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In early October 2010, _Scandal_ was released in England as a region 2 PAL dvd. I do not know if it is complete although www.amazon.co.uk lists the runtime as 115 minutes (the Korean import is listed as 114 minutes). The October _Sight & Sound_, which is published in England, has a review (page 89f) that praises the video and audio transfer as excellent. I do not know whether this English edition is complete. Warning: it will not play on a standard North American dvd machine. So, buyer beware.
My rating for the Korean import is 4 stars because of the lack of English subtitles and the missing scene with Bridget Fonda. This is an unusually interesting movie that pillories the British press, government and legal justice system for ruining the lives of Christine Keeler and Stephen Ward. For anyone who remembers the Profumo scandal or is at all curious about the early 1960s cold war environment in the Britain, this is a must see. For everyone else, this is quite an interesting story in its own right, and I strongly recommend seeing it.
The story is one of great intrigue showing how one man's weakness and lust for the seedier side of the fairer sex, and another man's weakness, his desire to mix with the higher echelons of society, embroils them both into a downward spiral of self destruction, which in itself is indeed quite a story. But when it also compromises and in fact instigates the downfall of an entire government, and a British CONSERVATIVE Government at that; now add to it a complex web of vices including sex, drugs, alcohol, debauchery, infidelity, betrayal and treason! well you have the makings of a simply excellent movie. John Hurt's acting as "scapegoat" Dr. Stephen Ward is first class, as are the roles of Ian Mckellan as the ill-fated John Profumo and Leslie Phillips as the aloof Lord Astor. Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Bridget Fonda, Britt Ekland give superb performances depicting precisely the trends and fashions of England's mid 60s. The theme music "Scandal", sung by the timlessly talented Dusty Springfield, was released as a single and made the charts without hesitation.
Add to the story a high ranking Russian, a snipit of the "highly respected" British Aristocracy, some excellent shots of London life and a stately mansion deep in England's green and pleasant land, and you have a highly entertaining, "no holds barred" account of a real piece of British political history, the kind that britons would rather you didn't know about!
It's been more years than I care to remember since I went to the "flicks" to see this movie, I truly can not wait to put this video into my machine, get a couple of cans, get my feet up and enjoy it all over again. Buy it! you won't be disappointed.
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