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London in the Raw [Blu-ray]

1.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. Please note while the feature film is viewable on all Blu-Ray players the special features are in Standard Definition/PAL format and will not be viewable on US BR players.

'The World's greatest city laid bare! Thrill to its gay excitement, its bright lights, but be shocked by the sin in its shadows!' Following on from his Take Off Your Clothes and Live, and influenced by the world-wide success of Italian 'Mondo' movies, which combined documentary footage with staged sequences of salacious effect, legendary British low budget movie mogul Arnold Miller concocted this fascinating exploitation-style documentary. Peering voyeuristically behind the grimy net-curtains of London life into seedy bars and clubs for beatnik 'art lovers, and burrowing beneath the glittering facade of the capital's glamorous cocktail lounges and casinos, London in the Raw provides a cynical, sometimes startling vision of life on and off the rain-spattered streets of 1960s London.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Narrated By: David Gell
  • Directors: Arnold L. Miller, Norman Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, PAL, Import
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UL7SI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "London in the Raw [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on December 17, 2014
Format: Amazon Video
This seedy movie, with an announcer who has a tour guide voice, shows you just how crazy and whacky London could be in the 1960s. Beatniks eating cat food, off-license establishments, precision dance stools and incomprehensible cockney singers. Add some breasts and you still don't have a lot here.
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Arnold Miller capitalized on the trend in mondo filmaking with his 1965 documentary London In The Raw. With taglines screaming "The World's Greatest City Laid Bare" he helped to usher in an English version of the popular Italian genre.

Looking at the film some 48 years later what we get is a tame, very British look at London nightlife in the mid-1960's. There are a few segmenys meant to shock and some nudity (a gym scene, a hair transplant for shock value) but most of the film's short run time is devoted to a sort of London club tour. The places we visit give us a brief view into what life was like back then The film is a pleasant historical document and the BFI should be thanked for bringing such a rare film to the general public.

As part of its Flipside Collection the BFI has presented a great package for those looking for some of England's more offbeat films. The set is one of its dual packages offering the film in both a Blu Ray and standard definition DVD. The print is almost perfect and quite possibly better than most would have seen it on release. The color is vibrant and the sound is clear. The true value of this release also lies in the assembled bonus features. There are three "London Sketches" all by filmmakers Peter Davis and Staffan Lamm: Pub(1962), Chelsea Bridge Boys(1966) and Strip(1966) which provide a grittier feeling look at the principal material. There is a shorter alternate cut of the film presumably created for international distribution with different and somewhat more explicit footage and a great booklet featuring an essay and biographies of the filmakers.

This is once again a great package and a great historical document that is well worth the price of admission even if the world's greatest city is not exactly laid bare.
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Actually I'll give it two belches. Seriously there is nothing shocking or risqué, not that I was searching for it, unless breasts, belly dancers, and hipsters eating tinned cat food excite you. We're led to believe this is London's seamier underbelly, but I fail to see why women working out in a health club or a balding man getting hair plugs (graphic) is seedy. Watch for the club featuring a woman in green glitter eyeshadow/green dress looking like a swamp fog, as she intros a Cockney with Austin Powers teeth. Good if you're in a group, looking for something to make fun of, nothing too adult (though breasts seem to be a fixation for the producer), and to get ideas for an Ugly Hat Party.
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bought this for the cafe racer doc. entertaining stuff. worth it if you're into cafe racers.
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Not very interesting and not what you might think from the title.
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