believable, the story well done, and there are welcome dashes of humour, too, not least from Paddy Considine’s small but impactful role in the film. Submarine is, ultimately, a diligently balanced comedy drama, and a special one at that. Warmly recommended. --Jon Foster


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3.9 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
Richard Ayoade's directorial debut is a sure footed film with a quirky style that suggests he has a great future ahead of him in the cinema. Set in Wales in the late eighties, it presents a largely realistic and well observed slice of teen life. Following the adventures of natural social outcast Oliver, played exceptionally well by Craig Roberts, as he grows up.

Oliver is an odd sort of chap, who half lives in his own fantasy world. His world is thrown up in the air when he starts to suspect his parent's marriage might not be as strong as he thought. In his own way he goers about investigating matters and trying to fix things. Along the way he meets Jordana, who is even more messed up. The pair form a strong alliance as they try to deal with the world around them. The story follows their friendship and romance as Oliver struggles to learn how to relate to others.

It is a largely touching movie, full of excellent and naturalistic performances from the young actors. Ayoade has a light and sure touch, never really overdoing the melodrama, and mixing the tragic with the hilariously funny. Backed by a great soundtrack from Alex Turner, which literally hits just the right note throughout, this is a light and refreshing piece of intelligent cinema that will appeal to a wide audience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Morley on 13 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
A very British film with a very British, quirky sense of humour, courtesy of first-time director Richard Ayoade. Oliver Tate is an individual boy with a passion for expanding his vocabulary, who hilariously exhibits the teenage concoction of arrogance and insecurity. Along with suffering the usual perils of school life, Oliver also has bigger issues to contend with. Firstly, the declining health of the mother of his enigmatic love interest, and second, the dwindling passion amid the dying relationship between his parents. The story follows Oliver in his quest to find solutions to both these problems.

'Submarine' features wonderful cinematography, making the most of the raw beauty of the Welsh setting. Complementing this is a superb soundtrack by Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame, which could not have been better suited to the picture.

Anyone who enjoys alternative British film will revel in Ayoade's creation. The direction includes some clever hypothetical scenes, such as where Oliver fantasizes over the grieving ranks of relatives, friends and schoolgirls at his own funeral. In fact there are so many laugh-out-loud moments, with each member of the cast delivering the goods. One of the most likeable characters is Noah Taylor's role as Oliver's father, a depressive marine biologist who knows the number of the pothole helpline by heart. If this sounds in any way humorous to you, then you should absolutely watch this film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TDC on 21 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Even though this is a very recent movie, I have to admit that it has made it's way into my top ten films of all time.

Submarine, may not be everyone's cup of tea and I have been a bit disappointed when people have said they "don't get it" or "it doesn't go anywhere" after I've recommended it.

The movie is very different from the book. Oliver is less obnoxious and kinder in the film and there are a lot of changes, parts removed and also made up, but saying that, adaptations of books will always be like this; that said Ayoade has done a fantastic job.

I think it's a combination of things that makes the movie so perfect to me. The way it's been filmed is gorgeous, the camera work is fantastic and I love the dullness of colour. It definatley comes through that Ayoade is a huge fan of French Cinema and the way this is subtely brought through the cinematography is wonderfully done.

The acting is brilliant; Craig Roberts' (Oliver) early career was on the UK children's television show Tracy Beaker - He has come on a long way since then and I can happily say the lad can really act now! Yasmin Paige (Jordana), also appeared on a UK Children's television series (The Sarah Jane Adventures), but at least the acting quality in that series was far superior. Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins who play Oliver's parents are superb as are Melanie Walters and Sion Tudor Owen who briefly appear as Jordana's parents during a particularly heart wrenching moment.

I feel very nostalgic watching this film; even though there are many modern elements to it, there is also something very 1980's about it at the same time. For me I also feel a sense of comfort and could quite happily watch it every night to lull me off into a nice sleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
The movie takes place in Wales. After missing the first joke, I added the English subtitles. The story is told in first person by school boy Oliver Tate who spends time daydreaming. His vivid imagination is humorous. Oliver has fantasies about Jordana, another semi-outcast. She uses Oliver to make her former boyfriend jealous. Jordana has eczema and likes to set fires. Oliver's mother is a paranoid who believes her tongue is too big for her mouth. Dad is a boring marine biologist who gives Oliver love advice, claiming that if you rip your vest open in front of a woman, you can get a positive response. Oliver believes his mom is having an affair with the neighbor Graham, her former boyfriend, who is a "ninja psychic."

Like too many indies, after they create wonderful quirky characters, the film moves to a less than spectacular climax scene and equally sub-par ending with lame music to make you feel good. 3 1/2 stars.

F-bomb, sex talk. No Nudity.
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