Life Is Sweet (Blu-ray)

Starring: Alison Steadman & Jim Broadbent Director: Mike Leigh  Rated: R: Restricted
Life Is Sweet (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • 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
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

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+

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Essential Cinema | Family Interaction | Mishaps | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 1991.
  • Filmed on location in Middlesex, England.
  • Shown at the London Film Festival November 15, 1990.

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