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(aka 'Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home')

directed by Ken Loach
UK 1966

"Cathy Come Home" resulted in a change in the law, ranking it among the most important British theatrical/TV works ever shown. Instrumental in starting the Housing Charity Shelter and later an adjustment in the law in regards to homelessness, it still ranks as a powerhouse of circumstantial eroding family values, lifestyle, and environmental living conditions. It ultimately asks the question: What do you do when your alternatives run out?


Ray Brooks and Carol White star as the hopeful, planning newlyweds who befall bad times when he is unfortunately injured at work. As a domino progression, each valid step in their lives turns more tragic. Heaps of sympathetic emotion bubble over, but it is never shown by director Loach in a cloying way. His matter-of-fact docu-drama direction keeps the viewer on solid footing the entire time. This may be the key to the expression. It drives home much further than simply thinking "I wasn't aware that it was that bad for some". This is a film that stays with you long after the message has sunk in. A true masterpiece. out of

Theatrical Release: November 16th, 1962 - UK Television

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:16:48 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.97 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Ken Loach Commentary
• Biographies
• Filming Schedule
• Housing problems
• Shelter Statement

DVD Release Date: June 30th, 2003

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12


This is a fabulous DVD. Lots of good grain in the image, superb menus and subtitles, solid extras with a director commentary. I don't know what more you could ask.out of

Gary W. Tooze

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