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This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]

Thomas Turgoose , Stephen Graham , Jack O'Connell    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Joe Hartley, Andrew Shim, Vicky McClure
  • Directors: Jack O'Connell
  • Producers: Ludovico Einaudi
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Colour
  • Language: 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: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDXAK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,571 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If there’s a more exciting and diverse a film director currently working in the UK than Shane Meadows, then it’s reason to truly celebrate. In fact, the sheer quality of Meadow’s own output is enough reason to be enthused, not least his finest film to date, This Is England.

Set in the early 1980s, This Is England initially focuses on 12-year old Shaun (played by Thomas Turgoose, a real find), as he befriends a group of skinheads. Shaun bears the scars of the 80s, with his dad lost in the Falklands War, and his relationship with his new friends develops carefully across the first half of the film.

But it’s in the second half where This Is England soars. It’s not easy watching, as is the usual drill with Meadows’ best films, From a stunning tirade about the state of Britain, to moments of real unease and tension, it’s a terrific piece of cinema, and one destined to enjoy a healthy life on DVD. It’s also one that should, if there’s any justice, provide a major career springboard for its primarily unknown cast, and one that should get Meadows far more of the recognition he absolutely deserves.

Bluntly, not only is This Is England the best British film of the year. It’s a standout contender for the best film of 2007 full stop. It’s utterly superb, and it’d be remiss not to see it. --Jon Foster

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Shane Meadows' gritty portrait of teenage urban life in Thatcher's Britain of the early '80s. With schools breaking up for the summer, 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) makes his way home after a fight. Living at home with his mum in a rundown coastal town, his dad killed in the Falklands, Shaun spends a lot of time on his own and dreads the long summer break. Expecting the worst when he runs into a group of skinheads, Shaun's surprised when they turn out to be friendly and adopt him as one of their own. Suddenly the summer feels a whole lot better as Shaun discovers girls, parties, braces and an identity. But the good times are threatened with the appearance of Combo (Stephen Graham), an older, in-your-face racist, just released from prison, who leads the group down a darker, violent road.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex picture of 80s England 5 Jan 2008
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This is not only a very good film, it is also a very courageous one, that attempts to go into the shades of grey of a very black and white world.

12 year old Shaun (played by the amazingly talented Thomas Turgoose) has lost a father in the Falklands, lives alone with his mother, and is a helpless victim of bullying inside and outside school. He lives in a world that is even bleaker than the surrounding environment, and it is not altogether surprising that he ends up making friends with an older group who spend their time hanging around in an underpass. This is where we see real warmth, humour and charisma, and the England where a cup of tea could solve most problems.

Where the film really takes off, however, is with the apperarance of Combo, a Scouser just out of prison, superbly played by Stephen Graham. Combo seems like a good guy at first, until he starts dragging Shaun into the world of racism and the National Front. The meeting of these two and their respective extreme emotional fragility is explored with delicacy and courage by Meadows. Meadows shows that even "good" people end up doing very bad things with tetrrible consequences.

This Is England manages to be moral without being moralistic - a major achievement, and one of the best movies of 2007.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Another excellent film from Shane Meadows. I was 15 in 1983, and although I was never a Skinhead (I started off into metal, flirted with punk, dallied with electro before returning to metal and generally sticking with it) I've vivid memories of this era & this film is SO evocative, the clothes, the cars, even the shop fittings! Seriously, the production design is outstanding. This looks every bit as authentic as 1982's Made In Britain, ITV's well known Skinhead drama starring Tim Roth.
It's a strong film, very uncomfortable at times and many of the social issues addressed in the film are still relevant today, maybe even more so!
The acting is very intense & yet very, very natural as in Meadows previous movie, Dead Man's Shoes.
Don't expect the hardcore violence of Romper Stomper or the likes of Rise Of The Foot Soldier or Green Street - This is nothing like them - There is only one scene of explicit violence (although the build up to this is very disturbing) and viewers should not expect any scenes at all of rival gang wars with baseball bats & bike chains etc! It's very much grounded in reality, where even it's principal Skinhead 'villain', the fanatical Combo is shown to have flaws and weaknesses often missing from similiarly brutal characters.
Actually, the film depicts the Skins culture in a mostly positive fashion, where violence & intimidation was not the norm for many!
The language is VERY strong as you would expect and it shocks to hear a 12 year old boy using the F word liberally on film! Having said that, a walk around any high street today will soon erase that feeling!
Not giving anything away, but the ending is a little ambiguous; however 25 years on from 1983, many of This Is England's social problems are equally unresolved.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 28 Dec 2007
Format:DVD
I was a skinhead during this period and the film captures the spirit of the movement.
Real skinheads were NOT into politics - real SKINS were into the music of Madness and our `bible` was The Story Of Oi ( A skinhead history ) by Garry Johnson.
Every actor in this film is 100% believable.
A classic masterpiece about a youth cult.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 31 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
This film has captured the esscence of the early eighties magnificently. I was 12 in 1983 and the memories it brought back to me were wonderfull.
Thomas Turgoose's performance was stunning for his age, his charisma and talent shining through. Definately one to watch for the future.
I thought the film's portrayal of the robbery of the skin head's appearance and identity, by racist factions such as the loathesome NF and BNP was very accurate. Showing how the black immigrants were first welcomed for their Ska music and rude boy style, then persecuted by people dressed in their own image.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine British Drama 3 Jun 2008
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Lonely youngster Shaun (talented newcomer Thomas Turgoose) lives on a poor council estate in 1980's northern England. Tormented by schoolmates for his old fashioned clothes, Shaun struggles to fit in and to come to terms with the death of his father in the Falklands conflict. One afternoon, whilst walking home from a particularly miserable day at school, Shaun meets a surprisingly affable bunch of older skinheads who take him under their collective wing and provide the friendship he needs in the absence of his father. Unfortunately, the fun is ruined when the violent and racist Combo (Stephen Graham) is released from prison and returns to resume control of his old gang.

Director Shane Meadows is a master of turning a light-hearted film into something much more sinister by coaxing natural and truly believable performances from his actors. In 'A Room For Romeo Brass', local dimwit Paddy Considine quickly turned into a dangerous nutter and in 'This Is England', the arrival of Stephen Graham marks a complete turn of direction. Meadow's skinhead gang are nothing like you would expect, even going so far as to having a black gang member, these lot are just about the fashion and music, not about violence and racism. The charismatic leader, Woody (Joe Gilgun) is a polite and funny young man who genuinely can't stand to see Shaun upset. He encourages such camaraderie in his gang that he organises fun days out and the occasional group hug so that no-one feels left out. His polar opposite is the bitter and aggressive Combo who has become even more right wing in prison and immediately embarks upon a personal vendetta of hate upon his release.
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Published 14 days ago by natalie george
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Item arrived promptly and in great condition and this film is really good. Well written and some brilliant acting, well worth a watch!
Published 18 days ago by L. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent film.
Published 19 days ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant.
Published 27 days ago by a adey
4.0 out of 5 stars A gift for my hubby
Bought as part of an offer which was too good to miss. Hubby was more thank pleased with the DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs D J Farkas
5.0 out of 5 stars very inspiring
good and opens your eyes to the bigger picture includes some violence but is what makes a video film more better.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Wilkes
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern British classic!
Shane Meadows has directed some fine films over the past twenty years or so, but his most celebrated and widely seen effort, 'This Is England' remains his most powerful and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ReviewBlog51
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
My wife and I are in our late sixties. I was a Rocker she a Mod. We remember well the evolution of the Skinheads from the Mod culture and the development of the 'new town'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Navigator
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
A film I watched ages ago, and really enjoyed, so wanted for my DVD collection. This was a good price, would recommend
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