Sid and Nancy [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]


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Punk rock's first great embodiment of the motto "live fast and die young," Sid Vicious joined The Sex Pistols when they were already established as the most controversial rock band in British history; and it soon became apparent that he couldn't play his instrument, had a magnetic attraction to chaos, and possessed a dangerous thirst for booze, drugs, and violence. Sid & Nancy opens shortly after Sid (Gary Oldman) joined the band, when he meets an obnoxious American punk groupie named Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb). Nancy claims that she can get drugs, and Sid naively gives her his money. Nancy doesn't show up with the goods, but when Sid runs into her a few days later, she has a tall tale about getting ripped off - and Sid sympathizes with her. Before long, Sid and Nancy have fallen in love, and while they argue with uncommon vehemence, they also depend completely on each other. When The Sex Pistols break up, Sid has few prospects and an increasingly voracious appetite for heroin, and Nancy's attempts to "manage" his career only hasten his downhill slide. Former Clash leader Joe Strummer wrote the film's theme song, "Love Kills," and The Pogues, The Circle Jerks, and Pray for Rain contributed to the soundtrack. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
1 hour, 51 minutes
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • USA & territories, Canada
  • English
Video Features
  • Director-Approved two-dvd special edition features
  • New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised and approved by Director of Photography Roger Deakins
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack
  • Two Audio Commentaries one from 1994 featuring cowriter Abbe Wool, actors Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, cultural historian Greil Marcus, filmmakers Julien Temple (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle) and Lech Kowalski (D.O.A.: A Right of Passage), and musician Eliot Kidd; the other from 2001 featuring Cowriter-Director Alex Cox and actor Andrew Schofield
  • Interview with Cox from 2016
  • England's Glory, a 1987 documentary on the mkaing of the film
  • Infamous 1976 Bill Grundy interview with the Sex Pistols on British Television
  • Rare telephone interview with Sid Vicious from 1978
  • Interviews with Vicious and Nancy Spungen from the 1980 documentary D.O.A.: A Right of Passage
  • Excerpts from a 1976 episode of The London Weekend Show about the London punk scene
  • Excerpts from Sad Vacation, a 2016 documentary about Spungen and Vicious
  • Plus: An essay by author Jon Savage and a 1986 piece compiled by Cox about Vicious, Spungen, and the making of the film
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