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Comfort And Joy [DVD]

4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Bill Paterson, Eleanor David, Clare Grogan, Alex Norton, Patrick Malahide
  • Directors: Bill Forsyth
  • Writers: Bill Forsyth
  • Producers: Clive Parsons, Davina Belling, Paddy Higson
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W19VA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,130 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Bill Forsyth (`Gregory's Girl', `Local Hero') directed this comic thriller, which begins when Glasgow DJ Alan (Bill Paterson), already frustrated by the sickly-sweet constraints of his radio show, loses his girlfriend. His life acquires new meaning when he finds himself mediating between ice-cream gangsters Mr Bunny and Mr McCool. With C.P. Grogan, Patrick Malahide, and Eleanor David. Music by Mark Knopfler.

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Though flawed (Forsyth himself admits the screenplay should have gone through a few more drafts before filming), the film contains much of Forsyth's humanist and humane wit that made his earlier films classics. If you enjoyed "Gregory's Girl", "That Sinking Feeling", or "Local Hero", give this one a look.
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I love this film, BUT--after an hour or so it turns into one of the worst looking blurays I have seen. Video noise all over the place. Looks worst than the dvd.
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Nice wide screen copy, this film is an absolute joy to watch. Great humor & who ever thought ice cream could be the reason for a family feud? Sit back enjoy great performances, wonderful humor & have a tub of ice cream at the same time.
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If you like Gregory's Girl you'll like this film. If you lived in Glasgow in the early 1980's you'll love this film because it captures some outdoor scenes of Glasgow (you'll be amazed how much Glasgow has changed in 26 years).
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By Crazy Bald Heid VINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2005
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This wonderful gem is very understated and typical of Bill Forsyth's best work (see also Gregory's Girl, That Sinking Feeling and Local Hero however do take care to avoid Gregory's Two Girls like the plague a 0 star clunker).
Dumped DJ Dickie Bird (the perennially excellent Bill Paterson) wants to be taken seriously and tries his hand at some investigative journalism. After seeing an attack on an ice cream van manned by Alex "Taggart" Norton and Clare Grogan being trashed he gets involved in an internecine ice cream war.
A warm, amusing script coupled with an understated Mark Knopfler Score (bits of Love Over Gold for the record) and sympathetic direction/cinematography results in a great feel good film, a star is docked as feels a little dated.
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The 1980's - what fun we had!
This excellent film is as funny now as it was then! It's worth a few pounds and an evening in for anybody!
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Lovely film, a real pleasure. Bill Paterson is the star of the show but Scottish stars like Rikki Fulton add to it. Some of the acting is a little dubious for example Clare Grogan is very wooden at times.
I would certainly recommend the film especially to homesick Glaswegians who will recognise many of the sights.
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Great Scot, Bill Forsyth cements his legacy as one of the British Isles truly great film directors with his Glaswegian classic, "Comfort & Joy". Everything about this film is a joy. It's also one of the great unsung Christmas films. Glasgow has never looked more magical and Bill Patterson is a fantastic unlikely lead. The film's themes deal with loneliness and heartbreak at christmas time. When Radio Disc Jockey Dickie Bird loses his girlfriend, he's all at sea. Until he becomes embroiled in a turf war between two rival ice cream companies. From the evocative soundtrack by Mark Knopfler to the cool, glacial cinematography depicting Glasgow at Christmas, this film is wholly original. It is one I keep going back to and I recommend it whole heartedly.
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