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Network DVD in January

Details on Network DVD’s January line-up can be found below...

19th January 2009

Dawson’s Weekly - £14.99 RRP - Les Dawson stars in this series of half-hour comedy plays made for Yorkshire TV 1974-1975, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

The Galton and Simpson Playhouse - £14.99 RRP - Seven individual comedy plays from writing duo Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

26th January 2009
Escape From Sobibor - £12.99 RRP - Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula and Rutger Hauer star in this Holocaust film. On 14th October 1943, inmates of ‘death camp’ Sobibor, in Eastern Poland, carried out a terrifyingly audacious plan to escape. Those organising the revolt knew that the plan must include every prisoner – leaving no one behind to face reprisals from the SS. This film recounts those events.

Noel Coward’s This Happy Breed (Special Edition) - £14.99 RRP – Digitally remastered 2-disc set of what was David Lean’s first official credit as a director. The film adaptation from Noel Coward’s hit stage play would be one of several successful collaborations between Lean and Coward.

Features include:

  • Brand new-digital restoration
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Re-release trailer
  • Restoration comparison featurette
  • Extensive South Bank Show feature on David Lean
  • Commemorative booklet by noted British film historian David Rolinson
  • Extensive stills gallery, including behind the scenes images
  • Original Pressbook and material in PDF format

Room at the Top (Special Edition) - £14.99 RRP - Directed by Jack Clayton (The Great Gatsby), Room at the Top chronicles the life of an ambitious young working-class man called Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) who moves into the Yorkshire town Warnley. There he pursues Susan (Heather Sears), against the wishes of her father, a powerful local industrialist. But Joe then falls in love with Alice (Simone Signoret), an older unhappily married French woman. Inevitably, their intense affair does not remain a secret and when Susan becomes pregnant, Joe is forced to choose between the two women – and the opposing worlds they represent.

Features include:
  • Brand new transfer from the original 35mm film elements (1.66:1 Widescreen)
  • Audio commentary with and commemorative booklet by noted film historian and writer Neil Sinyard
  • Image Gallery
  • Jack Clayton's press cuttings scrapbook (PDF)

West End Jungle - £16.99 RRP - Released through Strike Force Entertainment and Network, West End Jungle offers a comprehensive insight into the history and once referred to, ‘seedy reality’ of the sex industry of the early sixties in Soho. The film was banned in 1961 but is now coming to DVD.

Features include:
  • 4:3, English Mono
  • Newsreel: Clubs Galore! (Soho 1958)
  • Newsreel: Sir John Wolfenden on Prostitution and the Street Offences Act 1959
  • Director Arnold Miller in Conversation
  • Viewing Notes Booklet

Whicker’s World Volume 2 - £19.99 RRP – This 2-disc set contains 8 shows complete and uncut. The episodes include: The Aristocracy Business; Tankers/Boat People (Hong Kong); Devil’s Island; Pixie Dust on the Goodie Land; Vienna – Come in Doctor Freud, All is Forgiven; You Stopped Being a Pigeon When You Got Your Cut Throat; Large Sums of Money Have a Very Fusty Smell; Anchorage, Alaska – The Ultimate Dream, the Last Chance to do it Right; Nothing is Utopia, This Comes Pretty Close; The Absolute Monarch.

Who Killed Teddy Bear - £14.99 RRP - Refused certification on its original theatrical release in 1965 (and never subsequently seen anywhere in the UK) due to its sleazy subject matter, this psychological crime thriller stars Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse, Jan Murray and Elaine Stritch.

Extras include:
  • Court Martial: The House Where He Lived - an episode of the 1960s WWII legal drama guest-starring Sal Mineo and Anthony Quayle
  • LSD: Insight or Insanity - a short documentary from 1967 aimed at teenagers about the dangers of LSD with narration by Sal Mineo
  • Stills gallery for Who Killed Teddy Bear and Court Martial
  • PDF of the original publicity and promotion brochure
  • Trailer

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