British Comedy from Warner in February
Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of two British comedy classics from masters of satire John (director) and Roy Boulting (producer). Private's Progress and I'm All Right, Jack will carry a retail price of £12.99 each and be available to buy from 16th February 2004...
Private's Progress (1956) - When bookish, naïve student Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) interrupts his college education to serve his country things don't quite go according to plan. After flunking out of officer's candidate school and being demoted to private, Stanley is confronted by the cruder, ruder side of army life represented by Private Cox (Richard Attenborough). After learning the ropes Stanley's platoon is sent on a secret mission to "liberate" looted art treasures from a castle in the countryside behind Nazi lines: led by aloof Major Hitchcock (Terry-Thomas) and commanding officer Bertram Tracepurcel (Dennis Price) this special platoon embark on some classic comedy manoeuvres. One of the Boulting brothers' biggest box-office hits, PRIVATE'S PROGRESS also stars William Hartnell and Christopher Lee.
96 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: None
I'm All Right, Jack (1959) - The Boulting brothers aim their satirical gaze at British trade unionism and industrial relations in this sequel to Private's Progress. Stanley Windrush (Carmichael) returns from the war determined to carve a niche for himself in the industrial world, much to the displeasure of his Aunt Dolly (Margaret Rutherford) but is dismayed to discover he'll have to work his way up from the bottom at his uncle Bertram Tracepurcel's (Price) armament factory. His employment causes union problems as Stanley isn't a member, with shop steward Fred Kite (Peter Sellers in a BAFTA winning performance) keen to assert the employees' rights. This plays straight into the hands of Tracepurcel, who engineered the strike to facilitate a money-making scam involving another factory owner (Attenborough). Events come to an hilarious head when Stanley becomes the centre of attention in a TV interview. I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK won the 1960 BAFTA for Best British Screenplay.
109 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1, Audio: Mono, Subtitles: None