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Clash

#1 Post by swo17 » Mon May 15, 2017 12:10 pm

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NEW UK TITLE: Clash (Blu-ray and DVD releases)

An intense and staggeringly important portrait of Egypt, Clash is all the more powerful for the incredible spectacle captured as the crew faced genuine protestors and riots.

A festival smash, Clash has wowed audiences worldwide and prompted Tom Hanks to write director Mohamed Diab a personal letter congratulating him for his striking film, telling the world at the same time "If there’s any way you can see Clash…, you must. You simply must. The film will break your heart, but enlighten all."

Cairo - 2013, two years after the Egyptian revolution, demonstrators of divergent political and religious backgrounds are forcibly detained together in a claustrophobic police truck during the turmoil that erupts following the ousting of former president Morsi from power. The factions quickly divide between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and those backing the military, alongside a pair of neutral journalists and a mother determined to be detained with her son. With all sense of national unity in tatters and the violence on the outside ever-escalating can the prisoners find common ground and stand a chance of survival?

An intense and staggeringly important portrait of Egypt, Clash is all the more powerful for the incredible spectacle captured as the crew faced genuine protestors and riots.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 5.1 audio
• New optional English subtitle translation
• Tales From the Van, a new interview with director Mohamed Diab
• Making-of Featurette
• Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Brooke. and an Interview with Mohamed Diab.

DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
• High Definition transfer
• Original 5.1 audio
• New optional English subtitle translation
• Tales From the Van, a new interview with director Mohamed Diab
• Making-of Featurette
• Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork

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Re: Clash

#2 Post by dda1996a » Mon May 15, 2017 1:04 pm

Anyone who has seen this and can elaborate?

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Re: Clash

#3 Post by domino harvey » Mon May 15, 2017 1:05 pm

Well, unless he's pulling a Zizek, MichaelB can!

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Re: Clash

#4 Post by colinr0380 » Mon May 15, 2017 1:17 pm

Here's the trailer, and a BFI interview with the director. I haven't seen the film as yet but it has been getting press at the moment partly for its championing by Tom Hanks (as the trailer makes play of) and also for the way that apparently the big recreation of the central protest-turning-into-riot scenes were rather dangerous.

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#5 Post by MichaelB » Mon May 15, 2017 2:25 pm

I have indeed seen it - twice, in fact - and it really is very impressive.

The concept that the camera never leaves the confines of the police van surprisingly never becomes gimmicky, because there's so much going on both inside and outside that I was completely swept up by it. And the large-scale set-pieces are all the more impressive for the fact that they're only glimpsed from less than perfect vantage points - we have no more idea of what's going on than the van's hapless inhabitants, largely because we've been locked in with them.

I suspect most people's first-hand experience of major historical upheavals was rather closer to this than to most dramatic depictions where the protagonist contrives to be at the heart of every key event.

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