Meantime (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Meantime (TV) (1984)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
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Meantime Blu-ray
Criterion | 1984 | 107 min | Not rated | Aug 15, 2017

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515201919

Meantime (TV) (1984)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray

Two brothers live on the dole in a small apartment with their unemployed parents in London's East End.

Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Starring: Phil Daniels, Tim Roth, Marion Bailey, Pam Ferris, Gary Oldman, Tilly Vosburgh


Synopsis: A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher's England, Mike Leigh's Meantime was the culmination of the writer-director's pioneering work in television and became his breakthrough theatrical release. Unemployment is rampant in London's working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leigh's now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, Meantime is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole.

Special Features:
- NEW 2K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Roger Pratt and director Mike Leigh, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker
- New conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael
- AND More!
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sean O'Sullivan

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