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Meantime The Criterion Collection

Special Edition, Criterion Collection

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3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher's England, Mike Leigh's 'Meantime' was the culmination of the writer-director s pioneering work in television and became his breakthrough theatrical release. Unemployment is rampant in London's working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leigh's now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, 'Meantime' is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Roger Pratt and director Mike Leigh
- New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker
- New conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael
- More!
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sean O'Sullivan


Product details

  • Actors: Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Format: Color, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2017
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0716XTT3V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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