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Britfilm duo Background and The Cardinal on DVD in February

11 Frebruary 2016

Another two titles from the British cinema of years past have been announced for UK DVD release as part of Network's 'The British Film' collection: Background, a drama set in post-war London starring Valerie Hobson, Norman Wooland and Thora Hird; and The Cardinal, a suspenseful murder mystery from 1936 starring Matheson Lang and Eric Portman.

 

Background (1953)

Two years of deterioration sees John and Barbara Lomax's marriage reduced to bitter sniping and "keeping up appearances" for the sake of the children. When John's old friend Bill professes his love for Barbara, the marriage finally breaks up – causing their three children to react in different ways, their son secretly determined to do Bill harm...

Valerie Hobson (Great Expectations), Norman Wooland (Hamlet), Thora Hird (Last Of The Summer Wine) and BAFTA-nominated child star Mandy Miller (Mandy) feature in this moving drama which sensitively explores the emotional cost of a marital breakdown.

Presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio, Background will be released on UK DVD on 22nd February 2016 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

Special features:

  • Image gallery
  • Promotional material PDFs

 

 

The Cardinal (1936)

Rome, 1570. The Cardinal, Giovanni de Medici, is at loggerheads with the brutal General Belmonte, his greatest rival. When the General commits murder and pins it on the Cardinal's young brother, it seems that the Cardinal's hands are tied – for he has been told of the murder under the seal of secrecy afforded by the Confessional...

Veteran Shakespearean player Matheson Lang (Channel Crossing) stars in a suspenseful murder mystery set amid the intrigue and power struggles of Renaissance Rome.

Presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio, The cardinal will be released on UK DVD on 22nd February 2016 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

Special features:

  • Image gallery