Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a well made if not slightly disturbing or off-putting 1980s British drama featuring three great performances.
Rita, Sue and Bob Too
Twilight Time | R – 93 min. – $24.95 | April 8, 2014
Rita, Sue and Bob Too, helmed by esteemed cult director Alan Clarke (Scum), is a sex farce and then some: a biting critique of Britain’s Thatcher years’ society, it blends horror and humor to shattering effect. The story of two teenagers (SIOBHAN FINNERAN and MICHELLE HOLMES) who enter into a sexual misalliance with a married man (GEORGE COSTIGAN), the film paints a grisly but amusing picture of misspent British youth in an age devoid of dreams.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5
This release comes with a small 6-page booklet which contains an essay.
The only feature included is an Audio Commentary by Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman. The track itself, like all the others done before on TT releases, is academic but lighthearted. I have to ask, why this movie got a commentary yet David Lynch’s Wild at Heart did not…
VIDEO – 3.25/5
Twilight Time releases Rita, Sue and Bob Too on Blu-ray presented with a 1.66 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p/AVC high-definition transfer. Although hardly horrible looking, this transfer is a bit rough around the edges thanks probably to a low budget where no matter what work done, short of a complete and expensive overhaul, would not look great. Details are soft and colors washed out.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The disc includes a 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track which is effective enough considering the vast majority of the film is dialogue driven with some music thrown in. It’s nothing to write home about or anything yet dialogue is clear enough and doesn’t really top out and the score comes through the center channel well enough.
Also included is a Music & Effects Track (DTS-HD MA 1.0).
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a well made if not slightly disturbing or off-putting 1980s British drama featuring three great performances. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time is light on features and the video and audio transfers, albeit OK, are nothing special.