'Scum' Blu-ray Announced

Posted Tue May 28, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT by

Director Alan Clarke's controversial British crime drama will bring a hard-hitting punch to Blu-ray in June.

In an early announcement to retailers, Kino Classics is preparing 'Scum' for Blu-ray on June 4.

'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 features of the last 35 years, 'Scum' still packs a wallop.

A landmark expose of Britain's violent reform schools, Alan Clarke's 'Scum' is a controversial shock to the system. Originally made for TV in 1977, the BBC withheld the program from release, due to its intense depictions of suicide, rape and racism. Refusing to be censored, Clarke reshot the film as a theatrical feature in 1979, making his attack on the borstal system even more scathing, and it is the latter, more vitriolic version that is included on this disc.

Specs have not been revealed yet, but supplements will include: 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; and Original theatrical trailers.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $24.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'Scum' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under June 4.

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