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Raining Stones - DVD

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Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: June 19 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • ASIN: B000O76PXA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,073 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a film about dignity and respect July 24 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I try not to miss a Ken Loach film. Unless I'm ignorant about films, I find few directors nowadays tackling the issues of working class life in our modern capitalist society. When I saw this not entirely unbiased (not necessarily a bad thing) film I felt it was about dignity and respect. In his struggle to provide his daughter with the proper attire for a communion, the worker-father turns it into a matter of principle although linked to survival. At least that's what I got out of it. Check out films by Mike Leigh, John Sayles, Michael Winterbottom.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard edged and realistic Feb. 15 2000
By D I Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I'm biased. Two of my friends are in this film (Patrick and Anthony Warde) and a couple of scenes were set in their club.
That said, the film is realistic and set in real locations. Loach didn't have to build sets or work hard to convey the hopelessness of unemployment in a Northern town, the people and places did that for him. His talent is in bringing this to the screen and still giving the people the dignity they deserve as they struggle to make some kind of life in a post-industrial wasteland.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and powerful... Dec 6 2005
By Larry from Brooklyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This Ken Loach film leads to the kind of shattering emotional climax that fans of Rossellini will understand at once. Stay with this even if you are alienated by the setting and seeming desperation of the characters; unlike many of Loach's films, it does not end up leaving one with a sense of deep moral despair.

If you are new to Loach, think of using English subtitles - but at the risk of losing something at the powerful climax. This is my favorite of all his films; I consider him a world class talent. Only Mike Leigh of the current generation of British filmakers is in his league.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see this version with English subtitles.... March 4 2009
By Larry from Brooklyn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a deeply passionate art film with the kind of political and social immediacy that makes it universal. It's a simple neo-realist situation, an unemployed father tries to get the money together for his daughter's communion dress and eventually is beholding to ruthless loansharks who threaten his family and his dignity as a person. The resulting emotional confrontation with the loanshark and and its denouement with a parish priest delivers the kind of emotional jolt and power that is rarely arrived at honestly in movies (think: Edge of the City or Ordet or Body and Soul or Beyond Rangoon). This is masterful filmmaking that enobles very humble people in domestic situations.
Loach is not for everyone, but with Mike Leigh, he is a genuine voice of blue-collar Britain. A note on the soundtrack: the Scottish accents and idiom are sometimes so thick, you may wish to play the English subtitles especially if you're watching with a bunch of friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lorber's 1999 vs. 2007 release April 25 2013
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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A few minor technical differences are apparent between the two Lorber releases of Ken Loach's ('My Name Is Joe,' 'The Navigators') gut-wrenching 1993 social drama 'Raining Stones.' First, the 1999 Fox-Lorber/Winstar disc features a non-anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen picture without subtitles while the 2007 Koch-Lorber re-issue is anamorphic widescreen (similar aspect ratio) with subtitles. As often happens during reformatting for 16x9 consumption a small amount of information at the top and bottom of the screen is sacrificed. Other than that the prints look just about identical. The film was shot on fairly grainy 35mm stock (which enhances its documentary-like feel), so if the newer edition has been restored to any significant degree it isn't readily noticeable. As far as extras, the former contains a couple pages of production credits plus filmographies of three cast members and the director which don't appear on the latter, although the latter includes a theatrical trailer absent from the former. While none of these incidentals seems to be a deal-breaker, I imagine the most valuable overall contribution is the 2007 version's addition of subtitles. A quick note about the movie itself: I read several blurbs by critics (including the Amazon reviewer) hailing RS as a laugh riot. It is not. While there are some warm moments amidst the tears and pain, it is a grim and at times devastating depiction of life in a society where jobs-- by whatever mechanisms one chooses to blame-- are supplanted by handouts. Film and presentation each earn 3 1/2 stars.
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