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Shallow Grave
     

Shallow Grave

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Director: Danny Boyle, Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor

Cast: Danny Boyle, Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor

 

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Director Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting, The Beach) debut feature is an impressive piece of filmmaking, but a rather thin DVD release. The disc has two versions of the film, the original widescreen 1:85 and the full-screen standard format. For once, however, both formats are on the same side of the single-sided disc, so viewers can click back and forth to

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Director Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting, The Beach) debut feature is an impressive piece of filmmaking, but a rather thin DVD release. The disc has two versions of the film, the original widescreen 1:85 and the full-screen standard format. For once, however, both formats are on the same side of the single-sided disc, so viewers can click back and forth to see just how much the pan-and-scan crops the image. The transfers are also very good, digitally mastered with Dolby Pro Logic 2.0 Audio. It sounds great for a small independent film. Don't look for too many extras here, as a theatrical trailer plus cast and crew bios make up all of the supplemental material on the disc. What the disc lacks in detail, it makes up for in a gripping story.

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All Movie Guide
1994's Shallow Grave was often viewed as Britain's answer to Pulp Fiction (also 1994), and it was a significant hit in the United Kingdom. Grave's energetic visual style and humorous treatment of the crime-thriller genre is certainly reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's work, but the movie actually has more in common with the stylistic gymnastics of Coen brothers films: Blood Simple (1984) is an obvious comparison. It did moderately well on the U.S. art house circuit, paving the way for the greater success two years later of the exhilarating Trainspotting, from the same team of director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge. Though relegated to a supporting role in Grave, Ewan McGregor since became one of the most popular Scottish actors of his generation.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2000
UPC:
0027616780027
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Pan & Scan, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerry Fox Juliet Miller
Christopher Eccleston David Stevens
Ewan McGregor Alex Law
Keith Allen Hugo
Ken Stott Detective-Inspector
John Hodge Detective-Constable Mitchell
Gary Lewis Visitor
Peter Mullan Andy
Leonard O'Malley Tim
Robert David MacDonald Lumsden
John Bett Brian McKinley
Billy Riddoch Newspaper Editor

Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Kate Carin Costumes/Costume Designer
Nigel Galt Sound/Sound Designer
Masahiro Hirakubo Editor
John Hodge Screenwriter
Cate Karin Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Zoe MacLeod Art Director
Ian Madden Asst. Director
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Kave Quinn Production Designer
Allan Scott Executive Producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Intro/Main Title [:07]
2. Roommate Wanted [1:48]
3. Winning Or Losing [3:41]
4. "You Must Be Hugo" [1:06]
5. "Interesting?" [2:33]
6. Sweet Smell Of Money [1:42]
7. Hugo's Gone [2:35]
8. Their First Body [1:33]
9. Temptations [2:55]
10. Still Here [1:13]
11. Joy Of Accounting [2:43]
12. It's A Dirty Job... [1:59]
13. Luck Of The Straw [4:37]
14. The Clean-Up [4:56]
15. Contact Sport [1:46]
16. Love And Happiness [3:02]
17. High Cost of Living [3:02]
18. "Tastes Different" [4:19]
19. Security or Insanity [1:42]
20. Second & Third Body [3:13]
21. David Doesn't Sleep [3:55]
22. Juliet Makes Plans [:56]
23. Divide And Conquer [2:07]
24. Only 3, Not 4 [:41]
25. We Just Want To Talk [2:05]
26. The Spy Above Me [3:41]
27. Love Thy Enemy [2:44]
28. Breaking News [1:21]
29. "A Whole Lot Better" [3:32]
30. Not Up For Debate [2:08]
31. Going, Going, Gone [3:17]
32. End Credits [12:38]
Side #2-- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Intro/Main Title [:10]
2. Roommated Wanted [1:55]
3. Winning Or Losing [3:41]
4. "You Must Be Hugo" [1:06]
5. "Interesting?" [2:33]
6. Sweet Smell Of Money [1:42]
7. Hugo's Gone [2:35]
8. Their First Body [1:33]
9. Temptations [2:55]
10. Still Here [1:13]
11. Joy Of Accounting [2:43]
12. It's A Dirty Job... [1:59]
13. Luck Of The Straw [4:37]
14. The Clean-Up [4:56]
15. Contact Sport [1:46]
16. Love And Happiness [3:02]
17. High Cost of Living [3:02]
18. "Tastes Different" [4:19]
19. Security or Insanity [1:42]
20. Second & Third Body [3:13]
21. David Doesn't Sleep [3:55]
22. Juliet Makes Plans [:56]
23. Divide And Conquer [2:07]
24. Only 3, Not 4 [:41]
25. We Just Want To Talk [2:05]
26. The Spy Above Me [3:41]
27. Love Thy Enemy [2:44]
28. Breaking News [1:21]
29. "A Whole Lot Better" [3:32]
30. Not Up For Debate [2:08]
31. Going, Going, Gone [3:17]
32. End Credits [12:38]

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Shallow Grave 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this movie holding my interest continually, with twists and turns in a macabre and 'Poe-esque' way. I enormously loved the ending and immediately began recommending this movie to friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really wonderful movie! excellent plot twist at the end, and the characters were WONDERFUL!! Love it and reccommend it to anyone who liked "Blood Simple" or any Hitchcock
Anonymous More than 1 year ago