Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Director: Shane Meadows

Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke

     
 

Shane Meadows' comedy Once Upon a Time in the Midlands comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to trailers. Although this disc offers…  See more details below

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Shane Meadows' comedy Once Upon a Time in the Midlands comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to trailers. Although this disc offers strong sound and picture quality, there are really no extras of any consequence. Seeing as the film failed to get a wide theatrical release, this disc should be worthwhile for those with a taste for offbeat British comedies.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Whenever it draws parallels between its source material -- the classic spaghetti Western Once Upon a Time in the West -- and the mundane details of life in the English midlands, director Shane Meadows' broad, realist comedy is a winning, knowing farce, worthy of Mike Leigh or Danny Boyle at their most buoyant. The more it strays from its template, the more it becomes a conventional romantic comedy -- not the worst quality in the world for a movie to have, but certainly a step down from the trenchant satire of smoky bingo parlors, anonymous pubs, and cookie-cutter houses Meadows establishes in his opening act. Luckily for the director, his performers are all on the same page, with Rhys Ifans delivering a sly, hilarious variation on his usual shellshocked-naïf routine; Robert Carlyle lending a healthy dose of swagger to his dashing -- if somewhat pathetic -- ex-paramour character; and Shirley Henderson anchoring the two leads with her haggard air of common sense. Best of all is the young Finn Atkins as the daughter who convinces Ifans' Dek to grow a backbone and stand up for himself; their scenes together are refreshingly free of the cloying cuteness usually assigned to the sage-child-mentors-clueless-adult subplot that's all too common to Hollywood romantic comedies.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
UPC:
0043396011915
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Carlyle Jimmy
Rhys Ifans Dek
Kathy Burke Carol
Shirley Henderson Shirley
Ricky Tomlinson Charlie
Finn Atkins Marlene
Kelly Thresher Donna
Andrew Shim Donut
Ryan Bruce Emmerson
Eliot Otis Brown Walters Actor
Antony Strachan Actor
David Mckay Actor
James Cosmo Actor
Vic Reeves Plonko
Bob Mortimer Actor
Richard Garfoot Actor
Vanessa Feltz Actor

Technical Credits
Shane Meadows Director,Screenwriter
Peter Beston Editor
Andrea Calderwood Producer
Julia Duff Casting
Paul Fraser Screenwriter
Robin Fraser-Paye Costumes/Costume Designer
Liz Gallagher Musical Direction/Supervision
Cherry Gould Asst. Director
Paul Hamblin Sound/Sound Designer
Hanno Huth Executive Producer
Louise Knight Co-producer
John Lunn Score Composer
Anthea Nelson Art Director
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Crispian Sallis Production Designer
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Trevor Waite Editor
Paul Webster Executive Producer
James Wilson Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:09]
2. Dek, Shirley & Marlene [1:44]
3. Carol & Company [3:33]
4. The Heist [4:09]
5. Still in Love [3:24]
6. Bingo & Social Club [1:41]
7. A Surprise Visit [2:00]
8. Family Council [6:36]
9. "I've Killed My Baby" [3:19]
10. A New Phase in the Relationship [1:56]
11. "Tomorrow" [4:59]
12. Family Heirloom [2:01]
13. "I'm With Dek Now" [2:00]
14. Silence of the Zen [2:47]
15. A Private Word [1:41]
16. Jimmy's Pals [4:52]
17. Baby's Back [1:02]
18. True in Her Own Fashion [5:15]
19. Rendezvous at Dawn [3:01]
20. Where Jimmy Goes, Trouble Follows [4:15]
21. "Please Don't Leave" [7:01]
22. "Shoot the Moon" [6:42]
23. Marlene's Birthday [4:22]
24. A Birthday Wish [2:05]
25. Not Scared Anymore [3:59]
26. A Family Decision [3:22]
27. "Aida" [4:49]
28. End Credits [3:18]

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