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The Legend of Barney Thomson on DVD and On-Demand in November

5 November 2015

Icon Film Distribution has announced the November DVD and On-Demand release of the critically acclaimed dark comedy, The Legend of Barney Thompson, following its successful theatrical debut. BAFTA winning actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) shines in the lead role of the ill-fated barber Barney and in directing an all-star cast that includes Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Ashley Jensen & Tom Courtenay.

The Legend of Barney Thomson tells the tale of Barney (Carlyle), a hapless barber devoid of charm and 'patter' as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney's mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following a typically incompetent fit of pique, when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, and with it headlong into the trail of a grotesque series of killings gripping Glasgow. As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from the bearish Detective Inspector Holdall (Winstone) and a testosterone-driven local Police task force at each other’s throats over the ongoing crimes. With his sanity threatening to unravel, Barney fatefully turns to his domineering, emasculating mother, the formidable Glaswegian 'good-time girl', Cemolina (Thompson). There's no turning back now and the path that lies ahead for Barney may yet be littered with more murderous consequences than he could have ever anticipated.

Adapting his debut from the highly popular series of crime novels by Scottish author Douglas Lindsay, Carlyle has crafted a unique, timeless visual style for his story, filming at iconic locations in his beloved hometown of Glasgow. Equally deserving of iconic status is the character of Cemolina, spectacularly brought to life by Emma Thompson, dramatically aged into the role by Academy Award winning Make-up & Prosthetics Artist Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel) to give a performance unlike anything she has done before. Supporting both is Ray Winstone, bringing his unique brand of menace and humour to the role of Barney’s nemesis, the Detective Inspector on his trail, and veteran actor Tom Courtenay in a very special cameo. Fittingly for this very home-grown story, Carlyle has also drawn on a wealth of Scottish acting talent to fill his cast, including Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, Kevin Guthrie, Stephen McCole and Samuel Robertson.

The Legend of Barney Thomson will be released on UK DVD and On-Demand on 16th November 2015 by Icon Film Distribution at an as-yet unfconfirmed RRP.

Special features:

  • Director's audio commentary with Robert Carlyle

  • Trailer

  • Blooper reel

  • Deleted scenes: Holdall Discusses the Chief, Tension in the Lift, Soaked Barney Returns Home, Holdall Confronts Barney, You Lookin’ for Business?