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Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face on dual format in August

9 July 2015

The BFI’s long-awaited release of Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK) is now confirmed for an August release. Presented in a Dual Format Edition (both a Blu-ray and a DVD disc), there are also numerous special features, including two short films by Franju, the 2009 documentary Les Fleurs maladives de Georges Franju, an interview with actress Edith Scob and an audio commentary by Tim Lucas.

Dr Genessier (Pierre Brasseu – Le Quai des brumes, Les Enfants du Paradis) is a brilliant and obsessive plastic surgeon driven by the need to restore his daughter’s (Edith Scob – Judex) disfigured face. He is aided in this quest by his loyal assistant Louise (Alida Valli – Suspiria), who lures unwitting young women to the secret surgery in his secluded chateau.

Both cruel and tender, Eyes Without a Face, Georges Franju’s unique blend of pulp, horror and poetry has been a major influence on filmmakers, from Jesús Franco to Pedro Almodóvar.

Eyes Without a Face [Les yeux sans visage] will be released on UK dual format (Blu-ray and DVD) on 24th August 2015 by the BFI at the RRP of £19.99.

Extra features will include:

  • Monsieur et Madame Curie (Georges Franju, 1953, 14 mins): the life and work of the pioneering scientists, told through the words of Marie Curie

  • La Premiere nuit (Georges Franju, 1958, 20 mins): a 10-year-old boy spends a night in the Métro

  • Les Fleurs maladives de Georges Franju (Pierre-Henri Gibert, 2009, 50 mins): an overview of Georges Franju’s career

  • For Her Eyes Only – an interview with Edith Scob (LP Hugo, 2014, 17 mins): the actress talks about her work with Georges Franju and their friendship

  • udio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog

  • Illustrated booklet featuring essays by Kate Ince, Isabel Stevens, Roberto Cueto Llera, Raymond Durgnat, Kevin Jackson, Michael Brooke and full film credits