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Sid & Nancy Bd - Ws Sac [Blu-ray]

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After the cultish success of Repo Man, maverick director Alex Cox made the film that remains his masterpiece--a loud, brash, abrasive, painful, funny, and utterly brilliant screen biography of British punk rocker Sid Vicious and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen. As played to perfection by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, Sid and Nancy are made for each other, serving their mutual strengths and weaknesses and rising with the punk-rock fame of Sid's group, the Sex Pistols, while falling into the ultimately lethal pit of drug abuse. Cox doesn't pull any punches or compromise the unsavory aspects of this passionate love story, so the film presents a harsh mix of emotional and physical anguish tempered by the very poignant and genuine love shared by its tormented central characters. Through it all, the film emerges as an intimate and yet oddly epic chronicle of punk's glory days of anarchic sex, drugs and rock & roll. It's as dynamic and confidently directed as any screen biography before or since, no less fascinating for its unpleasant aspects as for the touching emotions at its very human core. The Criterion Collection DVD includes audio commentary by Oldman, Webb, rock critic Greil Marcus, and others. --Jeff Shannon

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4.0 out of 5 stars I really like this film April 16 2013
By nobody
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Good quality image and sound (although I don't own a "reference" system) for a film that is one of Alex Cox's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldman is Incredible Feb. 27 2013
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Hard to believe, looking at Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Saga, and Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious, and believe it's the same person. Oldman truly shines in this, his first headlining role.

Oldman aside, this is an excellent story. One that I don't think you would have to be a fan of the Sex Pistols to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but......... Feb. 22 2004
By Angie
this was actually a pretty good movie. the reason i gave it a 4 was chloe webb! this woman drives me NUTS! why didn't this role go to courtney love? she would have been PERFECT for the role. gary oldman had a GREAT performance. another reason for the 4 was it was kinda long and not 100% truthful which would have been cool to see. my favorite scene was the dumpster one. i would have liked to have seen sid actually die in the movie. the sound quality kind of sucked! i say do a remake that would be so cool w/ all of the new technology and stuff we have today!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This movie blows Oct. 25 2003
By A Customer
Writing as a Sex Pistols fan, I really can't stand this film. The actress playing Nancy is more annoying and ugly than the woman herself. If this was how Nancy really was someone would have killed her long before Sid. None of the Sex Pistols have endorsed this movie, citing that the majority of it is complete fiction. The plot, if you can call it that, really meanders. Gary Oldman is likable as always, one good thing the film has going for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A downward spiral for two May 16 2010
Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll. "Sid and Nancy" are crammed to the brim with those things, as well as a massive helping of death. This biopic follows the love affair between Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, set in the grimy, bloody, filthy punk subculture of the era -- and Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb are absolutely amazing.

Vicious (Oldman) was part of rising punk band the Sex Pistols when he met Spungen (Webb), an American groupie whom he finds oddly fascinating, despite the fact that her voice could etch glass. They also fight all the time, but make up just as fast.

So much to the disgust of the other Sex Pistols (especially Johnny Rotten) begin a passionate affair full of love, hate, sex and heroin addiction; Vicious lost focus on the band and drifting out on his own with Nancy. Little by little, the lovers slid into a hell of drugs, squalor and self-loathing -- until the day when Spungen died of a stab wound in the Chelsea Hotel.

They say that a lot of "Sid and Nancy" is fictionalized, but I'll freely admit that I'm not sure how much was. One thing is for sure -- the movie is a raw, painfully bleak experience occasionally lightened by moments of actual love and romance, but mostly overshadowed by the drugs and violence that were always present in Spungen and Vicious' relationship.

Alex Cox also does a brilliant job painting the punk subculture of the time -- lots of nastiness, screaming, blood, grime, garbage-filled alleys and howling music. And he spends the entire movie slowly sliding Spungen and Vicious down into their own private hell, alienating everybody and wrecking their bodies with drugs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anarchy in the Sid Vicious April 13 2004
Wow, now that is what I call a shocking film. Sid & Nancy is not so gory or grotesque as it makes you turn your head sideway. Yet through their outrageous dialogue, disturbing actions and the gut to document the most vicious lifestyle in such colorful details and tribute to reality, the movie gives viewers cold shudders like never before.
I won't leak much of the film story-wise. What I would is that Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb reenacted Sid & Nancy to near perfection. They make audience really feel their passion and pain towards each other.
Criterion Collection did an amazing job in releasing this powerful documentary film with invaluable extras. It's long out-of-print and it could be quite pricey, but it well worths it. Afterall it's just like Sid said, "What do you do with money, for instance? I can think of one thing to do with money. One thing. That' s what I do with all my money. Every half-penny of it." :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, sad, and disturbing... April 6 2004
By M. I.
God, What a movie. The story of Sid and nancy was not only pitiful, but strangely romantic. This was not easy to watch- it was disturbing and really sad, but undeniably brilliant. I would recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a disturbing film but it has an important message March 24 2004
By Ted
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD version of the film.
This movie while distrubing has an important message. This film shows the devastating effects of heroin abuse in graphic detail.
We see the couple lying in bed high on heroin, completely oblivious to the danger of the fire that they started in their apartment. We see them become severly depressed and suicidal. As a Christian I find a message like this important to a film.
With regards to the graphic detail of the troubles one can liken it to the depiction of the crucifixion in "The Passion of the Christ" or the graphic depiction of radiation poisoning in the anti-war film "The day after" While some scenes I found unnecessary for the depiction, it is clear they wanted to appeal to a broader audience.
This film may offend many audiences and is certainly not for children.
The Criterion DVD has many extras including a phone interview with Sid. It also has the the infamous TV interview by Bill Grundy which led to thousands of complaints and ruined his career.
It also has 2 short films and an audio commentary track which is also good.
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