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  • Actors:  Garry Summers, Bernie Hodges  Daniel Brocklebank
  • Directors: Darren Flaxstone, Christian Martin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042L0OFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

From the acclaimed team that brought you the hit gay drama Shank, Release is an explosive drama about violence, abuse and budding love behind the walls of a hellish prison.After finding himself locked-up for a serious crime, young priest Jack (Daniel Brocklebank) struggles to adapt to life inan increasingly volitile prison replete with corrupt guards and a vulnerable cellmate(Wayne Virgo, Shank). However,when he meets guard Martin (Garry Summers), a passionate but clandestine affair develops and he gets a new lease on life. Both men's dreams of escaping together are threatened as tensions rise and battle lines are drawn, and soon their very survival becomes paramount. More visceral and gut-wrenching than most gay cinema in recent memory, Release's unflinching exploration of justice, retribution, repression, religion and love is an example of British cinema at its most refreshing, controversial and exciting.

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  • The Making Of Release Featurette
  • Extended Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Photo Gallery
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Customer Reviews

Not much substance!
richard niblock
The brutality is horrific, but the depiction of tenderness between two men against this backdrop beautiful.
J. Sidelinger
If you like movies with happy endings this is not a film for you.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Sidelinger VINE VOICE on December 26, 2010
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"Release" written and directed by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin

Prison movies as a genre are bleak and "Release" is no exception. The story begins with a Catholic priest, Father Gillie (Daniel Brocklebank), being processed into a prison somewhere in the UK. He is a handsome and seemingly innocent looking man yet we know he is guilty of some terrible crime - there is a suggestion that he may be a pedophile.

While serving his sentence, he begins a relationship with Martin an idealistic prison guard (Garry Summers) and the two manage to carry out an illicit love affair in the midst of the ugliness both literally and figuratively in the drab institutional setting and cruel actions of those around them. Some of the story's context is provided by Father Gillie's flashbacks to the actual events that brought him into prison. In addition, there is a parallel story of conflict between Father Gillie's very young cellmate and the other prisoners that inevitably leads to Father Gillie coming to his defense. One particular prisoner played by Bernie Hodges is especially antagonist towards Daniel Brocklebank's character. The character Max is sinister and unnerving as it becomes apparent that he actually running the prison and not the warden. He is a spider manipulating the strands of a web - orchestrating the actions of the prisoners, guards, and machinations behind the scenes. I found Bernie Hodges very creepy in this role.

It is not completely clear to me where Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin wanted this movie to go. There is brutal violence juxtaposed to the tenderness between the two lovers;prison justice versus Fr. Gillie and Martin's sense of decency; and morality versus depravity.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By john francis on December 12, 2010
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Caught this at the Riverside Studios in London, what a film...dark and very different. Very grown up for a centrally perceived gay film. It deservedly won an award for Best UK Drama at the End of the Pier International Film Festival this year. Tackling subjects ranging from paedophilia to euthanasia wrapped around the central character of a priest in prison illicitly having an affair with a male prison officer the film cleverly draws on the influences of Polanski and Hitchcock to take you on quite a nightmarish journey. The stark atmosphere of the prison takes hold of you from the moment the priest is taken through familiar scenes of admission to prison.

Daniel Brocklebank is amazing and his performance perfectly pitched throughout. His supporting cast in the form of his lover played by Garry Summers brings a convincing tension to the love and passion between the two men as well as conveying the pain of love. Bernie Hodges scares the bejeezus out of you as Max the everpresent all seeing psychotic prison heavy. Wayne Virgo from SHANK pulls another great physically exposing performance out of the hat.

I don't want to give the plot away - needless to say it plays with time and shifts from reality to fantasy scenes effortlessly making this a drama that updates the narrative of PRIEST from years ago. It is a brave and clever film interspersed with great passionate love scenes snatched between the violence and horror of prison. Be warned you will cry at the end.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lady Kah-Kah on October 27, 2011
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I feel like people who are giving this one star ratings are disappointed that this wasn't just some fun, gay sex romp like so many other gay-related movies out there. I also think the people who designed the cover art for the dvd were deliberately misleading (guys in the shower? Really?). This isn't a "sexy" movie. It is very dark. It asks some hard questions about faith, sexuality and assisted suicide. Yeah, not exactly whack off material. This isn't a movie with a happy Hollywood ending where the two main protagonists walk off into the sunset at the end. It has a bleak outcome that, within the context of the story, seems unavoidable. It is still an outstanding film. The actor who plays the incarcerated priest is brilliant. His can say more with his eyes than words can express. I would encourage people who like indie films to give this one a shot. If you're looking for a sexy romp with angst, go rent Later Days.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Whiteagle on December 20, 2012
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Compassion is the pivot point of this film. When one chooses to act on love, consequences follow. The prison culture is more raw, less civilized than the outside society, but not much different. Hypocrisy in the Roman Catholic Church worries the gay priest. Orphaned at a young age, the older brother cares for his brother, plays the parent role right on into becoming a Father of the Church. But the moral stance of the institution is inhumane. Here the Church and the Prison mirror each other. Within the Prison are the same forces of death and destruction, deceit and hidden dangers which the Priest found in "straight" society. His highly protective sense of fairness and willingness to act on his values brings him erotic love as a reward. The jailor as lover/prisoner as lover duality creates tension for the lovers and for the environment. Evil lurks in the prison. Power is hard to see, unless you are familiar with its Dark forms. The priest knows the Shadow side of the Church's power structure, but is an innocent lamb in this environment, as is his idealistic "Christian" guard lover. This is an archetypal piece, a tragedy like the Passion, but unlike the traditional version we get to see the nude body in all its beauty.
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