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“In Shane’s Shoes” featurette
“Richard (Paddy Considine) has always protected his simple-minded little brother Anthony (Toby Kebbell). When Richard leaves the rural village where they have grown up to join the army, Anthony is taken in by Sonny (Gary Stretch), a controlling and vicious local drug dealer and his gang of lads. Anthony becomes the gang’s pet and plaything. Seven years later, Richard returns to settle the score. One by one, he hunts down each member of the gang and executes them in increasingly elaborate ways as flashbacks reveal the extent to which his brother suffered at their hands. ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ is a genre-defying film blending horror, supernatural elements, comedy, and social realism. Set in a Midlands village, it explores the underbelly of contemporary rural Britain in communities where crime is unchecked and drugs, intimidation, and power games are blandly accepted as the fabric of daily life.”
“Dead Man’s Shoes” is not rated, but it features nudity, sexual content, drug use, violence, and language.
There are a few bonus features included on this DVD. First up is your standard commentary by director Shane Meadows, co-writer/star Paddy Considine, and producer Mark Herbert. It’s interesting and you learn a bit more about the history behind the film and how it’s based on some of their real life experiences. The second bonus feature, the “In Shane’s Shoes” featurette, delves into this much more deeply as the director talks about how he grew up admiring these thugs before coming to the grim realization what they really were. The story behind the film is almost more interesting than the film itself. You’ll also find a few deleted scenes and an alternate ending that is only slightly different from the one seen in the theatrical version.
I’d recommend “Dead Man’s Shoes” to fans of Paddy Considine, indie foreign cinema, or revenge flicks.