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This Sporting Life

Spine #417



Release:
Jan 22, 2008
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

This Sporting Life



Directed By: Lindsay Anderson
Starring: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely
Licensor: Granada International Media

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One of the finest British films ever made, this benchmark of "kitchen-sink realism" follows the self-defeating professional and romantic pursuits of a miner turned rugby player eking out an existence in drab Yorkshire. With an astonishing, raging performance by a young Richard Harris, an equally blistering turn by fellow Oscar nominee Rachel Roberts as the widow with whom he lodges, and electrifying direction by Lindsay Anderson, in his feature-film debut following years of documentary work, This Sporting Life remains a dramatic powerhouse.

Supplements
  • Audio commentary featuring Paul Ryan, editor of Never Apologise: The Collected Writings of Lindsay Anderson, and David Storey, screenwriter and author of This Sporting Life
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004), a short documentary from BBC Scotland featuring interviews with many of the director's friends and collaborators
  • New video interview with Anderson's first producer and close friend Lois Sutcliffe Smith
  • Meet the Pioneers (1948), Anderson's first film, a documentary short about a mining engineering firm
  • Wakefield Express (1952), an early documentary by Anderson about the town that later served as the setting for This Sporting Life
  • Is That All There Is? (1992), Anderson's autobiographical final film

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