Network have announced three more titles for Blu-ray release in September as part of their ongoing 'The British Film' collection: Ransom, which stars Sean Connery as as Scandinavian security chief; The Four Feathers, the Oscar-nominated adaptation of A.E.W. Mason's iconic novel; and Richard III, directed, produced by and starring Laurence Olivier.
Ransom (1974) – also on DVD
Following a series of bomb attacks in London, a group of terrorists seize Britain's ambassador to the fictitious state of 'Scandinavia'. With the ambassador now a hostage in his residence, another group hijacks an airliner at the capital's airport, announcing that the passengers will not be freed until their demands are met. Col. Nils Tahlvik, Scandinavia's resourceful and potentially ruthless head of security, seeks to take an uncompromising stance against the terrorists – yet his attempts meet resistance from unknown forces at every turn.
Award-winning actor Sean Connery gives another powerful and charismatic performance as a Scandinavian security chief battling to thwart the deadly plans of a terrorist leader, played by Ian McShane. Beautifully photographed by double Oscar-winning Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist and complemented by a memorably haunting score by Jerry Goldsmith, Ransom takes us through a tightly plotted, relentless race against time.
Ransom (PG) will be available to own on DVD at the RRP of £9.99 and Blu-ray at the RRP £14.99 from 1st September 2014, courtesy of Network Distributing's 'The British Film' collection. Presented here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, this intelligent, atmospheric thriller has never looked better.
- Original theatrical teaser and trailer
- Image gallery
- Promotional material PDF
The Four Feathers (1939)
Harry Faversham, born into a distinguished military family, automatically joins the army with three close childhood friends – Durrance, Willoughby and Burroughs. Quickly feeling that he is unsuited to the army life, and newly-engaged to Ethne, he resigns his commission, only to be accused of cowardice by his friends. Each sends him the traditional white feather in contempt; the fourth is plucked from Ethne's fan. Realising the disgrace he has brought to himself and his family, Harry sets out alone to the distant war to redeem himself.
With sweeping battle scenes and a tightly constructed script by Oscar-nominated R.C. Sherrif (Goodbye, Mr. Chips), Alexander Korda's adaptation of The Four Feathers is a bold military epic featuring evocative locations and a pounding score by Miklós Rózsa. Showcasing outstanding performances from both John Clements (Gandhi, Ships With Wings) and Ralph Richardson (Doctor Zhivago, Time Bandits), The Four Feathers is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
A classic tale of cowardice and bravery, this Oscar-nominated adaptation of A.E.W. Mason's iconic novel is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular of the early Technicolor films. The Four Feathers (U) will be available to own on Blu-ray for the very first time from 1st September 2014 at the RRP of £14.99, courtesy of Network Distributing's 'The British Film' collection.
- Original theatrical trailer
- A Day at Denham newsreel film
- Archive 1973 interview with Ralph Richardson
- Image gallery
Richard III (1955)
Soon after Edward IV is crowned, his brother, Richard, a hunchback whose disfigured body houses a twisted soul, begins scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins Lady Anne, then poisons Edward's mind against their brother, Clarence, later securing his death. But even after his coronation, Richard continues with his villainous campaign to secure his position as king.
Directed, produced by, and starring Laurence Olivier, this iconic 1955 feature is for many the definitive film adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play – a damning characterisation of the last Plantagenet king that has resonated through the centuries.
Earning Olivier an Oscar nomination and BAFTAs for 'Best British Actor' and 'Best British Film' among numerous other awards, this star-studded adaptation features towering performances from his co-stars including John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Claire Bloom, Esmond Knight and Stanley Baker.
Richard III (U) is available to own on Blu-ray for the first time from 1st September 2014 at the RRP of £14.99, courtesy of Network Distributing's 'The British Film' collection.
- Original theatrical and TV trailers
- Restoration demonstration
- Four image galleries
- The Trial of Richard III