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Shallow Grave / Movie [VHS]

4.3 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Ken Stott, Keith Allen
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Writers: John Hodge
  • Producers: Allan Scott, Andrew Macdonald
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Polygram Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 30, 1996
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303468640
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ryan Costantino on March 23, 2005
Format: DVD
Danny Boyle has given us movie fans some amazing films in a variety of genres(Trainspotting, 28 Days Later. His first movie, Shallow Grave, is one of the best directorial debuts ever. A solid, gritty thriller centered around three flatmates and their descent into greed and subsequent savagery.

Shallow Grave is invariably one of the top 10 mystery/thrillers I recommend to newbies of the genre. The large cult following for this film is most definitely warranted, mainly because it doesn't fall victim to studio executive induced foolishness or its bastard requisite happy ending. This is good film making with taut direction derived from an excellent script.

The entire crux of the film is the question: "When confronted with a large sum of money can friendship survive?" Obviously the answer is a resounding "no". Boyle drops his audience into a frightening and exhilirating situation, makes us care for his characters, and then ruthlessly pummels them with brutal circumstance. We can see a little bit of ourselves in all three main characters which definitely increases our empathy and revulsion at the betrayal and bloodshed.

Shallow Grave is a haunting depiction of paranoia, deceit, murder, and madness that gets better with each viewing.

P.S. Danny Boyle revisits similar ground with his new release "Millions", albeit in a more wholesome, family friendly format.
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Format: DVD
This little Scottish gem is worth watching more than once! I'll not bother recanting what it's about, you can read that above. This is a delightful example of how greed and peer pressure can twist and stain the human soul with ugliness. Most of the movie takes place in the three roommates' flat in Scotland so it has a real claustrophobic feel to it. The plot is simple, watch the three characters crumble as they're affected by their decision to keep the money and dispose of the body. Strongest scene: when David comments about the dinner after having to hack up the dead body "It tastes different." Possibly meaning both the dinner and everything else about his life. This film has a nice ending, not a phoney one just to keep everyone happy. Technically, the digital transfer is mediocre. The sound is quite low. I have to turn my TV up pretty high to hear it, but this could be due to poor production on the set. There are no extras included on this DVD.
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Format: Blu-ray
This little film from Great Britain (circa1994) was a genuine surprise (and a real 'find' in the sense of possessing a high-level of quality, originality, and inspired creativity that belies its obscurity, at least here in America)! Directed by Danny Boyle, and starring the very young (soon to be superstar) threesome of Ewan McGregor, Kerry Fox and Christopher Eccleston (the first 'new-version' Doctor Who of the 21st Century).

But this film 'Shallow Grave' is a perfect 'mish-mash' of pitch-black Comedy, with a dash of murder-mystery, buddy-film, and even modern-day morality play with a smattering of sanity-deterioration/depletion (and even legitimate terror) thrown into the mix, topped-off by sharp-witty dialog and master-thespian interplay (only those super-talented Brits could make such a complex and contradictory mix work so brilliantly!)

There are too many twists-n-turns (of screws and other power-tools), which cannot be safely spoken about here = without giving far too much away (and suffering the demonically-deranged wrath of the 'Chartered Accountant' aka 'CPA' in America - perhaps I've already given too much away, forget what you just heard - but don't forget about this uniquely satirically-terrifying film called "Shallow-Grave"!!)
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Why is it that I watch and enjoy so many films in which Ewan McGregor appears? After finishing the substantive part of my day one evening last week, I flipped over to IFC and found `Shallow Grave' (1994) just starting. I stuck with it, and was not disappointed.

A movie fan has to love the risks that the independent filmmakers take. Danny Boyle, the same director of `Trainspotting,' did a very nice job with three rather unknown actors at the time - at least in the U.S., Kerry Fox (Juliet), Christopher Eccleston (David), and McGregor (Alex), a quirky and unusual script, a little contemporary film noir, and created an enjoyable little story. Nice work, Danny Boyle.

In synopsis, Juliet, David, and Alex live in a nice four bedroom flat and are conducting a roommate search to pay a fourth of the rent. During a dinner/interview with a prospective tenant, Hugo, played by Keith Allen, the three are impressed, perhaps excessively so, when the potential flat mate brandishes nice wad of pound notes. Very shortly after Hugo moves in, he is not to be seen. Inquisitive Alex (he's a newspaper reporter) leads the charge to break into his room only to find Hugo naked and dead. Then, Alex continues to snoop and finds a substantial cache of money in a suitcase under the bed.

In short, after some very shallow soul-searching, the trio decided to keep the money rather than to report Hugo's death to the authorities. As such, Juliet, David, and Alex David must dispose of the body, Hugo's car, and anything else that could possibly associate the deceased flat mate with the three friends. The disposal proves to be quite a grisly affair, but that is not the least of the trio's problems.
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