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The Corner (HBO Mini Series) [DVD] [2000] £10.87 Delivered @amazon
The Corner (HBO Mini Series) [DVD] [2000] £10.87  Delivered @amazon

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The bleak reality of drug addiction is captured with unflinching authenticity in The Corner, an excellent, reality-based HBO miniseries. Having lived on the streets of West Baltimore, Maryland, where this compelling drama takes place, actor-director Charles S. Dutton knows the territory, physically, socially, and emotionally, and his compassionate approach is vital to the series' success. Dutton cares for his characters deeply enough to give them a realistic shred of hope, even when hope is consistently dashed by the ravages of addiction. This is, at its root, a family tragedy, focusing on errant father Gary (T.K. Carter, in a heartbreaking performance) a once-successful investor trapped in a tailspin of heroin dependency. His estranged wife Fran (Khandi Alexander) was the first to get hooked, and she's struggling to get clean, while their 15-year-old son DeAndre (Sean Nelson, from the indie hit Fresh) deals drugs, temporarily avoiding their deadly allure while facing the challenge of premature fatherhood.

Through revealing flashbacks and numerous local characters, we see the explicit fallout of addiction, and while violence occasionally erupts, its constant threat is secondary to Dutton's dramatic vision, which remains steadfastly alert to the humanity and neglected potential of these lost and searching souls. The Corner is,essentially the civilian flipside of HBO's equally laudable series The Wire, which approaches a similar neighbourhood from a police-squad perspective. Performances are uniformly superb, details are uncannily perfect, and for all of its human horror, The Corner is riveting, not depressing. A closing interview with the characters' real-life counterparts bears witness to the fact that these lives, with inevitable exceptions, need not be lost forever. --Jeff Shannon

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Great series, great price. Heat added.

If you like The Wire, you'll love this.

Quite funny seeing The Wire's detective's, bureaucrats, etc as drug fiends, construction workers, etc. Worth watching just to spot the familiar faces.

6 hours of top quality drama for a tenner.

Great wonderful show.

Oh and was it just me that thinks Fran is smokin hot??

Absolutely brilliant miniseries. One of my favourites. Well worth buying at any price. As a fan of the book I found T.K. Carter's performance as Gary to be one of the finest I've seen in any TV show or film.

Just watched all five series of Wire back to back for the second time so really looking forward to this. Thanks to OP.

Ordered. Cheers.

Great Show. Good Price. Essential for Wire enthusiasts.

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expired already?!?!?!?

I want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :w00t:

anyone know the next best price for this?

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Oh and was it just me that thinks Fran is smokin hot??



She was alright, when she scrubbed up. I always remind myself that it's just an attractive actress dirtying up for a role, rather than a real-life junkie who would of course, be minging!

p.s

Anyone got the book? would it be a good read or would the DVD be better?

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She was alright, when she scrubbed up. I always remind myself that it's … She was alright, when she scrubbed up. I always remind myself that it's just an attractive actress dirtying up for a role, rather than a real-life junkie who would of course, be minging!



but more likely to put out :thumbsup:

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p.sAnyone got the book? would it be a good read or would the DVD be … p.sAnyone got the book? would it be a good read or would the DVD be better?



The book is absolutely brilliant and I'd recommend it. However, you certainly won't lose anything from watching the DVD before reading the book - the miniseries is a very faithful adaptation.

As others have said, if you like The Wire you'll love this, but I would recommend this to anyone regardless of what you thought of The Wire. It addresses a real and often ignored problem without coming accross as preachy, and presents the addicts as real, often decent people (though not without their flaws). The way the addicts obviously allowed Simon and Burns into their everyday lives goes to show just how much they immersed themselves in the corner life when writing the book, which I certainly wouldn't have the bottle to do for a day, let alone an entire year!

yea
seen the book for £7.50 from waterstones which is quite good, may go for that then!
Thanks

fantastic mini series. gutted that this offer has expired
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