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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TFCVTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,704 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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11 of 11 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 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Precocious Oliver struggles with being popular in school but when a dark-haired beauty takes interest in him, he's determined to become the best boyfriend in the world.

Meanwhile, his parents' already rocky relationship is threatened when his mother's ex-boyfriend moves in next door.

Oliver makes some unorthodox plans to ensure that his parents stay together and that Jordana still likes him....

It's a very strange movie to review this. The director is a fantastic writer who usually dabbles with the surreal or Chanel 4 computer sit-coms, but this isn't a comedy you'd usually get, it has a very distinct feel to it, much like Buny and the Bull.

We are flies on the wall in Oivers world, in fact the majority of the film is his point of view, there are rarely any scenes where he isn't in the situation.

But he is a very likable lad, One of those children at school you thought could have been weird, but when you got to know them, were quite inspiring.

So to grab the girl, he changes his ways slightly, but like all other young people, the romance part is awkward, and the harder he tries, the more awkward the situation is, and these are the funniest parts of the film.

The film has some odd seventies vibe to it, with all the clothes and the decor, even though it's set a decade later, it feels like the people in the story bar one, have not really kept up with the times.

It's well written and narrative is speedy, and it's great that stars like Considine, brilliant here, don't really out stay there welcome.

It's a film for anyone who was in love at school, but managed to get the girl, even if you were not popular.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a fresh British comedy and is director Richard Ayoade's debut film. What's so unique about Submarine is that it doesn't revolve around your usual teen drama. It isn't a high school drama with the set out social circles and same old jokes, it is real. The protagonists aren't the hottest people in school or the most popular. It's a story about two teenagers trying to figure out their lives, their relationship and their family issues.

The plot basically revolves around Oliver and Jordana during that 'coming-of-age' period of their lives. Oliver seems to be the school loser and Jodana has that 'too-cool-for-school' air going on. They seem to make quite an unusual pairing, but perhaps that's what's so brilliant about them. Oliver seems shy and nervous but he knows what he wants and he's not afraid to try. One of his main goals in life is to lose his virginity before his next birthday... I guess he has that in common with every other teenage boy, but apart from that, his character is quite unique. He struggles to try and mend the crumbling relationship between his parents at the same time he is trying to figure out his own relationship and what his feelings for Jordana are. Jordana herself doesn't let on a lot about her personal life at all, until one moment when she suddenly decides that she trusts Oliver and she opens up to him. However, she is very upfront about her feelings and isn't afraid to say what she's thinking, she's definitely the 'man' of the relationship. At first their relationship seems like just a bit of fun but as time goes on both of them begin to wonder if they want more. Both have complicated family lives and this further complicates their own relationship.
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