This Sporting Life: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1963) / Region 1
This Sporting Life: The Criterion Collection

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This Sporting Life: The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 22 2007
  • Production Year 1963
  • Empire SKU 1374646
  • UPC Code 715515027526
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Audio commentary featuring Paul Ryan and David Storey
Theatrical trailer
Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004, 30min.) documentary
New video interview with Lois Sutcliffe Smith, Anderson's close friend
Meet The Pioneers (1948, 33 min), Anderson's 1st doc short
Wakefield Express (1952, 30 min.) Anderson's short-film
Is That All There Is? (1992, 50 min.), Anderson's autobiographical, final film
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 B&W (Anamorphic)

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