Lady Chatterley

What’s the best way to get over the slump after Christmas? Well, if you’re a lady of a certain age/certain taste, then it might be to sit down with a DVD that features Sean Bean’s (pronounced Shawn Bawn, for the record) manhood flapping wildly between his Yorkshire thighs.

Of course, I’m talking about his role in infamous Ken Russell telefilm, Lady Chatterley, which was shown on the BBC in 1993.

Fifty years ago, the publication of D.H. Lawrence’s scandalous novel led to one of the most celebrated obscenity trials of the 20th century. To mark that occasion we can all buy a DVD of it.

Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck, The Patriot) stars as Lady Chatterley, wife to the emotionally and physically paralysed Sir Clifford in a post-war England which finds itself on the cusp of change.

Class divisions have begun to crumble as the bulk of a nation’s youth fell in the trenches leaving a downtrodden but emboldened few. I bet you never imagined I’d write the word ’emboldened’.

Lady Chatterley, of course, isn’t getting the good stuff from her husband, so she mooched off for a quickie in the woods with a working man (Sean Bean).

Special features include an in-depth interview with Ken Russell, as well as text features on D.H. Lawrence and the Trial of Lady Chatterley.

The release date is 1st February 2010 and it should cost you around £20.

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