- Actors: Reece Dinsdale, Philip Glenister, Richard Graham, Claire Skinner, Warren Clarke
- Directors: Philip Davis
- 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: Anchor Bay Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0076KDPA4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,225 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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John, an ambitious young copper, is sent undercover into the hardcore football gangs to track down the 'generals' - the shadowy figures who orchestrate the violence. Gradually, the hard drinking, hard fighting macho world proves irresistable and John slowly finds himself turning into one of the thugs he has been sent to destroy.
Intense, ferocious and deeply unsettling, I.D. is an excellent examination of Britain's unsavoury contribution to global culture: football hooliganism. Whereas Alan Clarke's The Firm showed the violence that lurked behind a seemingly normal façade, I.D. posits football hooliganism as a feral temptation. Dedicated, ambitious undercover policeman John (Reece Dinsdale) becomes seduced by the violence of an East London gang, ultimately becoming lost from his regular life with his wife (Clare Skinner). Dinsdale delivers a measured performance that sees him spiral from committed, right-minded policeman to shaven-headed, Nazi-saluting monster, revelling in the violent impulses he embraces with glee and, alarmingly, becoming a hero amongst those he is infiltrating. Warren Clarke is absolutely monstrous as the leader of the hooligan gang, a paragon of bigoted hatred and the embodiment of John's future. Often unnervingly realistic, director Phil Davis is adept at creating riotous mob scenes that chillingly accentuate the world into which John is drawn. It could be said that I.D.'s premise is too thin, and that hooliganism is not addressed in an effective manner, but it is without doubt a chilling character study of the temptation of violence and the horrific influences that lurk in the heart of society. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Distributor : Anchor Bay Entertainment (UK)
When you go undercover remember one thing, who you are...
Ask any movie collector to name a film based around the world of football hooliganism and you would probably be given genre titles such as Football Factory, Green Street or perhaps even The Firm. The one film which is unlikely to immediately come to mind however is Philip Davis' I.D.
Criminally under-rated, the film tells the story of an undercover detective who is sent into the world of organised football violence in an attempt to infiltrate the gangs and bring down the generals who appear to be controlling much of the local organized crime. It would however appear that the world of drinking, fighting and ultimately belonging all comes with a certain appeal especially when your regular life begins to disintegrate around you and the movie charts the officers downward spiral into becoming one of the major players he was sent in to unearth.
Starring Reece Dinsdale as John, his opening line "My names John, I can be very nice or I can be very nasty, either way I'm having a statement out of you" is said in an almost throw away fashion. John however appears to have an intensity about him and as the film progresses, it is this intensity which will result in the complete destruction of his character and the emergence of something altogether different. With supporting roles from a host of British actors including Warren Clark, Sean Pertwee and Perry Fenwick, the drama unfolds at a steady pace providing a gritty and altogether tense character study of one mans decent into extreme violent behaviour.
Presented in 1080p 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer, the newly remastered print marks a vast improvement over all previous releases. Colours and black levels are reasonably strong with an average amount of detail on display. Thankfully all previous issues of print damage would appear to be long gone making an altogether decent but not remarkable transfer. It is also worth noting that Anchor Bay Entertainments Blu-ray marks the first media release of the film to preserve the original aspect ratio which again shows a major improvement over the earlier cropped DVDs. If you are used to seeing the film in a scratchy 4x3 print, you are in for a real treat as the movie has simply never looked better.
Audio is presented with a choice of 2.0 stereo track or a 5.1 DTS HD master which comes across as clean, crisp and well defined. Once again the soundtrack simply blows away the previous DVD audio track, instantly enhancing the quality of the presentation and giving a real sense of depth to the dialogue like never before.
Extras? No! Nothing at all, not even a trailer. A real shame considering the previous budget releases the film has received and you would think that obtaining some contributions from cast members surely wouldn't have been too difficult to arrange. Considering that almost nothing has been said on the making of this classic, there is a real missed opportunity here.
All things considered I.D. has been on our most wanted lists for some time and as the film seems often overlooked or perhaps even forgotten, this certainly makes for an unexpected if most welcome Blu-ray release. The improvements in sound and picture quality alone easily justifies a purchase for fans of the film, it's just a shame that something couldn't have been done to provide some extra features.
With solid performances throughout, this one really could be considered the ultimate hooligan film. Sure it doesn't have some of the more outlandish moments of the other titles which followed, however if you enjoy superbly written, acted and directed dramas then look no further.
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Frought with tension and violence this is a brutal introduction to football hooliganism. When the job has been done, will John ever be able to settle down into a 9-5?
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