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Classic 50s British trio on Blu-ray and DVD in August

23 July 2015

Studiocanal have announced the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of three classic British films from the 1950s: Angels One-Five (1952), School for Scoundrels (1959) and The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), all digitally restored for this release.


Angels One Five (1952)

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Studiocanal has announced the release of a newly restored version of Angels One Five on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Painstakingly restored to its former glory, Angels One Five is amongst the very best war epics to depict the Battle of Britain and is highly regarded for both its stripped bare, documentary style aesthetic and its depiction of people on the frontline of the Second World War. Based on director George More O’Ferrall’s own WW2 experience at Fighter Command HQ, the film offers a powerful sliceBofBlife depiction of aerial combat.

In the summer of 1940, young volunteer reservist T.B. ‘Septic’ Baird (John Gregson – The Longest Day) is forced to crash his Hurricane on the RAF fighter station runway in order to avoid a collision with another plane. Injured in the accident, he incurs the wrath of Squadron leader ‘Tiger’ Small (Jack Hawkins B Zulu), who grounds Baird, transferring him to the operations center until he recovers. Baird is desperate to get airborne, but ‘Tiger’ refuses his protests. However, when risk of a bombing attack threatens the airfield, Baird takes his chance to be reinstated and returns to the skies.

Angels One Five will be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD on 24th August 2015 by Studiocanal at the RRP of £22.99 for the Blu-ray and £17.99 for the DVD.

Special features will include:

  • Max Arthur on the Battle of Britain
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Trailer


School for Scoundrels (1959)

Studiocanal presents the release of a digitally restored version of the British comedy classic, School for Scoundrels. Based on the Stephen Potter One Upmanship and Lifemanship books and featuring a stellar cast of much loved comedy actors of the era, including Ian Carmichael, Terry Thomas, Janette Scott, Alastair Sim and Dennis Price, the tale of hapless Henry Palfrey’s (Carmichael) attempts to turn his luck around by enrolling in Lifeman College is available for a whole new generation of comedy fans to appreciate looking better than ever.

Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) and written by Patricia Moyes and Hal. E Chester. Starring Ian Carmichael (The Lady Vanishes, Lucky Jim), Terry Thomas (Private’s Progress, I’m Alright Jack), Janette Scott (The Day of the Triffids, Paranoiac), Alistair Sim (A Christmas Carol, The Green Man) and Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Victim) .

Enroll at the wacky College of Lifemanship where a senior host of great British comedians teach a completely uproarious course on how to come out tops in any social situation. Study with Alastair Sim and learn his valuable hints on the art of comic OneIupmanship. Follow his expert advice to victimised Ian Carmichael about romance and you’ll be a top class pupil fully equipped to cope with life’s hilarious humiliations without really cheating.

School for Scoundrels will be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD on 31st August 2015 by Studiocanal at the RRP of £22.99 for the Blu-ray and £17.99 for the DVD.

Special features will include:

  • Interview with Peter Bradshaw
  • Interview with Chris Potter (Stephen Potter’s son)
  • Interview with Author Graham McCann
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer


The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

A British comedy classic that spawned one of the nation’s most beloved and long running comedy franchises, The Happiest Days of Your Life, from acclaimed director Frank Launder, is the precursor to the hugely successful St.Trinian’s series, which Launder also directed. Set in Nutbourn College, the most established and respectable of boy’s schools, a military mistake billets a girls’ school to share the college’s premises, to the outrage of their horrified headmaster and headmistress, played with comic mastery by Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford.

Initially the two are hostile to one another. However, with a staff of dazed, eccentric teachers (including Joyce Grenfell) and a student body of knowing and troublesome children, they are forced to pull together as the situation stumbles from the sublime to the ridiculous.

The Happiest Days of Your Life wil be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD on 31st August 2015 by Studiocanal at the RRP of £22.99 for the Blu-ray and £17.99 for the DVD.

Special features will include:

  • Interview with Andy Merrimen (Margaret Rutherford biographer)
  • Interview with Ronald Searl expert Martin Rowson
  • Interview with Michael Brooke (author/journalist)