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Naked (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1993)

David Thewlis , Katrin Cartlidge , Mike Leigh  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlidge, Lesley Sharp
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WPYO4C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director

Audio commentary by Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge

Exclusive video interview with director Neil LaBute

An episode of the BBC program The Art Zone where Will Self interviews Leigh

“The Short and Curlies,” a short comedy from 1982 directed by Leigh

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Derek Malcolm and Amy Taubin


Editorial Reviews

The brilliant and controversial Naked, from director Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy), stars David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself through a nocturnal odyssey around London, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people, and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and costars Katrin Cartlidge (Before the Rain) and Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty), Leigh’s picture of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes International Film Festival.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutality And Brilliance--A Nasty "Naked" Treat October 7, 2006
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Having seen this movie upon its release in 1993, I remember seeing a tough, brutal little picture with a great leading performance by David Thewlis. I didn't actually remember liking it, however. Thirteen years later, I've had the pleasure of revisiting Mike Leigh's "Naked" in its Criterion issue. And being older and more savvy, I've discovered the film as if it were my first time viewing it. And what a lot of pleasures there are to be had in "Naked."

First, David Thewlis is brilliant! The ferocity of his performance captivated audiences around the world and won him Cannes and other acting honors, but no Oscar nomination. I would contend that if this movie were released now, with Mike Leigh and David Thewlis better known and respected, the outcome would have been much different. All the performers bring a realness to the film that make it so effective, but it is Thewlis's show.

Thewlis's Johnny is a despicable human being. He is rude, violent, petulant, unwashed, selfish, and totally at odds with anything even resembling humanity. He proceeds to make his way through London meeting up with various characters each more loathsome or desperate then the last. It is a bleak portrait, at best. Every woman, inexplicably, is drawn to Johnny. I mean--what a catch, huh? Some might label the film misogynistic, and it's treatment of women isn't glamorous--but I'd contend that the men are all ogres as well which helps balance things out.

So why is this movie great? Sounds like a nasty piece of work (and it is). But aside from the blistering performances, the film is scathingly and brutally funny. The impeccably literate script actually has something to say about the modern world, about philosophy, about the human condition. It's a tremendously smart black comedy.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Are you with me?" September 23, 2005
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I first saw this in a little run-down art house theater. The auditorium was empty except for an old woman and two strange men who, lured by the title and the fishnet stockings on the original poster, had obviously come expecting a different kind of movie than the one they got. There were times during the screening when I almost felt as if the theater had become part of the movie.

This is a film that's fascinating, but, damn, it's a bit of a ride. I'm frequently catching it late at night, on IFC, and even just a few moments almost always wear me out -- definitely a movie that brings to your attention when you need to go to bed. I appreciate "Naked," as a filmic experience, and it is indeed an incredible one, but I have to wonder if this is what movies are supposed to do.

Still, it does what it does and what it does is unlike anything else you could want to find.

David Thewlis may have made a mistake starring in this because he is so brilliant, so engaging, so horrifying, so smart, so black that to this day, I still have a hard time seeing him as any other character -- whether he's in "Gangster #1" or "The Prisoner of Azkaban." It's great work. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you cry, he'll make you carsick.

I'd also like to nominate the scene between Johnny and the security guard -- their discussion of time, and space, and barcodes and apocalypse and Dadaist nuns -- to be elected to the office of the great scenes of the 90s, and to take a place on the larger list of the great cinematic moments altogether.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST AND MOST POWERFUL FILM OF THE 90s September 5, 2005
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Johnny is a homeless, angry young man who can speak at great length and with GREAT eloquence on an incredibly wide variety of topics. He is smarter than basically anyone he meets or ever will meet but he has no job, no place to live and has no interest in having either. He arrives in London and sets out on an odyssey through the night to spread his philosophy on life to anyone who will listen. Doesn't sound like much of a film huh? Make no mistake this is one of the best films EVER made and contains a performance that can match De Niro, Hoffman or Brando any day. David Thewlis won best actor at cannes for his genuinely incredible performance in this masterpiece, and it's easy to see why. The raw power that he brings to this role has to be seen to be believed. Some people expressed surprise at his lack of an academy award nomination. Let's be honest about it. The performances that stay with you after the credits roll are too good for oscars. Day-Lewis in Gangs Of New York,Samuel L. Jackson in Jungle Fever, Campbell Scott in Roger Dodger, Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, Newman in Hud and most of all David Thewlis for this film. Ignore the hype about the violence in this film. Robert De Niro played a violent person in Raging Bull and what did he get? A golden globe AND the oscar. David Thewlis lost because he played this role with unblinking conviction. De Niro was sexually violent in CAPE FEAR and he was nominated at the academy awards. Thewlis and De Niro both took the method approach to these roles, so why did the academy overlook Thewlis? If this film didn't win the best actor and best director awards at Cannes I seriously think that it would be virtually unknown. Now that Thewlis and director Mike Leigh are back in the public eye. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
GOOD MOVIE
Published 24 days ago by L J O'CONNOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable for its characters that are so lifelike that you feel like...
Mike Leigh's 1993 film NAKED is a drama on sexual relations -- how men hurt women, how some women accept that hurt out of low self-esteem and a desire to be wanted or supported. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Reverse Happy-Go-Lucky
NAKED is not an easy watch for most viewers. But it is not that should discredited after one screening either. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Azzan
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliance of David Thewlis
Say what you want to about the poorly written female characters and the overly dark material.

The real gem here is the performance of David Thewlis. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Naked
A rather strange film with a strange cast of characters ostensibly centered around a narcissistic and arrogant "philosopher. Read more
Published 12 months ago by warlord
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, But Well Worth The Time
Naked is about as far from a pre-packaged formulaic Hollywood offering as you'll ever get. The two hour plus film requires your complete attention and it's doubtful that watching... Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film and blu
From an AV stand point, this disc presents a beautiful version of the film. Not overly digital, with a fine level of film grain preserved.

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Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Realism
Gritty & Raw.......Film Noir at it Best , Performances & Script are Unforgettable! You will want to Research more of The Brilliant Mike Leigh's work as well as the Actors.
Published 14 months ago by Peggy Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Disturbing yet Compelling Movie Ever!
David Thewlis as Johnny in Mike Leigh's Naked, is a force to be reckoned with! He is as damaged, if not more so, than the unfortunates he happens upon along the way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gretel
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is too much, baby!
Thewlis' character in this movie is just amazing. Not sure if Leigh is trying to speak for a generation with this one (GenX in Britain) or what, but the characters in this movie... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeppo!
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