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Sexy Beast [VHS] [2001]

4.5 out of 5 stars 194 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, James Fox
  • Directors: Jonathan Glazer
  • Writers: David Scinto, Louis Mellis
  • Producers: Denise O'Dell, Hercules Bellville, Jeremy Thomas, Mark Albela, Paul Webster
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 13 Jan. 2003
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000088T29
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gangster Gary Dove (Ray Winstone) has now retired to a villa on the Costa Del Sol, where he lives with ex-porn star wife DeeDee (Amanda Redman) and spends his time lazing by the pool and dining out with friends. All is well until Gary's psychotic former colleague Dan Logan (Ben Kingsley) arrives in Spain, determined to persuade him to do one last job. Dan is now in the employ of London crime kingpin Teddy Bass (Ian McShane), who intends to rob the bank of his sometime lover Harry (James Fox). Gary maintains that he has turned his back on his criminal past, but Dan is not prepared to take no for an answer...

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Fed up with the seemingly endless succession of Brit gangster flicks? Or just wish that someone would reinvent the genre? Either way, Sexy Beast is for you. While reintroducing some of the well-worn characters of recent years, the film at least attempts to take a sideways look at the genre. Centred on the lives of two ex-con ex-pats and their new lives in Spain, the story is one concerning the conflict between the past and the present. Ray Winston is Gel, who, enjoying his life of early retirement in the sun, finds his loyalties called into question when asked to return to Britain to take part in an audacious heist. There's not much else to say plot wise, but the script and cast is so strong that the film gets away with it. Eschewing the younger brat pack in favour of the likes of Winston, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman (sadly under-used) and Ben Kingsley (whose ultra foul-mouthed Don steals every scene) gives the film a calm authority. Quite violent--although more in language than action--but not without its moments of brilliant humour, Sexy Beast is an intelligent, enthralling and welcome addition to the gangster-film genre. --Phil Udell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
This is a brilliant British gangster film. Up there with Get Carter,The Long Good Friday et al. It works superbly on all levels. The cast including occasional ham Sir Ben Kingsley are outstanding. Even ex Lovejoy lothario Ian Macshane is pretty good as the metrosexual crime boss Teddy Bass.
Its the best use of a bank job themed film since the original Italian Job.Sexy Beast got a bit lost in the plethora of Brit Gangster flics but it is head and shoulders above them all.The disc has lots of interesting extras. The plot twists and turns,"like a twisty turny thing" and the denoument is sheer class. Buy this film.
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Format: VHS Tape
Sexy Beast it is quite simply fantastic.
I would rate this movie as being in the top three British gangster films of all time, along with Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, way ahead of other recent splurges of cinematic mockney psychopaths running amok.
Ex-criminal Gary 'Gal' Dove (Ray Winstone) has built a happy life by the pool for himself and wife his Dee-Dee (Amanda Redman) somewhere in Spain. The idyllic bubble is burst one day by the arrival of 'old friend' Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), who is intent on persuading Gal to return to London to perform one last big heist. Drawn by the psychotic Logan into a battle of wills, Gal risks everything to protect his carefully constructed world and the woman he loves. Returning to London to take part in a sensational safe deposit robbery.
Beautifully directed by Jonathan Glazer (him of lone surfer Guinness advert fame). The genius stroke is the casting of Ben Kingsley, Shakespearian actor, winner of an Oscar playing the world's greatest pacifist as Gal's nemesis, Don. He is brilliant as, quiet frankly, an absolute nutter. There are also excellent, but warped cameos by James Fox and Ian McShane.
It is stylish, sexy and compelling.
It is a beauty.
Buy it.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Sexy Beast is one of my favourite films, and as soon as I heard this was coming out in the UK on Blu-ray I had high hopes that it would be done right, since it's a British film. Instead, Film Four have made a direct port of their defunct Sexy Beast [HD DVD] [2000] which they put out in early 2008, with the only difference being that the Blu-ray is region-locked. This HD transfer is single-layered in 1080i and not full 1080p, with the film taking up only 18 GB of space, and is very likely in the wrong aspect ratio (I believe it should be seen in 2.35:1 as it is on DVD, but this Blu-ray is 1.85:1) which distorts the composition of the picture. The audio is DTS-HD High Resolution, meaning it is not lossless audio like DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD. The supplements duplicate the 2008 DVD edition Sexy Beast [DVD] [2000] with only the Kingsley/producer commentary, the short (less than ten minutes) behind-the-scenes documentary, and some trailers. 4dvd is just entering the Blu-ray market and they need to realise that consumers don't want bare minimum efforts on their Blu-ray titles. Send Film Four a message that you want them to use the Blu-ray format to its full potential, with full 1080p transfers in proper aspect ratios onto dual-layered Blu-rays, complete with lossless audio and maybe even some new extras. For now, stick with the Sexy Beast [DVD] [2000] or if you have an HD DVD player, go ahead and pick that up used.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
Don't be fooled into thinking that this is another gangster film because it isn't, in fact it doesn't really fit into a genre at all. The main theme of the film is more of a love story between Gal (Ray Winstone) and Didi (Amanda Redman), which also has a very dark theme to it.
Ray Winstone is excellent as usual, but Ben Kingsley really steals the show as the Psychotic Don, a character from Gal's murky past which he is trying to escape from. Gal has retired to Spain and is living this idyllic life until Don appears like a bolt out of the blue with a job for Gal, and he will not take no for an answer.
Jonathan Glazer's directing is excellent and his use of the camera is impressive. He also get exceptional performances from the whole cast.
This is an excellent film which is simply a must buy.
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Format: VHS Tape
Few British gangster films (up to, and including The Long Good Friday and anything by Guy Ritchie) have plumbed the depths of the British crime genre as thoroughly and plausibly as this one.
A no-frills outing, it finds Ray Winstone and his missus down on the Costa, enjoying the fruits of his life of crime and generally lying low in the sun. Enter Ben Kingsley as Don Logan, a messenger from the London underworld who insists that Winstone get himself back to London for 'one, last job'.
This would be worth watching alone for Kingsley's truly terrifying performance as the crazed Don, but every member of the small-ish cast is superb; from Winstone's terrified Gal, to Ian McShane as Teddy Bass, the London-based mastermind of the robbery in question - a difficult and work-intensive hit on a safe deposit vault, to every last one of the molls and scumbags who bring up the rear. Kingsley should have got an Oscar for this, but didn't. He deserves something. Don Logan is unlikely to be forgotten by anyone who sees this film.
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