Regular price Sale

(Alan Clarke, 1979)
Release date: 28 August 2023 (Deleted: 31 January 2024)
Standard Edition Blu-ray

After the banning of their original 1977 BBC TV version, director Alan Clarke (The Firm) and writer Roy Minton (Funny Farm) set out to remake their drama for the big screen to ensure that their vision got the audience it deserved. The resulting film was an even more vitriolic portrait of a corrupt and violent institution which stunned cinema audiences and caused outrage.

Uncompromising in its depiction of everyday violence, retribution, suicide and sexual assault, Scum remains a cornerstone of the British realist cinema movement, and a savage and still shocking indictment of institutionalised violence and abuse.

  • 2K restoration from the original negative, newly re-graded and approved by director of photography Phil Méheux
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with actor Ray Winstone and film critic Nigel Floyd (2006)
  • No Luxuries (2019, 20 mins): actor Mick Ford looks at his character of Archer and his working relationship with director Alan Clarke
  • An Outbreak of Acting (2019, 16 mins): actor Ray Burdis on returning to the role of Eckersley for the feature film
  • Smashing Windows (2019, 12 mins): actor Perry Benson recalls the daily experiences of being on set
  • Continuous Tension (2019, 18 mins): director of photography Phil Méheux analyses the documentary approach of his cinematography
  • Criminal Record (2019, 10 mins): associate producer Martin Campbell on remaking the banned teleplay for the big screen
  • Back to Borstal (2019, 32 mins): executive producer Don Boyd reflects on his efforts to reinvigorate British cinema in the late seventies
  • Concealing the Art (2019, 30 mins): veteran editor Michael Bradsell recalls collaborating with Alan Clarke
  • That Kind of Casting (2019, 22 mins): casting director Esta Charkham on the influence the Anna Scher Theatre had on production
  • Interview with Roy Minton and Clive Parsons (1999, 16 mins): the writer and producer look back on Scum twenty years after its release
  • Interview with Roy Minton (2005, 20 mins)
  • Interview with Davina Belling and Clive Parsons (2005, 9 mins): the producers of Scum discuss its transition from banned teleplay to feature film
  • Interview with Don Boyd (2005, 13 mins)
  • Cast Memories (2005, 17 mins): archival documentary featuring interviews with Phil Daniels, Julian Firth, Mick Ford and David Threlfall
  • Original ‘U’ and ‘X’ certificate theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

BBFC cert: 18
EAN: 5060697923629