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The Long Good Friday 4K Release Review****-

Cert 18 | 114 mins | 1980

4 Star

Gangster with Aspirations for London.

Arrow, havetlgfdocks brought us one of the best gangster films of all time, in The Long Good Friday, the 1980 blockbuster that rocketed its main star to International fame. In this gritty London based fight for the future of the Capital city of Great Britain.

Now Arrow are releasing the Limited Edition 4K UHD Arrow Store Exclusive on 27th of May

tlgfharoldJohn Mackenzie, (the Forth Protocol) brings us his 1980 vision of what is to become of the old now disused docks of London’s East End, as people have plans to bring them back to life. That person is Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa) who has been running his manor peacefully for more than ten years. He is well off and lives on a yacht tlgfvictoriamoored at the docks, with his wife Victoria (Helen Mirren, The Queen) who helps broker deals and smooths out the wrinkles in Harolds life. His right-hand man Jeff (Derek Thompson, Casualty) has been having negotiations with Councillor Harris (Brian Marshall, BMX Bandits) to acquire the future plans for the redevelopment of the dockyards leading up to the 1988 London Olympic Games (yes, we know they were in Seoul, South Korea).

tlgfjefftlgfrazorsIt is Good Friday and Harold is back in the country (nice shots of the ace Concord) and he is excited as he sees the plans and explains that his backers will be arriving from the States. Harold’s muscle is Razors (P.H. Moriarty, Patriot Games) and he is well named as he has both taken scars and given them out. He has grand plans for the City, and he wants his friends to have a piece of it.

tlgfbanner1Meanwhile, Colin (Paul Freeman, Raiders of the Lost Ark) has been a naughty man, lifted some of the money he was delivering and is unlucky as three men are killed whilst counting the money. This puts Colin in a compromised position, but he doesn’t know it. Across town, Harold’s roller is sat outside the church waiting for Harold’s mother when suddenly it explodes, killing the driver. tlgfharris

This is not what Harold needs right now with the Americans here. Parky (Dave King, Revolution), Harold’s cop in a pocket, will keep things under wraps as Harold spins a yarn of gas leaks to keep tlgfparkyCharlie (Eddie Constantine, Europa) happy. But when Colin is found dead from a knife wound (a Young Pierce Brosnan, Golden Eye) it becomes obvious that someone has a beef with Harold and this is not the time, as the Americans get twitchy feet. With time running short Harold has to find out who is after him and sort it all out before his backers pull out.

This is a classic Hoskins film when he was at the height of his career, he plays the confident Harold perfectly as he pulls the deal of a lifetime off.

One for the boys and a few tinnies.Limited Edition 4K UHD Arrow Store Exclusive 27 May

Cat number: FCD2498


• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 and Dolby Atmos audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by director John Mackenzie
• Bloody Business, a documentary about the making of The Long Good Friday, including interviews with John Mackenzie, stars Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, producer Barry Hanson and cinematographer Phil Méheux
• Hands Across the Ocean, a comparison of the differences between the UK and US soundtracks
• Q&A with Bob Hoskins and John Mackenzie, moderated by Richard Jobson
• Interviews with Barry Hanson, Phil Méheux, writer Barrie Keeffe, first assistant director Simon Hinkly and assistant art director Carlotta Barrow
• Original trailers
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Hannah Gillingham
• Foldout poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Hannah Gillingham
• Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Mark Duguid, an excerpt from Titan Books’ Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of Handmade Films by Robert Sellers about the making of The Long Good Friday, and contemporary reviews of the film

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DirectorJohn MacKenzie
GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery
StarringBob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Eddie Constantine, Dave King, Brian Hall