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Studiocanal Vintage Classics (UK) DVD/BD Thread

#1 Post by John Johnson » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:43 pm

Optimum have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of three newly restored Ealing classics arriving between 25th July and 8th August 2011. They are:

Went the Day Well - 25th July
Based on a short story by Graham Greene, Went the Day Well is a superb piece of British wartime propaganda. Disguised German paratroopers set up an advance post for a planned invasion in an unsuspecting British village...

Extras:
•BBC Radio 3 The Essay - British Cinema of the 1940s audio featurette
•Cavalcanti short film Yellow Caesar
•HOH subtitles

The Lavender Hill Mob - 1st August
Alec Guinness plans the perfect robbery in this 1951 Ealing comedy that is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with this release.

Extras
•Intro from Martin Scorsese
•Restoration comparison
•Trailer TBC
•Behind the Scenes stills gallery
•HOH subtitles
•More TBC

Whisky Galore! - 8th August
Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, which sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year.

Extras:
•Audio Commentary by John Ellis
•Distilling! Original TV Documentary (52 min)
•The Real Whisky Galore! With Angus Campbell (20 min)
•Hilary Mackendrick In Conversation With Anthony Slide (37 min)
•Trailer (3 min)
•Behind the scene stills gallery

Watch your local cinema listings as the restored versions of The Lavender Hill Mob and Whisky Galore! are receiving limited theatrical releases on 22 and 29 July respectively.

Optimum also have two Alan Resnais classics coming on 25th July 2011 (having taken over the rights from Nouveaux). Hiroshima Mon Amour and Night and Fog are DVD only and barebones.

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Re: Ealing Classics (UK) DVD/BD this Summer

#2 Post by John Johnson » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:34 pm

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#3 Post by John Johnson » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:08 pm

Studiocanal have announced a new special edition DVD and first ever Blu-ray release of The Main in the White Suit. Available from 19 November 2012, this Ealing classic has been restored for the centenary of its director Alexander Mackendrick's birth.

Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts & Coronets, The Ladykillers, Star Wars), a genius inventor, develops a fabric that never gets dirty or wears out. Thinking that his invention will be welcomed with open arms by the garment industry, he is shocked when both manufacturers and unions alike try to suppress it. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures... Also starring Joan Greenwood (Kind Hearts & Coronets, Whisky Galore!), Cecil Parker (The Lady Vanishes, The Ladykillers, I was Monty’s Double) and Michael Gough (Batman, The Horse’s Mouth, The Small Back Room), the film was BAFTA-nominated for Best Film and Best British Film, and Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay.

Newly restored for this release, extras include:•Revisiting The Man in the White Suit - Brand new featurette
•Behind the scenes stills gallery
•Restoration comparison
•Feature HOH subtitles
•Trailer

Notes on the restoration - The Main in the White Suit restoration was completed at Pinewood Studios in high definition using the best original film materials available. After rigorous assessment, the best material for restoration, which was used was the fine-grain inter-positive and scanned in 2k resolution. Over 100 hours were spent to ensure a thorough clean up was performed removing dirt, scratches, warps, tears or replacing torn or missing frames and improving stability issues for the digital restoration, ensuring the general look of the film does not stray too far from the original release.

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#4 Post by Paul MacLean » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:45 pm

I'm a big fan of the Ealing comedies. Any info on whether these are region coded?

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#5 Post by John Johnson » Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:02 am

Paul MacLean wrote:I'm a big fan of the Ealing comedies. Any info on whether these are region coded?
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The Ealing releases do appear to be region coded.
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#6 Post by Paul MacLean » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:20 pm

John Johnson wrote:
Paul MacLean wrote:I'm a big fan of the Ealing comedies. Any info on whether these are region coded?
Paul,
The Ealing releases do appear to be region coded.
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#7 Post by John Johnson » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:54 pm

The next two I'm getting are Lavender Hill Mob and Kind Hearts and Coronets. Just wish the Blu ray releases were a bit more often.
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#8 Post by John Johnson » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:29 pm

StudioCanal have announced that they will bring to Blu-ray Charles Crichton's The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953), starring Stanley Holloway, George Relph and Naunton Wayne. The release will be available for purchase on January 14th.

This charming classic film follows the consequences of when the Government run British Railways Service announce the closure of the line linking rural Titfield to Mallingford - the only line the Titfield inhabitants rely on to commute to work and transport their produce to the market. A group of the local village residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a massively wealthy member of the community attracted to the complete lack of alcohol licensing hours on trains. Unfortunately, their decision puts them into direct competition with the local bus company and soon enough a whole array of comically genius anarchy and madness ensues, including cunning sabotage and thrilling adventures.

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#9 Post by John Johnson » Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:41 pm

The Titfield Thunderbolt - 60th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray.

Special Features:

- Making the Titfield Thunderbolt
- Douglas Slocombe Home Movie Footage
- The Lion Locomotive Featurette
- Locations Featurette
- Stills Gallery
- Restoration comparison
- Douglas Slocombe on Charles Crichton audio interview
- Trailer


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#10 Post by John Johnson » Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:13 pm

Review of The Man in the White Suit.

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#11 Post by sprocket » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:27 pm

It would be nice if region A releases of these were released. How hard would it be?

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#12 Post by John Johnson » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:18 pm

I think Anchor Bay released the DVDs in the U.S. Not sure if they still have rights.
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#13 Post by John Johnson » Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:34 pm

Two more Ealing titles planned for January.

Alongside the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Titfield Thunderbolt in January, Studiocanal have announced the UK DVD release of a further two digitally remastered Ealing titles. They are:

Nowhere to Go - 14 January 2013 - Directed by Seth Holt (The Nanny and Blood From The Mummy's Tomb), NOWHERE TO GO is a stylish, grimy tale of deception and betrayal. A rare, late excursion into film noir for Ealing Studios, scripted by first-time director Holt and critic Ken Tynan.

This digitally remastered release features the full 100 minute version of the film (on its original release MGM cut it by 15 minutes in order to fit it into a double bill). Also on the disc is a brand new featurette including interviews with Ealing experts and crew members.

Dance Hall - 21 January 2013 - Story by Alexander Mackendrick (Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit, Whisky Galore!) and from the director of The Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt, DANCE HALL is a romantic melodrama centred round the life and loves of four working-class women who spend their Saturday nights at the Chiswick Palais dancing to the music of Ted Heath's Big Band.

Extras on this digitally remastered release include a brand new Making Of featurette, a restoration comparison and a trailer.

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StudioCanal have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Alexander Mackendrick's The Ladykillers (1955), starring Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, and Danny Green. The release will be available for purchase on July 6.

Classic Ealing comedy in which a group of bank robbers struggle to silence the eccentric old lady who discovers their crime. Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) lives alone in King's Cross with her parrots. She has been led to believe that the group of men renting rooms from her, Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), the Major (Cecil Parker), Louis (Herbert Lom), Harry (Peter Sellers) and One-Round (Danny Green), are classical musicians. However, when one of the group's cases gets caught in the door and opens to reveal, not a musical instrument, but a plethora of banknotes, the virtuous Mrs Wilberforce vows to go to the police with the identities of the men. The criminals agree that the old lady has to be killed to silence her, but will this be as straightforward as it sounds?

Special Features:
Audio commentary Philip Kemp
Forever Ealing documentary
Interview with Allan Scott
Interview with Terence Davies
Interview with Ronald Harwood
Cleaning up The Ladykillers featurette
Locations featurette **NEW EXTRA**
Audio Interview with Tom Pevsner **NEW EXTRA**
Audio Interview with David Peers **NEW EXTRA**
Stills gallery **NEW EXTRA**

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