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Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Ken Loach’s Kes, is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Kes brought to the big screen the sociopolitical engagement Loach had established in his work for the BBC, and pushed the British “angry young man” film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach’s poignant coming-of-age drama remains the now legendary director’s most beloved and influential film.

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Special Features Newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges, with the filmmaker’s original production soundtrack (with uncompressed monaural audio on the Blu-ray edition) Making “Kes,” a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, producer Tony Garnett, and actor David Bradley The Southbank Show: “Ken Loach,” a 1993 profile Cathy Come Home (1966), an early television feature by Loach, with an afterword by film writer Graham Fuller Alternate, internationally released soundtrack, with postsync dialogue Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Fuller

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