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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

A Field in England trailer: into the past, and into the future

This film would be notable only if it were the latest from director Ben Wheatley — this looks more akin to his trippy Kill List than the comparably “light” black comedy Sightseers — but more importantly, this is the first movie in the U.K. to be released simultaneously in cinemas and on demand… and also on DVD and free TV. Yes, all on the same day.

I’ve been waiting for the U.K. film industry to catch up with what’s happening with VOD in the U.S. And now they done the U.S. one better. Or worse, depending on how gloomy you are about the current innovations in film distributions.


US/Canada release date: Feb 7 2014 | UK release date: Jul 5 2013 (VOD/DVD same day)
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  • sketchbooka

    Am I seeing correctly, or am I tripping, but is Ben Wheatley’s latest Film 4 release shot in black and white, which takes place in Medieval England, where a group find mushrooms and make a meal and squabble not just a touch too close to the original movie written and screened by Mark Little in 2011, which was about medieval England and mushrooms and paranoia. Also shot in Black and White?!!! This appears to be the most brazen example of plagiarism I have seen most recently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFIhwsxOi6g

  • I haven’t seen either film, so I couldn’t say. Have you seen either film?

    Your comment has a flavor of something being cut-and-pasted across the Web. (“Ben Wheatley’s latest Film 4 release shot in black and white” is awkward phrasing, to say the least.) Do you have some connection to Mark Little? Are you Mark Little?

  • Adam Stevenson

    I like the cast; Reece Sheersmith, Julian Thingy and Michael Smiley.

  • RogerBW

    I suppose this is why trailers try to be generic: because when the trailer isn’t generic, it’s hard to work out how one’s likely to feel about the film. Though I suspect that this may be one of those films where it’s nearly as hard to work that out even after one’s seen it.

    Good for them on the release. Buying a film on a DVD should mean “I want to watch this film more than once”, not “it was less trouble than getting to a cinema or finding it for rent”.

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