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Saving Grace
     

Saving Grace

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Director: Nigel Cole

Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes

 
Nigel Cole's comedy Saving Grace comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are

Overview

Nigel Cole's comedy Saving Grace comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include commentaries recorded by lead actors Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson, filmographies, and the original theatrical trailer. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can visit the film's website. This is an excellent release from New Line that should help to win the film a wider audience.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The second film from writer and star Craig Ferguson, this comedy was a modest worldwide success at the box office, joining other such recent imports as The Full Monty (1997) and Waking Ned Devine (1998) in creating a vibrant new international market for British films. Brenda Blethyn gives a typically adroit performance as the film's central character, playing the part with a requisite combination of gritty determination and blissful naïveté, opposing qualities that the actress engenders with great skill. Ferguson expands his range with a gentle, kindhearted role that's probably a revelation to U.S. audiences aware of him only as the duplicitous boss in the popular television sitcom The Drew Carey Show. While the rest of the cast is filled with British character actors hired too predictably by type, Saving Grace is a mostly effective, surprisingly warm film that would easily be suitable for children were it not for its central preoccupation with illicit substances. The script's finale disappoints, however, with a too-quick wrap-up that feels artificial, forced, and rushed.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2000
UPC:
0794043514227
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Pan & Scan, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Widescreen and full-screen version of the film; Two feature-length commentaries featuring actors Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Cast and crew filmographies; Original theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM content: link to the original theatrical website; Interactive menus

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brenda Blethyn Grace
Craig Ferguson Matthew
Martin Clunes Dr. Bamford
Tchéky Karyo Jacques
Jamie Forman China
Bill Bailey Vince
Valerie Edmond Nicky
Clive Merrison Quentin
Leslie Phillips Vicar
Diana Quick Honey
Phyllida Law Margaret
Ken Campbell Sgt. Alfred

Technical Credits
Nigel Cole Director
Annie Symons Costumes/Costume Designer
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Craig Ferguson Co-producer,Screenwriter
Mark Griffiths Asst. Director
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
Gail Stevens Casting
Eve Stewart Production Designer
Alan Strachan Editor
Cat Villiers Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. scene selections
1. Main Titles [4:33]
2. The Wake [4:23]
3. One Month Later [4:26]
4. Grace Under Pressure [4:16]
5. Matthew's Plants [7:57]
6. Worth More Than Gold [4:16]
7. Let There Be Light/News [4:35]
8. Buying Supplies [2:56]
9. The Other Woman [3:17]
10. Sampling the Goods [4:37]
11. Hard Work/Nicky [7:27]
12. Grace Hit the Streets [2:43]
13. Nicky's Confession [2:14]
14. Honey's Referral [4:01]
15. Jacques [7:30]
16. Returning Home [3:27]
17. Matthew & Nicky/Corn Flakes [4:22]
18. Grace's Visitors/Up in Smoke [9:30]
19. Safe at Home [4:21]
20. Epilogue [3:41]
21. End Credits [:00]

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Saving Grace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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This is one of the funniest British films, which I rank up with 'Waking Ned Devine' and 'The Full Monty'. It's sweet, poignant, and halarious. I totally recommend it!
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This British movie is great for belly laughs.
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