Ealing Classics DVD Collection arrives this September
Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of the Ealing Classics DVD Collection that contains four titles from the vaults at Ealing. The films are: The World War II propaganda of Went The Day Well?, spine-tingling horror of Dead of Night classic Dickens Nicholas Nickleby and impossible explorations in Scott of the Antarctic. Available from 8th September 2003 the films will be presented in a lavishly packaged, fold out DVD set containing four original poster artcards for £34.99 RRP.
Details on the films follow...
Went the Day Well? - Snug little Bromley End seemed safe from World War II, and the villagers welcomed the lorry loads of Royal Engineers rolling onto their quiet green acres. They didn't know they were disguised German parachutists installing radar apparatus to disrupt England's entire network. Nor did they suspect their community leader was a traitor. But gradually they learnt the sinister truth and bravely fought the Nazi occupation at the highest cost of all.
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti and starring Elizabeth Allan, Leslie Banks, Frank Lawton, Basil Sydney, Mervyn Johns, Valerie Taylor, Edward Rigby, Marie Lohr and David Farrar.
B/W, Cert U, 1942, 92 mins, Audio: Mono, Screen Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Dead of Night - Five separate ghost stories are embedded in the framework of a country house party where an architect, Walter Craig, is experiencing sinister sensations of deja vu. The ghost stories are narrated in turn by the other guests and Walter gradually recognises them as the people and the house that constantly recurs in a dream that ends in unspeakable horror. Events gradually move into the realm of the nightmare... See it with a friend, it may have been made in 1945 but Dead of Night is still spooky.
Winner of the Locarno International Film Festival Award for Most Interesting Screenplay.
Features stories directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. Lead stars Michael Redgrave, Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Basil Radford and Roland Culver.
B/W, Cert U, 1945, 102 mins, Audio: Mono, Screen Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Nicholas Nickelby - The classic Charles Dickens tale of 'Nicholas Nickleby,' played here by Derek Bond, a man who is deprived of his inheritance and travels to seek his fortune with a group of gypsies is brought to the screen by Ealing.
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti and starring Cedric Hardwicke, Stanley Holloway, Sybil Thorndike, Bernard Miles, Derek Bond and Sally Ann Howes.
Colour, Cert U, 1947, 108 mins, Audio: Mono, Screen Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Scott of the Antarctic - Sir John Mills is Captain Scott in a thrilling account of the dangerous 1912 expedition to conquer the South Pole. Scott's intrepid team was beaten by Norway in the arctic race and the heroic journey ended in catastrophe. But the bravery of the ill-fated explorers as they battled blizzards on the treacherous glaciers captured the hearts of the British public and became a legend.
Directed by Charles Frend and starring James Robertson Justice, John Mills, Kenneth More and Christopher Lee.
Colour, Cert U, 1948, 111 mins, Audio: Mono, Screen Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame