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I, Daniel Blake [Blu-ray] [2016]

4.6 out of 5 stars 352 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2017
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01LZ2IVZ7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,362 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Ken Loach directs this drama that follows a 59-year-old joiner as he tries to navigate the British benefits system. In the North-East of England, widower Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is forced to stop working when he is taken ill with heart disease and so applies for Employment and Support Allowance from the Government. But his life is further thrown into disarray when his benefits are suddenly taken away from him and he is forced to jump through the many hoops of the bureaucratic system to get them back. During this time, he meets the similarly-troubled single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) whose financial problems mean she is being forced out of her home in London along with her two kids Dylan and Daisy (Dylan McKiernan and Briana Shann). The film was nominated for five BAFTAs including Best Film, Best Director (Loach), Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Squires).

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Format: DVD
I am writing this to counter the first, preposterous "review" which is, in my view, more revealing of the person's innate prejudice that anything else. As a cancer survivor myself, affected by many of the issues this film presents and excoriates so well,"I, Daniel Blake" is an honest, responsible film, I, and many people I know personally, have been through the ringer that the main protagonist, Daniel, goes through in the drama. As with Loach's other films, it is an uncompromising piece of cinema. All of the quotations displayed on the cover I agree 100% with. This is a powerful, superbly made film by the masterful director, Ken Loach. From "Cathy Come Home" and "Kes" through recent films such as "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" his pursuit of the dramatic presentation of real issues affecting real people is as good as it gets. I am reviewing the film itself, seen in the cinema, as it has pre-screened around the country prior to its general release on Friday 21st October 2016. I urge everyone to see this film and make up their own mind as to its accurate portrayal of humanity, suffering, inequality and political brutality in contemporary Britain. Don't think for a minute that this is a piece of leftist propaganda. Far from it, it is witty, tender and relevant. It is a lot more fun than it sounds, riddled with humour. The jury at Cannes are to be applauded, along with the film itself, for honouring it with The Palme d'Or, for best film 2016. This is a direct challenge to the usual, incorrect and unrepresentative diet of reportage that we are force-fed by the BBC and the Murdoch press. If you can't get to the cinema to see it ( my other half and my 15 year old son thought it was a great film too! ) then I urge you to give this film 100 minutes of your time.
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Format: Blu-ray
Top marks for this film, this is how it is, i know. If you can pick a pencil up from the floor you can go back to driving an articulated lorry, even if your back is smashed in two places by an accident.
It was unbelievable, until you have been through it you really don't know. National Insurance!!!!!! What Insurance?
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True to real life how the system works. Very sad at times. Shows compassion by some of society and the cruelty of a process enforced which not fit for purpose. We need a film like this to show the failing of the system because fiction is much closer to reality than we know.
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A great film but I couldn't watch it using VLC Media player. Engineer tried to reinstall and the DVD played with other programmes. We decided it had to do with the DVD itself. Just thought I'd note this and stop others from spending hours trying to get VLC to work.

I've been through the PIP process and it was interesting to see that the one for ESA is the same. I got the right decision but it took me three months. It might have taken longer if I hadn't kept ringing and complaining every two weeks. I can usually cope with stress but the three months of form filling, the assessment and waiting led to a relapse.

I think this is a must see film. It's not fiction. This is what too many disabled people face when they apply for ESA and PIP.
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Format: Blu-ray
An Incredibly moving film, the food bank scene alone broke me in two. It's very easy these days to dismiss anyone on benefits as a lazy scrounger but hopefully this film might go some way to opening peoples eyes to what is a desperate situation for many.
When I saw this at the cinema, there was complete silence at the end as the credits rolled, I think folk (me included) had been stunned into silence by such a powerful performance by the cast, but particularly the two leads who were outstanding.
Highly recommended!
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By red on 18 Nov. 2016
Format: DVD
this is the best film i have seen,it is factual, i have been through the system which is designed to make you more ill. i personally know
of someone who killed themselves owing to the stress caused by the esa system. i fortunately survived the testing until the next round of medical forms.
the film makes you laugh cry and get angry,i was still affected the day after watching the film.the scene in the food bank is totally
heart breaking. if anyone is not affected by this film then they are dead or a member of a certain politically party.it will eventually be shown
on tv and if things dont change then all is lost
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2016
Format: DVD
When joiner Daniel Blake suffers a heart attack, he becomes trapped in a surreal world in which medical staff deem him unfit for work, but his Employment and Support Allowance is withheld because he scores just three points too few in a ludicrous Work Capability Assessment questionnaire delivered by a robotic “healthcare professional” employed by the private company to which the DWP has outsourced the task of reducing benefit payments. The Catch-22 nightmare deepens as Daniel struggles to deal with the hurdles of qualifying for Job Seeker’s Allowance, his only other means of obtaining benefits, forced to demonstrate that he is spending 35 hours a week job-hunting when he is not supposed to be working for health reasons, so cannot in good conscience accept a job in the unlikely event of an offer.

The damaging effect of incoherent policies is further illustrated by the plight of the young single mother of two Katie whom Daniel befriends in righteous indignation over the way she has been sent hundreds of miles from London to Newcastle where housing is cheaper, but is denied access to the money she needs to feed and clothe her children.

Leavened with wry humour and often unbearably moving, this is a hard-hitting attack on the lack of “joined up thinking” in the provision of welfare in C21 Britain, and the way in which Jobcentre Plus staff have too often become dehumanised by jargon-ridden and misapplied procedures culled from the private sector, as if they will miraculously improve the situation. Their bureaucratic rules seem designed to drive benefits claimants to give up, despite genuine need. The social costs of these crude, short-sighted and counterproductive attempts to deal with the fundamental problem of scarce resources are made all too apparent.
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