Ken Loach’s The Old Oak | DVD, Blu-ray, digital download details confirmed

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From Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, The Old Oak heads to disc in December, and digital download in November. More here.

What looks like being the final film from one of Britain’s most respected and legendary directors, Ken Loach, is on its way to home formats. Penned by Paul Laverty and directed by Loach, The Old Oak arrived in cinemas this autumn to good reviews. It’s also expected to make a mark in upcoming awards races too.

The film, which closes off a sort of trilogy that includes I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You, stars Dave Turner and Ebla Mari. And Studiocanal has now confirmed that it’s coming to ‘home premiere’ from November 13th.

That’s the point where you’re able to rent the film online, from all the usual places.

Then, the film will be on physical media just before Christmas. It’s coming to both DVD and Blu-ray – no 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc for this one – on December 15th. There’s also a collection of extra features that’ll be on the disc, specifically a deleted scene (no details on that), a featurette entitled ‘Loach legacy’ and one entitled ‘Together’.

You can find the listing for the film here, where you can also order yourself a copy.

You can hear me talking to Ken Loach and Paul Laverty about the movie too, including Loach taking the rise out of my Midlands accent, on the Studiocanal podcast below..

Finally, here’s the synopsis for the movie…

THE OLD OAK is a special place.  Not only is it the last pub standing, but it’s also the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline.  TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his predicament is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village without any notice.  

In an unlikely friendship TJ meets a curious young Syrian Yara (Ebla Mari) with her camera.  Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other?  So unfolds a deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.  

The film is available to pre-order now.

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