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Brand new 4k restorations of four John Carpenter classics are coming at ya!

John Carpenter has maintained his place as one of the most highly lauded directors in the realm of cult, fantasy and horror film-making for over 40 years. From the moment that HALLOWEEN broke through to audiences worldwide in 1978, Carpenter has created some of the most intense, imaginative, influential and successful films in cinema history.

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to celebrate Carpenter’s work with the announcement of brand new 4k restorations of some of his most iconic titles: THE FOG, THEY LIVE, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

UK based artist Matt Ferguson has created brand-new artwork for each film and audiences will be able to appreciate the new 4k restorations at home when all films, complete with brand new and ‘best of’ extras material, are released across Home Entertainment platforms including UHD for the very first time. A very special, 4-disc Collector’s Edition will be available of THE FOG, THEY LIVE, and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, that will also include a copy of the film’s seminal soundtrack composed and performed by Carpenter himself.

These four cult classics also return to UK cinemas, so book your tickets now: www.johncarpenter4k.co.uk

THE FOG (1980)
Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old and is getting ready to celebrate its centennial year. But as the residents of the tight-knit community begin to prepare for the festivities, a mysterious cloud of fog appears upon the shore and begins to creep its way across the town, leaving a trail of horrifying slaughter that hints at a deep, blood-soaked secret from its past. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh.
Theatrical release: From October 26th – special Halloween screenings October 31st
Home Entertainment Release: October 29th

SPECIAL FEATURES
Retribution – Uncovering The Fog: Making-of featurette
The Shape of The Thing to Come: John Carpenter Un-filmed
• Intro & Scene Analysis by John Carpenter
• Fear on Film: Inside the Fog (1980)
• The Fog: Storyboard to Film
• Outtakes
• TV Spots
• Theatrical Trailers, Photo gallery
• Audio Commentary with John Carpenter and Debra Hill
• Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark
• Audio commentary with actors Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and production designer Tommy Lee Wallace

FORMATS:
3-disc Steelbook (UHD feature only, Blu-ray feature, Blu-ray extras).
4-disc Collector’s Edition (UHD feature only, Blu-ray feature, Blu-ray extras, Soundtrack)
2-disc Blu-ray/1-disc DVD

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison. The rules are simple: once you’re in, you don’t come out. But when the United States president (Donald Pleasence) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russell) into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the stranded President from the twisted underworld and the demented clutches of its criminal overlord The Duke (Isaac Hayes).
Theatrical release: November 22nd
Home Entertainment Release: November 26th

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter’s Escape From New York – New Making Of / Retro documentary
Snake Plissen: Man of Honor
• Intro by John Carpenter
• Deleted Opening Sequence “Snake’s Crime” with Optional Audio Commentary
• Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes
• Original Trailers
• Audio Commentary with Kurt Russell and John Carpenter
• Audio Commentary with Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
• Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: Visual effects featurette
• I am Taylor – Interview with actor Joe Unger
• Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and DOP Dean Cundey

FORMATS:
3-disc Steelbook (UHD feature only, Blu-ray feature, Blu-ray extras)
4-disc Collector’s Edition (UHD feature only, Blu-ray feature, Blu-ray extras, Soundtrack)
2-disc Blu-ray/1-disc DVD

PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)
Deep in the basement of an abandoned church, once run by a sinister religious sect, lies a strange bottle of green liquid being investigated by a group of local theoretic physics students. But as the night draws on the students soon realise that the strange relic holds a dark and powerful force beyond their control. A force that could well be the essence of pure evil: the remains of Satan himself. Starring Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker and Jason Wong.
Theatrical release: October 26th
Home Entertainment Release: November 26th (Steel-book October 29th)

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Malevolent: Unearthing John Carpenter’s PRINCE OF DARKNESS: New Making Of / Retro documentary
• Intro by John Carpenter
• Scene Analysis by John Carpenter
• Audio commentary with John Carpenter and Peter Jason
• Sympathy for the Devil: Interview with John Carpenter
• Horror’s Halloween Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark
• Trailer
• Photo gallery

FORMATS:
3-disc Steelbook (Blu-ray feature, Blu-ray extras, UHD feature only)
2-disc Blu-ray/1-disc DVD

THEY LIVE (1988)
Obey. Submit. Consume. Watch TV. Do not question authority. Money is your god. No independent thought. No Imagination. They live. We sleep. WWF wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper plays John Nada, a homeless, unemployed construction worker who discovers a pair of sunglasses that when worn suddenly reveal a world run by yuppie aliens intent on keeping the human race brainwashed and sedate with subliminal messages fed through advertising and the media. Luckily for us all John Nada is a man of action and so begins the fight-back (including perhaps the longest fistfight in cinema’s history) to save humankind.
Theatrical release: From October 26th
Home Entertainment Release: October 29th

SPECIAL FEATURES
Subversion: Exposing John Carpenter’s They Live – New Making Of / Retro documentary
• Original EPK: The Making of They Live (1988)
• John Carpenter profile
• Meg Foster profile
• Roddy Piper profile
• Intro by John Carpenter
• Audio Commentary with John Carpenter and Roddy Piper
• Independent Thoughts with John Carpenter (2012)
• Woman of Mystery: Interview with Meg Foster
• Man vs Aliens: Interview with Keith David
• Fake commercials in the film
• TV spots
• Photo gallery

FORMATS:
3-disc Steelbook (UHD feature only, Blu-ray feature, Blu-ray extras).
4-disc Collector’s Edition (UHD feature only, Blu-ray feature, Blu-ray extras, Soundtrack)
2-disc Blu-ray/1-disc DVD

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The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) | Hammer’s ham-fisted Gothic horror parody restored in HD

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

Heading into black comedy horror territory, Hammer screenwriter Jimmy Sangster made his directorial debut with 1970’s The Horror of Frankenstein, a revisionist remake of the studio’s stylish 1957 Gothic horror classic The Curse of Frankenstein  – which he also wrote. But it’s quite the disappointment – even to die-hard fans.

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

With Hammer eyeing up a hipper, younger crowd, Taste the Blood of Dracula’s Ralph Bates takes over the title role of the monster-making Baron from Peter Cushing (who had played it four times) and he portrays him as a psychopathic serial killer and arrogant womanising misogynist who prefers tight breeches to show off his ‘average’ manhood.

Taking its narrative cue from Curse, the Gothic horror parody finds Bates knocking off his dad, claiming his Baronic title and fortune, and heading off to medical school. But, after getting the Dean’s daughter pregnant, he returns to the family castle, where he sets up shop with fellow medical student, Wilhelm Kassner (Graham James, wearing a hideous pink cravat), to create human life using a big chart labelled with numbered body parts.

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

Once assembled and activated, the new Baron’s creature – played by a pec flexing Dave Prowse (aka bodyguard Julian in A Clockwork Orange and the strongman in Vampire Circus) – starts killing all and sundry for no apparent reason – altough the indignity of having to wear an S&M collar, nappy and red lipstick applied stitch marks could be justifiable.

The studio-bound exteriors (except for a shot of Austria’s Hohenwerfen Castle, and a bridge and churchyard scene shot in North Mymms, Hertfordshire), re-used sets (the castle stonework looks like wallpaper), and ‘toilet humour’ does Sangster a real disservice (something he later admitted); but this lacklustre affair is worth watching for the Hammer glamour on display.

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

The Vampire Lovers‘ Kate O’Mara, sporting a dodgy accent that’s West Country by way of the Emerald Isle, vamps it up as the ‘accommodating’ chambermaid Alys, while statuesque Veronica Carlson (who was so good in 1969’s Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed) tries her best as needy professor’s daughter, Elizabeth, whose designs on the Baron get short shrift – probably on account of her Heidi hair-do of greasy links of bratwurst.

Both O’Mara and Carlson add some real Hammer glamour to the proceedings, and on a personal note, it has been great to have met them on the convention circuit. Sadly, Kate O’Mara passed away on 30 March 2015, aged 74, from ovarian cancer. Veronica, meanwhile, has become quite the artist and lives with her family in the US.

Kate O'Mara and Veronica Carlson

Dennis Price (now there’s someone I would have loved to have met) and Joan Rice (in her last film role) steal the show as a husband and wife pair of body snatchers, while Jon Finch is totally wasted as the Baron’s former childhood friend turned local copper. He did, however, find his stride in Roman Polanski’s The Tragedy of Macbeth the following year, and Robert Fuest’s The Final Programme in 1973.

Carry on… Young Frankenstein this is not! But it should have been!

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

The Horror of Frankenstein gets its Blu-ray UK debut (on Doubleplay from 29 January 2018) courtesy of Studiocanal featuring a brand new HD restoration (which only serves to accentuate the ‘wallpaper’ scenery, plastic forest trees and garish costumes).

It does, however, include the featurette, Gallows Humour: Inside The Horror of Frankenstein, which includes some interesting comments from Veronica Carlson about her time on the production, as well as some interesting production trivia from a handful of Hammer experts.

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High-Rise (2015) | Ben Wheatley’s brutal, bonkers blend of black humour, horror and anarchy is a winner

High-Rise

JG Ballard’s cult 1975 novel gets the big-screen treatment from Ben Wheatley (Kill List/Sightseers) and the result is a blackly comic vision of a dystopian Britain on the brink of social meltdown.

High-Rise


Neurologist Dr Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) has just got the keys to his new pad in a luxury 40ft-storey west London tower block. But while he just wants some peace and quiet, the building and its residents have other ideas. Conceived by its rooftop-dwelling architect Anthony Royal(Jeremy Irons) as a ‘crucible for change’, the building starts to have a startling effect on its tenants.

When the veneer of civilisation begins to collapse, class war breaks out between the upper and lower floors, and Laing finds himself struggling to keep his sanity and decorum in check as the other residents, including free-spirited secretary Charlotte (Sienna Miller), arrogant TV documentary film-maker Wilder (Luke Evans), and heavily pregnant Helen (Elizabeth Moss), are swept up in the orgy of violence…


Ben Wheatley and his screenwriter wife Amy Jump have done a swell job translating Ballard’s cult novel to the big screen, but the film’s ultimate success rests on the evocative retro 1970s production design, the impressive ensemble cast, and the atmospheric electronic score.

High-Rise

Having set the film in 1975, we get a Brutalist tower block much like London’s Barbican Estate (said to be one of Ballard’s inspirations) and one which echoes the bleak urban spaces used in futuristic 1970s thrillers like Rollerball and Soylent Green.

The period furnishings, fashions and grooming styles, and the inclusion of Portishead crooning to Abba’s SOS (which came out the same year), lend the grey surroundings some colourful respite, while Clint Mansell’s electronic score reverberates throughout the concrete corridors like sublimal aural wallpaper that’s a portent of the destructive things to come.

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Stark, stylishly and boldly bonkers brilliant, its a full-on assault of the senses that not only does justice to the Ballardian themes of the novel, it also evokes the cinema of Lindsay Anderson, particularly his 1982 state-of-the nation satire Britannia Hospital, and David Cronenberg, who also turned Ballard’s Crash into a controversial adaptation in 1996.

High-Rise is out on digital download from 11 July from StudioCanal, followed by its Blu-ray and DVD release on 18 July.

The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) | Oliver Reed hams it up wildly in the vintage Hammer adventure

Brigand of Kandahar (1965)

His Plundering Army of Bandit Raiders Sweeps to Glory
Across the Plains of India!

In director John Gilling‘s 1965 adventure The Brigand of Kandahar, it’s 1850 and the British Army are holed up in a fort in remote north-east India (actually Bray studios in Berkshire), valiantly trying to protect the Empire’s interests.

When mixed-race British officer Lieutenant Case (Ronald Lewis) is unjustly discharged, he finds himself being becoming a pawn in a rebel plot to attack the fort. Oliver Reed hams it up wildly as the ‘half-mad’ tribesman leader Eli Khan, while Yvonne Romain lends her exotic beauty to play his treacherous sister Ratina.

Meanwhile, when Glyn Houston’s foreign journalist Marriott sets out to uncover the truth behind the officer’s dismissal, he discovers not everything’s as it seems…

Brigand of Kandahar (1965)

While it wouldn’t win any awards for historical accuracy or political correctness (especially the use of white actors ‘blacked-up’, and the scant regard for Benjali culture or customs), this studio-bound non-horror Hammer is a lively enough romp to enjoy on a lost weekend, with Romain’s busty performance and Reed’s shouty turn being the film’s highlights.

The action scenes were lifted from the 1956 adventure, Zarak, which was actually shot in Morocco, while the military-influenced music score is by legendary Australian composer Don Banks.

The Brigand of Kandahar is out DVD in the UK from StudioCanal Home Entertainment and also screens on Movies4Men (Sky 325, Freeview 48, Freesat 304) on Sunday 22 May at 3.30pm

Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970) | Beryl Reid’s glorious grotesque makes this British black comedy worth a revisit

Entertaining_Mr_SloaneIn this 1970 screen adaptation of English playright Joe Orton’s subversive 1964 black comedy, drifter Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) meets frumpy middle age spinster Kath (Beryl Reid) in a suburban London cemetery and accepts her offer to lodge with her and her elderly ‘Dadda’, Kemp (Alan Webb).

But while fending off Kath’s rather clumsy attempts at seduction, the young stud is taken under the protective wing of Kath’s closeted spiv brother Ed (Harry Andrews), who makes him his personal chauffeur, while Kemp is the only one who can see through the slippery charmer’s facade…

THE LOWDOWN
Outrageous, shocking, and packed with sexual innuendo, Orton’s parody on British family mores was a real eye-opener in conservative 1960s Britain, and marked the playwright as the ‘Naughty Young Man’ of the British stage. Following a TV adaptation in 1968, a screen version, written by Clive Exton (10 Rillington Place) became the feature debut of former documentary and commercials director Douglas Hickox, who’d go on to helm the cult 1973 black comedy horror, Theatre of Blood, starring Vincent Price.

Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970)

The film may look tame today, but its surreal Gothic Revival cemetery setting (it was filmed on location at Camberwell Old Cemetery in Honor Oak) and sterling performances make this Brit curio worth revisiting time and again – and its Beryl Reid who’s truly unforgettable. Her spinster Kath, minus false teeth and dressed in a baby doll nightie, is as outrageous a character as Alison Steadman’s Beverly in Abigail’s Party, and watching her seduce McEnery’s sexual menace while uttering Orton’s fruity dialogue is campy fun indeed.

THE UK RELEASE
The 2013 StudioCanal UK DVD release included a TV appearance of Joe Orton on The Eamon Andrews Show in 1967, filmed just four months before he was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell at their Noel Road flat in Islington, North London.

DID YOU KNOW?
• Beryl Reid also played the role of Kath on the London stage opposite Malcolm McDowell as Sloane and Ronald Fraser as Kemp in a 1975 revival of the play, while the subsequent touring production would see Barbara Windsor play Kath, and her Carry On co-star Kenneth Williams take on directing duties. Williams, of course, was best pals with Orton.

• The theme song was sung by Georgie Fame and was released as the B-side of the 1970 single Somebody Stole My Thunder.

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Clown (2014) | Move over Pennywise, there’s a new childcatcher in town…

Clown (2014)

Donning an old clown suit that he finds in the attic of a house he is selling, real estate agent Kent (Andy Powers) rescues his son Jack’s birthday when the hired entertainer cancels. But after the party, Kent finds the suit won’t come off. Worse yet, the colourful wig is turning into real hair and the big red nose into flesh. His work colleagues think he’s pulling a prank, while wife Meg (Laura Allen) is concerned for his state of mind. But, as the suit takes hold, Kent discovers he also has an uncontrollable hunger… for children.

Clown (2014)

Inspired by a 2010 fake fan-made trailer that used his name (watch it below), producer Eli Roth’s killer clown frightfest is a harrowing ride, particularly so for poor tormented dad Kent, who, through no fault of his own, gets possessed by an ancient child-eating demon, which needs five victims to sate its hunger. Unable to stop from devouring the local kids (his stalking and slaying in a playground and at a leisure centre is very disturbing to watch), Kent discovers the only way to stop the demon is by decapitation… Poor guy!

Clown (2014)

From real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s Pogo to Stephen King’s Pennywise and American Horror Story‘s Twisty, clowns can be the stuff of nightmares. You never quite know what’s really going on behind the make-up and perpetual smile. This gruesome horror certainly plays on our fears of sinister-looking clowns, stranger danger and paedophiles, but behind the greasepaint and gore, there’s a subtle comment on father’s rights crying out. Kent is portrayed here as a noble innocent, someone who refuses to allow the killer taking him over from manifesting, and he’s willing to sacrifice himself to prove it (the scenes in which he attempts this by shooting himself are comical, and poignant). But it’s when son Jack is next in line for the demon’s dinner and mum Meg has to make a terrible choice, that we are forced to ask ourselves, just who is the better parent?

Clown (2014)

Clown screens in the UK on Sky Store and Virgin Movies, and available on DVD
from Amazon (click here) and Zavvi (click here) from Monday 2 March.
Zavvi also have an exclusive Blu-ray, limited to 500 copies, out on Monday (click here)

Check out the official Clown trailer:

Watch the 2010 fake trailer that inspired Eli Roth to do it for real:

Here’s Top 10 scariest clowns in TV and the movies, courtesy of WatchMojo.com:

 

The Plague of the Zombies (1966) | An atmospheric creeper for Hammer horror fiends

Dracula Prince of Darkness and Plague of the Zombies

1966’s The Plague of the Zombies, one of the most celebrated Hammer productions of the decade, finds veteran actor André Morell playing a professor investigating a strange epidemic affecting a Cornish village, which turns out to be the work of a villainous squire (exquisitely played by a menacing John Carson) who is using zombies to work his tin mine.

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Only The Lord Of The Dead Could Unleash Them!
Hammer’s voodoo film is an entertaining creeper, containing some visually arresting moments, particularly a nightmare vision in a graveyard when the blank-eyed dead rise from their graves, while legendary character actor Michael Ripper provides the film’s comic relief (what would have Hammer done without him), this time playing a village policeman. ‘It doesn’t need me to tell you,’ huffs Ripper at the start of the mayhem, ‘that there’s something strange going on in the village.’ Later he asks Morrell’s hero, in hushed tones: ‘In Heaven’s name, where are they?’ after all the graves in the local churchyard are found to be empty. Watch out for Jacqueline Pearce (The Reptile) as the dying girl who turns into one of the zombies of the title.

Plague of the Zombies Blu-rayWhen The Plague of the Zombies was first shown in US theatres as the support to Dracula, Prince of Darkness, girls received free zombie eyes (glasses) while the guys got vampire fangs. The film was later told in comic form in a 1977 issue of House of Hammer magazine. In 2012, a high definition transfer of the film was released by Studiocanal on Blu-ray and DVD, as part of their ongoing restoration of the iconic studio’s film library. For me, it would have real bonus to have a PDF of that HoH comic as well as a pair of those zombie glasses included in the release. Alas, we have only the pristine print to admire. Less admirable, however, is the out of synch sound that I noticed on the new release. In 2015, Anolis Entertainment plans to release their own Blu-ray version of the vintage voodoo horror, as well as The Evil of Frankenstein, The Reptile and Brides of Dracula.

The Plague of the Zombies can also bee seen regularly on The Horror Channel in the UK (click here for listings details).

 

The Scarlet Blade (1963) | Hammer’s English Civil War swashbuckler gets a jolly good polish

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The Bold Avenger…Whose Blade Slashed a Kingdom in Half!
1963’s The Scarlet Blade is a historical swashbuckler set during the English Civil War by Hammer director John Gilling. On the Roundheads side, we have Oliver Reed‘s devilish Captain Sylvester kidnapping King Charles on the orders of Lionel Jeffries‘s nasty Colonel Judd. Over in the Cavaliers camp, Jack Hedley (of Who Pays the Ferryman? fame) plays Edward Beverley – aka The Scarlet Blade. Thrown into the mix is Clare (played by June Thorburn, who would tragically die in a plane crash four years later) – a Royalist sympathiser who just happens to be Judd’s daughter and is going steady with Sylvester.

The Scarlet Blade

Igniting the Flames of Rebellion in a Land of Blood and Betrayal!  
All manner of adventure ensues as Clare helps Beverley (The Scarlet Blade is so much more masculine-sounding) rescue the King and bring Roundheads to heel. This is one of Hammer most memorable historical films, thanks to the BAFTA nominated colour photography of Jack Asher – the cameraman responsible for all of Hammer’s early horrors like Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein. But my highlight is seeing the one-and-only Michael Ripper playing a gypsy called Pablo in some awful pantomine get-up. What a trooper that man was.

Michael Ripper in The Scarlet Blade

The Scarlet Blade makes for great matinee viewing and is now back on DVD (for the first time in the UK) following a 2012 restoration by StudioCanal Home Entertainment, part of their on-going trawl through the Hammer archives. This golden oldie is worth a revisit.

The Scarlet Blade also screens on Film4 in the UK

 

Peeping Tom (1960) | The controversial British cult favourite is a must see

Here’s are my thoughts on StudioCanal’s 50th anniversary digital restoration UK Blu-ray release.

‘More Horrible Than Horror! More Terrible Than Terror!’
So went the tagline went for one of the most disturbing British films to come out of the 1960’s. At the beginning of the decade, horror was a hit with cinemagoers as Hammer was riding high with its ghoulish collection of vampires, werewolves and mad scientists, while over the Pond, Vincent Price was chewing the scenery in Roger Corman’s Poe-themed gothic melodramas. But as the decade rolled on, five film merchants of fear would stand out in the genre.

Alfred Hitchcock’s shocker Psycho spawned countless imitations; Mario Bava’s Black Sunday proved horror could be artsy as well as frightening; Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby made Satanism fashionable, and George Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead put the final nail in the coffin of old-fashioned gothic horrors. Then there was Michael Powell and his 1960 study in terror, Peeping Tom. It may not have had a direct influence on the genre, but it remains the cinematic masterpiece about filmmaking and the art of the gaze, and our fascination with it.

Austrian actor and longtime charity organiser Karlheinz Böhm plays Mark, a socially inept camera assistant working for a London film studio. But beneath his mild-mannered exterior lurks a monster obsessed with the nature of fear. The product of a sadistic psychologist father (played by the film’s director, Michael Powell), Mark uses his filmmaking obsession to kill young models in a most gruesome way.

Like Tod Browning’s controversial 1932 film Freaks, this unsettling film pretty much ended Powell’s career. It flopped big-time on its release and was vilified by the critics. But, 50 years on – and thanks to the Powell’s biggest fan, Martin ScorsesePeeping Tom is now regarded a masterpiece. It has a new lease of life on Blu-ray following a careful restoration by StudioCanal and Optimum Releasing.

The transfer is amazing. Powell’s lurid Eastman colors and stark contrasts really pop out at you (check out the restoration comparison in the special features section), and the high-transfer is just as powerful as Powell’s other restored classic The Red Shoes. The audio is also a treat, being really crisp and clean, and Brian Easdale‘s score is well balanced.

The extras on this release include:
• An introduction by director Martin Scorsese.
Eye of the Beholder featurette. Scorsese, film critic Ian Christie, Thelma Schoonmaker, Professor Laura Mulvey and Karlheinz Bohm discuss the film’s history. (19min).
The Strange Gaze of Mark Lewis documentary. Director Bertrand Tavernier, film historian Charles Drazin and psychiatrist Dr Olivier Bouvet give an overview of Powell’s body of work. In English and French. (25min).
• Thelma Schoonmaker interview. Powell’s widow looks at Scorsese’s efforts to re-release the film. (11min).
• Restoration comparison (7min).
• Trailer. In English. (3min).
• Stills gallery.
• Ian Christie commentary, in which the film critic deconstructs the film.

This is a handsome release of one of the most important films to be made in Britain during in the 1960s. And if you fancy a trip down into the past, the Newman Arms in London’s Rathbone Street (which is now closed) is the location for the film’s opening sequence, while 29 Rathbone Place in Fitzrovia (now a Middle-Eastern restaurant) was the shop where Mark supplied his soft-porn pictures.

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