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Network acquires rights to 450 British films

Network - best known for their classic British TV-on-DVD releases - have acquired the rights to 450 British titles from Studiocanal. These titles include some of the most significant works from studios including Associated Talking Pictures, Ealing, London Films, British Lion, Associated British Picture Corporation and EMI.

The deal covers home entertainment rights including DVD, Blu-ray, DTO and iTunes, and the press release notes that many of the films will benefit from new transfers. Network will start releasing titles from April 2013.

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Many of the films under license have never been seen since they were first shown in British cinemas. The collection includes rarities alongside more popular titles from the Ealing collection plus work from directors including CAROL REED, LEWIS GILBERT, CY ENDFIELD, CHARLES CRICHTON AND MICHAEL WINNER. Network Distributing hopes to redress the balance of appreciation for British cinema as a whole. Presented in their original aspect ratios and transferred from the best available materials, the titles will also be competitively priced to appeal to both the film-lover and casual collector. Forthcoming titles next year will include:

  • The Ealing Rarities Collections. A series of films uniting movies from the legendary London studio. Titles will include Penny Paradise (Carol Reed), Midshipman Easy (Carol Reed), Escape (Basil Dean), The Impassive Footman (Basil Dean)
  • The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden)
  • Edgar Wallace’s The Four Just Men (Walter Forde) and Flying 55 (Reginald Denham)
  • Horrors of the Black Museum (Arthur Crabtree)
  • Spanish Fly (Bob Kellett)
  • Some People (Clive Donner)
  • On the Fiddle (Sean Connery)

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