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The Crying Game (DVD +Blu-ray)
A film by Neil Jordan
The Troubles provide the backdrop for a study of sexual intrigue in this landmark British drama from director Neil Jordan (Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire) and producer Stephen Woolley (Carol).
When British soldier Jody (Forest Whitaker) is kidnapped by the IRA, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his captor, Fergus (Stephen Rea). When the abduction goes awry, Fergus leaves for London where he becomes embroiled in a curious love triangle with Dil (Jaye Davidson), Jody's beautiful girlfriend.
Full of suspense, mystery and intrigue, this Academy Award-winning thriller challenged mainstream sexual sterotypes and remains a powerful and poignant exploration of gender and identity.
- The Making of the Crying Game
- Audio commentary with writer and director Neil Jordon
- Alternative ending with commentary by Neil Jordon
- Illustrated booklet with new essay by film critic Ashley Clark and full credits
UK, Japan | 1992 | colour | 107 minutes* | Ratio 2.35:1* | Cert 18 (*TBC)
An IRA film with a difference, Neil Jordan's The Crying Game takes the Anglo-Irish conflict as the starting point for a thoughtful, often poignant and sometimes humorous examination of gender and identity. Stephen Rea is the IRA volunteer who befriends a kidnapped British soldier (the gauche but likeable Forest Whitaker), then takes the questions of loyalty and instinct (the "frog and scorpion" fable) with him to London, where he falls for the dead man's girlfriend (the appealing Jaye Davidson). Love and terrorism are fused in a violent and suspenseful denouement, where truth manifests itself in an unexpected yet meaningful way.
Miranda Richardson and Adrian Dunbar are persuasive as the IRA agents, and there are excellent cameos from Jim Broadbent as an East End barman and Tony Slattery as a property shark, all making the most of Jordan's stylish, Academy Award-winning script. Anne (Art of Noise) Dudley contributes a moodily atmospheric score, with three versions of "When a Man Loves a Woman" to point up the gender issue.
On the DVD: The Crying Game comes to disc with a widescreen picture that reproduces adequately for an early 90s film. The soundtrack, though, has real presence. There are subtitles in English and Russian(!), though the theatrical trailer is hardly a major bonus. An interview or a commentary with Jordan, discussing the motivation behind the project, would really have benefited a film which cuts across genres so successfully as this. --Richard Whitehouse --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product description
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Perfect picture quality, immaculate visual reproduction; the blu ray is stunning to view. I will not spoil it for those who have not seen this 1992 Neil Jordan written and directed movie. And it really is a cracking movie. It was not just the immaculate picture that reminded me of SERPICO (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) it is also the idea of cinematic realism. Beautifully framed and photographed. Real lives in peril, being controlled, drifting and idealistic.
I really loved this movie. I have also thought of another past movie that resonates with today’s vicious politics:The Conformist [Blu-ray] . Another time when caring was out of fashion.
I must have previously viewed it on VHS cassette rental for this time I was very aware of the literary expertise. Sub-titles help with the occasional uncaught word. So much to listen to. I was younger then. I still never cry, don’t get emotional or angry. But now I understand and never miss the details. A real pearl of a movie. The 32 page booklet has a very poor essay by 'a film critic and film programmer' Ashley Clark who details every part of the story with an overview that can often be wrong.
There are always more than two sides. Conflicts are never black and white. Good and bad. Freedom and tyranny. A good heart disturbs the piece.
Neil Jordan's masterpiece from 1992 is one of those few films that, despite being dated, is as compelling 25 years on as it was at the time of its original release. Fashion has changed and, thankfully, so has the political climate in Northern Ireland and Britain, but the moral dilemma of Stephen Rea's character is as poignant today as it was then.
If you haven't seen the film, do yourself a favour and don't look up the plot on the internet. Neil Jordan's original screen play won an Oscar, that should be enough to convince you that this is worth watching. Whatever else has been written and said will still be there later. Also, watch the film before exploring the bonus material.
The acting is quite exceptional throughout with highly deserved Oscar nominations for Stephen Rea and J. Davidson. There were further Oscar nominations for best director (Neil Jordan), best picture and best film editing. Yeah, this is seriously good. Also very good is the soundtrack. Especially the eponymous title song, which predates the film and thus was never eligible for an Oscar, is outstanding.
One word about the Optimum Home Releasing Special Edition DVD from 2006 I purchased. This is advertised as a two disc release, but when it arrived, there was only one disc. It contained all the advertised features:
- Alternative Ending
- The Crying Game Making of Featurette
- Director's Commentary
- Original Trailer
Having bought a used copy I cannot be sure that a second disc was not missing, but since there is no mention of 2 discs in the cover notes and all features were present, I didn't follow the matter up and presumed it was simply a mistake in the product description on the site. The lack of subtitles may be of concern for those who need them.