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Kino Classics Releases Scum, Alan Clarke’s controversial exposé of Britain’s reform schools, on Blu-ray and DVD

1979 Theatrical version, mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 4th

“A CULT CLASSIC…a triumphant merging of British social realism and exploitation cinema” – DVD Verdict
New York, NY – May 30, 2013 – Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Alan Clarke’s Scum, a landmark, and highly controversial, film that takes an unvarnished look at Britain’s violent reform schools. Originally made for television, but deemed too controversial to air, director Clarke re-shot his film for theatrical release, where he was able to heighten his scathing, vitriolic attack on the borstal system, and it is this version of Scum that Kino Classics is bringing to Blu-ray and DVD.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD editions of Scum will be available on June 4th. The SRP for the Blu-ray edition is $24.95, while the SRP for the DVD edition is $19.95. Both come mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative and are packed with special features that shed light on the production of this controversial film.

The special features include an audio commentary with star Ray Winstone; an interview with producers Davina Belling and Clive Parsons; an interview with screenwriter Roy Minton; an interview with executive producer Don Boyd; EPK interview with Roy Minton and Clive Parsons; cast memories; and original theatrical trailers.

Scum tells the story of Carlin (Ray Winstone, The Departed), a new reform school inmate with a reputation as a hard case. The authorities encourage gang leader Pongo (John Blundell) to humble Carlin, but he beats Pongo down and takes over the mantle of “Daddy”. The guards institute a reign of terror and neglect, with Carlin emerging as an unlikely leader.

One of the most important British films of the last 35 years, Scum was originally made for TV in 1977, but the BBC held off on airing the film, concerned by its unflinching depictions of suicide, rape, and racism. Refusing to heed to censorship, director Alan Clarke pulled the film, and re-shot it as a theatrical feature, which was released in 1979. Clarke was able to turn this theatrical version of Scum into an even more intense and uncompromising film.

For more information on the film, or to request a screener copy for review, please contact Matt Barry at (212) 629-6880 or mbarry@kinolorber.com.
Special Features:
Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative
5.1 Surround or 2.0 Stereo
Audio Commentary by Ray Winstone
Interview with producers Davina Belling and Clive Parsons
Interview with writer Roy Minton
Interview with executive producer Don Boyd
EPK interview with Roy Minton and Clive Parsons
Cast Memories
Original theatrical trailers

Technical Specs:
U.K. / 1979 / Color / 96 min. / Anamorphic (1.66:1)
Rated R

Director: Alan Clarke
Produced by Davina Belling and Clive Parsons
Screenplay by Roy Minton
Director of Photography: Phil Meheux
With Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, John Blundell and Phil Daniels
Restoration Supervisor: Philip Lee, Pinewood Studios
Genre: Drama
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street date: June 4, 2013

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