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The Angels' Share (Theatrical Version) [DVD]

Roger Allam , Paul Brannigan , Ken Loach    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Allam, Paul Brannigan, James Casey, John Henshaw, William Ruane
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008TQA2NW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2012 boasted a collection of British films of real quality. Ken Loach's The Angel's Share was most certainly one of those. Considering Loach has a reputation for bleak, brilliant dramas, some might be surprised to see the light comic touch he's applied to this winning mix of comedy and drama. That said, it still has a fair amount to say.

The Angel's Share initially starts on a sombre note, as it's not long before we meet the main characters in a courtroom. Here, they're being sentenced for a series of offences, and young father Robbie is only saved from prison by the fact that his girlfriend is shortly to give birth.

But from these foundations comes a triumph of a film, as community service brings whiskey into Robbie's life. The Angel's Share also certainly makes a few points as it tells its story, and there's a political subtext here. Yet Loach injects warmth and humour into the film, and his young, inexperienced cast prove really rather special, too. Tonally, The Angel's Share shifts around a little, and it does have a change of direction that's likely to be divisive. Yet it's a smart, enjoyable film.

The disc includes a featurette that digs into the making of the feature, and it also includes some interesting deleted material, too. There's certainly enough there to make the film and DVD both warmly recommended. A drop of whiskey to accompany it wouldn't hurt, either. --Jon Foster

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bitter sweet comedy caper which proves that sometimes all you need in life is a little spirit. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Angels' Share (2012) ( Andelskż podķl ) ( La part des anges )

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature with a Pleasing After-Taste 5 Jun 2012
By Swellms
This highly enjoyable film attempts something quite difficult in combining gritty drama about mindless urban violence with feel-good, rural comedy. It succeeds in this, with the comedy coming to the fore in the second half of the film.

The Angel's Share tells the story of Robbie, a vicious Glaswegian thug, given one last chance by the system in the hope that his fathering of a child by a very sensible girlfriend will enable him to turn his life around. The hand of mercy is extended further by Harry (John Henshaw), who supervises Robbie's Community Pay-Back, offers him shelter, and introduces him to the rarefied world of single-malt whisky. Despite this, Robbie appears to be heading back into his world of hopelessness and violence, until a unique and extremely valuable barrel of single-malt, and his own sharp mind, present the opportunity for final escape.

At this point the film faces a conundrum. We are asked to sympathise with the well-intentioned attempts of a wayward but intelligent youth to escape from a life of crime, but he tries to do this through a heist. That the film succeeds in winning our sympathies was made very clear by the collective and audible gasp of anguish from all the people in the cinema at the point when Robbie and his friends suffer a massive set-back in their plans.

There is a lot to love about this film. Great characters and acting; some very poignant scenes (brace yourself for a harrowing episode in which Robbie meets one of his previous victims as part of a reconciliation scheme); some laugh-out-loud moments; a well-paced and clever plot; and some beautiful shots of Scotland's fabulous countryside.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
This film, which was a surprise winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, begins as a hard-edged and extremely realistic account of the fortunes of three young men and a girl, all offenders, who appear in court for a variety of minor crimes. One, however, has been in prison for a serious and brutal assault, and he is the central character in the film. Memorably played by Paul Brannigan, whose own life apparently has parallels with that of the character, he just escapes prison again, partly because he now has a stable relationship with a good woman, Leonie, and is about become a father ; he is ready to put his old life behind him if he can. But he has enemies, and they are out to get him, and the offer from Leonie's father of £5000 if he will leave and never reappear in Glasgow is one that, at one point, he gloomily sees as the only option. All four come under the wing of a kindly Community Service Supervision Officer, Harry, excellently played by John Henshaw, with whom they paint derelict halls and clean gravestones. But then, on his day off, he takes them to a distillery, where Robbie finds he has a 'nose' - a natural talent for judging and identifying fine whiskies. The plot moves on, with a second visit to what is probably the Malt Whisky Society and the news that a cask of 'malt mill', an exceedingly rare, distinguished and expensive whisky, is to be auctioned up north. The four young people form a plan and, donning kilts, make their way north, where various things happen ; and the end of the film is hopeful and distinctly 'feel-good'.

This film moves, as does Robbie, from the hard reality of a brutal and bleak, violent, drug-ridden council-estate life to escape and real hope for him, his partner and their child, Luke.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem 6 Aug 2012
This film was a surprise. I did not expect to be so moved to both tears and laughter-often at the same time. It showed a realism about the difficulties some young people face and can create for themselves and others and the humour with which they face life-limiting situations but, instead of wallowing in this, it provided hope of something better-through the support of a kindly father-figure, the love of partner and child and the discovery of an unforeseen talent. It made me think how many lives could be made meaningful by investing the millions some people do in a bit of flavoured water- "whisky"-into the lives of young people so that they can escape from poverty and brutality. Everyone who finds their special gift and has help to nurture it can make so much more of their lives. The Carntyne Whisky Appreciation Society did this and made me laugh. I think this is probably the best film I've ever seen-a great film about the need for young people to be given all the chances they need until they make something of themselves- as a result, I've decided to sponsor a room at Centre Point with the hope that it will help make a difference for someone. See this film- see behind the language, the thuggishness and criminality to the humanity and the possibility inherent even in the most damaged young people of the system. A great laugh while it makes you think and weep.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful film 22 Sep 2012
By ASTR
Format:DVD
Being brought up in the East end of Glasgow, where a lot of this film is set and filmed. I wouldn't say I can relate personally to the characters but I can see that the storyline could well be based on true events. Its a wonderful story with a nice ending. Love it and cant wait to buy it, I saw it on a flight to America and I watched it twice. So funny in parts too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
very funny film
a good film as well
enjoyed it from start till finish
would watch it again and again
Published 2 days ago by KEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels Share
DVD arrived in well withinv the time scale and in perfect condition.
A very funny film, with undertones of Robi Hood....taking from the rich to aid the poor
Published 4 days ago by Heather Johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
A very funny story if you get past the swearing. ( not one for your granny). Fun for whiskey lovers everywhere!
Published 26 days ago by ms debra Wilson-town
5.0 out of 5 stars feel good film
Although only discovered subtitles later(+necessary for some)a lighthearted caper with an uplifting ending.Could have happened in real life + probably will some day.
Published 28 days ago by Rosario
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny feelgood movie
Far superior to most Hollywood films. Relatively low budget British movie with a wry sense of humor and well acted throughout.
Published 28 days ago by Angie H Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars We enjoyed this
We were looking for something to make us smile and this did the trick. Easy to watch. We had great fun trying to understand some of the heavier Glaswegian accents and on... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Whibbers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this great Scottish film
Great film lots of great Scottish humour in here. Great to see a film with no big name actors being so successful.
Published 28 days ago by M. Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Angels' Share
This film will probably not appeal to a lot of people as the emphasis is on Whiskey, it's very Scottish humour with more than a little swearing from the very start - not for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. Thorp
3.0 out of 5 stars not what i was expecting
after seeing trailers for this film I expected a funnier film, as usual the trailers only show the good bits. still a good film to watch
Published 1 month ago by high rider
5.0 out of 5 stars The Angels Share
Bought this for my sister in law who now lives in England as I loved it. Not sure she liked it as much as I did.
Published 1 month ago by Annette
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