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It Always Rains on Sunday this November

Studiocanal have announced a new special edition DVD and first ever Blu-ray release of It Always Rains on Sunday. Available from 12 November 2012, this oft-overlooked Ealing classic has steadily grown in stature as one of the earliest and best examples of British film noir. Based on the novel by Arthur La Bern (also the original author of Hitchcock’s Frenzy), the film is a gritty drama that plays out in the rain drenched streets of the East End one Sunday.

Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Pink String & Sealing Wax), It Always Rains on Sunday stars Googie Withers in a towering performance as Rose Sandigate, a bitter Bethnal Green housewife stuck in a dull marriage, hemmed in on all sides by well-meaning but nosey neighbours and jealous of the burgeoning social life of her precocious stepdaughter. Her dreary world is turned upside down by the sudden re-appearance of an old flame, Tommy (played by Googie’s real-life husband John McCallum), on the run from the police having escaped from prison.

Digitally remastered for this release, extras include:

  • Coming in from the Rain: Revisiting It Always Rains on Sunday - Brand new featurette looking back at the film
  • Brand new locations featurette
  • Behind the scenes stills gallery
  • Original trailer

Notes on the re-mastering: It Always Rains on Sunday has been digitally remastered from two nitrate fine grain positives, dating from 1947. Repair has been carried out by the BFI National Archive on picture and sound as appropriate, to present the film authentically on modern digital formats.

There is also a chance to catch It Always Rains on Sunday on the big screen when the BFI releases the film in selected cinemas nationwide from October 26th.


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