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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2011)

Andy Serkis , Naomie Harris , Mat Whitecross  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone, Olivia Williams, Toby Jones
  • Directors: Mat Whitecross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJDNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" on IMDb

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BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) stars in this ripsnorting and unapologetic portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer, Ian Dury (Ian Dury and The Blockheads).

Funny, heartbreaking and very rock-and-roll, this directorial debut of The Road to Guantanamo co-director Mat Whitecross chronicles everything from Dury s troubled childhood and battle with debilitating polio, to the effects of his fame on his relationships and fatherhood.

Also starring Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later), Ray Winstone (Beowulf, The Departed, Sexy Beast), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore) and Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Frost/Nixon).

DVD Features: My Tribeca Story with Director Mat Whitecross; An interview with the sex&drugs&rock&roll team; Audio Commentary with Mat Whitecross, Andy Serkis and the sex&drugs&rock&Roll team; Deleted Scenes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....and Rock and Roll January 29, 2011
Format:DVD
I can't say as I remember this being released in the cinemas, so it sure took me by surprise seeing it on DVD. This is one heck of a romp.

I knew a bit about Ian Dury but not much. I knew the songs of his that managed to garner some air time and I knew he was afflicted with polio as a boy, but that's about the extent of it. Watching this movie was like walking into Ian Dury World. What an unbelievably colorful character. And what a great way to present him in a movie.

I'd seen "Ray" and "I Walk the Line" and I enjoyed them enough, but they look entirely pedestrian compared to this. Here is a movie about a rock star and it contains very little footage of him making, recording or performing music. It's about him. Who he is, how he thinks, his bad sides and good sides. He's bright and imaginative and he's almost always "on." It occurred to me that he wasn't really a musician at all but an artist that expressed himself through music. They make note of the fact that he always needed someone in the band to help him write tunes.

The movie itself is a hoot. It captures the time perfectly. It's goofy and adventurous, with a lot of funny, wild 'sign of the times' nuances in art, fashion and.......music.

The performances are generally good as well. Olivia Williams is gorgeous as ever and turns in a fine performance as Dury's wife. Naomie Harris is good as the girlfriend. But the shining star is Andy Serkis. He steals the show. I liked his portrayal so much I wanted to call him up and have a beer with him.

There is nothing I didn't like about this movie. It's a wild and fresh approach to the genre and could probably be enjoyed by someone who doesn't even know who Ian Dury is. The production values are good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shocking July 22, 2010
Format:DVD
I would go so far as to say this is one of the best pictures about rock 'n roll that I've ever seen in my life -- believable portrayals, including by great kid actors, psychological study, sweep-you-along mis en scene, busy but in the right way visual effects that slow down when you need to slow down for emotional impact, just plain smart filmmaking. Ian Dury, especially at this late date, is an all-but forgotten but absolutely key figure at the dawn of punk, outside of it but a part of the ethos. He was a pub rocker or something like that who hit zeitgeist with the title tune and many other odes for outsiders and the disaffected. His story is told with warts and all. You root for him but you see his faults, and he knew he had them. Outsized character, rebel, misfit, polio victim, bad husband and boyfriend, loving husband and boyfriend . . . complexity, which is so rare in the broad brush bio-pics we get here in the states. Dury's relationship with his son is best of all. Seek it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The unusual biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" is a quintessentially British excursion into the punk rock scene circa the 1970's. In a highly stylized fashion, director Mat Whitecross has tweaked expected musical biography conventions to dramatize the life of Ian Dury (Ian Dury and the Blockheads). This chaotic entertainment has many strengths and begins with a flourish of visual mischief to introduce Dury as a showman before settling into a more conventional narrative approach. If you are a fan of Dury or, indeed punk rock, then recommending "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" seems an easy task. However, if you have yet to be initiated, the film may be a little harder to sell. As with most films of this nature, Dury's artistry and talent are influenced by a troubled past and, quite frankly, his depiction does not always present the most pleasant of viewing experiences. At times, though, I don't know that "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" went far enough. Dury's debauchery seemed perfectly palatable to everyone in his immediate circle--until it wasn't. There was a certain lack of focus on developing supporting characters which made it unclear as to when they thought he was behaving badly.

But I'm jumping ahead. Dury is played with mush gusto by Andy Serkis (and yes, I'm one of the nerds who thinks his performance as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" was worthy of an Oscar nomination). Serkis was a nominated for a BAFTA for this larger than life portrayal, and it's easy to see why. The film chronicles Dury's childhood battle with polio and outlines his relationships with his absentee father (Ray Winstone), his put-upon wife (Olivia Williams), and his nubile life partner (Naomie Harris).
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The unusual biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" is a quintessentially British excursion into the punk rock scene circa the 1970's. In a highly stylized fashion, director Mat Whitecross has tweaked expected musical biography conventions to dramatize the life of Ian Dury (Ian Dury and the Blockheads). This chaotic entertainment has many strengths and begins with a flourish of visual mischief to introduce Dury as a showman before settling into a more conventional narrative approach. If you are a fan of Dury or, indeed punk rock, then recommending "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" seems an easy task. However, if you have yet to be initiated, the film may be a little harder to sell. As with most films of this nature, Dury's artistry and talent are influenced by a troubled past and, quite frankly, his depiction does not always present the most pleasant of viewing experiences. At times, though, I don't know that "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" went far enough. Dury's debauchery seemed perfectly palatable to everyone in his immediate circle--until it wasn't. There was a certain lack of focus on developing supporting characters which made it unclear as to when they thought he was behaving badly.

But I'm jumping ahead. Dury is played with mush gusto by Andy Serkis (and yes, I'm one of the nerds who thinks his performance as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" was worthy of an Oscar nomination). Serkis was a nominated for a BAFTA for this larger than life portrayal, and it's easy to see why. The film chronicles Dury's childhood battle with polio and outlines his relationships with his absentee father (Ray Winstone), his put-upon wife (Olivia Williams), and his nubile life partner (Naomie Harris).
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5.0 out of 5 stars English Music Hall Entertainer
How to tell the story of a larger than life musical personality? If you're a fan of Ray, Walk the Line, Get On Up you'll see similarities in the narrative--childhood trauma,... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Ella Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
MISERABLY UNDERRATED
Published 1 month ago by John I. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars ...very good indeed!
Andy Serkis is a great character actor, and is completely believable as Ian Dury, a UK punk rocker. Ian Dury was one of my heroes as a teenager for (probably literally! Read more
Published 10 months ago by K Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Done Tribute to an Oft-Overlooked & Forgotten Icon
I liked everything about this movie from the brilliant acting, direction, cinematography, script, editing and, of course the music. Read more
Published on January 8, 2012 by Stanley C. Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected pearl!
Low expectations for the movie but intrigued due to a second hand store acquisition of Ian Dury's greatest hits and reliving my UK youth. Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by M. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding
Want to understand the Blockheads era?

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Great music and true to life.

Great
Published on June 6, 2011 by D. A. Astin
1.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the content, hated the direction
A biography on cockney, handicapped, original "Stiff" recording artist Ian Dury, a forgotten but loveable writer of "sex & drugs & rock & roll"? Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I'm a fan of the music, but never knew anything about Ian or the band. It was interesting and well made.
Published on March 30, 2011 by Ray Sola
5.0 out of 5 stars Craziness and Empathy
Though I was a teen and young adult in the 70s and 80s, I don't remember hearing about Ian Drury during that time until after his popularity had started to fade. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Film Zealot
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