In her breathtaking and assured debut feature, Lynne Ramsay creates a haunting evocation of a troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during Scotland’s national garbage strike of the mid-1970s, Ratcatcher explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abjection that surrounds him. Utilizing beautiful, elusive imagery, candid performances, and unexpected humor, Ramsay deftly contrasts urban decay with a rich interior landscape of hope and perseverance, resulting in a work at once raw and deeply poetic.


  • United Kingdom
  • 1999
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #162


  • On the Blu-ray: New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Lynne Ramsay and cinematographer Alwin Küchler, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • On the DVD: Digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • New interview with Ramsay from 2021 (Blu-ray only)
  • Audio interview from 2020 with Küchler (Blu-ray only)
  • Three award-winning short films by Ramsay: Small Deaths (1995), Kill the Day (1996), and Gasman (1997)
  • Interview with Ramsay from 2002
  • Stills gallery (DVD only)
  • Trailer (Blu-ray only)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by film critic Girish Shambu and filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Blu-ray only)

    Cover based on a theatrical poster
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