Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sid & Nancy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 22, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

Gary Oldman (Harry Potter franchise) and Chloe Webb (The Newton Boys) continue to live fast and die young in Sid & Nancy, the 1986 music-filled cult film drama.

Written and directed by Alex Cox (Searchers 2.0), the British movie tells the tawdry tale of punk band Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious (Oldman) and his shrieking junkie girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Webb), two social misfits who literally love each other to death.

Chloe Webb and Gary Oldman are Sid & Nancy.

After their initial meeting, Sid falls hard for groupie Nancy, who seduces him with her affection and addiction to heroin. Their inseparable bond to each other and their drug use eventually corrodes the band, sending the pair down a dark road of despair. Out of money, hope and options, the despondent pair hit rock bottom while living in squalor at New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel. But their journey takes yet another tragic turn as they attempt to fulfill their destiny of going out in a blaze of glory.

Criterion’s new editions of the film contain the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, approved by director of photography Roger Deakins, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
* Two audio commentaries: one from 1994 featuring cowriter Abbe Wool, actors Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, cultural historian Greil Marcus, filmmakers Julien Temple and Lech Kowalski, and musician Eliot Kidd; the other from 2001 featuring cowriter-director Alex Cox and actor Andrew Schofield
* England’s Glory, a 1987 documentary on the making of Sid & Nancy
* Infamous 1976 Bill Grundy interview with the Sex Pistols on British television
* Rare telephone interview from 1978 with Sid Vicious
* Interviews with Vicious and Nancy Spungen from the 1980 documentary D.O.A.: A Right of Passage
* Archival interviews and footage
* An essay by author Jon Savage and a 1986 piece compiled by Cox about Vicious, Spungen, and the making of the film

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.