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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars


TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 March 2015
First of all the easy bit. Watching on 100' projection the blu ray picture is immaculate. It is, to my surprise, a widescreen movie with just the slightest of black bars either side. The dvd supplied is also immaculate although not as pin sharp as the blu ray as you would expect. I kept the mono soundtrack on stereo which is just mono through two speakers.

So the viewing experience was cinematic. I was totally engrossed as I believe people were when originally viewed at 'the pictures.' For this is still powerful cinema but for different reasons. The story centres on one young man's struggle with a new found freedom. The kind of freedom that independent wealth affords. £14 a week he was on which I equate to taking home about £300 a week these days, living with parents. He worked-out how to get ahead financially.

His battle with 'the bosses' parallels his anxiety about women. An anxiety brought to a head when his already married girl-friend tells him she's pregnant. It is 1959. Water off a duck's back these days but then...then the scorns and derision impregnate the one thing that keeps you part of a community: pride. And community was all there was.

As a film fan I really enjoyed the pacing of the piece. Good use of background sounds to help keep you engaged. From snogging on the couch, a dog barking in the alley, a car passing in the distance. Then cut to the hussle and bussle and racket of the factory floor. This I missed on small television viewing.

I could also enjoy reading the titles of books on shelves and reading the many posters that are so well framed in scenes. Even old world safety notices could be read as part of the scene, part of the era. An era, as our hero says, that has seen the back of real poverty of the 1930s and 1940s and is on the cusp of a new age (unknown to him) of rampant materialism. Free love, making your own music and eventually owning your own films. Without letting them grind you down. Great stuff.
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VINE VOICEon 28 August 2017
It is good to know that this classic film is still available and in Blu-Ray too! Part of the New Wave Cinema which emerged during the very early 1960s, the story evolves around Arthur Seaton played by Albert Finney who works in a tedious job in a bicycle factory. He becomes involved in an affair with Brenda, the wife of a workmate, meets the shy Doreen played by Shirley Ann Field, and establishes a long term relationship with her as well. His affair with Brenda flounders after she becomes pregnant, and he is badly beaten up by her brothers in law. Finally, Arthur has to make his choice, whether to continue his philandering ways and settle down with Doreen. This film was typical of working class values in those far off days, and it did cause some controversy when it was first released. Although dated, it is still worth a view and it has stood the test of time. The Blu-Ray edition looks lovely, although sound is mono.
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on 16 May 2017
Oh this was excellent. Really took me back to factory conditions of the 60's. Little in the way of health and safety, but we all survived it. Decent believable story line, realistic portrayal of that time of the decade.
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on 27 April 2017
I wanted this dvd as an example of UK so-called Kitchen Sink film and it is ideal. It is also useful as part of a study of Finney's work, of The Sixties and in fact many aspects of British culture.
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on 2 April 2017
Just brilliant - wish there was more like this - British post war and authentically acted - love it!
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on 17 June 2017
A true portrait of 50's Britain.
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on 20 March 2017
Love all the old films, 'specially this one!
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on 11 October 2017
great dvd plays great
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on 2 June 2017
Happy
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on 19 March 2017
excellent 60s film
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