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The Last of England (Remastered Edition) [Blu-ray]

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One of Derek Jarman's most personal and innovative films, The Last of England is a devastating vision of 80s Britain. Images of war and urban decay are intercut with Jarman's own childhood home movies, creating a shocking yet beautiful and poetic film with a much praised soundtrack. A powerful and haunting work from one of Britain's most creative filmmakers and starring Academy Award Winner Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin, Michael Clayton). Kino Lorber has created a beautiful new high definition transfer of this classic film. First time ever on Blu-ray.

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  • Actors: Tilda Swinton
  • Directors: Derek Jarman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007UQ8IKQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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During the 1980′s, there was a prevailing sense of anti-Thatcher that was permeating through youth culture but also among adults who have had enough of what England was becoming.

From the music of the Clash to The Smiths, to the punk music of the Sex Pistols, there was a feeling that England has gone awry and chaotic.

For filmmaker Derek Jarman, he was a man who felt that English culture was dying and he has had his feelings of the descent of English cultures as early as the 1970′s. An experimental filmmaker who wanted to inject a synergy to art cinema but also to use his films as a platform to show his fight for gay rights and homosexuality, his personal disdain towards English culture was the subject of his films.

From his 1978 film "Jubilee" featuring Queen Elizabeth I of England being transported to a wasteland, Jarman created the first punk movie. But through the '80s, Jarman felt that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was hurting England. From high unemployment to a recession that was hurting the poor, Jarman felt it was the death of his country. Ever the polemic and outspoken individual, Jarman would go on to create the short "The Queen Is Dead: A Film by Derek Jarman" in 1986.

His work would reach international status when he directed The Smith's music video "There is a Light".

In 1988, Derek Jarman felt the decaying of would create a film on super 8mm titled "The Last of England", that would showcase the increasing decay of his country. A way to open the eyes of people to show a world that has been hurt by greed, people who have been oppressed by their government.

And now, "The Last of England" has been released on Blu-ray via a remastered edition.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Emil J. Novak on February 17, 2013
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Seen this before many many times before so it's not new at all, not even close. I would have like more Voice Over, but that wasn't happening after 10 minutes. The overall theme is sell indulgent and boring. I waited four so long for Tilda, and then her talent is wasted in this film. I love creative art films, but this just one didn't work. Plus why do I have light up a joint, or be on acid, or whatever just to come up with some idea WTF this director is trying to say.
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