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Sid & Nancy

Alex Cox

 
Sid & Nancy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

22 Aug 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1986
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #20

With the lacerating love story Sid & Nancy, Alex Cox reimagines the crash-and-burn affair between punk’s most notorious self-destructive poster children: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen—brought to visceral life by brilliant performances from Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. Cox turns his anarchic filmmaking style on the explosive energy of the London punk scene and the degenerate streets of seventies New York, making for an eviscerating depiction of excess and addiction. Through the lens of cinematographer Roger Deakins, the imagery goes from swooning to grimy, and the film’s bleakness is balanced with surreal humor and genuine tenderness, making for an affecting, music-fueled vision of doomed love.

Cast

Sid ViciousGary Oldman
Nancy SpungenChloe Webb
Johnny RottenDrew Schofield
Malcolm McLarenDavid Hayman
PheobeDebbie Bishop
Steve JonesTony London
Paul CookPerry Benson
LindaAnne Lambton
BrendaKathy Burke
GretchenCourtney Love

Credits

DirectorAlex Cox
ProducerEric Fellner
ScreenplayAlex Cox and Abbe Wool
CinematographyRoger Deakins
EditingDavid Martin
Co-producerPeter McCarthy
Production designAndrew McAlpine
Art directionJ. Rae Fox and Lynda Burbank
MusicJoe Strummer, The Pogues and Pray for Rain
Casting (U.K.)Lucy Boulting
Casting (U.S.A.)Vicki Thomas

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Two audio commentaries: one from 1994 featuring cowriter Abbe Wool, actors Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, cultural historian Greil Marcus, filmmakers Julien Temple and Lech Kowalski, and musician Eliot Kidd; the other from 2001 featuring cowriter-director Alex Cox and actor Andrew Schofield
  • England’s Glory, a 1987 documentary on the making of Sid & Nancy
  • Infamous 1976 Bill Grundy interview with the Sex Pistols on British television
  • Rare telephone interview from 1978 with Sid Vicious
  • Interviews with Vicious and Nancy Spungen from the 1980 documentary D.O.A.: A Right of Passage
  • Archival interviews and footage
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by author Jon Savage and a 1986 piece compiled by Cox about Vicious, Spungen, and the making of the film

Film Essays

Sid & Nancy

By Jon Savage October 18, 1998

1986 was not a good time to make a film which attempted to capture the Punk spirit. Deep into second-term Reagan/Thatcher, American and British pop culture were infected with cynicism, . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Sid & Nancy

By Jon Savage October 18, 1998

1986 was not a good time to make a film which attempted to capture the Punk spirit. Deep into second-term Reagan/Thatcher, American and British pop culture were infected with cynicism, . . . Read more »

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Sid & Nancy (Criterion DVD)

22 Aug 2017

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

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