Gregory’s Girl was the film that broke Bill Forsyth out into the mainstream. Well, the mainstream of the 1980 Arthouse scene. Playing with emerging feminist ideas in international high school movies seems to be a big deal. Hell, even the lead character’s little sister seems to be the main voice of reason. Did I mention that Gregory’s Girl arrived in 1980?
Late 70s/early 80s British cinema has been sneaking into my interests in recent years. I credit a lot of that to my rediscovery of Local Hero. Bill Forsyth has been known to me as a writer/director, but I never sat down with his work. I being of the genre entertainment background never felt the need to dive deep in that arena.
That was my fault. If I can manage to track down all of the Lemon Popsicle films before this one, then it’s not an issue of foreign vs. US releases. I guess it falls down to my last big deal breakers. I hate movies about soccer. Yes, they play soccer. It’s not football, as America created football and had the sport blessed by the American Lord Jesus Christ.
Gregory’s Girl has developed a cult following over the last 40 years. But, the special features on the disc prove something else. It’s not just enough to be a good teen movie. The film also deals with why men can’t accept women as competition from an early age. No one gets away clean, but somehow Dorothy looks the best in the end.
The Blu-ray comes with an audio commentary featuring Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode. You also get more interviews, new essay and multi language dubs. The A/V Quality is superb and I’ll include some screenshots to show off the transfer.