Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 28, 2013
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Criterion
- Note: New restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography Dick Pope, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack
- New audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
- Audio recording of a 1991 interview with Leigh at the National Film Theatre in London
- Five short films written and directed by Leigh for the proposed television series Five-Minute Films, with a new audio introduction by Leigh
- Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 11/14/1991
"...[An] exceptionally acted comic framework....Leigh again proves himself a world-class filmmaker..."
New York Times - 10/25/1991
"...Very special....[The cast is] a joy to watch, both for the vigor of their performances and for the immense satisfaction they seem to have had in getting those characters together..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/22/1991
"...Marvelously eccentric....At once surreal and very real..."
Total Film - 02/01/2001
"...This is one of Mike Leigh's strongest....It's a perfect slice-of-life British drama..."
A.V. Club - 05/29/2013
"[T]here's a sense in which Leigh is playing rope-a-dope with the kitchen-sink genre, lulling the audience with familiar trappings while he lines up the next big punch." -- Grade: B+
Life was never sweeter--or stranger--than it is with this oddball English family that consists of a precocious teen, a father with ambitions of becoming a hot dog vendor and a goody-two-shoes sister.
Essential Cinema |
Family Interaction |
- Theatrical release: December 1991.
- Filmed on location in Middlesex, England.
- Shown at the London Film Festival November 15, 1990.