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The Look Of Love [DVD] [2013]


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  • Actors: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: StudioCanal
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJ0RL3O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,638 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From director Michael Winterbottom comes the sexy, funny and outrageously true story of Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), the controversial entrepreneur and property baron who established the Raymond Revue Bar in the 50’s and went on to become Britain’s richest man by the early 90’s. The Look of Love is a real-life tale which focuses on Raymond’s relationships with the three most important women in his life: his wife Jean (Anna Friel), his lover Fiona (Tamsin Egerton) and his daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots).

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Paul Raymond Timeline
  • Interviews with Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton, Imogen Poots, Chris Addison, David Walliams, James Lance, Melissa Parmenter, James Pearson and Matt Greenhalgh

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob Williams on 2 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Steve Coogan stars as Paul Raymond, who in the 1970's and early 80's built up a porn industry, sorry, adult entertainment empire, that saw he become the richest man in Britain.

Coogan is inspired casting as Raymond, part Alan Partridge ("I'm friends with all The Beatles...except Yoko Ono!") whilst looking like his comic creation from the 90's Tony Ferrino. He is ably backed by a fine British cast, Anna Friel as his long suffering Wife Jean, Chris Addison as his business associate Tony Power (sporting a magnificent 70's hairdo and beard, think Eric Bloom of 70's rockers BOC) with some amusing cameos from amongst other David Walliams as a dodgy Vicar (what else) and Matt Lucas as a butch WW2 female Prison Guard (what else!)

Director Michael Winterbottom superbly recreates 1970's Britain and Raymond's seedy clubs and shows (like something Mel Brooks might parody) and backed by a fine soundtrack (including Cilla Black!) this is a fine return to form after his rather flat previous effort "The Trip" (loved the TV show, movie was a damp squib)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrahurtz on 14 Aug 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film can't quite make up its mind whether it's a sex comedy or something more dramatic. The first half of the film is riddled with cameos from modern comics and with Coogan in bright and breezy mood dispensing one liners there are a fair few laughs to be had. Coogan is never going to win an oscar but is good enough to make you forget Alan Partridge, his characterisation being much closer (slightly worryingly) to Jimmy Savile.
As drugs begin to take over everyone's lives, however, things get a bit more depressing and consequently less entertaining. By the end of the film viewers are on something of a downer and it's not really very entertaining - even the nudity, which had been a bit cheeky and enjoyable early on, only gets seedier, in line with the dowmmarket direction of the content of Raymond's 'revues' and magazines.
One other rather sad development. I have been happily gazing at Anna Friel for the last 20 years since her days in Brookside. There are a couple of very attractive sexy young ladies in this film, but neither of them is Anna, who is reduced to the supporting role of the cuckolded/thrown over for a younger model wife. Even when she makes her reappearance in Raymond's life (and magazines) in later life, it is very much in the vein of 'not bad for a 40 year old.' If this film is the tipping point where Anna crossed over from playing sexy young girls to character roles, I'd just like to say thanks for the last 2 decades.
And the film? First part's fine but overall a bit depressing and not the most entertaining way to spend 90 minutes on the couch on a saturday night.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Seveneight on 9 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Very enjoyable look at life before nudity and porn was only a click away. I loved Coogan's performance as Paul Raymond and found it really convincing - (a role he's always wanted to play according to the Blu-ray interviews.) Imogen Poots is outstanding as Debbie, the favourite daughter of Raymond - combining a degree of vulnerability and insecurity with a touching devotion to her 'Pa.' Favourite scene is where she drags her depressed dad out of bed for some serious 'dad dancing' in the heart of their beloved Soho. A good soundtrack, if a little predictable. Strong supporting roles from Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton, plus a sense of witty but natural improvisation around many of the key scenes, makes for a sentimental wander through central London.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
This semi comedic film sets about telling the story of one of the most colourful characters of the last century, well in England anyway. That was Paul Raymond, played by the nearly always, brilliant Steve Coogan. We start with the untimely death of his much loved daughter. He then reflects back on his life.

This is done by the film going back to the beginning of his sex empire and reverts to black and white which was a a good way to age the footage and we see how his philandering ways cost him his first marriage. We have him being a theatre impresario and the `art' of ladies with scant clothes on being his stock in trade. Raymond seems to like quoting Oscar Wilde which is also a nice touch. Whilst this is a comedy it is the script and the one liners that do most of the laughs. The actual on screen action is as much drama as anything else.

There is a host of supporting stars too with Chris Addison playing a very beardy `Men's Only' publisher. Anna Friel as Jean Raymond, Matt Lucas as Divine, David Walliams as a pervy vicar and even Stephen Fry putting in a very short appearance as a barrister. Coogan's make up is excellent and he ages really well throughout the 101 minutes of screen time. The soundtrack is great too with the likes of Roxy Music, T-Rex and even Cilla Black all getting an airing. There is a fair deal of mild nudity and a lot of `strong' words which are all in context and not gratuitous - unlike the nude ladies that is.

It has been criticised for lack of character development, but I think that was half the problem in that Raymond did not have to develop and so got round to it too late, also it is quite difficult to do that with such a long cast list. The main question should be is it any good?
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