Peter Medak’s 1990 crime drama The Krays, starring Spandau Ballet’s Martin and Gary Kemp, is a film that I don’t think anybody expected to ever get the Second Sight Films treatment. Despite something of a cult status, the cheesy thriller is not a particularly good film. And yet, here it is, in a lavish and elegant boxset release befitting the notorious Krays’ hedonistic lifestyle.
But while the film is certainly dated now and bursting with hammy performances, there is still an undeniable rawness to it that later similar crime dramas – including Tom Hardy-starrer Legend – have failed to achieve. Fans of the film will be delighted with this new release that offers a fantastic HD transfer of the film, a selection of new and archival special features and glorious packaging.
This release is another winner from Second Sight.
“From their humble East End beginnings, Ronnie and Reggie Kray became the most notorious figures in London’s gangland underworld. From extortion to murder, their horrific brutality became legendary and throughout the 50s and 60s they ruled by fear, until life sentences in 1969 finally ended their bloody reign of terror.” – Second Sight Films
- East End Medak: a new interview with Director Peter Medak
- Burdis Meets The Krays: a new interview with Producer Ray Burdis
- New audio interview with writer Philip Ridley
- New audio commentary by film historian Scott Harrison
- Archive audio commentary by Peter Medak, Gary Kemp, and Martin Kemp
- BFI 2015 Q&A with Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Kate Hardie, Peter Medak, and Philip Ridley
LIMITED EDITION CONTENT
- Soft cover book with new essays by Andrew Graves, Neil Mitchell, and Shelagh Rowan-Legg
- 6 collectors’ art cards
THE KRAYS is available on Limited Edition Blu-ray from Second Sight Films on 12 July 2021