Kes 1969 Criterion Collection
Named by the British Film Institute as one of the ten best British films of the century, Kes is cinema's quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England.
Billy Casper (David Bradley) has been in trouble for most of his 15 years. Deserted by his coal-miner father, neglected by his mother and bullied, not only by his brutish older brother (Freddie Fletcher), but by bigger boys at school and by teachers, Billy has always resorted to the wiles of a petty thief to acquire the things he needs to make life more bearable. One day on the moors, he is transfixed by the flight of a kestrel and steals one of her chicks. He raises the small bird he calls Kes and trains it to hunt for food. Kes gives Billy some purpose in his life and the prospect of some future, despite the efforts of others to extinguish the spark of hope.
Kes is a beautifully filmed and heartbreaking examination of the human spirit. It shows hope where hope should have been stripped away. With gorgeous imagery of Northern England and a melancholy score, its almost documentary feel is its strength, making this a timeless classic.

Director: Ken Loach
Cast: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher
Country: UK
Genre: Drama, Family

BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:51:07 | 44.1 Gb + 14.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English


• Two audio tracks: the filmmaker's original soundtrack, with production dialogue and the internationally released soundtrack, with postsync dialogue.

• Making Kes - director Ken Loach, producer Tony Garnett, cinematographer Chris Menges, and actor David Bradley discuss Kes, its characters, production history, and message. The featurette was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2010. In English, not subtitled. (45 min).

• The South Bank Show - a detailed profile of director Ken Loach, featuring interviews with producer Tony Garnett, filmmakers Stephen Frears and Alan Parker, writer Jim Allen, and actor Ricky Tomlinson, among others. (50 min).

• Cathy Come Home - an early film directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett for BBC's anthology series The Wednesday Play in 1966. A 2011 video commentary by film writer Graham Fuller is also included.
-- Cathy Come Home - in English, not subtitled. (78 min).
-- Afterword - in English, not subtitled. (12 min).

• Trailer - the original theatrical trailer for Kes. In English, not subtitled. (3 min).

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