High-Rise Extras Review

1From acclaimed director Ben Wheatley the brilliant mind behind Kill List and Sightseers and based on the classic novel by J.G. Ballard, High-Rise set cinemas ablaze with a unique and dazzling vision of a dystopian Britain on the brink of social meltdown.

Including an original by Clint Mansell and a cover of SOS recorded for the film by Portishead High-Rise has a hugely impressive ensemble cast led by Tom Hiddleston (‘The Night Manager’, Thor) it includes; Sienna Miller (Burnt, Foxcatcher), Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Dracula Untold), Elisabeth Moss (‘Madmen’, Truth), Jeremy Irons (‘The Borgias’, upcoming Batman V Superman), Keeley Hawes (‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘The Hollow Crown’), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil, ‘Lucky Man’), James Purefoy (‘Rome’, ‘The Following’), Peter Ferdinando (A Field in England, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur), Augustus Prew (Kick Ass 2, ‘The Village’), Stacy Martin (Nymph()maniac, The Last Photograph), Enzo Cilenti (‘Jekyll & Hyde’, Free Fire), Dan Skinner (Notes on Blindness, The Ghoul) & Reece Shearsmith (A Field in England, ‘Inside No.9’).4

Set in an alternate 1975 ,two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston ) moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly.

As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea. Only much later, as he sits on his balcony eating the architect’s dog, does Dr. Robert Laing finally feel at home.

Reviewed by our very own Welsh Demoness HERE she gave it 4 out of 5 stars saying “High-Rise deserves a second viewing to fully appreciate every aspect. Its a heavy, dark film that incorporates a strangeness about it but its themes are scarily realistic. Despite not being directly a horror film and more of an action/thriller, High-Rise is bloodthirsty in subject matter and imagery. Its thought-provoking and psychologically disturbing, signifying the horror of hierarchy.”

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It seems the time for that second viewing is now with the release on DVD and Blu-ray bringing High-Rise home packed full of excellent extras extending and elaborating on the movie in a fascinating and insightful way.

Coming in a great presentation box with alternative artwork and 6 limited edition art cards the Blu-ray and DVD editions include a full audio commentary with director Ben Wheatley, producer Jeremy Thomas and lead actor Tom Hiddleston going into great depth on every aspect of making the movie with some great anecdotes along the way.3

There are also a set of extensive cast interviews with nearly every one of the cast including Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Sienna Guillory, Luke Evans, Keeley Hawes, Jeremy Irons, James Purfoy, Elisabeth Moss, Dan Skinner Rob Entwistle, Paki Smith, Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Nick Gillespie, Neil Wallace, Mark Tildesley, Jamie Egner, Glenn Marks, Dan Martin and Andrew Wilson.

Last but by no means least is an excellent featurette on the author JG Ballard which looks at his life and other works which include Empire of the Sun and Crash both adapted into films and meeting with extremely different receptions from critics and public alike.

A brilliant home release for a brilliant film High-Rise is a must have for Ballard and Ben Wheatley fans who will find a tower block sized amount of extra content to get their teeth into.

High-Rise is out now!

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