I, Daniel Blake I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach

 
I, Daniel Blake (Criterion Blu-Ray)

16 Jan 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United Kingdom
  • 2016
  • 100 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #906

An urgent response to the political realities of con­­tem­porary Britain, this bracing drama from celebrated filmmaker Ken Loach takes a hard look at bureaucratic injustice and ineptitude through the eyes of an unassuming working-class hero. After a heart attack leaves him unable to hold a job, the widowed carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) begins a long, lonely journey through the Kafkaesque labyrinth of the local welfare state. Along the way, he strikes up a friendship with a single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children, at the mercy of the same system after being evicted from their home. Imbued with gentle humor and quiet rage and conceived for maximum real-world impact, the Palme d’Or–winning I, Daniel Blake is a testament to Loach’s tireless commitment to a cinema of social engagement.

Credits

DirectorKen Loach
ProducerRebecca O’Brien
ScreenplayPaul Laverty
Executive producersPascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat and Vincent Maraval
CinematographyRobbie Ryan
EditorJonathan Morris
MusicGeorge Fenton
Sound recordistRay Beckett
Sound editorKevin Brazier
CastingKahleen Crawford
Costume designerJoanne Slater
Production designersFergus Clegg and Linda Wilson
Assistant directorDavid Gilchrist
Line producerEimhear McMahon

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Ken Loach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2016 featuring Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty
  • How to Make a Ken Loach Film, a 2016 documentary on the production of I, Daniel Blake
  • Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, a 2016 documentary directed by Louise Osmond
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu

Film Essays

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I, Daniel Blake: An Authentic Cinema

By Girish Shambu January 16, 2018

The ravages of poverty in contemporary Britain are translated with vivid authenticity in this drama from celebrated filmmaker Ken Loach.
Read more »

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Casting I, Daniel Blake

January 22, 2018

Casting director Kahleen Crawford and screenwriter Paul Laverty, both regular collaborators of Ken Loach’s, outline the unique casting process they’ve developed in lockstep with the director. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_29357id_005_thumbnail

I, Daniel Blake: An Authentic Cinema

By Girish Shambu January 16, 2018

The ravages of poverty in contemporary Britain are translated with vivid authenticity in this drama from celebrated filmmaker Ken Loach.
Read more »

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I, Daniel Blake (Criterion DVD)

16 Jan 2018

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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