British distributors Odeon Entertainment will release on Blu-ray director Alan Clarke's Scum (1979), starring starring Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, John Blundell, and Julian Firth. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on September 9th.
Ray Winstone stars in one of the most violent, explosive and controversial British films of all time. After assaulting a warder, young offender Carlin (Winstone) is transferred to a tough British borstal where the staff decides to break him - with savage and relentless violence. At the same time, the existing 'Daddy' on Carlin's prison wing, Banks (Blundell) - the thug who controls all the other inmates - sees the newcomer as a threat and singles him out for more vicious beatings to smash him down. Now Carlin knows that there is only one way to survive. He must fight back, destroy Banks - and become the new 'Daddy' on the wing...
Based on an original TV play that was banned by the BBC for its graphic violence and sexual content, Scum remains as shocking and powerful today as the day it was first released. Scum has been fully restored and graded at 2K from the original negatives by Pinewood Studios, and includes the original audio mix as well as a newly created 5.1 surround mix.
A few years ago a DVD steelbook was released in the UK and it became a point of pride for the tins to be used to store Rizla+ and loose tobacco in South London pubs. For our international brethren, South London is akin to a real world PVP zone and Scum is celebrated more as a way of life and Ray Winstone, a role model.