- Actors: Daniel Mays, Jordan Long, Rory Jennings, Courtney Day, Gracie Fitch
- Directors: Eran Creevy
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: In2film
- DVD Release Date: 10 May 2010
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- ASIN: B003A8FEWI
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Shifty [DVD] 
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Low budget British thriller chronicling a day in the life of a London crack dealer. Riz Ahmed stars as Shifty, a hip young Muslim who earns his living by doing the rounds of his suburban neighbourhood and delivering the various intoxicants to which his assortment of clients are addicted. When Shifty's old school friend Chris (Daniel Mays) turns up after a four-year absence and joins him on his daily round, the consequences of his past actions are brought to the fore.
Will restore your faith in British cinema --Dazed & Confused
Packs a powerful punch... an urban film with heart, guts and soul --The List
Already being hailed as the best British film of the year --Evening Standard
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Well filmed and with decent characters and unlike most films dealing with drugs, gangsters and family problems, this didn’t resort to back alleys and seedy rooms, as the estates used all look pretty average helping to keep it more real than most. Also Shifty isn’t your usual smack head, he’s actually educated and had plenty of choices. This isn’t a brilliant film but it is good at capturing themes of friendship, loyalty and the shock value of seeing how past acquaintances have turned out.
The single disc loads to 3 trailers then goes to main menu offering play, scene select, extra features [commentary, making of, behind the scenes, music videos, soundtrack sampler and trailer] and set up [5.1/2.0].
With scenes of drug usage, dealing and plenty of casual swearing this is an undoubted 15. Shot in 18 days on a £100,000 budget, its another example of what can be done with little money and the booming bass in one scene works really well in 5.1. However it does have a really relaxed pace to it and will not please action fans, and although I found it compulsive viewing, I found myself struggling to give full marks until the end.
When Shifty's long time friend Chris (Daniel Mays, building on the great work he did as Michael Myshkin in the superb Red Riding films shown on Channel 4) comes back into his life after a four year absence, this is only the first of many changes that will occur over the ensuing day and night that will force Shifty to seriously re-evaluate his life. The pair are long, long time friends, but an at first unmentioned incident drove Chris away, an event that the two discuss and come to terms with over the next twenty four hours. Coupled with this, Shifty must contend with the devious attentions of fellow drug dealer Glen (Jason Fleyming), the middle man between Shifty and the mister big who supplies his drugs, who is looking to move up in the food chain and is happy to step over Shifty in order to do it. Thrown into the mix on top of all this is Shifty's brother Rez (Nitin Ganatra) who is trying to mend the bridges that Shifty has burnt with his mother and father, and Trevor ( an escalating unhinged performance by Jay Simpson) a family man who also happens to be one of Shifty's clients who is desperate for his next fix and is more than willing to do whatever he must in order to get it.
This is a small film (done on a strict budget of £100,000 and no more) done extremely well, with no padding or excess, just a realistic portrayal of an unsavoury lifestyle inhabited by thugs, chancers and the desperate. Creevy directs with an easy hand, and is clearly at ease with his subject, and whilst the film is not flush with Lock, Stock style action, it does contain a great story, very well told, scripted, acted and edited (the superb editing of the film is a particular stand out). The film relies heavily on its two leads, both of whom deliver great performances, particularly Mays as Chris, a young man with a huge burden of guilt on his shoulders who is the real catalyst behind Shifty's changing fortunes, and Creevy never allows the film to descend in sermonising or violence for the sake of violence, but instead gives us an ode to long lasting friendship even through adversity.
Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run and out-smart a rival drug dealer, intent on setting him up for a big fall.
As his long time friend Chris, confronts the dark past he left behind him, Shifty is forced to face up to the violent future he's hurtling towards....
A stunning British drama that focuses on people rather than drugs, is what Shifty is all about. Having the main protagonist be a Muslim, is a marvellous move from the makers, as it adds a whole new angle, to what could have been another average Drug film.
Everyone puts in a bravura performance, and all the way through the film, you feel Shifty's 'point of no return' as you see his life start to spiral out of control.
The ending likes to think that it is cleverer than what it actually is, and it feels a little like the end of 'Silence of the lambs', but it's still an incredible film.
Funny in parts, depressing in others, it shows desperation of addicts, and also empathy for people who take drugs to escape reality, and than people facing up to reality.
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Great dvd and great film. Enjoyed it greatly and for the price no complaints at all