Kind Hearts & Coronets gets a 4K remaster and returns to cinemas in June with a DVD and Blu-ray release following later that month

Kind Hearts & Coronets gets a 4K remaster and returns to cinemas in June with a DVD and Blu-ray release following later that month

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Dir: Robert Hamer | Cast: Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson | Writers: John Dighton (screenplay), Robert Hamer (screenplay), Roy Horniman (novel)

Studio Canal have created a brand new 4K remaster of film classic, Kind Hearts & Coronets to mark the film's 70th Anniversary - and cinemagoers will get a chance to see it in on the big screen when it returns to cinemas on 7th June.

The 35mm nitrate original negative of Kind Hearts & Coronets was scanned in 4K resolution at 16bit by the BFI archive. The resulting files were sent to Silver Salt Restoration, for restoration and colour grading. Extensive manual correction was carried out on a frame by frame basis to fix large dirt debris, warping, tears, scuffs and scratches. It was colour corrected by Senior Colourist, Steve Bearman.

Then on 24th June Kind Hearts & Coronets will be released in a brand new Collector's Edition on DVD and Blu-ray.

Hailing from the Golden-Age of Ealing comedies (Passport to Pimlico and Whisky Galore! also turn 70 this year) Kind Hearts & Coronets stars Dennis Price as the debonair yet impoverished Louis Mazzini, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disinherited by her noble family, the D’Ascoynes, for marrying beneath her. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to avenge his mother and work his way up the family tree, by engaging in the gentle art of murder. One by one he attempts to kill off the eight successors that stand in the way of his becoming Duke –all played by Alec Guinness in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance.

The Collector’s Edition includes the restored film on Blu-ray, DVD plus booklet, art cards and theatrical poster.

Both releases include the following extras:

  • Once More with Ealing -a brand new featurette including interviews with filmmakers Whit Stillman, Paul King, Stephen Woolley and critic Peter Bradshaw discussing their love for Ealing and the brilliant legacy of Kind Hearts & Coronets
  • Audio Commentary with Terence Davies, Peter Bradshaw and Matthew Guinness
  • Alternate US Ending + commentary
  • John Landis intro
  • BFI’s Introducing Ealing Studios
  • Those British Faces: Dennis Price
  • Behind the Scenes stills gallery
  • Costumes stills gallery.


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