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Clive Donner's wartime thriller Rogue Male on dual format in January

21 December 2018

Based on Geoffrey Household's cult 1930s thriller, Rogue Male is a suspenseful action adventure directed by Clive Donner (The Caretaker, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush). It features an exceptional lead performance from Peter O’Toole and a superb supporting cast, including Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter and John Standing.

In early 1939 with war looming, English aristocrat Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O’Toole) embarks on a ‘sporting stalk’ of the deadliest of prey: Adolf Hitler. Captured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert soon becomes the hunted on a chase from the Bavarian mountains to the wilds of the English countryside, where he will need all his sportsman’s wit and guile to survive.

Rogue Male Dual format cover art

First shown on BBC TV in 1976, it now comes to Blu-ray for the first time in a Dual Format edition by the BFI on 21 January 2019, followed by release on iTunes on 28 January 2019.

Special features:

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • The Guardian Lecture: Frederic Raphael (1982, 72 mins, audio only): recorded at the NFT following a screening of Rogue Male
  • Frederic Raphael remembers Rogue Male (2014, 4 mins): the screenwriter on how he came to the project and working with Harold Pinter
  • Clive Donner on Rogue Male (2018, 14 mins): extracts from the director’s recording for the British Entertainment History Project, played over a stills gallery
  • Eva Braun Home Movies (c1939, 7 mins): footage of Hitler and Braun entertaining guests on the terrace of the Berghof
  • British Union of Fascists march, October 3rd 1937 (1937, 10 mins)
  • 200 Packs of Fox Hounds Begin Season's Sport (1921, 1 min): newsreel item on the opening of a Dorset hunt
  • Illustrated booklet with writing by Paul Fairclough, Sarah Wood, Gustav Temple, Taylor Downing and First Blood author David Morrel