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United (BBC) [DVD]

David Tennant , Dougray Scott , James Strong    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Tennant, Dougray Scott, Jack O'Connell, Sam Claflin, Neil Dudgeon
  • Directors: James Strong
  • Writers: Chris Chibnall
  • 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: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058OABH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) as inspirational coach Jimmy Murphy, Jack O Connell (Harry Brown, This is England) as Bobby Charlton and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) as Matt Busby, United is the riveting story of the legendary Busby Babes . The youngest side ever to win the Football League, Manchester United had the world at their feet until the tragedy of the 1958 Munich Air Crash. As football and its supporters worldwide mourned, the extraordinary resilience of the city and club galvanised the rebuilding of the team and brought new hope.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Ashes, a Phoenix 26 Feb 2012
This film, a BBC production focusing on Manchester United's 1958 crash at Munich, Germany, is definitely a heart-breaker but a worthwhile view. It's the story of triumph after tragedy--a tragedy that shook the world of English football to its core. Characterization of these youngsters (what's known of them) is excellent, as are the portrayals of their manager and their coach. But it's more than just the horrendous crash that decimated United's first team. There are deeply affecting scenes such as the one in which the families of the lost "Busby Babes" are ushered into an area where the 8 caskets lie side by side. A deeply-grieving June Jones, widowed far too soon as they all were, must be assisted away from her husband's coffin in a state of near-collapse.

Of the scenes involving survivors of the crash, two stand out in my mind and will forever. The whispered words of Matt Busby, from his German hospital bed, to his assistant Jimmy Murphy are well known to the club's world-wide family of supporters, but carry a special poignancy as brought to life by Dougray Scott (Busby) and David Tennant (Murphy). Then, back in Manchester, a deeply-grieving Bobby Charlton must be persuaded by Murphy to return to the game. The words spoken by Jack O'Connell in his portrayal of Charlton are the exact ones used at the time by the young Bobby. "How can I pass the ball, and know it's not to Duncan?"

The memory of Munich is sacred to the United "family"--the club & its supporters around the globe; and with one somewhat glaring exception the film is true to this. For whatever reason--dramatic license or what, I don't know--"United" names Mark Jones rather than Roger Byrne as captain of the squad. But this, of course, would not be known to viewers unaware of the historic tragedy and really doesn't detract from the film as a whole.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent - 5 stars 29 July 2011
I must admit, I didn't think I would be taken with a football drama, considering I don't follow the sport and couldn't be less interested in it. However, after seeing the star-studded cast as well as some new up-and-commers who seemed promising, I decided to try it.

All I can say is that I am very glad I did! Sam Claflin and Jack O' Connell shine as the star football players - Duncan Edwards and Bobby Charlton. David Tennant is, yet again, outstanding as Jimmy Murphy and Dougray Scott truly becomes the character Matt Busby.

The story had me laughing one minute and sobbing the next - Jack O' Connell especially as he dealt with the aftermath of the tragedy. Truly a harrowing tale which saw such promising talent destroyed so tragically.

A must see for anyone who enjoys a good Sunday drama.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars United 5 April 2012
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This was a great film about Manchester United (even though I am not a fan of the English game). A very well acted movie with David Tennant brilliant as usual. It shows what guts and determination against all the odds can do and is why Manchester United is the successful club it is today. To survive such a horrible ordeal and overcome it - amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant portrayal 2 Jan 2012
By ozmaid
I thought 'United' was an extremely good portrayal of the Busby Babes led by the brilliant acting of David Tennant as the coach - with a Welsh accent no less - very impressive! A must to watch but keep the tissues handy as its very sad in parts. It brought back lots of memories of the time of the plane disaster when so many young, promising soccer players lost their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David Tenant is Excellent 3 Dec 2012
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David Tenant is excellent in this drama as the Welsh coach of Manchester United who single handedly has to deal with the Munich air crash and the loss of so many of the Busby Babes. With Matt Busby serioulsy injured and in a Munich hospital he has to try and look after the grieving families while pulling together another squad from the second team, who were not on the plane, to continue with the league fixtures. Bobby Charleton is a young lad who survives the crash but cannot face returning to the club. The drama shows how the spirit of a club and the belief of one man can rebuild a team from the ashes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film 11 Nov 2011
This was a wonderful movie. Normally, I don't buy movies without watching them first, but I did this time around, and it was well worth it. This is a powerful, very moving story. The fact that it is a true story gives it just that much more strength. David Tennant is excellent, as always, and Jack O' Connell gives a very touching performance. The special features are good, and go into great detail on the making of the film and the history and people behind the actual event. All in all, it's great, and I recommend it to anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An education 18 April 2012
By Rosie
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I really have no interest in football past or present, but when you are a fan of David Tennant you gain an education in all sorts of things. I found United to be a very moving piece of tv, so much so that I bought this dvd! I was hooked from the beginning and in tears at the end. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 14 Jan 2012
By Padi
This product was in great condition and after some thinking was convertable to the system I have. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased
Published 3 days ago by Mrs Lesley S Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to cry a lot!
I was 12 years old in 1958 when The Munich Air Disaster happened. I was a fan of Manchester United back then and I'm a bigger fan these days. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Professor I. Robertson MD
4.0 out of 5 stars A tragic story
Sadly, I am old enough to remember it happening, and how shattering it was to see all those dazzling young men so brutally cut off in their prime. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Teemacs
5.0 out of 5 stars United , David Tennant
absolutely fantastic ...., im not a big football fan but I saw the documentary so thought id by this, very well directed n produced, very gripping your heart goes out to them & a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gee Marie Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars David is simply brilliant
As a fan of David Tennant I had to watch this. To my surprise I found myself not just watching him but watching everyone. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Louise Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent
As every United fan knows, this is an important part of our history, not something to be taken lightly and I'm happy to say the BBC did a very good job with it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C-87
1.0 out of 5 stars A must watch for any Man U or history fans.
I have given this a 5 star rating due to the acting, story line and over thoroughly entertaining, enlightening, sad and superb acting, for a sad event told thoughtfully and well.
Published 15 months ago by Busy Bea....
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
As a United supporter this film is a must, and even though you know the story - have read it all - it's still a great film. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Karina Wulff Harrestrup
5.0 out of 5 stars united bbc
Great viewing. Shows that a certain Welsh man called Jimmy Murphy was a unsung hero after the Munich air crash.
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by chrisj559
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