Sid and Nancy

Sid and Nancy

DVD - 2017
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Sid & Nancy chronicles the brief, intense attachment of two of Punk rock's most notorious poster children, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, 2017
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (113 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (15 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special edition
Credits: Director of photography, Roger Deakins ; editor, David Martin ; production designer, Andrew McAlpine ; art direction, J. Rae Fox and Lynda Burbank ; music by Joe Strummer, The Pogues, Pray for Rain ; costume design, Cathy Cook, Theda de Ramus ; co-producer, Peter McCarthy.
Performers: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop, Andrew Schofield, Xander Berkeley, Perry Benson, Tony London, Sandy Baron, Sy Richardson, Edward Tudor-Pole.
Audience: MPAA rating: R; For drug use, language, violence, sexuality, and nudity
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
ISBN: 9781681433363
UPC: 715515201612
Call Number: DVD S
Alternative Title: Sid & Nancy


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Oct 15, 2018

This 1986 film by Alex Cox about ex-Sex Pistol (ex-Pistol?) Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, who lived fast and died young, is tough, as many films about real people are. It's been accused of glamorizing their destructive junkie lifestyle, which resulted in Nancy dead at 20 and Sid dead at 21, but it also turns people off for the rawness and degradation of their life. It does try to have it both ways and even if it does fail at times, it's one of the most important punk movies. Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb are great at the title couple, neither of whom shirk from the ugliness of their characters. Sex Pistols fans will be disappointed, as their story is only a small part of the movie and filmmakers use covers of their songs (Although bassist Glen Matlock pays on them.) rather than the originals. It's been called a punk "Romeo and Juliet," but that iconic couple died because of their parents, not because they shot a lot of heroin. Originally called "Love Kills." This Criterion has some great special features. Also, "Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid & Nancy," "The Great Rock & Roll Swindle," "Jubilee," and Cox's "Straight to Hell."

Mar 01, 2018

The core challenge with making a film about real people is trying to portray their lives fairly, without having biased opinions get in the way. Unfortunately, this movie is basically a mess. Real events get muddied together into this mishmash of a story that's neither particularly accurate nor nice to watch. Look at the statements by Sid Vicious' ex-bandmates to see what truly happened.

I know this film has a cult following but, for the life of me, I cannot understand why.

This movie was a rite of passage when it came out in 1986. I think I saw it three times at the movie theater upon its initial release. Watching The Criterion Collection DVD the other night I wondered what it was in the film that spoke to me back then. Sid and Nancy are completely unappealing: infantile, narcissistic, squalid junkies (eight-year's dead by the time the movie premiered). John Lydon is on record excoriating SID & NANCY for being entirely inaccurate, which, interestingly, director Alex Cox, in an interview that is part of a second DVD of extras, agrees with, acknowledging that he overly romanticized the ending (with an angelic Nancy in a wedding dress) to please his financial backers. But for all that I think the appeal of the movie is a kind of necromancy. We youth of the Reagan era had no cultural movements to knit us together like the Hippies and the first wave Punks had. We had "Rock Against Reagan" and hardcore, but it was limited in its reach and, truth be told, largely reactionary. To watch Sid and Nancy stoned and cuddling in bed in their dark and dirty Chelsea Hotel room was our "Chicken Soup for the Soul."

Aug 05, 2015

(Favourite movie quote) - "Never trust a junkie."

(*Spoiler Alert!*)

If you ask me, I think that director Alex Cox did a bloody fine job of thoroughly mocking the punk-rocker scene as it stood in Britain during the mid-1970s.

And, I don't think that Cox could've chosen a better band to ridicule than that of the all-mighty "Sex Pistols", who were headlined by such talentless slime as Johnny Rotten and sleazy Sid Vicious.

In this grungy, greasy, gooey "Romeo & Juliet" story (punk-rocker style) it seems that everyone (and, I do mean "everyone") goes out, in one way or another, in a literal "blaze-of-glory".

One of this film's biggest and most comical highlights (and there were certainly others) was Sid Vicious (during his "solo" career) performing "I Did It My Way!" for an outrageously over-the-top MTV video.

With its depressingly graphic depiction of low-life, drug addiction and its incessant use of the vilest profanity imaginable, Sid & Nancy certainly isn't a film for everyone's enjoyment. But, if nothing else, it definitely does give the viewer quite a revealing (though not totally accurate) look at a particularly peculiar era in the history of pop music.

Apr 13, 2012

This "unique" film tells the tragic, true-life story of Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. I am still in the process of digesting everything that I've seen. It's an intense film for sure that leaves me feeling somewhat depressed. I like the punk clothes and hairstyles from back then but not the lifestyle, especially not the drug use. It's a sad to see how so many people like Sid and Nancy decline like they did. This film, however, should have given us a bit of a back-story on Sid and Nancy to help us care for them more. If I'd known how they ended up as they were then maybe I'd understand this film better. It's not for everyone.

Mar 12, 2012

Hey, I just want people to know that this DVD is not the Criterion Collection DVD even though that is the picture that shows up. I suspect that the high number of holds on this is because people are looking for that edition. This is the barebones DVD of just the movie


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Apr 13, 2012

Sexual Content: Dominatrix and other sexual scenes.

Apr 13, 2012

Violence: Various fight scenes. Blood. Death.

Apr 13, 2012

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing.


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Apr 13, 2012

ausnos thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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