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Two new restorations and more on Blu-ray from Indicator in March

10 January 2019

Indicator prides itself in championing great British cinema and, as part of this ethos, 18 March 2019 will see the release of its first Indicator restorations. Scanned in 4K from the original negatives, the presentations of The Triple Echo and Immaculate Conception mark a new development in the Indicator range that will ensure that even more unjustly neglected gems will appear on Blu-ray for the first time ever.

March’s selection starts with Anthony Mann’s stylish and gripping spy thriller A Dandy in Aspic (1968), starring Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, The Manchurian Candidate) and Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby, See No Evil), and John Dexter’s screen adaptation of Leslie Thomas’ notorious The Virgin Soldiers (1969), starring two of British cinema’s biggest stars of the time, Lynn Redgrave (Georgy Girl, The Deadly Affair) and Hywel Bennett (Twisted Nerve, Percy). Next, our first two restorations of 2019, both scanned in 4K from the original negatives: Michael Apted’s uniquely powerful The Triple Echo (1972), starring the great Oliver Reed (The System, The Damned) and Glenda Jackson (Women in Love, Sunday Bloody Sunday), and finally Jamil Dehlavi’s sumptuous and unsettling Immaculate Conception (1992), starring Melissa Leo (21 Grams, The Fighter), James Wilby (Maurice, Gosford Park) and one of India’s most celebrated stars, Shabana Azmi (Ankur, The Chess Players).

Mastered from the finest available materials, each of these collectable Limited Editions contains an array of new and archival extra features, English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and comes packaged with a Limited Edition exclusive booklet containing newly commissioned essays, contemporary reviews, and film credits.

 

A Dandy in Aspic Blu-ray cover art

A Dandy in Aspic (1968) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 18 March 2018 | £15.99

The final film by the great Anthony Mann (Winchester '73El Cid), A Dandy in Aspic is a stylish and complex cold-war thriller starring Laurence Harvey as a Russian double-agent working for British Intelligence who is assigned to track down and kill an unusual target. 

Falling between the outlandish exploits of James Bond and the dour realism of John le Carré’s ‘circus of spies’, this paranoid thriller is a dark and refined affair, with a superb supporting cast headed by Mia Farrow and Tom Courtenay (The Loneliness of the Long Distance RunnerOtley), wonderful cinematography by regular Powell and Pressburger cameraman Christopher Challis, and with a terrific score by Quincy Jones. 

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with author and critic Samm Deighan
  • BFI Seminar with Anthony Mann (1978): an archival audio recording of the great director
  • The BEHP Interview with Christopher Challis (1988): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the renowned cinematographer in conversation with Kevin Gough-Yates
  • Berlin: The Swinging City (1968): original promotional film 
  • Interview with titles designer Michael Graham-Smith (2019)
  • Richard Combs on ‘A Dandy in Aspic’(2019): a new appreciation by the renowned critic, lecturer and broadcaster
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Ian Penman, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change

 

The Virgin Soldiers Blu-ray cover art

The Virgin Soldiers (1969) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 18 March 2019 | £15.99

Set in Singapore in the early 1950s, this impressive adaptation of Leslie Thomas’ best-selling, scandalous novel centres on a group of naïve, young British Army recruits billeted to Malaya who have no experience of either love or war. 

Both affectionate and affecting in its look at young men in wartime, the film has a wonderful cast which includes Lynn Redgrave, Hywel Bennett and Nigel Davenport (The Third SecretThe Mind of Mr. Soames), along with early appearances from Christopher Timothy, Wayne Sleep, James Cosmo – and a young David Bowie. Genuine and heartfelt, The Virgin Soldiers is an insightful and hugely underrated British comic drama.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Interview with co-screenwriter Ian La Frenais (2019)
  • Interview with actor Roy Holder (2019)
  • 16mm On-set Footage (1969): rare and previously unseen material shot on location
  • Operation Malaya (1953): David MacDonalds acclaimed feature-length docudrama on the Malayan Emergency 
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by author Scott Harrison, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change

 

The Triple Echo Blu-ray cover art

The Triple Echo (1972) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 18 March 2018 | £15.99

Michael Apted made his feature-film debut with this distinctive drama based on the novella of the same name by H E Bates. Reuniting Glenda Jackson with her Women in Love co-star Oliver Reed, the film also stars a young Brian Deacon (VampyresA Zed & Two Noughts).

When a young soldier (Deacon) deserts his outfit and hides in a remote farm, the farm owner (Jackson) and he fall in love. But their idyll is shattered by the arrival of a boorish, violent army sergeant (Reed) searching for his AWOL recruit. 

Unconventional and superbly played, The Triple Echo is one of the finest British films of the 1970s. Long overlooked and unjustly neglected, this powerful drama is now ripe for rediscovery, and is presented in a brand new 2K restoration from the film’s newly rediscovered original negative.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • New 2K restoration by Powerhouse Films from the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Interview with director Michael Apted (2019): the award-winning filmmaker discusses The Triple Echo in this new and exclusive interview
  • Interview with actor Brian Deacon (2019)
  • Interview with composer Marc Wilkinson (2019)
  • Interview with editor Barrie Vince (2019)
  • Interview with costume designer Emma Porteus (2019)
  • Neil Sinyard on ‘The Triple Echo’ (2019): a new appreciation by the author and film historian
  • Super 8 version: original cut-down home-cinema presentation
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Teaser trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Pasquale Iannone, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change

Here's Indicator's new 2K scan of the extraordinary theatrical trailer for The Triple Echo, created by the great Jean Fouchet:

 

 

Immaculate Conception Blu-ray cover art

Immaculate Conception (1992) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 18 March 2018 | £15.99

A Western couple (played by Melissa Leo and James Wilby) working in Pakistan visit an unconventional holy shrine to harness its spiritual powers to help them conceive a child. They are lavished with the attentions of the shrine’s leader (an exceptional performance from Zia Mohyeddin – Lawrence of ArabiaKhartoum) and her followers, but their methods and motives are not all that they seem, and the couple’s lives are plunged into darkness.

This ravishing, unsettling film from director Jamil Delhavi (The Blood of HussainBorn of Fire) is a deeply personal work which raises questions of cultural and sexual identity, religious fanaticism and the abuses of power. The brand-new 2K restoration from the original negative was supervised and approved by Dehavi and cinematographer Nic Knowland.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • New 2K restoration by Powerhouse Films from the original negative
  • Original stereo audio
  • Interview with Jamil Dehlavi (2019): new and exclusive interview in which the director discusses the making of Immaculate Conception
  • Interview with James Wilby (2019): a new interview with the esteemed actor
  • Interview with Ronny Jhutti (2019): a new interview with the popular actor and filmmaker
  • Interview with Nic Knowland (2019): a new interview with the renowned director of photography
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by screenwriter and journalist Naman Ramachandran, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change