The Innocents (UK BD) in August

BFI have announced the UK Blu-ray Disc release of The Innocents on 23rd August 2010. Jack Clayton directs this ghost story adapted from Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw. In the performance of her career, Deborah Kerr plays Miss Giddens, an emotionally repressed vicar’s daughter, who becomes the guardian of two, apparently angelic, orphans at a secluded stately home. When the apparitions of a late governess and her sadistic lover manifest themselves to Miss Giddens, she determines to save her young charges from their ghostly evil. But just who is corrupting whom?

Priced at £19.99 RRP, features include:

  • 1080P 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
  • Optional English HOH subtitles
  • Full-feature commentary by Professor Christopher Frayling
  • Filmed introduction (Caroline Millar, 2006, 26 mins): Christopher Frayling, on location at Sheffield Park House – where The Innocents was shot – on the making of the film
  • The Bespoke Overcoat (Jack Clayton, 1955, 37 mins): Jack Clayton’s award-winning short, adapted from Gogol’s The Overcoat, follows a haunted tailor as he comes to terms with a friend’s death
  • Naples is a Battlefield (Jack Clayton, 1944, 14 mins): Clayton’s rare (un-credited) directorial debut is a documentary account of the wartime destruction and reconstruction of Naples. Made for the RAF film unit.
  • Original US Trailer (3 mins)
  • Designed by Motley (2010, 14 mins): Gallery of costume designs for The Innocents by prolific British designers Motley. With introduction and audio captions.
  • Illustrated booklet with sleevenote essay by the League of Gentleman’s Jeremy Dyson, an on-set report, director biography and more

A DVD of The Innocents is already available (review here).

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