Brighton Rock (1947) (UK) in February
Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Brighton Rock on 28th February 2011. Restoration and re-release of the classic 1947 Boulting Brothers adaptation of Graham Greene’s gritty British Noir, memorably set in the streets and pier of post-war Brighton.
Brighton Rock stars Richard Attenborough in perhaps his most iconic onscreen role as Pinkie: a small time hoodlum running a protection racket at a Brighton racecourse. Following the murder of a visiting journalist, Pinkie becomes involved with Rose (Carol Marsh) a café waitress and potentially dangerous witness. Marrying her seems to ensure her silence, but events escalate and eventually lead to Pinky’s undoing and a thrilling and memorable climax.
Also starring Hermoine Baddeley and William Hartnell (the first Dr Who), the film was adapted for the screen by Greene himself – who famously changed his own book’s ending.
Extras include an interview with Rowan Joffe, and a 1954 NFT interview with Richard Attenborough and John Bouting. You also get English HOH subtitles.
The Blu-ray is Region B, 1080P 1.33:1 with English Mono (LPCM) audio.
The DVD is Region 2, 1.33:1 with English Mono (Dolby Digital) audio.