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Sid and Nancy Blu-ray Review

“Sid and Nancy” is a tough film to watch. Easy to admire, but an ordeal to sit through, even after all these years of legendary stories of Sid and the Sex Pistols.

Of course, we all know it established Gary Oldman as arguably one of the greatest character actors of all time (who else could be totally convincing as Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald and Commissioner Gordon in just one career?). And, for awhile, it convinced legions that Alex Cox was a new generation filmmaker to be reckoned with, adding a punk aesthetic with which to connect with a younger audience. While Cox’s career sort of fizzled (and really, wasn’t his best film “Repo Man?” I mean, come on!), Oldman is the sole reason to revisit “Sid and Nancy” at this point. I mean, the guy disappears into his roles. Throughout the film, he are totally convinced he is the troubled Sex Pistols’ replacement bassist (that’s right…Sid never appeared on the only proper Sex Pistols’ album).

Yet, at good as Oldman is (as well as co-star Chloe Webb, equally good as Sid’s partner-in-crime/victim Nancy Spungen), “Sid and Nancy” is not the type of film one is likely to find entertaining. We watch in wonder, and sometimes revulsion at the action on the screen, and the movie itself is often an excruciating ordeal. In fact, it may be the rock music version of “Schindler’s List.”

This is one of those films that you may admire, which isn’t the same as saying you enjoyed it.

Extras:
For the Love of Punk
Junk Love
Trailer

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February 17, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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