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The Damned United [DVD] [2009]

Michael Sheen , Timothy Spall , Tom Hooper    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney, Elizabeth Carling
  • Directors: Tom Hooper
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TV0AHW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,845 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the best-selling book of the same name, The Damned United is the story of one of Britain’s finest ever football managers, Brian Clough, and his curtailed 44-day reign at the helm of Leeds United. It turns out it’s also the tale of his formative years at Derby County, the story of his rivalry with previous Leeds United boss Don Revie, and ultimately, the exploration of his relationship with his assistant, Peter Taylor.

The film explores the story by moving backwards and forwards in time, but always at the heart of The Damned United is its trump card. Michael Sheen has already richly deserved an abundance of plaudits in his acting career, not least for his superb portrayal of David Frost in Frost/Nixon, and he carves out another terrific performance here. Taking on the challenge of playing the larger than life Clough, his work here is tremendous, and the highlight of an already-strong cast that also features Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney.

On the screen, the story of The Damned United is actually distilled into quite a straightforward tale, albeit one considerably enhanced by its aforementioned cast. It wisely keeps its running time trimmed, and while you can’t help but suspect that there’s much to the story that’s not explored here, it’s a good, solid telling of a quite extraordinary tale. Sheen won’t, of course, attract Oscar-attention for such a resoundingly British role, but surely his time, on this latest piece of evidence, will come. --Jon Foster

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), Hindi ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on David Peace's book, The Damned United portrays the tempestuous 44 days that forthright Brian Clough (Michael Sheen) spent as manager of Leeds United. After alienating the side's star players and a string of awful results, 'Cloughie' was given the boot, but that's just half the story! Brian Clough was one of a kind. In 1974, Clough was already a renowned figure, just as much for his dynamic personality as for his fantastic managerial ability. Having led Derby County to the first league victory in their history, Clough left in a cloud of controversy and, after a brief spell at Brighton, found himself in the Leeds United hotseat after Don Revie's departure for the England job. What followed was the most incredible 44 days of football management! ...The Damned United

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seconds Out 6 Sep 2009
Don Revie and Brian Clough were great footballers and great managers, both from Middlesbrough (about 10 miles north of where I grew up) but the film sets them up as tragic enemies in a reputational boxing match in which stinging blow after blow is landed by each to the benefit of neither. David Pearce's novel has Clough as the admirer of Revie who turns against his hero. They battle it out at key points of Clough's early career at Derby County, and at his short career at Leeds itself, and finish it off on TV. Revie leaves for disappointment at England, Clough to be reborn at Nottingham Forest, neither are ever the same again.

Michael Sheen is scary as Clough, Colm Meaney brilliant as Revie, both sound like their counterparts and even begin to look like the originals. The Leeds squad is recognisable even to me at this remove; and so is the pre-Thatcher world of self-made men running British sport with all the witless charm that they ran their businesses. The attitudes, the accents, the fashions and the locations are spot on; yet this is not a sports film, you see very little soccer, it's an old fashioned tragedy about rivalry and hubris, about genius and the deadening effect of the mediocre types who seem to run sport (as they run life). The cast are brilliant and the result a great tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By moo moo
Brilliant film and Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall play there parts amazingly well. Sheen has proved here what a world-class actor he is in playing 'old big head' Brian Clough.
The only negative is some of the deleted scenes, especially the one when he comes in at half time and makes the players drink a bottle of brandy after a shocking first half against Leeds Utd. It just goes straight to Clough in his office which to any non football fan will make no sense at all as we are used to seeing managers in the dugout. Little things like that take the shine of it a little but there is no doubt its got a good plot with fantastic actors who pull off there roles exceptionally well.

Michael Sheen for the next James Bond??? Stranger things have happened (Derby County winning the first division for one!!!)
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Era well evoked 3 May 2009
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"The Damned United" is a thoroughly entertaining movie about the early career of the legendary British football manager Brian Clough.It focuses mainly on his brief time as manager of Leeds United in 1974 following a successful few seasons as manager of unfashionable Derby County during which he won the League Championship for them.Clough never liked Leeds' style of football nor their manager Don Revie and publicly slated them in the media , making his decision to become their new boss following Revie's resignation a puzzling one. Clough's abrasive and disrespectful approach to the Leeds players alienated him from them even further and when results went against him early on in the 1974-1975 season, the writing was on the wall for Clough and he was duly sacked."The Damned United" chronicles this whole period.The remarkable Michael Sheen acts Brian Clough superbly in this film and he is ably supported by Timothy Spall who plays his sidekick Peter Taylor and Colm Meaney as his nemesis Don Revie. The acting is excellent throughout and the whole period is portrayed convincingly well."The Damned United" is one of the best films about football that I have seen.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 14 Jan 2010
It's a real shame that top-notch performances from Michael Sheen (as Clough) and Colm Meaney (as Revie) are so deeply undermined by a script full of missed opportunities and jarring inaccuracy.

This film's crime isn't so much that it makes things up - lots of classic bio-pics have done that - it's that it ignores truths that are far more compelling and dramatic than the fabrications.

One of the worst offenders for me is the injured players splayed out on the floor outside the dressing room after Derby's brutal encounter with Leeds. It followed scenes of players being stretchered off with blood pouring from open wounds and resembled some sort of bizarre spoof of a war movie rather than a football match. It's then implied that Derby suffered an early exit from the European Cup days later because the team was so depleted by injuries. But the European game in question happened weeks after the Leeds match and Derby fielded a full-strength team.

The real life events surrounding Derby's exit from the European Cup against Juventus were in reality far more dramatic.

In the film Clough blames Revie, Leeds and the shortcomings of his chairman, Sam Longston, for defeat. Whereas in real life he blamed corrupt match officials - or as he famously told the Italian press after the game: "I don't speak to cheating bastards." He then went off on one about Italy's military record in World War Two. Pure Clough! (And of course history proved him kind of right - Juventus were later proven to be habitual match-fixers and the referee was later found guilty of taking bribes.)

The worst travesty of all though is the depiction of the TV debate between Clough and Revie at the end of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, indeed 23 Sep 2013
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I can remember the distaste everyone at my school, and my father who was a great footballer, had for Leeds United. No one really admired them and there was such glee when Sunderland beat them in the FA Cup final and WBA stopped them winning another league title in the last match of the season.
This DVD portrays the ludicrous appointmnet of Brian Clough as manager of Leeds - a team that he had vilified for years before hand. It is a rather flimsy remit for a film but it cleverley captures the atmophere of the times with clever usage of TV and newsreel footage of the times. At times you can almost feel that it is a documentary. Worth a watch. Michael Sheen is excellant as usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service and product
Very good dvd works perfectly, would recommend highly
Published 21 days ago by Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
Christmas present and good purchase . Arrived on time.
Published 1 month ago by molly152009
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful interpretation of the Nottingham Forest manager of another...
Wonderful interpretation of the Nottingham Forest manager of another era! We watched this film and it didn't diminish or tarnish his image in any way for us. Read more
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good film
Published 1 month ago by Ross Coburn
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
EXCELLENT. Worth every penny paid.
Published 2 months ago by les baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, that just happens to be about sport
Sheen is excellent. Forget your football loyalties and watch a film about sporting rivalry, personal ambitions and human emotions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr Colin Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved Clough's approach to things. Seems to be close to story. Of interest to non football fans too. Most enjoyable
Published 5 months ago by chriswgy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I saw this film ages ago and was delighted to find it on amazon and buy a copy of my own. Great value for money too.
Published 6 months ago by Ann Birkinshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars If you lived through this time, buy it!
Or even if you didn't. It is a great part of the BC story and very well acted. The representation of BC is perfect and captures him and his character perfectly.
Published 8 months ago by Robert Goldfield
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