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That Sinking Feeling (Remastered) (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1980]

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  • Actors: Robert Buchanan
  • Directors: Bill Forsyth
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I5PO8HI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BFI Flipside presents

THAT SINKING FEELING (DVD + Blu-ray)
A Film by Bill Forsyth

THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

Unemployed teenager Ronnie (Robert Buchanan, Gregory's Girl) and his hapless pals spend their time hanging around the rainy parks and dingy cafes in Glasgow, but their world is about to change when Ronnie hatches a plan to make them all rich by sealing a job-lot of stainless steel sinks.

Hilarious and inventive, this zero budget debut from celebrate director Bill Forsyth (Gregory's Girl, Local Hero, Comfort and Joy) provides an authentic depiction of 1970s Glasgow youth culture, and is presented here for the first time in a new HD transfer complete with the original Glaswegian dialogue track.

Special Features*

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • New Audio Commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode
  • Interview with actor Robert Buchanan (Douglas Weir, 2014, 20 mins)
  • Kermode Uncut (2012, 9 mins): film critic Mark Kermode discusses the budget for That Sinking Feeling with Bill Forsyth
  • KH-4 (John Schorstein, 1969, 13 mins): a young artist (Forsyth) struggles to seek inspiration from a slowly crumbing cityscape
  • Mirror (John Schorstein, 1970, 30 mins): a young would-be writer (Forsyth) searches the street of Glasgow for his missing girlfriend
  • Glasgow 1980 (Oscar Marzaroli, 1971, 30 mins ): documentary, edited by Bill Forsyth, promoting the proposed development of Glasgow in the 1970s
  • Islands of the West (Bill Forsyth, 1972, 30 mins): promoting the scenic beauty of the Scottish Hebrides
  • Bill Forsyth's Lifetime Achievement Film (Bill Forsyth, 2009, 7 mins): short acceptance film made for BAFTA
  • Optional alternative dubbed dialogue track
  • Fully illustrated booklet

*subject to change

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First off a big thank you to BFI for coming to the rescue of this delightful and wonderful film. The first feature by Bill Forsyth and the subject of some dreadful past treatment on video and (most recently before this) DVD.

This is a top notch addition to the wonderful Flipside range. Presented in its original 1:33;1 ratio the picture is outstanding. This film was made on a budget of less than £30,000 but you wouldn't know that to look at the end result. The cinematography and the framing are joy to behold. The soundtrack is the original Scottish one and quite rightly so (they include the dubbed for comparison and you'll see why people including myself were outraged by the dubbed one being the only option on DVD by a small listen).
Not only that but you get a commentary track with the director himself and Mark Kermode and a veritable feast of extras which document Bill Forsyth's early film making, which are fascinating in themselves. 'Glasgow 1980' (made in 1971) is a fascinating short in and of itself.

Support the release of this by snapping up a copy for yourself. You'll be thankful you did. It's wonderful.
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This is such an important film for so many reasons. Bill Forsyth and many of the cast cut their teeth here before moving on to the rightly much loved Gregory's Girl. A lot of of the charm of that film is evident, but drenched in late 70's Glasgow rain, That Sinking Feeling quickly immerses us in the boredom of the core characters. That the plot is driven by a very low key heist is pretty much secondary. These wonderful actors, the dry whimsy, I could listen to them day and night.

Previous release formats have been deeply flawed, so I could not be more chuffed. This is brilliant, brighter both in definition and audio. Love it.
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Saw the newly restored BFI print at the Glasgow Film Theatre last night (15/4/14).

What a difference. The video holds up pretty well, considering the age and source of the original material. The real joy was the soundtrack...the original voices are now back where they belong.

The sold-out performance, presented by the BFI and introduced by Robert Buchanan (Ronnie), John Hughes (Vic), Douglas Sannachan (Simmy) and Gerry Clark (The Watchman) - Margaret McTear (Ward Nurse) who was not onstage but was in the audience - was a great success. Eagle eyed audience members also caught director Bill Forsyth, who appeared after the showing and could be found loitering on the stairs.

A great, important Scottish movie, now restored to it's original glory...and belongs in every collection.
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A very funny low-budget film, unfairly criticised by some as amateurish. A good caricature of an aspect of life in the mid 20th century scottish industrial midlands, seen through the eyes of a group of bored unemployed youths seeking a quick path to wealth. Lots of subtle little visual jokes that might easily be missed. The restored original dialogue is very welcome - I haven't yet watched the version with the dubbed "posh" dialogue but don't much relish the idea. A triumph for Bill Forsyth's principle of understatement ("less is more").
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Saw this after Gregory's Girl because it had the same director and cast. I'm sure it's because I identified with all the guys and did some crazy stunts too. Not anything near the elaborate heist but just a bunch of young guys hanging out coming up with things to do.

A brief history I found out listening to the commentary and the budget short. He,originally went to BFI with Gregory's Girl and they turned him down. Too commercial for them. Went back with this movie and they approved. He did have to secure additional funding but was able to release it. He says it's in the Guinness book for least expensive movie released commercially.

To the video quality: Damn good. This was shot on 16mm and blown up to 35 mm. The grain is to be expected and the contrast and color are a good balance. Being remastered I think they may have used the original print. The soundtrack is very clear and no noticeable hiss. This is presented in the original full frame and looks correct. There was a widescreen version on Netflix but it looked wrong. Too tight on the top and bottom. I have the Laserdisc but its just one step above VHS.

The bonus shorts are interesting as a history of his filmmaking. The commentary is very good and there are few gaps.

Don't bother with the dubbed version. It sounds like people standing in a room talking into a Mic. Very bland.

Great little movie and an affordable disc.
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Now as much a time capsule of life in Glasgow in the late 1970s, this lowest of low budget movies overcomes any production shortfalls with a great script, engaging characters and huge heart.

Famous, among film buffs at any rate, as director Bill Forsythe's first film (it was made after initial funding for Gregory's Girl failed to come through) it benefits from watching though rose tinted glasses. The lack of budget, professional actors and relentless West of Scotland rain make it a less than shiny visual, but all of that is overcome the sheer joy of it. Everybody was having fun and it delivers fun to the viewer still.
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