BFS Video // 2006 // 1080 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 5th, 2011
Occupy The Street?
You want drama? You want enough drama that it will overwhelm you with so much drama you will leave with impacted molars and a heart condition? Hello The Street, a BBC series that ran for three seasons and 18 episodes, ladeling on the angst, betrayal, and a-holery like few other shows have. TNT thinks they know drama, but they are powerless in the face of this force of nature.
The Street is essentially an anthology series, as you get a selection of individual stories, strung together by the geography of the neighborhood, a nameless street in Manchester, stocked with working-class types who are harboring all manner of human deficiency. The featured performers are different from show to show and the tales are singularly focused. It's not all happening in a vacuum, as peripheral characters and storyline bleed into the primary episode. But, really, these installments should be looked at as stand-alone experiences.
It's all well done and well acted and stocked with such recognizable faces as Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Timothy Spall (Sweeney Todd), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Lee Ingleby (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Vincent Regan (300), and many many more. In fact, I'd wager that if you're a professional or semi-professional actor currently working within the United Kingdom, there's an excellent chance you've had a speaking role in The Street.
The subject matter can be pretty heavy -- the first episode involves a small child getting run over by a car -- and nearly all flaws of the human condition are put under the microscope: infidelity, drug use, post-traumatic stress disorder, facial disfigurement. You can bet heavily on the fact that at least more than one character will be yowling in despair at some point. (And yes, it can sometimes get a bit too melodramatic. The ending to the "old guy with suicidal tendencies" episode? Contrived and overwrought and about as corny as you can get for a show about an old guy with suicidal tendencies.)
The heavy duty soap opera nature of the series may not be everyone's cup of joe, but if you enjoy this sort of thing, The Street serves up over 18 hours of bone crushing emotion and character development.
The DVD set: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo mix, no extras, and clumsy packaging.
Not Guilty. Visit this neighborhood for a serious hit of drama.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: BFS Video
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 1080 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated