The sad and destructive relationship between Sid Vicious (Oldman) and Nancy Spungen (Webb) unfurls in "Sid and Nancy", now released on DVD. For fans of the film and especially of Alex Cox, this is an essential disc to own.
Unlike the punks decaying on screen, the film looks very fresh indeed. Colour balance and detail are excellent.
The 2.0 stereo mix is a fine effort, and the music by Joe Strummer, Pray for Rain, and The Pogues sounds gutsy and powerful.
Oddly there's no trailer on this disc, but there is a new ten-minute interview with director Alex Cox. He's interesting with his responses in the same fascinating manner he had back when he presented Moviedrome on BBC2. He discusses why he decided to make the movie, and reveals that he now feels the ending of his film to be a little too romanticised. More of his thoughts come in the audio commentary, which the director shares with actor Andrew Scofield who played Johnny Rotten. It's a gently anarchic conversation they have, with plenty of anecdotes and comparisons of the movie to the actual punk era it represents.
A 64-page limited edition book accompanies this disc, and it forms an interesting overview of Cox's work in independent cinema.
Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anarmorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Extra Features: Scene selection, Alex Cox interview, audio commentary with Alex Cox and Andrew Scofield, animated menus, multiple languages, subtitles.