The Reckoning (1969) | Blu-ray/DVD – Nicol Williamson gives a tour de force performance in Jack Gold’s underrated social drama

The Reckoning

In 1969's The Reckoning, Michael Marler (Nicol Williamson) has ruthlessly climbed to a top rung on the London business ladder. But he detests the hypocrisies of his associates and the boring social life enjoyed by his wife Rosemary (Ann Bell). When his father dies of injuries received in a brawl in Liverpool, Marler tracks down his father's attacker. In Liverpool, he finds himself forced back into a world he has tried to forget.

An unflinching exploration of the British class system, Jack Gold’s penetrating, brutal drama stands alongside contemporary classics Up the Junction and Room at the Top, and pre-dates Get Carter by a year. Underrated and underexposed, and featuring an intense tour de force performance by leading man Nicol Williamson, The Reckoning may well be one of the most essential British films ever made.

The Reckoning gets a Limited Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray premiere/UK DVD premiere) release from Powerhouse Films, as part of their Indicator Series.

SPECIAL FEATURES: • High Definition re-master • Original mono audio • Culture Clash (2017, 20 mins): a new interview with writer, journalist and broadcaster Matthew Sweet • Memories of Marler (2017, 3 mins): a new interview with actor Tom Kempinski • On Your Marks (2017, 4 mins): a new interview with second assistant director Joe Marks • Original theatrical trailer • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing • Collector’s booklet with a new essay by Michael Pattison, Jack Gold on The Reckoning, Kenneth Tynan on actor Nicol Williamson, and an overview of contemporary critical responses