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Ar­row Video, £14.99 (Blu-ray), £9.99 (DVD)

A doc­u­men­tary about one of the great­est suc­cesses and most in­flu­en­tial ti­tles in the his­tory of Bri­tish comics seems like a fine idea, but this pa­rade of talk­ing heads soon wears out its wel­come. More in the way of con­text – in terms of both so­cial and comic book his­tory – would have been help­ful and might have dis­pelled the vis­ual monotony that quickly (and iron­i­cally, given the sub­ject mat­ter) sets in; it might also have cast the some­times in­sight­ful but of­ten ego­cen­tric con­tri­bu­tions of some in­ter­vie­wees in a more sym­pa­thetic light. At times, watch­ing the film feels like at­tend­ing a re­union for age­ing and rather self-con­grat­u­la­tory punk rock­ers; it’s good, though, on the pres­sures and politics of the in­dus­try. DS

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