The Reckoning Blu Ray Review

TR2The complexity of post war England, a society that is both unbalanced and evolving after the colonial period. The world of emotional connection to people that were absent or socially superior. With life moving forward and ideas progressed. The personal after it had been disconnected.  The poor man becoming a force for social adaption. Moving up, affluence and change. However that dark heart still beats for a time passed.

TR1Michael Marler (Nicol Williamson) lives in a lovely three bedroom house in a nice part of London.  He works for a major corporation that sells adding machines but is expanding into computing. He also is married to an affluent woman and keeps her in that lap of luxury. His life wasn’t always this grand. He grew up in Liverpool by the docks. Amidst the black water, dirt and grim he grew to join the army. He progressed up the ranks to attain a position of power. His father, an Irish navvy was his hero and his centre. Then his father is beaten. He suffers and dies. Now Michael returns to find out why. To understand the past he left and what the future will hold for him.

TR3Released 2 years prior to GET CARTER, THE RECKONING  deals with a few of the issues raised by Carter. Generational divides in expectations and realisations. However Carter dealt directly with class and the growing culture clash. THE RECKONING deals more with social and personal motifs. Social motifs in Micheal for instance are clear. He is known as Mick, a man progressed up the chain but in fact has not changed at all. He is still under the surface, a raging storm of a man. Much like many in the newly progressing England. The film also deals with personal motifs in his sexual and physical exsistence. He wants his fathers life to mean something but with honest strokes, we see that without his progression, it means nothing.

TR4The disc is a mixed affair. The HD master suffers a little with the light, grain and texture.Matthew Sweet is excellent and his piece is a great post script. The other docs were less interesting. The booklet is very good indeed and I would appeal to anyone that this is the place to start prior to watching the film.

• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Culture Clash (2017, 20 mins): a new interview with writer, journalist and broadcaster Matthew Sweet
• Memories of Marler (2017, 3 mins): a new interview with actor Tom Kempinski
• On Your Marks (2017, 4 mins): a new interview with second assistant director Joe Marks
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Michael Pattison, Jack Gold on The Reckoning, Kenneth Tynan on actor Nicol Williamson, and an overview of contemporary critical responses
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• UK DVD premiere
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies




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