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- SCUM (Theatrical Version):
- Audio Commentary with Star Ray Winstone
- Interviews with Producer Clive Parsons & Writer Roy Minton
- Poster & Still Galleries
- Theatrical Trailer
- SCUM (BBC Version):
- Audio Commentary with Stars Phil Daniels and David Threlfall and Producer Margaret Matheson
- Selected Scenes with Audio Commentary by Star Ray Winstone
Top Customer Reviews
Extremely edgy, startlingly powerful and completely shocking, "Scum" depicts brutal violence, racial predujice, homeosexuality and sexual abuse in a way that hits you right between the eyes! Not comfortable, easy viewing by any means - almost like sitting on a barbed wire fence its that painfully real. You could easily forget your watching, what is a superbly made drama, and think you were watching a documentary as it has that in-your-face, astoundingly stark effect! You really will not be able to take your eyes off this stuff - if you enjoy being kept on the edge of your seat and being continually shocked then "Scum" is definitely the film for you! The brutally stark realism in Ray Mintons written screenplay is richly complimented by razor-sharp direction from the innovative, award-winning Alan Clarke (one of his few feature films as he mostly worked in television).
The ever-excellent Ray Winstone excells in the lead role as tough-boy Carlin. The role seems as though it was tailor made for him!Read more ›
Yes, out-of-control youth must be dealt with, but not by inhuman, depraved authoritarians! The administrators of this borstal (reformatory) were all sick, demented sex perverts, who seem to get pleasure out of watching these young men devour one another.
Both versions are brutal, but the remake went even further, especially the greenhouse rape. In the first version, there were two harmless-looking lads who attacked "James". In the sequel, three toughs were the perpetrators. The attact went on for what seemed, several minutes (screen time). For the victim, it probably felt like hours.
Both films are nearly identical with some of the same actors repeating their roles, especially the lead, Ray Winstone, but the actors were so good, it didn't matter that all of the originals didn't return. It was interesting to see other actors take on the parts.
The latter version does seem more "modern." But the sexual angle was played down. In the second version, Winstone's character didn't seek out a "wife" to take care of his sexual needs. Also, the suicide of the rape victim was more graphic, therefore shocking.
A hardcore version of the movie is now out called "Borstal Boy" and it provides what even SCUM couldn't: graphic sex, which was probably the major activity that went on in these institutions, out-ranking violence.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Scum" is one of the best films of which you've never heard primarily because it features a graphic male on male gang rape scene. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Clayton
the film make you realise how hard is to fit in, wherever you are
& how people reacts in different ways to different experience
Horrible movie. Terrible acting. The reviews I read before buying it made it seem like this was a terribly shocking movie full of horrible violence. It's not!!!Published on June 20, 2013 by Scott Solomon
I am an idiot American and I need English Subtitles to fully understand some of the British Dialogue that is spoken in this film.. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Swamptreasurechest
The phrase "banned" always gets my spider sense tingling and this movie doesn't disappoint. Although by todays standards the movie is tame I can understand why it raised the red... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Jaybee
The movie disk is just a brutal as they say it is and the BBC version is ok too I would recommend this movie...Published on April 19, 2013 by Smith
I watched this and then wondered why I did. Certain scenes in this are not for everyone and I'm one of them.Published on January 1, 2013 by Thomas