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'Sid & Nancy (Collector's Edition)' [Blu-ray]
(Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Andrew Schofield, et al / Blu ray / R / (1986) 2011 / MGM)

Overview: As played to perfection by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, Sid and Nancy are made for each other, serving their mutual strengths and weaknesses and rising with the punk-rock fame of Sid's group, the Sex Pistols, while falling into the ultimately lethal pit of drug abuse.

Blu ray Verdict: In truth, this has got to be the best film that I've ever seen about drug addiction and the emptiness of people who fall into it. The decline and death of our so-called heroes are frightening and depressing, indeed so well acted that it is horribly, completely believable. Oldman and Webb are simply brilliant. I mean, there is no other word to perfectly describe their dual strength of performance. Webb is totally believable as a border line personality, at times sensitive, but suddenly abusive and paranoid - it is subtle and perfectly acted.

Sure the film is much more than this element, but this twisted love between two people is, by far, the centerpiece to this masterpiece. Their relationship was nothing but a youthful disaster from day one. It involved Sid becoming a celebrity by per chance and Nancy, a suburban cast-off who 'wandered' into the drug world, and a damned search for groupie association with stardom.

While almost nothing on their own, together they enter a downward spiral that can result only in death. Together they are far worse than apart and yet all you can do is helplessly witness their descent into a hell of addiction and chaos.

But, that all said, there is the underbelly here of seminal late-70s punk scene. The music, whether you liked the Sex Pistols or not, shows how it fast became a musical drug of choice. You also quite clearly see how talentless and nihilistic punk really was! Then again, it also had a disturbing amount of raw energy for the urban youth to latch on to, call their own, allow to infiltrate their worlds and create who they would turn out to be - for better or for worse.

Their collaborate chaos, drugs and miss-direction in the end were all that they had, so they lived it unto self-destruction. Their scenes, as portrayed in this film, will give you pause for thought and evoke sadness quite like none you've experienced for quite a while, believe me. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.