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Meantime

Street Date:
August 15th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1984
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
107 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Starring:

Marion Bailey, Tim Roth, Phil Daniels

Director:

Mike Leigh

Plot Synopsis:

A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England, Mike Leigh’s Meantime was the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television and became his breakthrough theatrical release. Unemployment is rampant in London’s 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 Leigh’s 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.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.66:1

Audio Formats

  • English LPCM Mono

Supplements

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Roger Pratt and director Mike Leigh, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker
  • New conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sean O‚ÄôSullivan