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The Crying Game (DVD + Blu-ray)

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Product details

  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb. 2017
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01G3QF8LA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.

Special features

  • 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)

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The Crying Game offers a rare and precious movie experience. The film is an unclassifiable original that surprises, intrigues, confounds, and delights you with its freshness, humor, and honesty from beginning to end. It starts as a psychological thriller, as IRA foot soldier Fergus (the incomparable Stephen Rea) kidnaps a British soldier (Forest Whitaker) and waits for the news that will determine whether he executes his victim or sets him free. As the night wears on, a peculiar bond begins to form between the two men. Later, the movie shifts tone and morphs into something of a romantic comedy as Fergus unexpectedly becomes involved with the soldier's girlfriend Dil (Jaye Davidson) and discovers more about himself, and human nature in general, than he ever dreamed possible. Like Spielberg's E.T. , The Crying Game was supposed to be director Neil Jordan's "little, personal movie," the one he just had to make, even though no studio was willing to give him money because the story was so unusual. Instead, it became a surprise popular sensation, thanks in part to Miramax's cleverly provocative campaign playing up the hush-hush nature of the movie's big secret. The performances (including Miranda Richardson as one of Fergus's IRA colleagues) are subtly shaded, and the writing and direction are tantalizingly rich and suggestive; you're always trying to figure out the characters' true motives and feelings--even when they themselves are fully aware of their own motives and feelings. The Crying Game is a wise, witty, wondrous treasure of a movie. Director Jordan's credits include Mona Lisa, Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins, and The Butcher Boy. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By ... TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2017
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I ordered this in June last year and promptly forgot about it until it arrived 22 February. Even when it arrived I thought of refund. Then I put it on a shelf. I could not remember anything about the film except the dénouement. Somewhat listless this evening, I took it from behind two other films waiting to be seen. I pulled down my ten foot projection screen. And was stunned by the opening.

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] [1970]. 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.
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For the best part of its first third, "The Crying Game" is utterly predictable and quite boring. Plus Forest Whitaker in the part of a British soldier - I don't think so, "mate"...
And then...and then...as Fergus arrives in London and meets Dil, the movie takes a whole different, powerful meaning. "The Crying Game" then reveals its true subject: the meaning and the nature of love, as well as our complete uselessness as human beings when it hits us - even if the circumstances are absolutely incredible/impossible. It is only then that Neil Jordan's very artful directing and beautiful lightning start to hit the spot. Jaye Davidson has a big responsibility for the film taking off as it does, but Jordan's very romantic direction helps too.
I can only regret that the "gimmick" that made the film famous is still the one thing that lures people to this movie because at the end of the day it is a beautiful love story, and it throws quite a lot of questions to us rock-hard heterosexuals, and in particular this one: Can one fall in love irrespective of gender? And what does it take to live with it?
Four stars only because there are some mild execution problems (the hostage bit -way too developped, Whitaker -miscast, and Miranda Richardson -annoyingly noisy).
Bar that, a must-see.

On top of it, the bonuses are brilliant: a very thoughtful commentary by Neil Jordan and a fascinating 50mns making-of, made years later, with discussions with producers, Director Neil Jordan, actor Stephen Rea and even a former IRA prisoner. A great release indeed.
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Finally someone gives this great film an HD restoration (scanned from the original 35mm negative at 2K resolution) it has so deserved over the years. And it looks amazing!! Thank you BFI for loving this film enough to do this much for us fans. Have felt this film has always been mistreated here in the US over the years and glad that the UK still believes in this movie. The extras aren't much to write home about (except that odd alternate ending and the great Neal Jordan commentary) but it is this beautiful transfer in 1080p that got me craving this release since it was first announced in the spring of 2016. It was well worth the wait! This is a region B blu ray so I have hope that Criterion could pick this up for a US release (which I will also get) but I have been a fan of BFI blu rays because I know that they give us great releases. If you are a fan you can buy with confidence because The Crying Game has never looked better!
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Unfortunately by the time I got to the theater to see "The Crying Game" I already knew about the big surprise. I had been avoiding seeing or hearing anything about the movie and was flipping channels when I paused on David Letterman long enough for him to give away the big surprise. I was no more happy with his off-the cuff revealation than I was when Charles Schulz revealed the ending to "Citizen Kane" one Sunday in "Peanuts." However, in the final analysis what makes Neil Jordan's 1992 film really memorable is not the big surprise, but rather that the writer-director comes up with a fourth act to take what has been set up in the previous three to a new level.
[I will endeavor to write this review without giving away the big secret although in the wake of Jaye Davidson's Oscar nomination and Billy Crystal's memorable song about "The Crying Game" at the Academy Awards there cannot be too many people who are not in on the surprise at this point.]
Act One has Jude (Miranda Richardson) enticing Jody (Forest Whitaker), a English soldier stationed in Northern Ireland, into an IRA trap. Jody is taken to a secluded house in the forest where he is watched over by Fergus (Stephen Rea), who seems to have more of a conscience that the rest of the group. Maguire (Adrian Dunbar), the leader of the group, plans on exchanging Jody for members of the IRA held by the British, but neither Jody nor Fergus think there is much chance of that happening. The question is whether Fergus is going to be able to shoot Jody when the inevitable moment comes, and while this could be (and has been) the subject of an entire film, it is only Jordan's opening act.
In Act Two we find that Fergus has changed his name to Jimmy and is doing construction work to hide out from both the British and the IRA.
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