Poor Cow

DVD Rating: *

Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

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Poor Cow

What you see is very much what you get, with the only "extra" being the chapter review system. The picture is somewhat grainy, but I didn't find this a distraction from the film. After all, it was obviously Loach's intention to shoot in a documentary style and the roughness of the image actually enhances this.

As for the sound, it suffers in that it has obviously been recorded and re-looped afterwards, which is fairly typical of the period and only to be expected.

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You can't help feeling disappointed that they didn't include any extras on this disc. There must be several interviews with Ken Loach on the subject, which could have been featured here, or, at the very least, they could have cobbled together a page of resume for each of the cast. After all, this film recently gained prominence when scenes from it were used in Terence Stamp's The Limey. Also, what about all those deleted scenes with Malcolm MacDowell?

While I would recommend anyone with an interest in Sixties realism acquiring a copy of this for the film's sake, I can't help feeling that it has been let down badly by the producers of the DVD, who, with a little more effort, could have made this a very attractive package.

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2001
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Working class life for young mother with criminal lovers in Sixties London. On reissue
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Region: 0

Ratio: Fullscreen 4:3

Sound: Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono

Extras: Chapter Review

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