Actors: Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davis, Steve McFadden Directors: Alan Clarke Format: Dolby, PAL Language: English Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.) Number of discs: 1 Classification: 18 Studio: Bfi DVD Release Date: 23 May 2016 Run Time: 68 minutes
THE FIRM: DIRECTOR'S CUT (Blu-ray) A Film by Alan Clarke
Gary Oldman is Clive 'Bex' Bissell, an intelligent family man with a good job, who also happens to be the leader of the notorious East London hooligan firm, the Inner City Crew. Bex plans to unite rival gangs into a national firm to talk to the European Championships, but that will mean defeating Oboes' Birmingham crew and the South London Buccaneers led by arch rival Yeti (Phil Davis). As Bex's craving for violence becomes an obsession, the violence spirals out of control.
Alan Clarke's unflinching drama courted much controversy when it was first broadcast in a toned down version on the BBC. Now, it is rightly considered a masterpiece, due in so small part to the brilliance of Oldman's central performance one of the finest of his career.
Newly transferred in HD, The Firm is presented here in two versions: the never-before-seen Director's Cut, which re-instates a number of bold sequences previously considered too controversial for audiences; and the original BBC TV broadcast version.
The complete Alan Clarke at the BBC is also available on DVD and Blu-ray box sets from the BFI.
Remastered in HD for the first time
The Firm: Director's Cut (World premiere presentation)
The Firm: Original broadcast version
David Leland introduces The Firm (1991)
Elephant (1989, 38 mins): Clarke's final, unflinching drama, set in Northern Ireland
Elephant audio commentary with producer Danny Boyle
Alan Clarke: Out of His Own Light (2016): documentary on Clarke and his final works
These discs are Region 2 (PAL) format, and will work on all modern Australian & European DVD players. Your DVD player may need to be multi-region enabled in order to view this (most players in Australia are). Please check your player before purchasing