Meantime: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1984) / Region A
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Meantime: The Criterion Collection

A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatchers England, Mike Leighs Meantime was the culmination of the writer-directors pioneering work in television and became his breakthrough theatrical release. Unemployment is rampant in Londons working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leighs now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, Meantime is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 26 2017
  • Production Year 1984
  • Empire SKU 1914401
  • UPC Code 715515201919
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker
New conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael
Interview from 2007 with Actor Tim Roth
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sean O'Sullivan

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 Color

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