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Sidney Lumet's The Offence on dual format in April

29 January 2015

Eureka! Entertainment have announced the release of The Offince, featuring Sean Connery as a burned out British Police Detective Sergeant who finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester, played by BAFTA nominated Ian Bannen.

Directed by Sidney Lumet, the director of such classics as Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, The Offence also stars Trevor Howard (Mutiny on the Bounty, The Third Man) and Vivien Merchant (Frenzy, Alfie), The Offence was the third of five collaborations between Lumet and Connery, besides The Hill, The Anderson Tapes, Murder on the Orient Express, and Family Business.

“After 20 years, what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.” In their third screen collaboration, the iconic Sean Connery and director Sidney Lumet plumb the depths of what is perhaps their most psychologically complex creation: a member of the British Police Force who has perhaps witnessed one horror too many.

Two decades into a career marked by fraught investigations into murders and sex crimes, Detective-Sergeant Johnson (Connery) loses all composure whilst conducting an interrogation with a suspected rapist, assaulting him and, subsequently, beating him to death. The lead-up to this moment is charted across the course of the film in a careful flashback structure... and the lines between guilt and innocence, protector and sadist, become ineradicably blurred.

Released only one year before the director's Serpico and almost a decade before Prince of the City, The Offence offers an early Lumetian investigation into the psyche of a policeman under duress, and the potential for corruption within a high-stakes profession.

The Offence will be released for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK on 20th April 2015 in a special Dual Format edition as part of the award winning Masters of Cinema Series at the RRP of £17.99.

Spercial features will include:

  • 32-page booklet with a new essay on the film by Mike Sutton, an archival interview with Sidney Lumet, and more!