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Early Hitchcock trio on Blu-ray in January

10 December 2014

Network Distributing have announced the January release of three of Alfred Hitchcock's most celebrated early films as part of 'The British Film' collection: The Man Who Knew Too Much, Young and Innocent and The Lady Vanishes.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

While holidaying in Switzerland with their daughter Betty, Jill Lawrence and her husband are accidentally caught up in murder and intrigue when they befriend an undercover secret-service agent, Louis Bernard. When Bernard is fatally wounded by a gunshot, he whispers the whereabouts of a vital message to Lawrence as he lies dying – a message that is overheard by a number of sinister strangers.

One of cinema’s greatest auteurs Alfred Hitchcock directs this suspense-packed thriller, strongly characterised by a macabre plot and twist. The film stars British screen icon Leslie Banks (Henry V, The Most Dangerous Game) and features the English-speaking debut of Peter Lorre (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon).

The Man Who Knew Too Much is one of Hitchcock’s most thrilling pre-war British films and will be available from Network on Blu-ray from 19th January 2015 at the RRP of £14.99.

This peerless suspense classic is presented here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio and will have these special features:

  • Introduction by Charles Barr

  • Aquarius: Alfred the Great – Hitchcock is interviewed on the 1972 Arts programme

  • Image gallery

Young and Innocent (1937)

ONE of Hitchcock’s most significant pre-war thrillers, Young and Innocent stars Derrick de Marney (Things To Come, Harpers West One) as Robert Tisdall, a man who turns fugitive after he finds the body of a young actress washed up on a beach and is promptly accused of her murder.

Nova Pilbeam (The Next Of Kin, Cheer Boys Cheer) is the beautiful young woman whose help Robert enlists, and George Curzon (Jamaica Inn, The Man Who Knew Too Much) features in one of his best-known British film roles as the jealous ex-husband who harbours a terrible secret.

This iconic early feature from the master of suspense is presented here in a High Definition transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Young And Innocent will be released on UK Blu-ray on 19th January 2015 at the RRP £14.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

The special features are:

  • Introduction by Charles Barr

  • Hitchcock: The Early Years – a 25-minute documentary covering Hitchcock’s pre-war career

  • Image gallery

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Intrigue and espionage abound when a young woman travelling aboard a transcontinental express train strikes up an acquaintance with a charming elderly English governess, who then disappears without a trace. Is the young woman hallucinating, or is something altogether more sinister afoot?

Made in 1938, this classic comedy-thriller was arguably his most popular and significant pre-war feature, and one of the films that helped pave his way to Hollywood success. The Lady Vanishes will be released on UK Blu-ray on 19th January 2015 at the RRP £14.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

The Lady Vanishes boasts one of the all-time great ensemble casts and is featured here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

The special features are:

  • Introduction by Charles Barr

  • Original theatrical trailer

  • Image gallery

  • PDF material