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Walter / Walter and June / Loving Walter [1982] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Sarah Miles
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AF9PRU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Featuring a remarkable performance by Ian McKellen and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen), Walter remains one of the most acclaimed and poignant dramas ever made for British television the first ever Film on Four, it was chosen as the centrepiece drama for the launch night of Channel Four in 1982. This release comprises the original BAFTA-nominated play, and Walter and June, a sequel screened in 1983 co-starring Sarah Miles. Also included is Loving Walter - a movie-length edition that blends material from both films as well as previously unseen footage. Walter, adapted by David Cook from his award-winning novel, is set in the early 1960s and tells the disturbing story of a man with mental and physical disabilities who is left at the mercy of society's attitudes following the death of his parents. The play's unflinching treatment of its subject inevitably shocked, but also drew overwhelming praise from viewers and critics, with McKellen receiving a Royal Television Society award for his harrowing, rigorously researched portrayal. Walter and June, again written by Cook and directed by Frears, picks up Walter's story nineteen years on. It charts the friendships he has formed, and the tender, life-changing but precarious relationship that develops between Walter and mercurial fellow patient June, as the two leave the confines of the hospital to face an uncertain future in London. SPECIAL FEATURE Loving Walter: a movie-length edition of both films that includes previously unseen footage

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hymnsy on 26 Dec. 2010
At long last a UK release of the shocking, moving potrayal of the life of Walter before, during and after being put into a Psychiatric Hospital.

I remember at the age of 13 watching Walter on Channel Four's first broadcast night in 1982. The film was burned into my memory. I recall thinking, this is the channel I have been waiting for, if they can air this type of content and quality then let the filmfest begin. They did not dissapoint.

Loving Walter, for me, was the start of a lifelong interest in Mental Health Issues which eventually led me at the age of 23 to start a rewarding 7 year employment in a large Psychiatric Hospital. Some of the patients I helped care for had been in instituions for decades and may have encountered similar conditions as portrayed in these films.

Some years later after leaving nursing and starting my own retail DVD business I tried without sucess to locate this film on DVD. The film had impressed me so much that all those years later I contacted Sir Ian McKellen's agent offering to part finance the UK release of Walter. Sir Ian very graciously sent his appreciation stating that unfortunately they could not release the film yet. It has been a long wait. (Later there was a R1 release of Loving Walter.)

Sir Ian Mckellen delivers a powerful performance. Some of the scenes are disturbing and whilst I believe the BBFC has rated Walter as a 12 the other films on this disc are rated 15, so the collection is sold with a 15 rating. All three films are Uncut.

A must see film. Buy It!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Garry Fry on 18 Jan. 2011
Sir Ian Mckellan gave, without question, the finest masterclass of method acting ever committed to film. Channel 4 should remain faithful to their roots and commission the final chapter of Walters life for television. The screenplay for the 3rd part does exist. The radio play " Walter Now " was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January of 2009 and saw Sir Ian reprising his role of Walter as a pensioner, living in a hostel after many years in a psychiatric hospital. Come on Channel 4, do the right thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Oct. 2013
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Been looking for this film for years. Still exceeded my expectations after 20 years- would recommend to anyone liking gritting reality into asylum life.
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THE PERFOMANCE BY IAN MCKELLEN AS WALTER IS OUTSTANDING .THIS FILM WILL MOVE YOU TO TEARS.
SARAH MILES AS JUNE IN THE SECOND PART ALSO PLAYS HER PART SO WELL . I AM NOT GIVING TOO
MUCH AWAY REGARDING WHAT HAPPENS . THIS IS A FILM EVEN THOUGH IT IS SO SAD, IS SO COMPELLING.
DEFINATELY A MUST SEE.
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By bob on 18 Jan. 2013
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I saw Walter when it was originally on channel 4 in 1982 it was moving then and still is now its an eye opener as to the.mental health care of the time.its not been re mastered and is a bit grainy in parts but i feel this ads to the experience of watching this film its mc kellen at his best its well worth a look .
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Great film. Quick delivery. Very happy.
Reminds me of Way back when Channel 4 was launched. They picked a good film.
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