The Boulting Brothers Collection in June
Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of four titles by The Boulting Brothers on 4th June 2007. Roy and John Boulting were born on 21 November 1913 in Berkshire, and were to become best known for their classic British comedies such as the BAFTA-winning I’m Alright Jack and The Family Way. They were accomplished filmmakers though who also mastered the dramatic genres with such films as Brighton Rock and The Magic Box. Testament to their talents was the number of stars of the era that queued around the block to work with them: Peter Sellers, Laurence Olivier, Terry-Thomas, Ian Carmichael, Richard Attenborough, Robert Donat, Joyce Grenfell, Joan Hickson, Sid James to name but a few.
The first title to be released under this banner - The Magic Box – story of arguably the inventor of the moving picture: William Freise-Greene – famously numbered sixty British stars in its cast. Brothers in Law again paired Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas with the Boulting Bros after the success of Private’s Progress, as Carmichael stars as a newly qualified barrister trying to find his feet in courts full of cantankerous old judges. The Family Way was Hayley Mills’ attempt to breakaway from her Disney-fied image in one of her first adult roles, shocking fans by appearing naked in one scene. More controversy was to follow as Mills fell in love with director Roy Boulting, 33 years her senior. After he left his wife Mills moved in with him and they later married and had a son. Twisted Nerve rounds out this collection of titles and was the brothers’ first foray into the potentially lucrative world of the exploitation film. Hayley Mills innocently begins a friendship that soon sparks a murderous obsession in this thriller that matches Hitchcock’s Psycho in terms of brooding menace and suspense.
Priced at £12.99 each, all titles are presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame (except The Family Way which is 1.66:1) with English Mono sound. There are no announced extras.