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Tube Tales [DVD] [1999]

Jason Flemyng , Dexter Fletcher , Amy Jenkins , Armando Iannucci    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Kelly Macdonald, Denise Van Outen, Liz Smith
  • Directors: Amy Jenkins, Armando Iannucci, Bob Hoskins, Charles McDougall, Ewan McGregor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AWG4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,131 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



London's Tubes: cylindrical objects underground crammed full of blank faces with blank pasts and blank futures. However, Tube Tales endeavours to expel this theory, even if it's just for the length of time it takes nine short stories to flicker past your eyes. Created via a competition in Time Out magazine, which asked their readers to send in stories relating to experiences on the London Underground, a group of directors were then charged with the task of bringing the public' s images of the tube to life for 12 minutes each. Showcased at the London Film Festival 1999 and then moving on to be shown on Sky Premier a few days later (this being the first film Sky has produced) it is possibly one of the most intriguing and underrated dramas to come out of Britain at the turn of the new century. These films offer a great showcase for British talent, combining established stars like Ray Winston in "My Father the Liar" with new up-and-coming actors like Hans Matheson in "Steal Away", the film also offers a great chance to play spot-the-star. Along with this Tube Tales offers many actors their first chance to try out their talents behind the lens with directorial debuts from Ewan McGregor-"Bone", a beautiful story of a man's fleeting obsession with a photograph--and Jude Law--"A Bird in the Hand", which brings a little bit of nature back to the Cement City. Both these directors choose to offer very calm and ambling visuals with little dialogue (how many people actually talk to strangers on the Tube?), allowing the power of images and body language to take hold. In another way Bob Hoskins "My Father the Liar" and Gaby Dellal's "Rosebud" offers us a version of the tube through the eyes of a child, a place populated by innocents and full of terror. In diverse contrast are the offerings from Armando Iannucci ("Mouth") and Stephen Hopkins ("Horny"), who both offer a grotesque humoristic interpretation of their stories. However, the true showpiece of these films is the last, Charles McDougall's "Steal Away", an energetic and exuberant piece which turns into a spiritual journey. Many of these films wash over your emotions, evoking laughter, innocence and desire, but "Steal Away" leaves you with strong opinions on the nature of humanity. Nikki Disney

On the DVD: The special features are predictably laid out like a tube map. Given the wealth of talent on display in Tube Tales the disc is happily littered with interviews, trailers and on-location features, offering opinions and theories on the Tube from the huge cast and crew that went into the making of these films. Picture and sound quality are impeccable.

Product Description

A collection of short films set on or around the London underground. Actors Tom Bell, Ray Winstone, Denise Van Outen, Dexter Fletcher and Lee Ross all lend their talents in front of the camera, while a number of their colleagues - including Bob Hoskins, Armando Iannucci, Jude Law and Ewan McGregor - try their hands at directing. The stories included in the film were all taken from a competition held by Time Out magazine, in which readers were invited to write in with an account of their most unusual tube experience.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 9 Aug 2013
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Enjoyed this seen it years ago on TV and not seen it in such a long time so had to buy it to add it to my collection , enjoyed all of the storylines to this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British version of " Subway" 16 Jun 2013
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These shorts, directed by the likes of Bob Hoskins, Ewan McGregor and Jude Law, among others, comprise of short pieces set on the London Underground. Quite eclectic, each one has its merits, my own favourites being stories 5,6,8 and 10. Ray Winstone as a dad seeing his son on a contact visit had a particular resonance for me, but number 10, "Steal Away" is by far my favourite, being very life affirming whether one has religious faith or not. If like me, you enjoy this, then I highly recommend you buy "Subway" which is its American counterpart, that I feel is even better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 21 Nov 2012
By A. McGrath TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Having seen HBO's version Subway Stories [DVD 1995, I have to say this comes in a poor second. For me the stories are too transparent, even the best which is 'Steal Away', can be worked out before the end. I think anybody who has used the tube will recognize some of the behavioural patterns and this may be its strength. Hedging my bets I bought a used copy, glad I did. If you think I've been a bit harsh now try HBO's version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbarella 18 Nov 2012
By Roslyn
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I missed this when it first aired on tv, so glad I have finally got to see it. Its several short tales of travelling around on the tube and each one is different from the other with a few surprises thrown in. The actors were all known to me which is why I wanted to see it. End result - loved it and have watched it twice now. Price was excellent and delivery too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a good tube 6 Aug 2010
rare film not to be seen here in belgium , very interesting way of discovering the tube
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tube Tales 16 April 2005
Format:VHS Tape
An interesting collection of short films, set within the context of the tube, London's underground network. Each of the short films has a underlying sinister twist to it...leaving you thinking right until the end.
The short films themselves vary in quality and range from good and thought-provoking, to unsatisfactory. Taken overall it is satisfactory.
The best of the short films is, in my opinion, 'Grasshopper', which is skillfully directed by the clever Menhaj Huda, and features the ever-charming Ray Panthaki (Ronnie from Eastenders) as Mo; a young and heavily-fashion conscious British Asian.
Well worth a watch, giving an intriguing look into the depths of something many Londoners take for granted - the Tube!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'Tube Tales follows a series of meaningful, mysterious and downright funny encounters based on true life experience of London Underground passengers. The nine stories unfold against a background of trains, corridors and escalators creating an unusual and enigmatic journey into the heart of London.'

How did I miss this in 1999 when it was released????!

This is the best film I have seen in a long long time. Each short story has a different director - with Ewan McGregor and Jude Law making their directorial debuts alongside more established names like Bob Hoskins. Familiar snapshots of ordinary London life are magnified and played with to explore the experiences of the people involved. This film is really an extension of that game we all play (don't we?) - looking around a packed tube imagining the life of those people that enter our lives for just a few minutes. The tramp, the preacher, the drunken businessmen, the rocker etc etc. What is their story, where are they going, where have they been, what are they thinking?

As a group the stories are impossible to categorise - some are outrageously funny whilst others are sad, relective or mysterious. One thing that they do have in common is the cast of recognisable actors - Dexter Fletcher, Denise Van Outen and Ray Winstone and others - no doubt attracted by the celebrity directors and outrageous brilliance of this project.

Definately watch it.

PS WHY DOES no-one talk to each other on the tube? Next time you see me, say hi.
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