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#16 Post by John Johnson » Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:36 pm

It's been a while, but here are two more classics, due for release 31st August.

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#17 Post by Paul MacLean » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:50 am

I want The Green Man! :(

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#18 Post by John Johnson » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:52 pm

Two more classics announced for 24th August.

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#19 Post by John Johnson » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:13 pm

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StudioCanal have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Scottish director Bill Forsyth's film Comfort and Joy (1984), starring Bill Paterson, Eleanor David, Clare Grogan, Alex Norton, and Patrick Malahide. The release will be available for purchase on February 29, 2016.

Synopsis: Bill Forsyth (Gregory's Girl, That Sinking Feeling) directed this comic thriller, which begins when Glasgow DJ Alan (Bill Paterson), already frustrated by the sickly-sweet constraints of his radio show, loses his girlfriend. His life acquires new meaning when he finds himself mediating between ice-cream gangsters Mr Bunny and Mr McCool. With C.P. Grogan, Patrick Malahide, and Eleanor David.

The film's brilliant soundtrack is by superstar guitarist Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, who also composed the memorable score to Forsyth's BAFTA-winning Local Hero in 1983. Lyrics from Dire Straits songs are used in the script.

Special Features:
Brand new interview with stars Bill Paterson and Clare Grogan, and director Bill Forsyth
Technical Specs:
Feature Running Time: 101 mins approx / Feature Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Color / HD Standard 1080p / 2.0 Mono LPCM / English / HOH Subtitles

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#20 Post by AndyDursin » Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:30 pm

I really liked COMFORT AND JOY. Been a long time since I watched it -- I remember renting the MCA VHS release -- so I may just pick it up in a future Amazon UK order.

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#21 Post by John Johnson » Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:34 pm

I'd like to see them tackle Local Hero.
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#22 Post by John Johnson » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:00 pm

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StudioCanal will add two new titles to its Vintage Classics Collection: Basil Dearden and Will Hay's The Goose Steps Out (1942) and Alexander Mackendrick's Mandy a.k.a. Crash of Silence (1952).

The Goose Steps Out

Synopsis: Comedy legend Will Hay stars as William Potts, a hapless, clumsy schoolteacher, who just happens to be an identical body double for a notorious German Nazi general. When the army is made aware of this uncanny resemblance to the German, who they are currently holding prisoner, they decide to drop the reluctant Mr.Potts behind enemy lines. His deadly mission is to find and retrieve information on a secret weapon that the Germans are planning to use. But whilst impersonating the Nazi general, William Potts manages to infiltrate the college of Hitler Youth. He also manages to make a big impression on the students who are being trained as spies and are learning how to fit into British society. Luckily Mr. Potts is at hand to give them lots of handy hints in honor of the war effort.

STREET DATE: MAY 15.

Mandy

The film chronicles the life of a deaf girl, from the moment her parents realize that she has no hearing, through her struggle to express herself and learn how to lip-read. Her mother and father argue over the best way to deal with her condition, leading to a scandalous marriage breakdown. Starring Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, and Terence Morgan. In the US the film was released as The Story of Mandy, later also distributed as Crash of Silence.

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#23 Post by John Johnson » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:54 pm

John Johnson wrote: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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#24 Post by John Johnson » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:01 pm



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StudioCanal have announced that they will release on Blu-ray Federico Fellini's film La Strada (1954), starring Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, and Aldo Silvani. The release will be available for purchase on June 5.

La Strada, which was recently restored in 2K, will return to UK cinemas on May 19. Included below are the official theatrical trailer and poster for the new restoration.

Supplemental features to be included on the upcoming Blu-ray release have not yet been announced.

Synopsis: In a story of true outsiders, Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold by her desperate mother to boorish strongman Zampanò (an immensely charismatic Anthony Quinn) to be both his wife and performance assistant as he tours central Italy. Zampanò - a brute by trade and by nature - repeatedly abuses Gelsomina as she struggles to learn the ropes; meanwhile, she finds a kindred spirit in his rival the Fool (Richard Basehart). Soon all three find themselves part of the same travelling circus, but with tragic consequences.

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#25 Post by John Johnson » Thu May 04, 2017 8:34 pm

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StudioCanal have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Alexander Mackendrick's film Mandy (1952), starring Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle, and Mandy Miller. The release will be available for purchase on June 12.

Synopsis: Originally based on the Hilda Lewis novel The Day Is Ours, which was broadcast as a serial on BBC Woman's Hour in 1950, the story was made in to a film under the direction of the great Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, Whisky Galore!) for which he picked up the Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival in 1952. Mandy went on to pick up six BAFTA nominations and became a major hit at the UK Box Office. Six-year-old Mandy Garland (Miller) was born deaf. With concerns for her future, Christine (Phyllis Calvert: Twisted Nerve, Mr Denning Drives North) and Harry Garland (Terence Morgan: Sir Francis Drake) try to work out the best scenario for their daughter's education, but before long their constant quarreling puts a strain on their relationship. Against Harry's wishes, Mandy is enrolled in a special school under the guidance of headmaster Dick Searle (Jack Hawkins: The Cruel Sea, The Fallen Idol), whose unconventional teaching methods are questioned by some of the adults. But Christine forms a strong friendship with Mr Searle, who ultimately has the child's best interests at heart and eventually helps Mandy to find her voice.

Boasting an all star cast and a breakout performance from Mandy Miller, Mandy is British filmmaking at its best.

Special Features:
NEW 2K restoration of the film
NEW Interview with Mandy Miller
BBC Radio 3 The Essay: Heffer on British Film – Mandy: Audio featurette by Simon Heffer
Behind the Scenes stills gallery

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#26 Post by John Johnson » Wed May 31, 2017 9:40 pm

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StudioCanal will release on Blu-ray a brand new 2K restoration of director Leslie Norman's film Dunkirk (1958), starring John Mills, Robert Urquhart, Ray Jackson, Meredith Edwards, and Anthony Nicholls. The release will be available for purchase on September 25.

Synopsis: Leslie Norman directs this British wartime drama which tells two sides of the Dunkirk story. British Corporal 'Tubby' Binns (John Mills) finds himself responsible for getting his men back to Britain from the Dunkirk beaches, after their commanding officer is killed and they become separated from the rest of the Allied Forces. Meanwhile, civilian reporter Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee) follows the build-up to the eventual evacuation of British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. The cast also includes Richard Attenborough, Roland Curram, and Michael Bates.

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#27 Post by John Johnson » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:13 pm

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StudioCanal have detailed three upcoming titles from their Vintage Classics series: Douglas Hickox's Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1970), Silvio Narizzano's Loot (1970), and Jacques Becker's Edward And Caroline (1951).

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

Synopsis: Synopsis: Adaptation of the risqué play by Joe Orton. Kath (Beryl Reid) and Ed (Harry Andrews) are a lonely middle-aged brother and sister who live together. When Kath meets Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) in a cemetery and falls for his charms, she invites him to become a lodger. Before long, Ed has fallen for Sloane's charms also and hires him to be his chauffeur, taking an unwholesome interest in Sloane's tight leather uniform. While Kath and Ed rival for Sloane's affections, their invalid father becomes increasingly convinced that he has some connection to an old unsolved murder. Trapped between the three of them, Sloane makes a shocking decision which has unexpected results.

Special Features and Specs:
NEW 2K RESTORATION of the film
NEW Leonie Orton: Remembering Joe Part One
NEW John Lahr on Joe Orton Part One
NEW Interview with Peter McEnery
NEW Locations featurette with Richard Dacre
Original Trailer
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
STREET DATE: AUGUST 21.

Loot

Synopsis: Adaptation of the celebrated farcical play by Joe Orton. Two bank robbers, Dennis (Hywel Bennett) and Hal (Roy Holder), are on the run from the police after a successful heist. Needing somewhere to hide the loot, they turn to a funeral parlor where they can stash the cash in Hal's recently-deceased mother's coffin. Taking the coffin, they turn to Hal's father (Milo O'Shea) and hide it in the bathroom of his hotel. Before long the hotel is host to the eccentric Inspector Truscott (Richard Attenborough) as he traces the crooks, and the promiscuous nurse Fay (Lee Remick), who is also on the trail of the stolen money.

Special Features and Specs:
NEW 2K RESTORATION of the film
NEW Leonie Orton: Remembering Joe Part Two
NEW John Lahr on Joe Orton Part Two
Joe Orton on Eamonn Andrews show (1967)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
STREET DATE: AUGUST 21.

Edward And Caroline

Synopsis: Becker's dark, offbeat comedy about a failing marriage stars Daniel Gélin as Édouard, a poor pianist married to Caroline (Anne Vernon), a beautiful girl from a middle-class family. Caroline's uncle Claude (Jean Galland), a complete snob who looks down on Édouard like the rest of his family, invites the couple to a party at which he is expected to play for his supper in front of Claude's important friends. Add the fact that Claude's son Alain (Jacques Francois) is in love with Caroline and this evening is destined for disaster. Special Features and Specs:
NEW 2K RESTORATION of the film
Interview with Ginette Vincendeau
Edouard et Caroline on AU CINEMA CE SOIR Ina - 1974
Archival Interview - Jacques Becker on LE JAZZ ET JEUNESSE Ina - 1956
Optional English subtitles for the main feature
STREET DATE: AUGUST 21.

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#28 Post by John Johnson » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:58 am

StudioCanal will add four new titles to its Vintage Classics Blu-ray collection: John Guillermin's Death on the Nile (1978), Guy Hamilton's The Mirror Crack'd (1980) and Evil Under the Sun (1982), and Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express. The four releases will arrive on the market this October.

Murder on the Orient Express

Synopsis: Elegant, all-star production introducing Albert Finney as the first screen Hercule Poirot. A no-good American Tycoon lies dead with twelve dagger wounds, but which of the passengers is the guilty party? Includes an Oscar winning performance from Ingrid Bergman.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
NEW RESTORATION
Making of - Featurette
Interview with producer Richard Goodwin
Behind the scenes stills gallery
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
STREET DATE: OCTOBER 23.

Evil Under the Sun

Synopsis: A star-studded cast heads this Agatha Christie story of one man's efforts to fathom the mysterious death at a resort hotel in the Mediterranean. Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Also stars Jane Birkin, Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
NEW RESTORATION
Making of - Featurette
Interview with costume designer Anthony Powell
Interview with writer Barry Sandler
Interview with producer Richard Goodwin
Behind the scenes stills gallery
Costume designs stills gallery
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
STREET DATE: OCTOBER 23.

Death on the Nile

Synopsis: A visually sumptuous and quintessentially British production, Death on the Nile won an Oscar for Anthony Powell's costume design and introduced Peter Ustinov in his first portrayal as the Belgian detective Poirot. Abroad a luxury Nile steamer a mystery assassin takes the life of an heiress.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
NEW RESTORATION
Making of - Featurette
Interview with costume designer Anthony Powell
Interview with Dame Angela Lansbury
Interview with producer Richard Goodwin
Behind the scenes stills gallery
Costume designs stills gallery
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
STREET DATE: OCTOBER 23.

The Mirror Crack'd

Synopsis: Angela Lansbury stars as supersleuth Miss Marple who sets about solving a mysterious death in the archetypal English village of St. Mary Mead. It features an all star cast including Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
NEW RESTORATION
Interview with writer Barry Sandler
Interview with Dame Angela Lansbury
Interview with producer Richard Goodwin
Behind the scenes stills gallery
Storyboard gallery
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
STREET DATE: OCTOBER 23.

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#29 Post by AndyDursin » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:04 am

I have the Universal Blu-Rays of those Christie titles, and I'm sure the SC restorations will be a big improvement. On the other hand, the price is way too high and they're only being sold individually, so I'm going to pass. I'd be interested if they pop up in another country in a boxed collection for less.

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