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(aka "Full English Breakfast" )


directed by Manish Patel
UK 2014


Back from Afghanistan, former special forces officer Jamie Sullivan (Jamie Bannerman, SACRIFICE) is homeless and suffering from PTSD. His luck seems to change when he happens upon the lost wallet of ostensibly-retired gangster Dave Bishop (Dave Courtney, THE KRAYS) who has made a mint on his life story (freely told thanks to double jeopardy laws which have allowed him to cash in on his crimes after beig found innocent) and is making even more off his continued supply of Ecstasy tablets to local clubs and dealers. Dave has just created an opening in his organization for a chauffeur and delivery man when he forcibly retires Habib (Sukhraj Singh) when he fails to convince with his explanation of the disappearance of a shipment. Despite the apprehension of Dave's brother/partner Derek (Jerry Anderson, THE BROTHER), Jamie - his military experience seeming to appeal to Dave's sense of patriotism as much as his combat skills - is given the job, lodgings, new clothes, a full English breakfast every morning, and the perk of escorting around Dave's young wife Susan (Lucy Drive, VENDETTA). Jamie quickly becomes accustomed to the gangster lifestyle and falls for Susan (who seems more caring and concerned than the average femme fatale), but he has a change of heart when exposed to the ugly and deadly side of the business after he is targeted by Aziz (director Manish Patel) who has come looking for his brother and is using the missing drugs as leverage.

The feature debut of television documentary filmmaker Manish Patel is technically assured but stylistically derivative, indulgent at nearly two hours, and mostly unoriginal (starting with the casting of Courtney as yet another London gangster) ORIGINAL GANGSTER - titled FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST in its native territory - that it feels like a poseur among British gangster films. It does not really take off until roughly half-way through as Jamie starts to unravel the web of deceit (and we are exposed to a couple of his own secrets), but it nevertheless cruises along nicely on borrowed style for the duration thanks in part to the performances of Bannerman, Drive, Courtney, and Anderson (even if the characterizations do not exactly challenge the range of the latter two).

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 7 April 2014 (UK)

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Runtime 1:54:00

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.19 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 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 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Revolver Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Making-of (16:9; 19:08)
• 'Confessions of Violence' (16:9; 6:00)

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 2014

Chapters 12



Revolver has ceased operations in the UK, but their US arm has given ORIGINAL GANGSTER a respectful dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer at the correct speed. It's hard to tell how faithfully the DVD represents this Cannon DSLR production since the look of most shots is so skewed by edgy post-production color grading (the few shots that aren't recolored look a bit soft and flat). A Blu-ray might look a tad cleaner, but even the higher resolution might still evince some noise in the more saturated shots (from the neon hot tinted nightclub scenes to the night shots so unnaturally blue one wonders if they were shot day-for-night with the white balance set for interiors). No complaints about the Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track (I don't believe this film has a 5.1 mix).

Extras include a somewhat spoilersome nineteen minute making-of hosted by London TV presenter Georgina Burnett including table reads, interviews with the cast and crew, rehearsals, behind the scenes footage, and the director explaining his and cinematographer Ralph Stewart's visualization of the story as a live action graphic novel (and the changes on location requiring the redrawing of storyboards to maintain this look). Also included is "Confessions of Violence", a promo film with clips set to Dave Courtney's narration from the like-titled autobiographical book-within-a-film.

  - Eric Cotenas


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