The Palme DOr-winning British classic, If...s long wait for a DVD release is finally over, and the end result does it proud. Boasting commentaries, interviews and a quality documentary too, its a true collectors piece for fans of the film.
And make no mistake about it, its the superb movie thats the star here. If... is, for those new to it, set in a British public school, and from this setting it has plenty then to say on authority and society. Directed by the late, great Lindsay Anderson, the film centres on Mick Travis, magnetically portrayed by Malcolm McDowell.
Superbly marrying fantasy and more realistic elements, If... is packed with iconic, and often quite surreal moments, leading right up the to the famed and indelible ending that sticks long in your mind once the credits have rolled.
A strong, powerful influence for many who followed it, If... is powered by Malcolm McDowells astounding performance (which would earn him the part in Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orange). Its arguable that hes never been better than he is here, and hes in good company, thanks to a top-quality supporting cast too.
Perhaps the greatest complement to If... though is that, decades after is initial release, its not only recognised as one of the finest British films ever made, but its regarded in many quarters as a classic of cinema full stop. And if youve not yet had the pleasure, this DVD release finally, belatedly, can open the film up to a whole new audience. Lets hope it does.
Commentary with David Robinson and Malcolm McDowell
Lindsay Andersons Oscar winning documentary Thursdays Children
Cast and Crew interviews
Interview with actor Graham Cowden
Actors: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan, Rupert Webster
Directors: Lindsay Anderson
Writers: David Sherwin, John Howlett
Format: Black & White, Colour, PAL
Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
DVD Release Date: 23 Jul 2007
Run Time: 107 minutes
Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital
Audio commentary with David Robinson and Malcolm MacDowell
Interview with Graham Crowden
Cast and crew details
Short film ? THURSDAY'S CHILDREN
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