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Lang, Neame, Costa-Gavras and Mamet on Indicator Blu-ray in August

7 June 2018

On 20 August 2018, Indicator will release a selection of thrilling and powerful films crafted by and starring some of the greatest names in literature, theatre and cinema.

Fritz Lang’s film of Graham Greene’s Ministry of Fear (1944) stars Ray Milland in a classic tale of murder and suspense; Ronald Neame’s The Odessa File (1974), based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth, is a chilling espionage thriller starring Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell and Derek Jacobi; Costa-Gavras’ Oscar-winning Missing (1982), starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, is a true-life drama of a father’s quest to uncover the truth of his son’s disappearance; and David Mamet’s Oleanna (1994), starring William H Macy and Debra Eisenstadt, is a daring adaptation of his controversial and ever-relevant stage-play.

All mastered from the finest available materials, each of these UK Blu-ray premiere editions contains a range of new and archival extra features, English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and is packaged with a comprehensive booklet which includes newly commissioned writing, contemporary reviews, and full film credits.

All listed extras are subject to change.

 

Ministry of Fear Blu-ray pack shot

Ministry of Fear (1944)

Set during Blitz-torn wartime England, Ray Milland (Dial M for MurderThe Lost Weekend) stars as a man just released from a sanatorium who stumbles into an elaborate and murderous Nazi plot. Reminiscent of Lang's early expressionist films (The Spiders, Dr Mabuse the GamblerM) and full of bravura set pieces and hallucinatory visuals, Ministry of Fear is one of Lang’s finest films – a mature and beautifully crafted thriller, and a vivid adaptation of Graham Greene’s celebrated novel.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • 2K Restoration 
  • Original mono audio 
  • Audio commentary with author and film historian Neil Sinyard 
  • Tony Rayns on Fritz Lang and ‘Ministry of Fear’ (2018): a newly filmed appreciation and analysis by the film historian 
  • Graham Greene and ‘Ministry of Fear’ (2018): Adrian Wootton, OBE, author of The Films of Graham Greene and CEO of Film London, discusses Greene's long and rich relationship with the cinema
  • 1949 NBC University Theatre radio play adaptation 
  • Original theatrical trailer 
  • Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material 
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay, an overview of contemporary critical responses and historic articles on the film 
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray 
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

 

The Odessa File Blu-ray pack shot

The Odessa File (1974)

Hamburg 1963. German journalist Jon Voight (Midnight CowboyDeliveranceComing Home) finds himself in possession of a diary detailing the unspeakable crimes of cruelty, torture and mass murder perpetrated by an SS captain, now veiled as a top industrialist. Neame’s compelling mix of conspiracy thriller and action-adventure, adapted from Frederick Forsyth’s bestseller, is a fine addition to the post-war spy thriller genre, and features an outstanding performance from Voight and glorious location photographed by the great Oswald Morris (Lolita, The Pumpkin Eater).

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remaster 
  • Original mono audio 
  • BFI Interview with director Ronald Neame 
  • BFI Interview with cinematographer Oswald Morris
  • New interviews with music recordist Alan O'Duffy and continuity supervisor Elaine Schreyeck 
  • Super 8 version
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material 
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Carmen Gray, an overview of contemporary critical responses and historic articles on the film 
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies 

 

Missing Blu-ray pack shot

Missing (1982)

This tense real-life political drama about the 1973 kidnap and murder in Chile of young American journalist Charles Horman, directed by provocateur Costa-Gavras (Z, State of Siege, Betrayal), follows the efforts of the journalist's wife (Sissy Spacek – Carrie, The Coal Miner's Daughter) and father (Jack Lemmon – Some Like It Hot, The China Syndrome) to uncover the crime and bring those responsible to justice. Causing controversy upon its release (prompting the US government to condemn the film), this powerful indictment of US foreign policy went on to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remaster 
  • Original mono audio 
  • Audio commentary with actor John Shea and film historian Jim Hemphill
  • The Guardian Interview with Jack Lemmon and Jonathan Miller (1986): archival audio recording of an interview conducted at London’s National Film Theatre
  • Keith Gordon on ‘Missing’ (2018): a new filmed appreciation by the filmmaker and actor 
  • Archival interviews with director Costa-Gavras
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Michael Pattison, an overview of contemporary critical responses and historic articles on the film
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray 
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

 

Oleanna Blu-ray pack shot

Oleanna (1994)

Based on his own controversial and incendiary stage play about a young college student who accuses her much older professor of sexual harassment, David Mamet’s riveting drama features two grandstand performances from leads William H Macy (Fargo, Magnolia) and Debra Eisenstadt. Now more relevant and provocative than ever, Oleanna is both a reaction against the plague of political correctness, and a powerful, yet teasingly ambiguous, plea for tolerance between the sexes.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remaster 
  • Original stereo audio
  • Interview with actor William H Macy (2018) 
  • Interview with actor Debra Eistenstadt (2018) 
  • Behind ‘Oleanna’ (1994, 6 mins): documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with cast and crew, including writer-director David Mamet
  • Original theatrical trailer 
  • Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material 
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Rebecca Nicole Williams, an overview of contemporary critical responses and historic articles on the film
  • World premiere on Blu-ray 
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies