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A Field in England

Friday 12 July 2013, 17:06

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Ben Wheatley's latest project was released simultaneously on TV, DVD, VOD and in the cinema. Here I talk to the executive producer of the film about whether this bold strategy is working.

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    Comment number 19.

    Hello, it's me again. I'm the guy who complained that you'd gotten "boring" in your last Kermode Uncut video. It would be great if you could talk about my complaint in just one of your videos. I really want to hear what you think of what I think, and I really want to feel my thoughts have been noticed, and I really take what I said seriously, because I've been such a huge fan of you for so long. Please do at least one video talking about it, it will at least shut me up. Here's my comment again:

    Mark, I have a serious issue I would like to raise. It would be great if you could address that issue in your next Kermode Uncut video, because I'm sure a lot of other people have noticed.

    Why have you completely lost your "meaning"? What happened to the good old days when you were known for your rants, impressions, running jokes, bickering, complaints about 3D, complaints about modern blockbusters, etc? Now you're just completely ordinary. The thing that really made me notice this is that in this video, you said Gerard Butler in a normal voice.

    I'm not denying that you're a good critic, but anyone who's been so entertained by you over the past many years would now find you boring.

    I actually don't live in the UK. Once, I was bored, and searched "Pirates of the Caribbean review". And I came across your review of Pirates 3. I was still laughing for about 30 minutes after I watched it, and I was never bored again, because I was always thinking about it. Then I decided to see what else you'd done, and then I knew I had to subscribe to your channel. That was what made me a huge fan of you. I even recommended you to my friends.

    But now, you're just an ordinary critic. That's not what made you famous, you're known for being a critic who's opinion isn't always in line with popular taste, and who has very strong views and is not afraid to share them.

    I dare you to watch your review of Pirates 3 and some of your Kermode Uncut videos about 3D. It will bring back lots of memories. It might even make you feel emotional.

    I'm not asking you to change your style just for me, even though I'm sure lots of people feel the same way, I'm just asking you to take a few minutes to remember. Remember what you're famous for. Remember what made you who you are.

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    Comment number 26.

    Worst film I have seen in many a long year finally surpassing the dire "I'm not there" as pretentious rubbish.

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    Comment number 27.

    Not quite all platforms, I think it's still not available on Netflix... Gotchya!

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    Comment number 28.

    I chose to watch the film on film 4 as it was not really something I would have gone to the cinema to see, I can see a market for this type of release in the future.
    I enjoyed the film's performances though I think the ending was a little weak if I'm honest, after watching all of the director's films over the week before this released, it does seem to me that weak endings are a problem that his films suffer from but perhaps that's just a personal view.
    I certainly enjoyed A field in England more than Kill List, which I watched after reading rave reviews & found it to be a good premise which ran out of ideas toward the end.

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    Comment number 29.

    That was bold, indeed, congratulations to the producing team for having opened a new door.
    I understand simultaneous release on TV and on big screen, because the audience is not exactly the same. People moderatly interested in the film, or far from any theatre showing it, will prefer TV. Amateurs will always, when possible, go to the theater.
    About release on DVD and Blu-ray, that's less clear. I would definitely never buy one of them without having seen the movie. And buy it immediatly after ? Why not, but doesn't seem very useful, for me. However, if people bought it, they must have found an interest in it.


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