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The L-Shaped Room restored on Blu-ray, DVD & Download in December

11 November 2017

Studiocanal have announced the release of a newly restored version of the British classic, The L-Shaped Room. Written and directed by Bryan Forbes (Whistle Down the Wind, The Stepford Wives, The Raging Moon), this bittersweet portrayal of the steamy side of life in 1960s London has been restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment In collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage Programme.

The restoration received its UK Premiere at The BFI London Film Festival on 14 October before being released on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital download later this month as part of the Vintage Classics collection.

On its release in 1962, The L-Shaped Room attracted international acclaim for its star Leslie Caron (Gigi) who was awarded both a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her portrayal of Jane. A young French woman pregnant with an illegitimate child, Jane arrives at her dingy Notting Hill lodgings to have her child in secret but finds love and friendship among the assortment of outsiders living in the boarding house – all brought to life by Forbes’ sensitive ear for dialogue. In addition to the especially moving Cicely Courtneidge (Along Came Sally) as a faded music hall star growing old alone and Pat Phoenix’s (Coronation Street) portrayal of a tart with a heart, are Toby (Tom Bell, The Krays), a struggling young writer on the first floor who Jane falls for and Johnny (Brock Peters, To Kill a Mockingbird), a black jazzman rejected for more than his colour.

Ever since Hitchcock’s The Lodger, the London boarding house has proved an evocative location through which to explore the underside of British society and The L-Shaped Room’s sensitive study of social morals at the dawning of the Sixties sexual revolution, is no exception.

The L-Shaped Room

The L-Shaped Room will be released on UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 27 November 2017 in a new Sony 4K Restoration by Studiocanal as part of its Vintage Classics collection at the RRP of £17.99 for the DVD and £22.99 for the Blu-ray.

Blu-ray and DVD special features:

  • New interview with Leslie Caron
  • New interview with Lynne Reid Banks
  • New featurette: The L-Shaped Room & The British New Wave
  • Stills gallery