Naked (#307)

Type: New Blu-Ray

The brilliant and controversial Naked, from director Mike Leigh, stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself around London on a nocturnal odyssey, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and costars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Leigh’s depiction of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.


New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Mike Leigh, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary by Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge

New video interview with director Neil LaBute

Episode of the BBC program The Art Zone in which author Will Self interviews Leigh

The Short and Curlies, a short comedy from 1987 directed by Leigh and starring Thewlis, with audio commentary by Leigh

Original theatrical trailer

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critics Derek Malcolm and Amy Taubin