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Details of 3 more August titles in Network's 'The British Film' collection

30 July 2014

Network Distributing have released further details of three more titles to be released in August as part of their ongoing 'The British Film' collection: The Hasty Heart, Why Sailors Leave Home and Plenty.

The Hasty Heart (1949)

Burma, 1945: a group of Allied soldiers languishes in a military hospital, each longing for the day he may return home. Easy-going 'Yank' shares a ward with Londoner 'Tommy', New Zealander 'Kiwi', Australian 'Digger', and 'Blossom', a Basuto African who speaks no English; all are in the care of the sympathetic Sister Margaret Parker. When told they will be joined by a young Scot who – unbeknown to him – has but weeks to live, they react with a mixture of compassion and trepidation, but little could have prepared them for the gruff recalcitrance and downright hostility of Cpl. Lachlan 'Lachie' MacLachlan.

Richard Todd (Stage Fright, Jungle Fighters), Patricia Neal (Breakfast At Tiffany's, Hud) and Ronald Regan, who later went on to become the President of America for two terms, all star in this sensitive adaptation of John Patrick's play focusing on a proud Scottish soldier who discovers he has little time to live, and the friendships he eventually makes among those around him. A huge success in 1949, The Hasty Heart received two Golden Globes, as well as an Oscar nomination for Todd for his performance as the surly, mistrustful Corporal MacLachlan.

The Hasty Heart is available to own on UK DVD from 11th August 2014 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network Distributing's 'The British Film' collection. This classic film is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements.

Special features:

  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Instant play facility

Why Sailors Leave Home (1930)

When their ship arrives in an Arabian port, the sailors are given leave – among them Bill Biggles, who has previously had little success with women. Visiting a sheik who has long been under obligation to him, Bill is welcomed at the palace, and the polygamous ruler, who has abducted a damsel, decides to absent himself and appoint Bill as his deputy. When he is given a special ring which compels obedience from all the women of the harem, it seems Bill's luck is set to change dramatically!

Made in 1930, this musical Middle Eastern adventure was the second comedy film starring former Great War entertainer Leslie Fuller (The Last Coupon, Girls Will Be Boys) – the 'rubber-faced comedian' who was at the height of his popularity in Britain during the 1930s. Featuring Fuller in the much-loved role of dim-witted Cockney Bill, and co-written by his erstwhile concert-party cohort Syd Courtenay, Why Sailors Leave Home is available to own on DVD from 11th August 2014 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network Distributing's 'The British Film' collection.

Special features:

  • Image gallery
  • Instant play facility

Plenty (1985)

At the end of World War Two, Susan Traherne, a young Englishwoman who has worked as a courier in Nazi-occupied France, returns home full of hope for a golden future. Yet peacetime brings its own difficulties for Sarah; she finds her marriage to a Foreign Office diplomat arid and unfulfilling, and the seemingly trivial concerns of others leave her cold. As the danger and intensity – and undeniable excitement – of her wartime days give way to a new, mundane life, her fragile mental and emotional stability begins to crumble.

Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep stars in David Hare's adaptation of his own stage play, Plenty, which spans two decades in the life of a French Resistance operative who struggles to build a new life amid the apathy of post-war England. Plenty is out 11th August 2014 on DVD at the RRP of £9.99 and Blu-ray at the RRP of £14.99, courtesy of Network Distributing's 'The British Film' collection. Featuring a stellar support cast which includes Tracy Ullman, Sting, Ian McKellen, Charles Dance, John Geilgud and Sam Neill, and winning a brace of awards and nominations in 1985, this masterly feature is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements.

Special feaures:

  • Image gallery
  • Promotional material PDF
  • Instant play facility