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  • Actors: Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris, Olivia Williams, Toby Jones, Noel Clarke
  • Directors: Mat Whitecross
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003A8FERS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Biopic of late British singer-songwriter Ian Dury. Andy Serkis stars as Dury, who contracted polio at the age of ten but defied all expectations by overcoming the debilitating effects of the disease and going on to become one of the founders of the new wave scene in Britain in the 1970s. The film tracks his ongoing battle with the disease and the effects of fame on his personal relationships. Olivia Williams, Ray Winstone and Mackenzie Crook co-star.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
I must be in a bit of a music biography mood, but why not when there are a couple of cracking examples of the genre currently on the DVD rental market? This one concerns the life and times of the late Ian Dury, a boy crippled by polio in his early years who forged a career as a new wave poet and musician, but had a difficult family life and strained relationship with his eldest son, Baxter.

The central performance by Andy Serkis was a masterpiece; he managed to attain all of Dury's mannerisms, speech patterns and movement to a tee, which was no mean feat. The young actor playing his son Baxter (Bill Milner) was impressive, although he didn't seem to age much during the film, which was a little odd? The other central roles of Dury's first wife Betty (Olivia Williams) and his partner Denise (Naomie Harris) were also truly believable. The narrative form jumps around a bit and uses Dury's music hall inspired performances to show some of his backstory, especially the time when he was sent to an institution for the disabled and others of his distant, but loving father Bill (Ray Winstone),

Probably the best thing about this film, as well as the music, is the fact that the screenwriter and director didn't shy away from showing Dury's volatile and often violent nature, which is a fact often missing from more sycophantic films. In conclusion, myself and my husband really enjoyed this film and it's a must see for any music fan.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE on 29 July 2010
Format: DVD
Ian Dury's life was tumultuous, but maybe not quite as exciting as this film. From the thrilling Peter Blake animated montage opening to a glorious 'coming of age' moment experienced by Baxter Dury at the end, the film won't let the viewer relax.

Andy Serkis is painfully realistic as Dury, forever imprisoned in his calliper and haunted by memories of being struck down with Polio, agonising confinement in an iron lung, and his time in the Chailey hospice for disabled children. The message of Chailey that stayed with Ian throughout his life was that if you fell down, you get yourself up again: which is all well and good, as long as those meant to encourage you are not sadists. The warder in charge of Dury's ward provided further inspiration for his irascibility. Dury's reaction to the man's fate is understandable, only shocking if you were 'on the board' and not in the ward.

There are surely few men whose wives and mistresses actually bond through the shared experience of living with, caring for and putting up with a man as 'difficult' as Dury. Olivia Williams and Naomie Harris give passionate performances. Ray Winstone gives a touching portrayal of father Bill Dury - himself ordering his son to get himself onto his feet - loving and gentle, despite a gruff demeanor.

This is as much Baxter Dury's story as it is his father's: From the moment of his birth, we follow Baxter's difficult childhood and his father's idiosyncratic involvement. In fact, Baxter shared the role of right-hand man for his father with Chaz Jankel - both in the band that started as the Kilburns (Kilburn and the High Roads) and evolved into the Blockheads - and in everyday life.

This is a tremendous acheivement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
A great biopic that perfectly captures all the facets of the genius that was Ian Dury. As befits the man, his tale is told in a quirky fashion with much humour and pathos. It doesn't shy away from our hero's less than heroic qualities, especially the way he treated those around him, which is to the picture's credit. It charts his rise to success and the huge amount of graft he put in to make himself the star that he was. It shows the effect success had on him and those around him. In flashback it shows just why he was the way he was. It's deftly scripted and moving. It has a feeling of realism, perhaps due to the close involvement of the Blockheads and Dury's family. Andy Serkis' portrayal is a real tour de force. He just IS Dury. Ray Winstone in a short but powerful cameo casts a brooding presence that threatens to dominate the film. The film shows the highs and lows of this true individual, and even if you don't appreciate the music you will appreciate the story. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2010
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Andy Serkis heads a great team of players in this movie about the much-missed Ian Dury. Bill Milner, in particular, who plays Ian's young son, more than holds his own among a cast of highly distinguished and distinctive actors, which is a tribute to the strength of his performance.

From the opening titles designed by Peter Blake the film has enormous impact and maintains a furious pace throughout and these features are key elements in conveying the personality of its subject and the effect he had on everyone around him - for good or ill.

Likewise the narrative sequence of the film is frequently interrupted and offers fragments of the story, rather like a mosaic, and this feature provides insights into the profoundly disturbing story of Ian Dury's upbringing and throws light on the driven nature of his creative gifts.

Altogether a fine tribute to a great musician.
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