The Man in the White Suit this November
Studiocanal have announced a new special edition DVD and first ever Blu-ray release of The Man in the White Suit. Available from 19 November 2012, this Ealing classic has been restored for the centenary of its director Alexander Mackendrick's birth.
Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts & Coronets, The Ladykillers, Star Wars), a genius inventor, develops a fabric that never gets dirty or wears out. Thinking that his invention will be welcomed with open arms by the garment industry, he is shocked when both manufacturers and unions alike try to suppress it. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures... Also starring Joan Greenwood (Kind Hearts & Coronets, Whisky Galore!), Cecil Parker (The Lady Vanishes, The Ladykillers, I was Monty’s Double) and Michael Gough (Batman, The Horse’s Mouth, The Small Back Room), the film was BAFTA-nominated for Best Film and Best British Film, and Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay.
Newly restored for this release, extras include:
- Revisiting The Man in the White Suit - Brand new featurette
- Behind the scenes stills gallery
- Restoration comparison
- Feature HOH subtitles
Notes on the restoration - The Main in the White Suit restoration was completed at Pinewood Studios in high definition using the best original film materials available. After rigorous assessment, the best material for restoration, which was used was the fine-grain inter-positive and scanned in 2k resolution. Over 100 hours were spent to ensure a thorough clean up was performed removing dirt, scratches, warps, tears or replacing torn or missing frames and improving stability issues for the digital restoration, ensuring the general look of the film does not stray too far from the original release.
You can also catch the newly restored presentation of The Man in the White Suit on the big screen as part of BFI Southbank’s Alexander Mackendrick retrospective, and elsewhere.