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The Joy of Six [DVD] [2012]

Judi Dench , Tom Hiddleston , Douglas Hart , Will Jewell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Mullan
  • Directors: Douglas Hart, Will Jewell, Dan Sully, Romola Garai, Chris Foggin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Six short films including the directorial debut of Romola Garai (The Hour) as well as films starring Academy Award Winner, Dame Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Peter Mullan (War Horse) , Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block) and creator of the character Garth Marenghi, Matthew Holness.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag of British Talent 3 Mar 2013
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is a very mixed bag indeed so I will go through all of the six short films that the BFI have put together for our delectation. The first is `Long distance information' which is well acted and scripted and involves us seeing two scenarios on a Christmas day and a phone conversation between a son and dysfunctional father. Then we have `Man in fear' which is really good and stars Luke Treadaway as a man who is convinced he is being set up by a conceptual artist to die in a planned accident. Tim Healy plays the unconvinced copper.

Next comes the best by a country mile and this is `A gun for George' and is brought to us by the uber brilliant Mathew Holness who brought us `Garth Merengie'. This is all about a failed author who writes bad pulp about avenging his brother's murder by inventing a crime fighter called `The Reprisalizer', a man who fights crime on the mean streets of Thurrock in an Austin Allegro - just excellent. Next is `Scrubber', which is about a cleaning obsessed woman and her sexual desires to rut out doors - enough said.

`The Ellington Kid' is the next one and is a mere 5 minutes long, and is basically a kebab shop urban myth story- and is above average. Final offering stars Judy Dench in `Friend request pending' and tells a cosy story of older people using social media to hook up, and is fairly pleasant.

I am a huge fan of cinema and I know shorts are often made as a taster for better things to come and some often can be made into a feature length film, like `Hard Boiled Sweets' was last year. This offering is so patchy that the only idea here that I would ever want to see more of was the Reprisalizer one which I actually watched twice the others faired from tolerable like `Scrubber' to rather good - `A man in fear', so my advice would be to go for a rental option if you still want to see this.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant short films 10 Jan 2013
I was lucky enough to catch this on the big screen and all the shorts are excellent! They were powerful, funny, moving and lived in my head for a long time afterwards - particularly loved 'Scrubber'! Can't wait to see them all again so have already pre-ordered!

Highly recommend you do the same :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the joy of six 11 April 2013
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it was a strange selection, each section was not long enough, mixed feelings but would not recommend it found them quite boring really.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused 2 April 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I failed to see the relevance of these short clips being joined together. It struck me as just a ploy to invite the public to buy this DVD on the strength of the couple of headline actors in it. Very disappointed !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Shorts 9 Jan 2013
I saw this at the cinema. A brilliant collection of well directed and acted shorts. The best I have seen in a long time. Worth seeing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Present. 28 Mar 2013
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I could not make my mind up on the CD wanted for a particular present,the idea of three stories on a single CD appealed to me and as far as comment received it was also appreciated by the reciepient.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ranking Collection of sweet SHORT FILMS 9 Jan 2013
All 6 films are great in their own way, this diverse DVD easily holds its own amongst the numerous mediocre feature films out there.

Give shorts a chance, buy this and do yourself a big favour!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too experimental !! 7 July 2014
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Six short films ranging from five minutes to twenty minutes all providing a glimpse of how we behave in common situations from getting to grips with the internet to sexual hang-ups but looking at the situations from an off hand and sometimes humorous way. Some of the films make you sit back and think " Yes that's what society has become - and we're poorer off because of it ". Worth watching to make you reflect on where humanity is headed !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!!
I am fascinated how most of these short films actually got funded! Excluding the Judie Dench one they are awful.
Published 2 months ago by customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Six
Greatly disappointed as the publicity led me to believe that Judi Dench would star in each of the 6 tales, whereas she only
appears in the short last one in which she was, as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jean A. Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed
Didn't like it at all.
Too short
Hard to understand
Very cryptic
Made me feel down and sad mostly
Wouldn't buy it again,
It was confusing
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Carole Buttle
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some odd
Short films, some I liked, some I didn't. One I didn't want to watch at all as its description warned me off it. The best one was the one with Judy Dench in it!
Published 10 months ago by Pole-walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Joy of SIx
We like Judi Dench - but these shorter films were a bit disappointing. I think that a nice long film is easier to get lost in!
Published 11 months ago by Jane Juliet
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Not very interesting the stories were too short and over before they began.We were surprised Judy Dench made such indifferent TV.
Published 13 months ago by E.H.HUTSON
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Did not enjoy these short films, gave up 1/2 way through. That is not to say someone else might not enjoy them, just not to my taste
Published 14 months ago by Jax
1.0 out of 5 stars sadly disapointing
Very disapointing set of films. Only 2 out of 6 even worth watching. complete waste of time and money. Film with Judy Dench only one worth viewing.
Published 15 months ago by Jacki Woodman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Judi Dench !!
I was under impression the six episodes were all with Judi Dench in !!
Some of the short shows were not very interesting at all
A disappointing DVD.
Published 15 months ago by indiax
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